City of Battle Creek
Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2014-2018
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The Battle Creek Parks and Recreation Department is
ing recreation programs and services that improve the physical health and wellbeing of the individual and the community.
This mission is the guiding principle behind all of the
department’s efforts. This plan is a tool to help accomplish the department’s mission and goals.
This Master Plan is intended to be an evolving document that provides direction for current and future recreation programs and services. It identifies priorities and methods that can be used to develop and administer programs and services, including facilities, which support the departm
ent’s mission and goals. The Master Plan will also
be used to leverage future grant funding opportunities.
The content meets the recommendations of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Guidelines for the Development of Community Park, Recreation, Open Space, and Greenway Plans IC 1924 (Rev. (01-13-12).
The plan is intended to be informative, yet concise. The plan includes a significant amount of data collection and community input that has been summarized in the report and/or referenced and attached as appendices. Additional information such as performance measurements and other evaluation tools have been included for use by Battle Creek Parks and Recreation staff. This information is meant to serve as a daily reference to assist in decision-making and as a tool for continuing to improve the master plan and the effectiveness of the Parks and Recreation Department.
The residents of the City of Battle Creek were critical to the development of this plan. Their involvement through public input processes and continued use of programs and services contribute to the success of the department The Battle Creek Parks and Recreation Department dedicated itself to reaching out and gathering public comment to create a unique plan that will guide its decision-making in the future.. Senior city, an advisory committee, and parks and recreation staff also contributed to the formation and development of key elements of the plan ensuring a cooperative approach to the future planning and implementation of parks and recreation services.