The Parks and Recreation Master Plan is intended to provide direction for the City Council, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and city staff to guide them in the big picture decision making that will impact the Parks and Recreation system. Whether allocating resources for maintenance, building a trail, installing a playground, protecting riverfront land, or developing the next season’s recreation program offerings, this plan offers guidance. This direction is based on the community’s expressed needs and desires as well as analyses of demographic changes, future trends, and Elk River’s current system.
The Parks and Recreation Master Plan addresses park needs at a system-wide level. While some projects are identified and prioritized, new projects and needs will inevitably arise. The initiatives, recommendations, and strategies outlined in this plan can also provide guidance for these types of new projects.