2040 Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan

  1. Develop a park and open space system that includes active and athletic spaces.

  2. Develop a park and open space system that includes natural areas and environmentally sensitive areas for passive and un-programmed spaces.

  3. Expand the city’s trail and sidewalk system, including adding regional trails that are safe and provide connections between schools, parks, neighborhoods, commercial areas, open space/natural areas, other communities and regional parks.

  4. Develop a long-term financial plan for the development of parks, open space and trails.

  5. Re-develop Rambling River Park.

  6. Develop maintenance standards for parks.

  7. Develop maintenance standards for recreational facilities.

  8. Increase marketing of parks and recreation (recreational programs, parks, open space, trails and recreational facilities) to the community.

  9. Complete the development of master plans for remaining city parks.

  10. Construct new indoor recreational facilities when it may not be financially feasible or structurally possible to make improvements to existing recreational facilities such as the Schmitz-Maki Arena, Outdoor Pool and the Rambling River Center. 

  11. Work with adjacent cities, townships and Dakota County to develop an interconnected regional trail system providing connections to regional parks.

  12. Acquire land in a manner that maximizes the size of parks when possible.

  13. Explore opportunities to expand youth, teen, adaptive, adult and senior programs including possible partnerships with other organizations or governmental agencies.

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