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Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Master Plan invites public to ‘Shape Scottsdale Parks’

The Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Department is working on a Master Plan, a long-range plan that identifies key initiatives, policies, and strategies to guide Scottsdale’s parks and recreation over the next decade, and it needs the public’s help! Their feedback will ensure future parks and recreation priorities and goals are citizen-driven and will meet the evolving demands of the community.

Residents can visit the master plan website, ShapeScottsdaleParks.comlinks to external site, to take an online survey, provide comment on the site’s interactive maps, and stay informed on upcoming milestones.

In the coming months the public will be invited to engage in the process through additional surveys, workshops, focus groups, and outreach at community events. The best way to know about these opportunities is to sign up for email communications on the ShapeScottsdaleParks.comlinks to external site website.

Current Master Plan 
The department’s current master plan, conducted in 2015, outlined several improvements and new projects that are currently in motion, including the Indian Bend Wash lakes & irrigation upgrades, Thompson Peak off-leash area, and Ashler Hills Neighborhood Park.

Other Scottsdale Planning Efforts
This master plan process differs from other recent planning efforts by focusing on Scottsdale parks and recreation as a whole, providing system-wide recommendations for the department’s parks, programs, facilities, services, and maintenance operations. The department’s five-year strategic plan, adopted in early 2023, identified short-term priorities based on current resources and challenges. The site-based Indian School Park master plan focuses on a specific location and the amenities and services that could be offered at that park. The Indian School Park master plan process started in April 2023 and will continue through the fall. Public feedback, findings, and recommendations from the site plan will roll into the system-wide master plan. The parks and recreation master plan will also align with city-wide goals and incorporate priorities defined by other current planning efforts, City Council direction, and the General Plan 2035.