The City of McCall Parks and Recreation Department is embarking on a community-driven effort to develop the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan. Much has been accomplished and significant changes have come to McCall since the last Master Plan in 2005.
The planning process will evaluate existing resources, participation trends, program needs, park access, community priorities, and city-wide policies to detail an implementable 10-year vision for the Department. While the Plan will primarily focus on opportunities within the City limits and the Impact Area, considerations may be given to parks and open space beyond those boundaries that provide a public benefit and can be responsibly managed.
The Project Team kicked off the process with an inventory evaluation and data collection. In May, we hosted small focus groups for YOU, local partners and interest groups to join us with the consultant team. These conversations were an opportunity to communicate issues that are most important to address in the process and opportunities and ideas the new plan should integrate. Following the close of focus groups we opened our first questionnaire giving an opportunity for the community to share input on how you participate in recreation programming and parks across the McCall area, what you would like to see more of, and your values and priorities for the future of parks, programming, open space, and pathways. Although focus groups have ended and the first questionnaire closed we continue to welcome input.
The process for the Plan is one that fully involves the community. It will build upon and integrate former planning efforts. Between April 2022 and May 2023, the public will be invited to provide input and share feedback on the Plan’s progress. Centered around three public engagement series, the public will be invited to participate in local events, online surveys, and in-person and virtual public meetings. The Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) will act as the project steering committee as a working group of individuals who are vested in McCall’s future and represent a variety of perspectives and interests. The PRAC will provide a recommendation to the City Council for adoption.
Opportunities to participate are anticipated for:
Community Needs & Choices: June – July 2022
Confirm vision and goals
Present opportunities and challenges
Gather input of community needs
Recommendations: October – November 2022
Present needs assessment summary
Gather input on park improvement and program choices
Discuss prioritization criteria
Draft Plan: March – April 2023
Review draft plan
Identify implementation priorities
Jana McKenzie, Principal Planner & Landscape Architect
Kristina Kaucher, Project Management & Senior Recreation Planner
Delta James, Community Development, Project Lead
Stefanie Bork, Parks and Recreation, Project Coordinator
Kurt Wolf, Parks and Recreation, Director
Tara Woods, Parks and Recreation, Recreation Supervisor
Edward Heider, Parks and Recreation, Parks Superintendent
Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, Project Steering Committee