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Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan Element Adopted
Looking to the future, the City's Master Plan is updated in a phased manner. The most recent element was adopted on August 5.
Gaithersburg’s Master Plan is a document that guides actions and decisions to ensure the appropriate development of public and private property in the City. It is a comprehensive document that is generally updated every 10 years in a phased manner, and it is comprised of several Elements, including Land Use, Transportation, Environment and Sustainability, Water Resources, Municipal Growth, Parks, Recreation and Culture, and Historic Preservation. Four of these Elements are scheduled for updating in the 2018 Master Plan Update review cycle; the most recent one to be approved is the Parks, Recreation and Culture Element. It was adopted on August 5, 2019.
“Creating this Master Plan Element has been a three-year journey, and it is nice to cross the finish line,” said Michele Potter, Director of the City’s Department of Park, Recreation & Culture. “By doing this without the use of a consultant, we saved significant money and produced a very unique document that will serve as a guide for future action.”
Through an exhaustive process that included detailed research and data analysis, citizen surveys, interagency review, and public meetings, the updated Parks, Recreation and Culture Element promotes the City’s goals as defined in the annual Strategic Plan. It provides recommendations for future development, programs and actions to meet the leisure, fitness, cultural and other quality of life desires of Gaithersburg residents.
Each of the Element’s three chapters includes goals, objectives and actions as well as a comprehensive inventory and assessment of existing parks and facilities. Also included in the report are such things as guidance for City park pond maintenance, a summary of stormwater management facilities for parks and facilities, and a playground replacement schedule.Looking to the future, the Element emphasizes a continued need to offer opportunities for lifelong learning for a diverse population of all ages, cultures and abilities. It notes opportunities for new facilities and the enhancement and potential reuse of existing ones, and includes discussions about how purposeful, intergenerational programming can elevate the quality of life for all residents. The Element is available for review here.