Recreational spaces such as parks and community centres have always played a fundamental role in fostering community bonding.
Still, the COVID-19 pandemic has further emphasized the essentiality of community recreational spaces. Also, with a rising deterioration of mental health the world over, the correlation between mental well-being and physical activity is all the more strongly underlined.
As a result, for any community or municipality, optimizing the local recreational spaces should be a primary concern. In this regard, an updated recreational master plan can play a crucial role. Today, I will explain to you just why your community needs an updated recreational master plan.
Recreational facilities are vital for a healthy and vibrant community of physically and mentally fit residents. Recreational spaces improve neighbourhood aesthetics and allow residents to interact with others in the locality. Such interactions can go a long way towards promoting a feeling of inclusivity.
By creating a positive and environmentally viable atmosphere, these facilities help improve health and well-being on a community and a personal level. These changes lead to reduced pressure on the healthcare infrastructure and social services.
Further, the bonds created between residents at these local recreational centres boost collective community activities. Volunteerism, civic pride, and aesthetics play a significant role in creating a constructive environment for the neighbourhood. They also work to promote cultural diversity and reduce crime rates among the youth.
But social benefits are not the only reason why you need to focus on recreational master plans. Any recreational facility provides an opportunity to provide direct physical and mental wellness to the community members.
Physical activity has proven to reduce common risks such as heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death among Americans in the 21st century. In addition, physical recreation can also work to reduce the risk of mental ailments such as dementia and anxiety.
Finally, recreational facilities promote environmental sustainability in the community. Any recreational facility, like a park, protects and manages natural spaces. They help boost ecological balances in the local community and improve the environment overall.
When we combine all of the above factors, we create healthy and strong communities that can support one another. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe fostering resilient communities is critical to how we live, work and play.
Creating and updating a recreational master plan helps the community members become active stakeholders in the development process. Such steps can allow decision-makers to assess the present and future recreational needs of the community.
Once we identify the community, we can then take the required steps to allocate resources for meeting these recreational needs. Community-wide recreation plans also help to ensure optimal use of the existing facilities and resources.
Another aspect to consider here is the changing demographic needs of the locality. As populations grow and times change, the recreational needs of the community also change. Creating an updated master plan can naturally allow stakeholders to align priorities and investments according to these changing requirements.
The master planning process builds community support and works to fill gaps and redundancies in the recreational infrastructure. Besides, collaborative efforts, like a master plan, can help promote innovations and strategic partnerships.
A revised master plan establishes a strong foundation for future grants and works to improve public engagement in the community development process. It can also encourage the community space reservations for future development opportunities.
Finally, a master plan related to recreational facilities can work wonders for educating the community members about the importance of recreational spaces. It can encourage the population to increase community participation and bring about a positive social and environmental change.
On average, community recreational master plans should have an update once every decade unless exceptional conditions prevail. However, many communities fail to determine the starting point for updating such plans. To ensure you don’t face the same problems, here are some ideas that you can put into action.
As a safe first step, I recommend you prioritize improving the energy efficiency and water resource management of the recreational facilities in your municipal area. Focusing on sustainable processes and technologies within these two areas will help promote better resource use and enhance the quality of provided services.
It will also work to educate the community in water conservation technologies and sustainable, renewable energy alternatives. At the same time, the sustainable use of resources will also ensure the longevity of these amenities.
My following essential recommendation is to involve the community members in the decision and planning process. Since they are the target users of these recreational facilities, their active participation can help provide the master plan with a true sense of purpose.
Further, active resident participation in updating the master plan will play a key role in successful long-term transformation. It will also allow the plan to reflect the needs and aspirations of the present and future residents.
Updating your community’s recreational master plan is an essential task that requires your attention—especially in the face of the current pandemic. When community space utilization experiences a global overhaul, a recreational master plan provides significant benefits.
For several decades, the Nadi Group has provided outstanding outdoor hospitality and amenity design services. We are committed to delivering quality master plans at different project scales that would guarantee the longevity of the amenities and benefit both the stakeholders and residents in the long term.
Our team will help you assess your community assets and refine areas in need to create a beautiful and optimal recreational master plan. Let’s get started!