About the District
H.A.R.D. provides recreation programs, social services, and facilities that enrich our residents' lives. H.A.R.D. system includes some 95 parks, playfields, and special facilities covering approximately 1100 acres. In addition to neighborhood, community, and school parks, H.A.R.D. has seven community centers, two senior centers, two nature centers, three aquatic centers, a theatre, three historic properties, and greenways and trails.
Why do we need a Master Plan update?
The current Park and Recreation Master Plan was prepared in 2006. H.A.R.D. desires to update the master plan to guide the development of parks and recreation assets and fund ongoing parks and recreation activities. H.A.R.D. seeks to ensure that future generations' parks and recreation needs are appropriately balanced, and to provide adequate funding to meet those needs.
Purpose and Goal of the Park and Recreation Master Plan Update
The Master Plan update will guide short- and long-range planning for H.A.R.D. by integrating community input and recreation planning standards.
The Master Plan update will:
- Support and/or suggest H.A.R.D. policies regarding parks, recreation, open space, and trails
- Identify and prioritize potential improvements in existing parks
- Provide a framework to evaluate and prioritize the expenditure of public funds for possible land acquisition, development, and maintenance of recreational lands and facilities
- Evaluate the potential for new parks, recreation facilities, open spaces, and/or trails
- Assist the H.A.R.D. in developing recreation programs