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Citywide Parks and Recreation Master Plan

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We're developing a Citywide Parks and Recreation Master Plan

We have a lot to celebrate in San Rafael with great places to play, a beautiful setting with natural open space resources, and classes that enrich our community. However, we realize that there is opportunity to improve.

By creating a master plan, we will have a guide to further develop our parks and recreational programs, create and maintain funding and set priorities for the future. The City of San Rafael is invested in providing a thriving system for all ages, abilities, and activities.

As we look at existing conditions of the San Rafael park and recreation network, we'll identify what's missing and ways in which we can make improvements. This includes how we can maintain the parks, update facilities, increase ways for people to access and connect to parks, and how we can strengthen programs, classes, and activities within the City.

Citywide Parks and Recreation Master Plan updates

As part of the initial assessment process, the Master Plan consultants have created a draft Park Inventory and Assessment, a draft Community Surveying Summary, and a draft Document Review of previous planning efforts relevant to parks and recreation. These resources largely pertain to the assessment of the City's existing recreation system and community satisfaction. You can review the draft documents by clicking the links below.

Community Meetings and Presentations

The City's Master Plan Consultants have shared two presentations and have developed several draft documents on the Citywide Parks and Recreation Master Plan process to date. In June 2022, they presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission, where they shared an overview of the consultant team, the goals of the project, an initial inventory assessment and gap analysis, an update on community outreach that has been completed to date, and the next steps in the process. A copy of the slides presented at that meeting can be found below (June 22, 2022 Master Plan Update). The consultants have also shared presentations and collected feedback and comments at two community meetings. A summary of Community Workshop #1, as well as the presentation slides from Community Meeting #2, can also be found below.

At the second community meeting on September 8, 2022, we presented the results of the community outreach and identified the gaps in service based in the inventory analysis and community input. This meeting presented initial priorities for park and facilities improvements, goals, objectives, and action items for discussion and comment.

If you were unable to attend this meeting but you would like to share your thoughts, you can also send an e-mail to:

Thank you for participating in our community meetings and the Parks and Recreation Questionnaire!

During our first series of community meetings that were held in March, April and May, we introduced the planning process, shared information about the community questionnaire, and worked with community participants to get their feedback and input. We also received more than 1,100 responses to our Parks & Recreation Questionnaire! Thank you very much to all of those who provided feedback on what recreation amenities and programs are important to our community.

Community Meetings

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Steering Committee and Park & Recreation Commission Meetings

01/09/23 (Rescheduled from 11/16/22) , 6:00-8:00pm
Staff and consultant will present draft analysis outcome, recommendations, and priorities
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Park & Recreation Commission Meetings - Virtual

9/15/22, 6:00pm
Staff and consultant will present draft analysis outcome, recommendations, and priorities

Library & Recreation Department

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