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Parks & Recreation Department maintains gold standard

Post Date:09/27/2017 11:21 a.m.

The Parks & Recreation Department continues to maintain the gold standard of operation as determined by the National Recreation and Parks Association, evident by our national accreditation conferred by the Commission for Accrediting Parks and Recreation Agencies.

The Parks & Recreation Master Plan is intended to help meet the needs of current and future residents by positioning Pearland to build on the community’s parks and recreation assets and identify new opportunities. The citizen-driven plan establishes a clear direction to guide city staff, advisory committees, and elected officials in their efforts to enhance the community’s Parks & Recreation Department services and facilities. 

As part of the Master Plan, we compiled a list of areas to improve upon, in order to provide better service to the quality of life for residents of our community. As a result, opportunities for growth were found in several key areas. The City of Pearland has ensured social equity by contracting with a nationally credited Diversity and Inclusion facilitator to develop an intentionally inclusive plan to address diversity. Additionally, in order to promote public health, the department partnered with "It’s Time Texas" and the "Texas AgriLife Extension Office" to offer wellness clinics focusing on preventative medicine.

In terms of programming and service, the department has worked to increase programming for special needs individuals by hosting the Regional Adaptive Recreation Marathon. The department also increased Non-Sports Programming for youth by implementing science based summer programs for pre-school to teenage demographics and connected with the community ‘where they are’ through the completion of a curriculum and implementation of Pop-Up Play. A program bringing family-style games to parks to engage communities and visitors alike in recreation. Lastly, the department kicked-off an Outdoor Recreation Initiative to address at-risk youth by capturing the audience and exposing them to alternative means of recreation though the Natural Resource Division.

Looking toward the future, the department endeavored sports field demands by more than doubling number of available athletic fields and became more Community Park Oriented by allocating capital plans and funds to all Community / Regional sized park amenities.

Everyone at the Parks & Recreation Department would like to thank residents for their input during the drafting process of the Master Plan. We will continue to use this living, thematic plan, which has become a driving force in defining objectives, to ensure Pearland Parks & Recreation continues to be the leader in providing quality services that connect the community through people, parks, and programs.

 

 

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