Trends related to this theme: Changing sports participation patterns create a need to replace existing facilities with new types of facilities (for example, shuffleboard court to skate spot and racquetball court to fitness center). Capital spending on facility reinvestment has increased over the years as more facilities (such as playgrounds and sport courts) age and reach or exceed their lifecycles. On the resource management side, historic structures and nature centers are falling into disrepair and need improvements to facilitate better stewardship and interpretation.
Countywide objectives related to this theme:
- Repair, replace and upgrade existing park facilities through a system-wide lifecycle replacement program that takes into account changing facility needs, funding and priorities.
- Adjust parking standards and levels of service to reflect user patterns and minimize impacts on surrounding neighborhoods.
- Consider sustainability over the longest life span feasible when designing and developing new park facilities and include a projection of funding needs for operation and replacement.
District-level Facility Reinvestment strategy suggestions include: repairing, replacing, and upgrading existing facilities and equipment as they reach their predicted lifecycle; removing outmoded facilities and replacing them with needed facilities; and expanding and improving vehicle entrances and parking areas where usage patterns indicate the need.
To address Facility Reinvestment needs, district-level strategies in the Great Parks, Great Communities Plan apply the capital renovation needs identified in division capital renovation plans, the recommendations of the 2004 Needs Assessment Capital Improvement Plan, and are guided by lifecycle replacement needs.