Sunday, May 4, 2008

Washington Park Partners and the Comprehensive Plan

The research efforts of the Washington Park Partners have resulted in the formation of the Washington Park Comprehensive Plan. Based on a quality of life plan called "Planning For Hope", the document addresses the strengths an weaknesses of planning area. The plan is broken down into sections that highlight characteristics of the area, land use, and demographics. One chapter focuses on catalytic projects that could be used to spark change.

The following is an excerpt from the document that outlines what the general purpose of the Washington Park Comprehensive Plan entails.

Plan Purpose
"The purpose of the Washington Park Comprehensive Plan is to create a place where people can live, work and play in a safe, inviting community. The plan establishes priorities for strengthening and building upon the neighborhood assets. The plan promotes investment and provides guidance for pubic and private development. By creating new business opportunities, enhancing existing recreation and cultural alternatives, creating pedestrian-friendly areas, and creating a lifestyle option that can result in minimizing the development of outlying areas, the improvement to the area will provide benefits for the neighborhood, city and region."

While the bulk of the material I have gathered is related to the park itself I believe it is important to look at the surrounding area that the park serves. This document contains just about every statistic imaginable. It is filled with land use maps, traffic flow diagrams, etc.
If there is to be change in Washington Park, it is best to know some background information.

The Washington Park Comprehensive Plan:

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