In 2012, the City of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation hired a national consulting firm, Wallace Roberts Todd, to develop a long-term plan for the funding, maintenance and improvement of the community’s public parks. This action followed nearly a year of discussions regarding the status of current public parks as well as funding and maintenance plans for future parks. For more than 20 years, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has invested more than $2.8 million in beautifying public lands in the Oklahoma City area.
The Oklahoma City Parks Master Plan was completed by Sept. 1, 2013 and will be received by the Oklahoma City Council on Jan. 21, 2014. The plan builds on other studies and supports ongoing efforts including the City of Oklahoma City’s overall comprehensive plan, planokc.
The 129-page Parks Master Plan identifies six strategic directions of growth for the Oklahoma City parks system and suggests specific action steps to move the parks system forward. The six strategic directions are:
Maintain and improve physical assets of existing parks.
Develop facilities and programs in existing parks to meet community needs.
Improve access to existing parks.
Promote and increase awareness of the value of parks.
Develop new parks and facilities.
Establish agreements and standards for private parks and school parks.
In addition, the Parks Master Plan offers funding suggestions and recommendations for community and business partnerships to help support the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.