Parks Master Plan/Rec Center Study
Mt. Lebanon is studying all of its municipal parks and recreation areas at a community-wide level so that future decisions can be made about facilities, maintenance, programming and operations.
On May 25, 2021, Mt. Lebanon Commissioners selected Environmental Planning and Design to conduct an update to the Parks Master Plan and a Recreation Center Feasibility Study. The study will begin in the summer of 2021 and will include many opportunities for public input. Please bookmark this page and check back often.
Watch EPD's presentation at the May 25 discussion session:
- Read the RFP for Parks Master Plan/Recreation Center Feasibility Study (document includes the 2019 Sports Advisory Board Preliminary Report on Recreation Center Feasiblity, in addition to maps and facilities lists.)
- October 5, 2021, Parks Master Plan and Recreation Feasibility Study Update
Park's Master Plan FAQ's (10/19/2021)
1. What exactly is the goal of the parks master plan?
See the attached RFP. The overall goal is to update our Parks Master Plan from 2003 to give us a guide for investment into municipal parks and recreation assets over the next decade.
2. Who is mainly in charge of the parks master plan?
The Commission designated the Parks Master Plan as one of its priority projects for 2021. As such, two Commissioners (Commissioner Ranney and Commissioner Silverman) were assigned to the project as "project champions" to ensure the project stayed on schedule and keep the Commission updated on the progress of the project. Additionally, they will likely serve as advocates for the project during future Commission discussions and budget considerations. The municipal manager assigned Ian McMeans (the Assistant Manager & Municipal Planner) as the staff lead for the project to coordinate the project team and consultant. The project team consists of municipal staff members (Public Works Director, Recreation Director, Parks & Facilities Coordinator), advisory board members (one liaison from the Parks Advisory Board, Sports Advisory Board, and Environmental Sustainability Board to represent the interests of those boards and keep them informed on the process) along with two community members. The project team oversaw the writing of the RFP, reviewed the responses to the RFP and recommended which consultant to hire. On a day-to-day basis, Ian McMeans has direct contact with the project consultants and the project team serves in an advisory capacity on the project as a whole.
3. What group is in charge of getting the money to fund this project? How are they getting this money?
The cost of the Parks Master Plan itself was funded through the municipal operating budget. The Plan also includes a feasibility study into the construction of a community recreation center, which was funded through the municipal budget and through funds contributed by local sports organizations.
As for any projects/investments that come as recommendations from the Plan, those projects will each have their own budgetary line items and will be funded at the discretion of the Commission.
4. How much is the estimated total cost for this plan?
The contract awarded to the consultant was approximately $120,000. This figure does not include staff time spent on the project.
5. How much money has been raised up until now? How much is needed?
The money to conduct the Plan itself has been allocated through the budgeting process. Any funds needed to construct any recommendations of the Plan will be allocated by the Commission at a future date. Currently, the Plan is slated to be finalized in early 2022, at which point we will have a better understanding of the potential costs of some of the recommendations.
6. How did you choose which parks to renovate?
The Plan will make recommendations, but at the end of the day the Commissioners will determine which items get funded through the budgeting process and therefore which recommendations of the plan are completed and in what order.
7. What renovations were talked about? How much progress has been made?
The Plan is still in development and is taking a comprehensive look at the 18 parks and recreation areas in the municipality.
8. Was feedback from residents taken? If so, what was some feedback they offered?
Yes, we used a process similar to the Turning Outward approach that is championed by the Harwood Institute. We collected public feedback through quantitative (two online surveys), qualitative (conversations with residents at community events), on-the-ground (site visits to all of the parks and recreation areas), and market analysis methods. There will be additional opportunities for public feedback as the recommendations are developed. Please continue to check the municipal website for additional updates.