A Park Master Plan for the Lan-Oak Park District
The Lan-Oak Park District is located in the Village of Lansing, a south suburb in Cook County that borders western Indiana. With its 170 acres and 24 parks, the Park District serves Lansing's 28,000 residents.
The Park District's existing parks plan was created in 1994 and over the past several years, the Park District has changed in ways inconsistent with the plan. CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) are helping the Lan-Oak Park District embark on an interactive, community-based process to create an updated park master plan. This plan update will provide the Park District with a roadmap for future development, as well as recommendations to improve overall community health.
The park master plan will offer recommendations for all the Lan-Oak Park District parks, as well as downtown Lansing's Park Plaza. CCDPH will help shape the park master plan by highlighting opportunities to better resident health through the use of the park system and its recreational activities.
The planning process, developed in collaboration with the Lan-Oak Park District, will involve four phases over the next 12 months. The first phase will entail data collection and involve surveying residents about their use of parks, enjoyable features about the parks, and desired improvements to the parks. The second phase will focus on assessing the existing conditions of the Lan-Oak Park District facilities. The third phase will involve the preparation of the park master plan and its presentation to the users and stakeholders of the Park District for feedback. The fourth and final phase will present a final park master plan to the Lan-Oak Park District Board for adoption and implementation.
Lan-Oak Park District members and stakeholders had an opportunity to share how the park distrcit could positively impact health at the "Creating a Healthier South Suburban Community Workshop," hosted by the Illinois Public Health Institute on November 13, 2013 at the Eisenhower Center. The purpose of this workshop was to understand the links between community development and health. Between November 2013 and January 2014, CMAP and the Cook County Department of Public Health worked with the Lan-Oak Park District to administer a community survey about Lan-Oak Park District. More than 70 individuals responded with general opinions about the park district, usage and quality of parks as well as facilities, future needs and improvements. The survey also included questions about the park district's programs and events. Focus groups were also conducted to capture additional input. The focus groups were with seniors, neighborhood residents and youth of the Lansing community.
Trevor Dick, CMAP Senior Planner (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8606)
Samantha Sherrod, CMAP Associate, Outreach & Community Engagement (email@example.com or 312-386-8712)
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