Raytown Parks and Recreation
Raytown’s Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to providing the citizens of Raytown with a variety of recreational facilities and programs at a reasonable cost. Residents of Raytown can now explore the range of benefits the city has to offer through our new web site. Please visit each section of our site and find out what we have to offer you!
The Raytown Parks & Recreation Department was established under its own Board of Directors for the following purposes:
To serve the residents of Raytown and the general public by providing:
- A pleasant, safe, and well-maintained parks, recreational facilities, and equipment at a reasonable cost to the participant .
- A variety of recreational programs that are designed, scheduled and staffed to maximize accessibility.
- To provide a working environment for its staff that promotes safety, open communication, and fair treatment.
- To provide the City of Raytown and it's taxpayers a department that effectively and efficiently uses its funding and resources to generate a sense of pride in the community.
Raytown Parks Master Plan
What is the Purpose of the Master Plan?
Master planning equips city officials with the direction and goals necessary to grow and develop toward meeting the needs of the community. A good plan outlines goals, objectives, and action steps toward implementation and ensures goals are met.
What are the Goals of the Master Plan?
The major goals set forth in the 2016 Master Plan are:
- Super Splash-decommission or remain operational
- Develop a strategic framework to sustain park operations since the department faces tough decisions from potential sales tax revenue cuts.
- Identify potential park sites and strategies for future park acquisition, land use and growth with a focus on trail linkages such as the Katy Trail, Metrogreen connections, parks, schools, greenways and key city business centers
- Identify levels of investment required to achieve the city’s envisioned future park system
- Identify project for the 10 year Capital Improvements Plan with funding allocations and prioritized park projects for the City’s CIP. Prioritize quick wins projects with a low cost and high impact
- Cultivate community partnerships
- Explore the need to develop a land dedication ordinance or park impact fees for developers
- Re-establish a Raytown Parks Foundation to garner park support and raise funds for specific projects-examples, dog park or disc golf course
- Increase recreational variety, enhance park experiences and fill gaps in parks and recreation experiences
- Continue to operate special-use sites as enterprise funds (self-supporting or revenue-generating entities)
What is the purpose of the Community Survey?
The community survey provides a comprehensive, statistically valid measure of citizen usage, satisfaction, needs, unmet needs, priorities, and other services that will assist in short and long range decision making with regard to recreation and leisure activities and facilities. The results of the survey serve as the basis of a broader needs assessment that will assist the Parks Department in:
- Positioning as an essential service provider in the City of Raytown
- Positioning for additional revenues
- Determining partnerships and collaborators
- Planning facilities, programs and acquisitions
- Correlating connecctions between services provided and needs being met
- Implementing the City of Raytown Parks and Open Space System Master Plan
- Implementing the Raytown Parks and Recreation Program Plan
Where Are We Now?
The four links found here:
- PROS Consulting Park Master Plan Findings
- ETC Institute Statistically Valid Community Survey findings
- Existing Conditions at Super Splash-Water’s Edge Aquatic Design
- Potential options for Super Splash-Water’s Edge Aquatic Design
The park master plan process next steps:
- The Park Board is expected to make a recommendation on the future of Super Splash by early January. Should the Board open Super Splash in 2016; the Board will evaluate long-term pool options and provide further direction to the pool consultant on two alternatives so they can develop more detailed cost estimates.
- PROS Consulting will compile written reports and begin to frame out the master plan with completed sections. The results are anticipated in January 2016. PROSwill also identify five preliminary/potential "big moves" for the Park Board to discuss.
- PROS Consulting is expected to return in February for a work session to review the Implementation Action Plan and confirm major action plan items for the Department.
Raytown Parks and Recreation Department, an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, genetic information, or age in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to all groups.
The City of Raytown acknowledges its responsibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Thus, in order to assist individuals with disabilities who require special services (i.e. sign interpretative services, alternative audio/visual devices, and amanuenses) for participation in or access to the City of Raytown sponsored public programs, services and/or meetings, the City requests that individuals make requests for these services forty-eight (48) hours ahead of the scheduled program, service and or meeting. To make arrangements, contact Raytown Parks and Recreation at 816-358-4100.
Bids in Progress
None at this time.
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