Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Redefining our promise of parks and recreation to our community.

Citizen Involvement in the Planning Process: Your Involvement is Key

The current City of Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Master Plan was developed in 2010, with significant community involvement. Since then, the community and context have changed, necessitating creation of an updated plan that reflects those changing needs and priorities, and contributes to Sandpoint as a distinctive community with a thriving future. Your input is important as we begin development of an updated 20-year Parks and Recreation Master Plan.


The first phase of the planning process includes a comprehensive strategy for citizen involvement. The city conducted public community meetings and focus groups to provide residents, user groups, associations, and other stakeholders opportunities to participate in the development of the plan. To provide an additional opportunity for involvement in the process the City is asking residents to participate in a survey to identify community needs and issues related to recreation and park programs and facilities.

20-year Parks and Recreation Master Plan

The planning process currently underway will result in a comprehensive vision for the City of Sandpoint parks system as a whole, including individual parks and open spaces; trails; recreation

facilities and amenities; as well as programs and activities.



The updated plan will provide an inclusive framework for orderly and consistent planning, acquisition, development, and administration of

the parks and recreation resources, programs and City of Sandpoint facilities. It will consider plans for infrastructure, services and programs that serve both recreation and active transportation purposes. It will also include an action plan and a strategic financial plan through 2040.

The Planning Process

Development of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan is occurring in four phases:


• A comprehensive strategy for community involvement throughout the process. The effort began in May 2019 with public meetings, forums and focus groups with residents, user groups, associations, and other key stakeholders/partners to gain input that will result in a plan that reflects and fulfills the community’s high priority for its parks and recreational needs.



• Resource inventory – a system-wide examination of broad-based needs, preferences and priorities.



• Site-specific planning for specific parks and/or facilities, including City Beach, War Memorial Field and the watershed in conjunction with the watershed master plan.



• A comprehensive system-wide operational/maintenance plan will be developed with site-specific details incorporated.


Implement Performance Management

Quantitative & Qualitative Report

  • Quality Programs and Services
  • Customer Surveys
  • Retention
  • Net Promoter Score
  • Financial Benchmarks
  • Innovation (Trends, R&D)

Projected Project Timeline


Initial Park/Program Inventory - September, 2018 - January 15, 2019

RFQ/P Issued for Consultant - February 1, 2019 Click here to review it.

Citizen Advisory Committee Formed - March, 2019

Consultant Selected (GreenPlay LLC) - March, 2019 Click here to review proposal

Public Input - March - November, 2019 (using both high-touch and high-tech engagement strategies)

Phase I -wide System Plan Complete - 2019

Phase II Site Specific Planning Underway - October, 2019



Why wait on facility/park decisions?

Outside Factors - Reconstruction of the Edgewater Hotel is slated for September, 2020. Decisions on this development will impact City Beach. There may also be public/private partnership opportunities.

Re-allocation of Resources - When facility decisions are made in a vacuum and don't consider impacts and needs of the whole system, funds are inadvertently redirected from one facility or activity to another in the Parks System or across the City's General Fund. For example, initial estimates for annual increased maintenance/replacement schedule costs for turf options at War Memorial Field range from $80,000 - $130,000. One-time Local Option Local Option Tax funds will only cover initial installation. We need to make a decision that we can and will maintain into the future and best meets the needs of our community within the context of the region as a whole.