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Master Plan Process

Introduction

Vision for the Future


What will the Park System look like for the next generation?

Vision for Today


How will we meet todays immediate needs and close the service and performance gaps?

IntroductIon
The Process to Create The Park City Master Plan
Team Process Schedule Agenda

Project Schedule
1: Framework
Kick-off & Stakeholder Interviews 2011 Parks Inventory Needs Assessment Existing Conditions Analysis Community Survey Development

2: Concepts
Develop 3 Scenarios Plan Refinement Draft Action Plan Launch Public Outreach

3: Master Plan
Final Master Plan Implementation Strategy

APRIL

MAy

JUNE

JULy

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

Community Public Survey Meeting #1 Public Meeting #1 Public Meeting #2 #1

Kick Off

Client Review

Parks Board

Stakeholder WorkSession

Client Review

Stakeholder Worksession

Client Review

Stakeholder Worksession

Client Leadership
Mayor Bill Finch Charles Carroll, Parks Director & Public Facilities Director Ted Grabarz, Sustainability Director & Deputy Director of Public Works Steve Hladun, Project Coordinator Mike Nidoh, Director of Planning Board of Parks Commissioners: James Brideau, James Giles, Banjed Labrador, Mark Marko, Frank A. Mercaldi, Ann E. Owens, Rosa Cruz

Stakeholder Group
Board of Parks Commissioners Public Facilities-Charles Carroll + Ted Grabarz Parks Manager-Andy Valeri Recreation Superintendent-Luann Conine Tree Warden/Urban Forester-Steve Hladun Planning & Economic Development-Bill Coleman; Donald Eversley, Director of Planning and Economic Development Neighborhood/NRZ Coordination-Angie Staltero Downtown Special Services District-Rick Myers + Michael Moore Bridgeport Regional Business Council-Paul Timpanelli Historic Preservation Commission-Stuart Sachs Small and Minority Business Resource Office-Deborah Caviness Lighthouse Program, Office of Education and youth-Tammy Pappa Greater Bridgeport Regional Business Council-Brian Bidolli City Council-Lydia Martinez, Martin C. McCarthy, Susan Brannelly, Denese Taylor-Moye, Anderson Ayala, Robert S. Walsh, M. Evette Brantley, Howard Austin, Sr., Thomas C. McCarthy, Michelle Lyons, AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia, Warren Blunt, Richard Bonney, Angel M. DePara, Jr., Carlos Silva, Manuel Ayala, Richard M. Paoletto, Jr., Robert Curwen, James Holloway, Andre F. Baker

Sasaki
Jason Hellendrung-Managing Principal Gina Ford-Design Principal Brie Hensold-Project Manager, Planner Eamonn Hutton-Landscape Architect Stephen Gray-Urban Designer

Heller & Heller


Barbara Heller-Parks & Recreation Planner

Builds on Foundation of Existing Plans and Activities


Master Plan of Conservation and Development (2008)
downtown Jobs neighborhoods Education Infrastructure Environment

BGreen 2020
Green Energy Greenfields & Green Spaces & Buildings Green Wheels Water resources Waste, Materials & recycling Businesses & Jobs Marketing

New Parks Amenities and Improvements

2011 Parks Master Plan


School Renovations Knowlton Park Black Rock & South End Bike Paths Community Development Block Grant Public Park Improvements Program Save the Sound Green Infrastructure Feasibility Scan Complete Streets Policy & Action Plan

New Signage Complete Streets Surprise, its Bridgeport

7 NRZ Plans Main & Gold Pocket Parks Tennis Courts Improvements

Builds on Community Support


Local Leadership
Board of Education Groundwork Bridgeport BRBC & DSSD Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council

The Neighbors
34 Seaside Day Campers Hundreds of survey responses 80+ people at Public Forum #1

2011 Parks Master Plan


Mayors Office Parks & Rec. Department Parks Board
Pequonnock River Initiative, Monroe, Trumbull, Bridgeport

GBRC:

BGreen 2020 Parks, Water, Open Space Committee

Fairfield County Community Fndn.

Trust for Public Land

Public Leaders

Regional Coalitions

tHank you...

Community Survey
Hundreds of online and paper responses More family-friendly parks and amenties are desired
playgrounds splash pads picnic shelters swimming facilities

top 3 parks for improvement are large, city parks


1. Seaside 2. Pleasure Beach 3. Veterans Memorial Park

A little more than half of households have NOT participated in Bridgeport rec programs or events in the last 12 months.

yeS

NO

54%

46%

Responses from online park system survey

10

Community Survey Community Survey Community Survey Community Survey


10

11

Most residents learned Most residents learned about Parks learned Most residents & Rec & Rec services about learned Most residentsParksservices via Parks & Rec services about newspaper, city web web via newspaper, aboutsite, and citycity web city Parks & rec services via newspaper, staff. staff. site, and city

2% 2%

10% 2% 10%

11

10% 18% 18%

18%

Newspaper Newspaper City of Bridgeport Website Newspaper City of Bridgeport Website

via newspaper, city website, site, and city staff. and city staff.

20% 20%

20% 21% 21% 9% 9% 6% 6%

From City Staff From City Staff 21% Promotional material or flyers From friends and neighbors From City Staff From friends and neighbors

Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) City of Bridgeport Website Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Promotional material or flyers Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Promotional material or flyers

9%

14% 6% 14%

14%

Materials at the Parks and Recreation Department From friends and neighbors Materials at the Parks and Recreation Department I have not seen or heard anything about parks services Materials at the Parks and Recreation Department I have not seen or heard anything about parks services I have not seen or heard anything about parks services

Residents believe park residents Residents believe park believe maintenance and the the Residents believe park and maintenance maintenanceand thethe quantity of and walking/biking maintenance walking/biking quantity of quantity of trails most most trails require the require quantity of walking/biking trails require the support in trails require the next 3-5 the most support in next 3-5 support most the in the years.in the next 3-5 nextsupportyears. 3-5 years. years.

Number of parks Availability of info about programs/facilities Availability of info about programs/facilities QualityQuality of programs and facilities for adults Availabilityof programs and facilities for adults of info about programs/facilities QualityQuality of playground equipment of facilities for adults Quality of programs andplayground equipment Youth programs Quality of playground equipment programs Youth Adult programs Youth programs programs Adult QualityQuality of outdoor swimming pools of outdoor swimming pools Adult programs Quantity of swimming pools Quality of outdoorwalking/biking trails trails Quantity of walking/biking Park maintenance Quantity of walking/biking trails Park maintenance Park maintenance
0 0 0

User friendliness of Park District website QualityQuality of ice rink ice rink of indoor indoor Number of parks Quality of indoor ice rink of parks Number

User friendliness of Park of Park District website User friendliness District website

100 100

100

Community Forum # 1 August 10, 2011


assessment of overall Park System Strengths
Many diverse park types in the system Access to water and location on the Long Island Sound Special parks like Beardsley Park and Connecticuts Beardsley Zoo Park City history of park system and large quantity of parks

august 10th at cesar Batalla 80+ people signed in

Weaknesses
Overcrowded Lack of access or transportation options Lack of diverse activities, rec centers or recreation program Maintenance/upkeep/cleaning

Highest Priorities
Education Access/access, visibility and safety of parks Natural resources and protection of habitat Secure finances so Parks Master Plan recommendations can be implemented Upkeep and maintenance

Whats Missing?
Connection to nature and ecology Education for children and adults Safety: lighting needs to be addressed

Community Forum # 1
community Feedback on 3 Scenarios
Stories about how Bridgeports future might unfold for its parks A method for finding appropriate movements down each path

connEct
Streets as connectors to parks Enhanced water access Like ability to access parks without access

EnHancE
Big Wins make sense School grounds as publically accessible amenities are great Durable surfaces and focused programming (ie. Old Mill Green as a hyperpark) Support for pocket parks and enhanced small parks

Refined Plan

EXPand
Partnerships and more friends of parks groups Support school partnership but requires coordination Neighborhood investment would be useful and lead to creativity Volunteers are good for parks Like funding programs, but responsibility issues surrounding sponsored by parks

FuturE VISIon
What is the plan for the next generation of parks?

A Healthy, Connected Future


As the population grows and resources become scarcer, urban centers like Bridgeport are an essential component of a sustainable society and one critical key to livable cities is a successful park system. Bridgeports park system will lead the way by being:

Physically connected
Envision Bridgeports parks as part of a green infrastructure system throughout the city that keeps people and the environment healthy Connect Bridgeports signature regional parks to its neighbors

Ecologically diverse
Celebrate the range of open space types in Bridgeports system Bring renewed brownfields, vacant lots, and neglected lands back into the open space system

accessible to all
Offer more diverse programming Improve communications and ensure parks are highly visible

Economically Viable
Support growing population trends with new parks to serve needs Create value for future development

CREATE EAST/WEST

LINK TO REGIONAL HOUSATONIC RAILTRAIL SySTEM

PUBLIC ACCESS ALONG yELLOW MILL CREEK AND PEQUONNOCK RIVER

Physically Connected

CONNECTIONS

PUBLIC ACCESS ALONG ALL CITy WATERFRONTS

UTILIZE RAILROAD AVENUE FOR CROSS-CITy TRAIL CONNECTION

PARK AVENUE COMPLETE STREET

WATER TAxI ACCESS TO WATERFRONT

INCREASE TREE CANOPy

RENATURALIZE LARGE PARKS

REHABILITATE RIPARIAN CORRIDORS

Ecologically Diverse

ALONG STREETS THROUGH TREE PLANTING PROGRAM

PROTECT KEy HABITAT AREAS WHILE PROVIDING PUBLIC ACCESS

WEST SIDE II

WENT FIELD

OLD MILL GREEN

SUCCESS PARK

Accessible to All

OFFER MORE DIVERSE PROGRAMMING AND IMPROVE SERVICE TO ALL IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AND ENSURE PARKS ARE HIGHLy VISIBLE THROUGH SIGNAGE AND PUBLICATIONS IMPROVE SERVICE TO HIGH NEED BELT THROUGH HyPER-PARKS UPCHURCH PARK

CONTINUE OPERATING FAIRCHILD

DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES AS PARK STEWARDS

PARTNER WITH LAKE SUCCESS ECO-BUSINESS PARK

Economically Viable

WHEELER GOLF COURSE

INCREASE VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES AT SEASIDE PARK

ENHANCE WATERFRONT TO STIMULATE GROWTH

PARTNER WITH DEVELOPMENT TO CREATE PARK SPACES

The Future of the Park City

MEEtInG todayS nEEd


How do we close the service gaps?

What are the Gaps Today?


accessibility neighborhood Parks

67

NA

203

216

289

4.4 BPT

72 NRPA SA/HH

86 BPT NRPA SA/HH

new Main and Gold mini-park

MINI-PARK ToTAl AcReAge

NeIgHBoRHood PARK ToTAl AcReAge

Special Use

Mini

Neighborhood

286 291 BPT

1,082 577

26 286 551

1,082 577

distribution of Park types


SA/HH

COMMUNITy

REGIONAL

NRPA

SA/HH

BPT

NRPA

coMMuNITy PARK ToTAl AcReAge

RegIoNAl PARK ToTAl AcReAge

% of ToTAl AcReAge

What are the Gaps Today?


Play / Family friendly activities durable court sports

Play
2

53 19 115 72

1 1 1 2

Longfellow Playground
3 5 5 2 1 7 3 2 1 7 3

BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH

BPT NRPA SA/HH

BPT NRPA SA/HH

BPT NRPA SA/HH

PlAy gRouNdS Ice SKATINg RINK

SPRAy PAd

INdooR Pool ouTdooR Pool

court Sports
17 11 24 29 29 24
BPT

72 48
NRPA SA/HH

1 4
BPT

NA

BPT NRPA SA/HH

NRPA SA/HH

BASKeTBAll

TeNNIS

volleyBAll

Success Park

Where is the Need Highest?


Park Need

Population Density

Car Access

Diversity

HIGH

Income

LOW

What are the Gaps Today?


Maintenance recreation programming / staff

current Staff Size

20

RecReATIoN MAINTeNANce

3 14
BPT

22
COMPS

47

63
BEST PRACTICE

Park System
1,346 acres 45+ parks

NATL. USUAL STND.

How does the plan meet the need?

2011 Parks Master Plan

5 Strategies

Partnerships

Adding Amenities

Connections

Sustainable Maintenance

Visibility + Outreach

How does the plan meet the need?

2011 Parks Master Plan

5 Strategies

Partnerships

Adding Amenities

Connections

Sustainable Maintenance

Visibility + Outreach

Examples

Schools

Quick Wins

Board of Education

Partnerships
We need everyones help to keep the parks safe, clean, active, and living up to the Park city legacy.

46 Parks & growing

City-wide parks NRZ neighborhood adopted parks Downtown parks Key natural resource parks Shared school parks New hyper parks Small or specialized parks

Stewards major city and regional parks

city
Beardsley Seaside

Protects the Olmsted Parks legacy in Bridgeport Provide large, diverse park offerings for citizens Seeks revenue-generating opportunities

Fairchild Wheeler Golf course


F.W. Golf course provides city revenue

$2.5 M $2 M $1.5 M $1 M 0.5 M 0

GOLF COURSE

*
Protect the Legacy 3 olmsted Landscapes
2010 2011

OTHER

2006

ToTAl ANNuAl ReveNueS

2009

2005

2007

2008

Adopt a neighborhood park

nrZ

Contribute sweat equity, improvements, daily care and stewardship Pursue official non-profit organization status or partner with neighborhood non-profit

Boston Ave/Mill Hill Black Rock Brooklawn/St. Vincent Downtown East End East Side Enterprise Zone The Hollow North Bridgeport North End South End West Side Whiskey Hill

Manilla Park Ellsworth Park Alice St. Lot Baldwin Plaza Newfield/Jessup Washington Park NO PARKS Lafayette Park Beardsley Park Puglio Park Seaside Park (shared) McGovern Park Glenwood Park
Washington Parks & People , Washington dc

Sponsor a highly visible downtown park

downtown

Work with DSSD, BRBC, and the City on programming and events Integrate public art and coordinate with Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council and local arts organizations

Waterfront Park Wheeler Park Broad Street Steps McLevy Green

New Main and Gold pocket park Majestic Park Baldwin Plaza City Hall Annex Park

McLevy Green Farmers market

Jackson Square, nyc

nature

Support city by initiating conservation initiatives (Save the Sounds Green Infrastructure Feasibility Scan and the Pequonnock River Initiative) Help organize volunteer efforts Incorporate education and community outreach into activities

Pleasure Beach Fairchild Memorial Park Elton Rogers Park Veterans Memorial Park Vacant lands and future community gardens
Pleasure Beach (c Emmett unlimited)

Already active in this area: Save the Sound Connecticut Audubon Groundwork Bridgeport Ash Creek Foundation

Volunteer clean-ups

School yard amenities

Schools

216 acres of park space Basketball - 15 courts Baseball - 8 diamonds Football / Soccer - 9 fields
# fIeldS # leISuRe AcTIvITIeS # PlAy fAcIlITIeS

Playgrounds - 31 playgrounds
# couRTS

Sources: http://www.bridgeportedu.com/schools/Schools%20Elementary.html and Google Earth

amenities in Schools today

Waltersville/Barnum School contains 2 courts and play facilities

Parks

Field Sports

25

29 29

17

14

14

BPT NRPA SA/HH

BPT NRPA SA/HH

BASeBAll/ SofTBAll

fooTBAll/ SocceR

court Sports
17 11 24 29 29 24
BPT

72 48
NRPA SA/HH

1 4
BPT

NA

BPT NRPA SA/HH

NRPA SA/HH

BASKeTBAll

TeNNIS

volleyBAll

Play
2 1 2 3 5 5 2 1 7 3 2 1 7 3

53 19 115 72

1 1

BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH

BPT NRPA SA/HH

BPT NRPA SA/HH

BPT NRPA SA/HH

PlAy gRouNdS Ice SKATINg RINK


# leISuRe AcTIvITIeS

SPRAy PAd

INdooR Pool ouTdooR Pool

amenities in Parks today

# PlAy fAcIlITIeS

Leisure
2 1 3
Bocce

# couRTS

# fIeldS

12
BPT

7
BPT

BPT

NRPA SA/HH

NRPA SA/HH

NRPA SA/HH

HoRSeSHoeS

SHelTeRS

Parks + Schools

Field Sports
32 29 29 23 14 14

BPT NRPA SA/HH

BPT NRPA SA/HH

BASeBAll/ SofTBAll

fooTBAll/ SocceR

court Sports
8 20 29 29 26
BPT

72 48
NRPA SA/HH

1 4
BPT

NA

BPT NRPA SA/HH

NRPA SA/HH

BASKeTBAll

TeNNIS

volleyBAll

Play
35 37 115 72 2 1 2 3 5 5 1 2 7 3 2 1 7 3

1 1

NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH

BPT NRPA SA/HH

BPT NRPA SA/HH

BPT NRPA SA/HH

PlAy gRouNdS Ice SKATINg RINK


# leISuRe AcTIvITIeS

SPRAy PAd

INdooR Pool ouTdooR Pool

Schools and Parks combined amenities

# PlAy fAcIlITIeS

Leisure
2 1 3
Bocce

# couRTS

# fIeldS

12
BPT

7
BPT

BPT

NRPA SA/HH

NRPA SA/HH

NRPA SA/HH

HoRSeSHoeS

SHelTeRS

School Partnerships
Schoolyards to Playgrounds, new york ny
Supports 10minute walk for all to a park or playground. 258 schoolyards will open by 2013. Open after school, on weekends, and during breaks. Parks Department, the Department of Education (DOE), and Trust for Public Land (TPL) are working together to improve 161 of the 258 schoolyards. NyC is investing $95 million for playground improvements
PARTNERSHIP OF PARKS DEPT, DEPT OF EDUCATION, AND THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND

The 258 sites will be maintained by the DOE.

SCHOOLyARDS OPEN DURING OFF-HOURS

Board of Education
Johnson oak + tisdale School
Reconfigure layout and circulation so that public park zone is accessible off of main streets
fy a s cces

i clar

Allow public use of the school area during agreed non-school hours Shared maintenance and security through partnerships of Parks Department, school security, neighbors and police

accessible public area

Secured school area

PoPuLatIon
0 25 50

Proposed future conditions diagram


Johnson oak Park
100 200

How does the plan meet the need?

2011 Parks Master Plan

5 Strategies

Partnerships

Adding Amenities

Connections

Sustainable Maintenance

Visibility + Outreach

Examples

Schools

Hyper Parks

Quick Wins

Board of Education

Success Park synthetic field

Where do we add amenities?


Hyper-park Program

old Mill Green

Success

Neighborhood Population

upchurch/James Brown Waterview Went Field West Side II

Need by Neighborhood

Amenities Deficit

Physical Potential

Where do we add amenities?


Hyper-park Program

old Mill Green

Success

Centrally Located

upchurch/James Brown Waterview Went Field West Side II

Accessible to all

Distinctive Identities

Durable + Highly Programmed


destination Playground

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Old Mill Green


Under programmed space Limited pedestrian access High maintenance mowed surface

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Old Mill Green


Increased amenities including 8 tennis courts, skate park, dog run, playground, and historic park Close 2 streets for pedestrian safety (North Hallett and Goddard) Historic, shaded open space serves as gateway to the park Traffic calming through improved and increased number of crosswalks to improve pedestrian access

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IMPRoved cRoSSwAlK AT TRAffIc SIgNAl 60,000 Sf deSTINATIoN PlAy gRouNd fIRe dePT AcceSS ANd PARKINg PlAzA 8 TeNNIS couRTS
putnam street

Builds on adjacent Fire Department and Parent Center resources

east main street

e street

dog PARK

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100

250

500

East Side
crescent ave

Upchurch and James Brown


Unrealized potential connection betrween parks Potential partnersip with school and housing authority Limited connection to yellow Mill Creek

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HouSINg AuTHoRITy develoPMeNT SITeS eNvIRoNMeNTAl educATIoN PlAy AReA

East Side

crescent ave

Upchurch and James Brown


Gateway to the yellow Mill Creek Corridor Waterfront path and internal trail circut 2 destination playgrounds: 1. Educational and environmental focused waterfront play 2. Neighborhood play & recreation zone

hallett s treet

couRTyARd/ coNNecTIoN PAvIlIoN oN-STReeT PARKINg

P
BARNuM ScHool wAlTeRSvIlle exISTINg couRTS
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TRAIl coNNecTIoN cRoSSwAlKS

RevITAlIzed PlAyfIeld

PoPuLatIon
0 100

TRAIl To jAMeS BRowN PARK ANd ecologIcAl ReSToRATIoN AReA


200 400

TeNNIS couRT exISTINg BASKeTBAll couRT

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Success Park
Backed by housing Limited visibility Field in poor condition

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Boston ave/Mill Hill


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RAIN gARdeN 25,000 Sf deSTINATIoN PlAy gRouNd BuffeR PlANTINg

Success Park
Synthetic turf play field planning already underway by City New through road provides better access, visibility, and overall neighborhood connectivity 2 basketball courts, 1 tennis court, synthetic turf, and destination playground

pear l ha rbo r str eet

eNTRy SIgNAge

New coNNecTIve RoAd

2 BASKeTBAll couRTS New TeNNIS couRT SyNTHeTIc TuRf PlAy fIeld

PAvIlIoN ANd PIcNIc AReA

ReSToRed exISTINg TeNNIS couRTS

P
eNTRy SIgNAge
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PoPuLatIon
0 25 50 100 200

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How does the plan meet the need?

2011 Parks Master Plan

5 Strategies

Partnerships

Adding Amenities

Connections

Sustainable Maintenance

Visibility + Outreach

Examples

Schools

Hyper Parks

Complete Streets

Quick Wins

Board of Education

Success Park synthetic field

Pleasure Beach fishing pier

Connections

restore ecological connections and amplify the Pequonnock and yellow Mill

transform bare infrastructure through plantings and green infrastructure

complete Streets and reinforce walkability to parks

Build on current initiatives

Progress at knowlton Park along the Pequonnock river

new sidewalks improve walkability at Seaside

Sliver by the River today...

Sliver by the River ... tomorrow

Sliver by the River ... tomorrow

Greenway Partnership
Mill river Park and Greenway, Stamford ct
The channelized Mill River runs through the center of Stamford. In 2002, Mill River Collaborative was formed.

the Mill river collaborative


Initiated by Stamford Partnership, City of Stamford, Urban Redevelopment Commission and Trust for Public Land. A 501c3 non-profit corporation
STAMFORDS MILL RIVER PARK URBAN GREENWAy

Many partners contributed to its success.

2009 Financial Partners


33 Broad Street Associates II, LLC Boehm Family Foundation Bridger Management Carlson Family Foundation Cummings & Lockwood Charitable Fndn Fairfield County Community Foundation First County Bank Foundation, Inc. GE Asset Management General Reinsurance Corp Greenwich Capital Markets, Inc. Melissa Anne Leonhardt Fund Overbrook Foundation Pitney Bowes Employee Involvement Fund Pitney Bowes Foundation Purdue Pharma L.P. RBS Securities
yELLOW MILL CREEK TODAy

SLGreen Robinson & Cole Robyn Rubinstein Memorial Fund S L Green Management Samuel Lotstein Realty Company LLC Selkowitz Family Foundation The Edith & Herbert Lehman Foundation The Insurance Exchange The Malkin Fund The Trust for Public Land The Velaj Foundation UBS AG W&M Properties of CT, Inc. William & Sylvia Silberstein Foundation, Inc. xRAM LTD

Pleasure Beach fishing pier


central avenue, Bridgeport

How does the plan meet the need?

2011 Parks Master Plan

5 Strategies

Partnerships

Adding Amenities

Connections

Sustainable Maintenance

Visibility + Outreach

Examples

Schools

Hyper Parks

Complete Streets

Naturalized Landscapes

Quick Wins

Board of Education

Success Park synthetic field

Pleasure Beach fishing pier

Ash Creek Enhancements

Sustainable Maintenance
Seek big wins by focusing first on the large parks Renaturalize the edges and roughs of large regional parks
BeARdSley PARK

181 acres

Renaturalize small, underutilized parks to minimize mowing Low-maintenance vacant lots/community gardens program

Large Parks - Beardsley, Seaside, F.W. Golf course underutilized - Manila Street, Majestic, West End

1,346 Total Park Acres

635 711

Undeveloped Park Space Developed and Maintained Park Space

SeASIde PARK

370 acres

308
WHAT 17 FULL-TIME STAFF MAINTAIN IN BRIDGEPORT WHAT 17 FULL-TIME STAFF TyPICALLy MAINTAIN

210
WHAT BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES RECOMMEND FOR 17 FULL-TIME STAFF

developed Parks

Sustainable Maintenance
Greener Management in Bridgeport Means:
Renaturalize 180 acres total - 25% of Beardsley, Seaside, and Golf Course Potential operations savings of $1,005/acre vs. traditional landscape or $180,900 annually in operations costs* Savings can result from staff time, equipment, and materials Upfront costs for conversion from turf followed by longterm savings

Benefits
Introduction of native plants Restoration of former habitat Enhanced biodiversity Reduction of carbon impact from mowing and maintenance

*Potential savings estimated based on current Bridgeport parks spending and maintenance practices in Bridgeport, and case studies of similar changed landscape managment practices.

Sustainable Maintenance
training & new Skillsets
Restoration ecology techniques Awareness of new landscape types Education among staff and community

Managing and maintaining a man made landscape is anything but natural. We have to cut the lawns, fertilize the trees, water the plants and spray for diseases and pests. - Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy

Minneapolis Parks & recreation Board


Natural areas converted to prairie grasses, storm water ponds and shoreline buffers Management standards: Athletic Field - Maintained daily to weekly, grass height of 2.5 to 3. Potential for durable astroturf General Park Turf Maintenance - Maintained on a less frequent basis. Grass height can exceed 5 at times. Reduced Mowing in Natural Areas - Maintained on an infrequent basis.

Buffalo olmsted conservancy


Goal to convert 20% of each park to maintained meadow areas. Meadows contain native plants and are mowed 1-2 times per year.

Sustainable Maintenance
Vacant Lots
Potential for new park space on lots larger than 1 acre Small scale productive landscapes and community gardens

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Vacant Lots

Large vacant sites provide the opportunity to introduce new parks to the system, while the integration of durable, sustainable systems will help minimize impact on maintenance operations.

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vIRgINIA Ave

Ash Creek Enhancement

How does the plan meet the need?

2011 Parks Master Plan

5 Strategies

Partnerships

Adding Amenities

Connections

Sustainable Maintenance

Visibility + Outreach

Examples

Schools

Hyper Parks

Complete Streets

Naturalized Landscapes

Parks Guide

Quick Wins

Board of Education

Success Park synthetic field

Pleasure Beach fishing pier

Ash Creek Enhancements

Parks Map

Visibility & Outreach


Improved Parks and Recreation Department website Branded, consistent wayfinding and signage Enhanced Recreation program offerings Recreation program guide and parks passport

Bridgeport has a great story to tell, and it needs to get out there, Curtatone said. In Somerville, weve implemented a branding plan because were still fighting generations of negative perceptions.
- Mayor Joe Curtatone, Somerville, MA

Recreation Program Guide


Connect with the Park City
Reservoir Whiskey Hill

Watch For More Indoor Programming


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North End

North Bridgeport

Brooklawn/ St. Vincent

Enterprise Zone East Side

Boston Ave/ Mill Hill

Dogs In The Parks


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Amazing Art with the Bridgeport Arts + Cultural


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The Hollow West End/ West Side

East End

Downtown

South End

Olympic Athlete to Visit Seaside Camp


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Improved Training For Volunteer Coaches


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Black Rock

PARK CITY
Bridgeport
Connecticut A Parks Master Plan for

THE

PROGRAM GUIDE

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Park City Park System and Amenities Map


Coordinate with Greater Bridgeport Transit maps Link to future bike and complete streets maps Inventory provides families, downtown employees, and athletes with information about walkable playgrounds, event locations, and recreation training facilities

Park City Passport


Incentives program to encourage residents and visitors to visit all of Bridgeports parks Users receive a stamp in their parks passport Enhances visibility, awareness, and appreciation of the park system

Washington Park
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PARK CITY
Bridgeport
Connecticut A Parks Master Plan for

THE

PASSPORT

Place Stamp Here

2011 Parks Master Plan

5 Strategies

Partnerships

Adding Amenities

Sustainable Maintenance

Connections

Visibility + Outreach

Examples

Schools

Hyper Parks

Naturalized Landscapes

Complete Streets

Parks Guide

Quick Wins

Board of Education

Success Park synthetic field

Ash Creek Enhancements

Pleasure Beach fishing pier

Parks Map

Funding Sources

Foundations and Nonprofits

CDBG Grants & Public Private Partnerships

EPA and Brownfield Grants

Federal and State Transportation

Corporate and Downtown Sponsorships

Whats Next for the Park City & How Can You Help?
Visit http://www.bridgeportct.gov/

Parks Standards

North End

Reservoir Whiskey Hill

North Bridgeport

Brooklawn/ St. Vincent

Enterprise Zone East Side

Boston Ave/ Mill Hill

The Hollow West End/ West Side

East End

Downtown

South End

Black Rock

PARK CITY
Bridgeport
Connecticut A Parks Master Plan for

THE

PARKS STANDARDS PROGRAM GUIDE

Partner neighborhood
city / Government nrZ Private Schools High Boston ave / Mill Hill Success Park Hyper Park East End Johnson oak Park Hyper Park Pleasure Beach improvements rail trail/ Linear Park East Side the Hollow South End West End / West Side Moderate Whiskey Hill / reservoir Brooklawn / St. Vincent downtown Black rock Low

nature/ conservation