Mar 14, 2015

Successful Open Space Planning

Open space planning can be a fun and interesting effort.  It is kind of a hobby of mine and I enjoy helping envision open space projects, developing a short plan, and then helping build support for the plan. My projects have failed more often than succeeded - it is not easy.

I discuss three projects below - the successful Plank Road Trail Plan and the Chaminwood Lake Plan, and the Ward Lake Plan which I just wrote a few weeks ago.

Guidelines For A Successful Open Space Project

1. Develop a simple plan - one page on the internet is best.

2. Develop a good map and graphic.

3. Come up with an attractive name.

4. Try to get land owners interested in a partial donation.

5. Develop political support.
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6. Build coalitions.

7. Find the money.

8. Acquire and improve the park.

9. Celebrate success with photos.

10. Repeat the process with another site.