WHAT WE NEED
WHAT WE NEED
As is the case for many organizations, insufficiet funding has long been JCPRD's formidable challenge. Over the past two years, JCPRD has taken aggressive steps to meet that challenge head on, including the commission of an economics benefits study by The Trust for Public Land and development of a comprehensive strategic plan through the year 2030. In the process of completing the two projects, JCPRD not only quantified our value to the community, we also documented the needs and desires of our constituents. The study's findings resulted in greater awareness and support, and ultimately the Board of County Commissioners' approval of a .75 mill increase in our funding, equating to approximately $6.5 million in 2016. While this is a great boost to complete our plan, we still fall short to complete the Legacy Plan without private investment.
Another challenge JCPRD faces is the significant population growth occurring in outlying areas ad the need to spread our resources over a broader area. To better prepare for fulfilling our responsibility to provide parks and trails county-wide, a master plan was developed in 2016 for JCPRD's fifth regional park, consisting of approximately 2,000 acres in the southwest section of the county. JCPRD also established development strategies and accelerated timelines in our comprehensive strategic Legacy Plan for other high-growth area park properties that have been previously master planned but yet to be open.