Strategic Planning


The Urbana Park District has a strong history of planning for the future. We will move forward with a new Strategic Plan this year - the first plan in ten years. In progress: Strategic Plan focus groups.

You belong at Urbana Parks and we also believe you belong in our strategic planning process. You will find information below to update you about our strategic plan.

Nearly 350 people filled out the Urbana Park District User Questionnaire. Thanks for all the wonderful input you provided! We enjoyed spending time with you at all our summer events.


Urbana Park District Strategic Plan Pillars

The four planning pillars are comprised of interwoven initiatives, which strive to provide welcoming, inclusive, and creative recreational opportunities for our community.

Health & Wellness reinforces the Urbana Park District's commitment to providing parks, programs, facilities and events that promote all dimensions of wellness. This includes investigation of new indoor and self-guided opportunities for all ages and abilities.

You Belong Here promotes the creation of welcoming and supportive park and recreation experiences for everyone, while encouraging an inclusive and responsive staff culture. This celebrates inclusion regardless of age, ethnicity, culture, income, ability, lifestyle, interests - everyone and anyone belongs here!

Placemaking features the design and creation of vibrant and engaging spaces that inspire health and recreation. Placemaking strives to incorporate universal and multigenerational design, sustainable and environmentally responsible initiatives, resilient and future-oriented plans, and safe, welcoming places, which the public participates in creating.

Trails & Connectivity highlights the establishment of multiuse paths within parks for transportation and recreation, while creating park-wide, neighborhood, community and regional connections. This supports active lifestyles and safe transportation for those walking, biking, jogging and rolling in the community, while also stimulating local tourism and economic benefits.