Strategic Planning

Urbana Park District Strategic Plan 2020


The Urbana Park District has a strong history of planning for the future. On September 10, 2019 the district’s Board of Commissioners accepted a new strategic plan and future vision for 2020-2024. Nearly two years in the making, this plan is something for everyone to be proud of.

Nearly 1,000 community members helped this plan become a reality through filling out questionnaires, jotting down answers to white board questions, attending a focus group, or participating in a stakeholder meeting. We truly could not have done it without you, and hope the plan pillars and goals reflect your needs.

This 22 page plan is intended to be colorful, engaging, concise and easy to understand. Please take a look!

Four Pillars of the Strategic Plan

YBH  You Belong Here

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  Placemaking

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.

Health  Health & Wellness

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.

Trails  Trails & Connectivity

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 economy.