Planning and development at the Urbana Park District is based on the Strategic Plan, park master plans, community input, and the involvement of the various departments within the District. The Capital Budget and Capital Plan provide a work plan consisting of projects to be implemented over the course of the next few years. The work plan may be modified throughout the year due to unforeseen conditions and the need for the reallocation of resources. Projects are re-evaluated each year and adjusted as conditions and park/facility demands change.
The Urbana Park District uses the following criteria to assist in assigning planning and development priorities:
- Provides Critical, Safety, and Preventive Maintenance
- Provides Energy Efficiency
- Part of Playground Replacement Program
- Likeliness to be awarded a grant/donation
- Relevance to Strategic Plan
- Expected annual savings projected over project lifetime
- Relevance to the planning of Crystal Lake Park
What are Capital Items?
The Capital Plan and Budget consist of items that typically meet the following criteria:
- Has a value of at least $5,000
- Has a long life cycle, usually at least five years
- Results in revitalization or new development of park district assets/services
- Land Acquisition
Examples of Capital Projects include: redevelopment/remodeling of parks/facilities; acquisition, improvement, and development of land; purchase of vehicles and equipment; design and engineering costs.
How are the funds raised for these improvements?
Capital funding comes primarily from the annual sale of General Obligation Bonds. These bonds are repaid over two years. Alternative revenue such as grants, donations, and sponsorships also contribute to Capital funding.