The Parks and Recreation Master Plan is a comprehensive, community-input document developed through a year-long process that looked at the existing recreational facilities, programs and services and determined the current and future level of service for the community. The plan prioritizes the needs and desires for upgrading existing and potentially creating new facilities and services, helping determine the phasing, timing, funding and other details of proposed project and services for the next several years.

At the February 09, 2016, Lawrence City Commission meeting, Parks and Recreation staff presented its recommendation to commissioners to approve a contract with GreenPlay LLC to update the Parks and Recreation Department's Comprehensive Master Plan, which was developed in 2000. The City Commission approved the contract and developed a Master Plan Steering Committee made up of a cross-section of community leaders and stakeholders and user groups.

Meetings History

A series of meetings assisted in the development of the 2016-17 Comprehensive Master Plan. The meetings ranged from staff focus groups, user/stakeholder focus groups and community meetings to aid in the development of the new plan.

Tuesday, March 21

  • 5:45 p.m. – Lawrence City Commission for Final Approval
    Location: City Commission Meeting Room, City Hall, 6 E. 6th St.
    Focus: Request for aproval of plan
    Open to the Public

Tuesday, February 14

  • 5:45 p.m. – LPRD Advisory Board/Steering Committee Work Session
    Final Draft Presentation and Recommendations
    Location: City Commission Meeting Room, City Hall, 6 E. 6th St.
    Focus: Steering Committee at City Commission Work Session
    Open to the Public

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

  • 2-4 p.m. – Steering Committee Work Session
    Review and discuss draft Master Plan
    Location: LPRD Administrative Office, 1141 Massachusetts St.
    Focus: Finalize Master Plan
    Open to the Public

Tuesday, December 6

  • 1-3 p.m. – Steering Committee Work Session
    Review and discuss draft Master Plan
    Location: LPRD Administrative Office, 1141 Massachusetts St.
    Focus: Finalize Master Plan
    Open to the Public

Monday, October 24

  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Steering Committee Work Session
    Review and discuss draft Master Plan
    Location: LPRD Administrative Office, 1141 Massachusetts St.
    Focus: Finalize Master Plan
    Open to the Public

Monday, October 3

  • 3-5 p.m. – Steering Committee Work Session
    Review and discuss draft Master Plan
    Location: LPRD Administrative Office, 1141 Massachusetts St.
    Focus: Finalize Master Plan
    Open to the Public

Wednesday, September 28

  • 3-5 p.m. – Steering Committee Work Session
    Review and discuss draft Master Plan
    Location: LPRD Administrative Office, 1141 Massachusetts St.
    Focus: Finalize Master Plan
    Open to the Public

Thursday, September 22

  • 3-5 p.m. – Steering Committee Work Session
    Review and discuss draft Master Plan
    Location: LPRD Administrative Office, 1141 Massachusetts St.
    Focus: Finalize Master Plan
    Open to the Public

Tuesday, September 13

  • 5:45 p.m. – LPRD Advisory Board/Steering Committee Work Session
    Draft Presentation and Recommendations
    Location: City Commission Meeting Room, City Hall, 6 E. 6th St.
    Focus: Steering Committee at City Commission Work Session
    Open to the Public

Tuesday, August 23

  • Noon – LPRD Advisory Board/Steering Committee joint meeting
    Draft Presentation and Recommendations
    Location:Carnegie Building, 200 W. 9th St.
    Focus: Consensus Edits to Draft Master Plan
    Open to the Public

Wednesday, July 20

  • 1 p.m. – Steering Committee Additional Visioning Workshop
    Location: LPRD Administrative Office Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St.
    Focus: Preliminary Recommendations
    Open to the Public

Wednesday, July 13

  • 3 p.m. – Steering Committee Visioning Workshop
    Location: LPRD Administrative Office Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St.
    Focus: Preliminary Recommendations
    Open to the Public

Tuesday, July 12

  • Noon – Joint meeting of LPRD Advisory Board/Steering Committee
    Finding Presentation – Survey Results and Inventory Assessment

    Location: Carnegie Building, 200 W. 9th St.
    Agenda Item: Memo of Survey Results to City Commission
    Open to the Public
  • May through June – Survey

    Wednesday, May 11

    • 3 p.m. -Steering Committee Meeting
      Location: LPRD Administrative Office Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St.
      Focus: Finalize Survey Document and Benchmarking Cities/Criteria
      Open to the Public

    Focus Groups/Public Meetings Summary

    Thursday, April 21

    • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. -Public Focus Group–Stakeholders/User Groups/Steering Committee/Board
      Location: LPRD Administrative Office Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St.
    • 7-8:30 p.m. – Public Meeting
      Location: Lawrence High School commons, 1901 Louisiana St.

    Wednesday, April 20

    • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Public Focus Group – Stakeholders/User Groups/Steering Committee/Board
      Location: LPRD Administrative Office Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St.
    • 4 p.m. Public Focus Group–Youth at Boys and Girls Club

    Tuesday, April 19

    • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Public Focus Group –Stakeholders/User Groups/Steering Committee/Board
      Location: LPRD Administrative Office Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St.

    Monday, April 18

    • Staff Focus Groups

    Thursday, April 14

    • Staff Focus Groups
    • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. -Public Focus Group–Stakeholders/User Groups/Steering Committee/Board
      Location: LPRD Administrative Office Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St.
    • 7-8:30 p.m. – Public Meeting
      Location: Sports Pavilion Lawrence, Legacy Room, 100 Rock Chalk Lane

    Wednesday, April 13

    • 7:30-9 a.m. – Public Focus Group – Stakeholders/User Groups/Steering Committee/Board
      Location: LPRD Administrative Office Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St.
    • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. -Public Focus Group–Stakeholders/User Groups/Steering Committee/Board
      Location: LPRD Administrative Office Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St.

    Tuesday, April 12

    • 7:30-9 a.m. – Public Focus Group – 50+
      Location: Sports Pavilion Lawrence Champions Room, 100 Rock Chalk Lane
    • 3:30-5 p.m. – Public Focus Group –Stakeholders/User Groups/Steering Committee/Board
      Location: LPRD Administrative Office Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St.
    • 7-8:30 p.m. – Public Focus Group – Stakeholders/User Groups/Steering Committee/Board
      Location: LPRD Administrative Office Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St.

    Monday, April 11

    • Staff Focus Groups

    Monday, March 28 

    For more information or questions regarding the Comprehensive Master Plan or the process, please contact the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department Administrative Office at (785) 832-3450 or at parksrec@lawrenceks.org.