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File #: 20-1040    Version: 1 Name: PRM - DeForest Park Vision Plan D9
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 9/30/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/20/2020 Final action: 10/20/2020
Title: Recommendation to receive and file a report on the DeForest Park Vision Plan; and, accept Statutory Exemption SE-20-082. (District 9)
Sponsors: Parks, Recreation and Marine
Attachments: 1. 102020-R-12sr&att.pdf, 2. 102020-R-12 PowerPoint.pdf
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Recommendation to receive and file a report on the DeForest Park Vision Plan; and, accept Statutory Exemption SE-20-082. (District 9)

DISCUSSION
On July 24, 2018, the Uptown Open Space Vision Plan was adopted by the City Council, which identifies new and innovative opportunities to fill the need for publicly-accessible open space and recreation facilities in North Long Beach’s Ninth City Council District. Since that time, several projects and plans included in the Uptown Open Space Vision Plan have been pursued. One such effort is planning for the future of DeForest Park, which was produced in partnership with Conservation Corps of Long Beach (Conservation Corps), Camp Fire Angeles, the DeForest Park Neighborhood Association, and the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department.

The DeForest Park Vision Plan (Vision Plan) serves as a visionary document to guide potential future development of DeForest Park (Attachment A). The Conservation Corps was awarded $100,000 from the Rivers and Mountain Conservancy State Proposition 1 (Water Bond) grant to fund the Vision Plan. The Vision Plan includes an existing conditions analysis, examination of opportunity types, summary of the public outreach process, and community-driven vision and implementation strategies. The Vision Plan looks back to how the park system has evolved to its current state and the previous efforts in planning and development that have informed the path forward. The Vision Plan is a plan for future park investment, anticipated over a long-term horizon, which will be implemented incrementally over time as productive sponsorships or partnerships can be established or as capital, maintenance, and operating resources allow.

The Vision Plan empowered community members to examine and reimagine their seemingly limited park environment with creativity and imagination, while setting expectations in reality through a series of forced-choice decision-making workshops. The Project Team coordinated with th...

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