In 2009, the City Council contracted with MIG, Inc. to develop the La Palma Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan, to establish a vision for the future, while taking into account the existing condition of facilities and the total parks, recreation, and cultural arts desires of the community.
During the development of the document, numerous public outreach efforts occurred, such as a phone survey, onsite surveys, focus groups, and stakeholder interviews. The results identified both recreational needs for facilities and the types of programs desired by La Palma residents that would meet their expectations for a successful park and recreation system for the next 20 years and beyond.
The Master Plan needs-assessment concluded that La Palma residents enjoy a variety of recreation activities, programs, and services. The Master Plan recommends that leisure service programs offered by the City continue to be developed, designed, and delivered so that they provide the following benefits: unique sense of place, sense of belonging, healthy lifestyles, advance lifelong learning, personal growth, safety and security, youth development, strong family units, cultural expression, enjoyable senior years, fun, and celebration.
The Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan (12.3MB) document was approved by the La Palma City Council in March 2010. In Chapter 6 and 7 of the document, a Conceptual Site Plan for Central Park was proposed. The Site Plan incorporated items considered most important from the Master Plan and provides for several new amenities, including: group picnic shelters, a children’s water plaza, reflection/meditation garden, walking/exercise trail, and improved park entryways. The Site Plan also addresses space conflict issues, such as the relocation of the existing children’s play area from the adjacent basketball courts to a more user friendly and expanded area. In addition to Central Park, other parks, schools, and the Edison right-of-way were identified for possible future improvements.
The Conceptual Site Plan was ultimately revised through further public input and in September 2010 the City Council approved the revised Central Park Site Plan, seen below.
The 12 Goals for Success
- Pursue implementation of the Concept Site Plan for development of Central Park
- Pursue development of school sites for sport complexes and family recreation
- Pursue recreation programs that provide leisure service benefits Recognize Park Maintenance as a budget priority
- Increase recreation and social programs for teens
- Expand indoor and outdoor programs for seniors
- Continue negotiations with Southern California Edison (SCE) for greenbelt improvements
- Provide community events for celebration and socialization that identify La Palma
- Address the need for aquatic activities and swim lessons
- Use park resources as assets to generate new revenue to deliver desired services
- Address SCE greenbelt access and restrooms at El Rancho Verde Park
- Continue park landscape standards that include “Sustainable Design Elements"