Park Planning 5: Plan Development

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The purpose of this course is to explore the steps and inputs to develop strategic goals and a corresponding action plan for a parks and recreation agency.




This course will follow the Anchorage, Alaska Parks and Recreation Master Plan while giving students opportunities to begin developing correlating pieces for their own parks and recreation master plan. This cumulative course addresses much of the content presented in the first four park planning courses and will serve as preparation for an advanced park planning classroom-based course.

Please note: While this course can be taken alone, we recommend that you take it as part of the more comprehensive Park Planning Certificate course of study. If you are taking the course outside of the certificate program, you will be assessed only via the multiple choice quiz. You are welcome to work on the portfolio assignment, but you will not be able to upload your assignment for individual feedback from our expert course instructors.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Portfolio assignment (if taking as certificate program)
  • Final assessment

After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Introduction
  • Completing Your Strategies
  • Assembling and Submitting Your Plan
  • Summary

Be able to:

  • Relate the characteristics of effective strategies
  • Recognize the components of the final parks and recreation master plan
  • Determine the steps needed and the timeline for implementing the master plan
  • Recognize the importance of monitoring the progress of the master plan
  • Identify the approval process for your specific parks and recreation master plan

Recommended Background

The course will be most beneficial for those new to parks and public lands facility management or for those who wish to advance their career in this field. To complete the portfolio pieces successfully, it is recommended that you have access to a parks or public lands facility. While this course can be taken alone, we recommend that you take it as part of the more comprehensive Park Planning Certificate course of study.


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