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What is "Parks & Recreation?"

Ponce de Leon Park SunsetIn order to plan for the best possible parks and recreation system the City must first understand what are Parks, and what comprises Recreation.  According to the National Recreation and Park Association, a "public park" is any area or portions of areas dedicated or designated by any federal, state or local agency primarily for public recreational use.  Public recreation includes activities that take place at a public park/facility - sports, physical activities, exposure to natural surroundings, arts and culture, to name a few. These activities may be passive or active and may be performed at will by the visitor or be organized by a public agency.   Parks and recreation are resources and services provided for the purposes of leisure, entertainment and recreational pursuits by the citizens. Resources may be public spaces and facilities like parks, nature preserves, open space areas, greenways, trails, and built structures for sport, recreation or arts programs. Examples of services include recreation activity programs, athletic leagues, special events, arts programs, and environmental education programs.


“Advancing the quality of life through the creation of a  comprehensive interconnected and sustainable Park System that promotes the unique character and environment of Punta Gorda”


In order to achieve this vision and serve a diverse population drawn from across the country and around the world, thereby promoting long term personal, environmental, social and economic benefit, and the preservation of our historic legacy, the Parks System must be:

 * Interconnected * Sustainable * Unique *

The City of Punta Gorda Parks and Recreation Master Plan serves as a declaration of values and a foundation on which to build our Parks System.  The Plan looks in a comprehensive way at the existing system.  Specific sections address and assess the existing Park System, summarize public input, define specific park types and associated design standards, develop implementation strategies and technical appendices.


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