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Parks, Rec, & Libraries Master Plan

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Final Parks, Rec, and Library Services Master Plan

Check out the final document below:

PDF icon Final Parks Rec Libraries Master Plan

PDF icon Appendices - Final Parks Rec And Library Services Master Plan

PDF icon Salinas Parks And Sports Facilities Standards

Help Shape the Future of Salinas’ Park, Recreation Centers and Libraries!

Please join us at one of three community priority setting meetings this month:

  • Wednesday, January 17th 6:00-8:00 PM- John Steinbeck Library, 350 Lincoln Ave.
  • Thursday, January 18th 6:00-8:00 PM- El Dorado Park, 1655 El Dorado Drive
  • Tuesday, January 30th 6:00-8:00 PM- Bread Box Recreation Center, 745 N. Sanborn Ave.

During these meeting, you will learn about the community input received thus far and help to prioritize infrastructure improvements and programming.  Don’t miss your opportunity to help identify what the City can do to make an immediate improvement to our parks, recreation centers and libraries!  For more information, please call 758-7306.

Moving the Parks, Rec & Libraries Master Plan Forward

One of the significant accomplishments for the Library & Community Services Division in 2019 was the adoption of the Parks, Recreation & Libraries Master Plan. Following a two year planning effort, which included a robust community engagement effort, the City Council adopted the Master Plan last July.  The Master Plan will guide policy development, prioritize demands and opportunities, and generate a strategic action plan.  The plan incorporates elements that ensure the consideration of racial equity in resource and service development. 

Through this process, the Park Classifications and Sports Facility Standards were also updated in order to provide guidance for acceptance of park land, collection of park development fees or provision of in lieu improvements and provide criteria for design of public and private parks.  Ultimately, the Master Plan will serve to inform the City of Salinas General Plan.

For questions about the Master Plan, please contact Library & Community Services Director Kristan Lunquist at (831) 758-7222. 

Update 12/12/2017

Over the last few months, our consultants have been analyzing the data received from our initial outreach effort which included five community meetings, online and paper surveys and over 30 pop-up activities at various local events and with established groups.  Over 2000 residents participated in this effort and as a result, several themes have begun to emerge.  Below are highlights of highest priorities across all groups (community meetings, survey & pop- ups):

  • Safety
    -          Safety concerns were the most common reason residents of all ages do not use parks, recreation facilities, and libraries more often.  Residents are wary of illegal activities.
    -          Maintenance and perception about upkeep impact usage and visitation
  • Expanded Programming
    -          More variety of art, culture, wellness and educational programs- especially for youth and seniors
  • Expanded Sports Facilities and Programs
    -          More baseball fields; renovate tennis courts; lighting
    -          Increase youth after-school sports programs
    -          Provide adult sports leagues
  • Community Gathering and Events
    -          People want to have more places to get together with family, friends and neighbors
    -          Community rooms and flex spaces for classes, events and programs
    -          Picnic areas
    -          Community events
  • More Trails
    -          Walking/biking
    -          Access to nature
    -          Connect places ( parks/schools/etc.)
  • New Specialized Facilities
    -          Water parks/splash pads
    -          Dog parks

An update on the Master Plan was presented to the Library & Community Services Commission on November 8, 2017.  The presentation, "Summary of Initial Outreach Efforts & Project Status" outlines a more detailed accounting of the data we have received thus far, including the demographics of those who have participated in our survey and pop ups.

During the month of January, we will be holding a series of community meetings, focus groups and pop-ups to explore these themes further and set priorities for programming and infrastructure improvements.  The Master Plan Steering Committee and Staff are currently working on these outreach efforts and more information will be available in the coming weeks. Please contact Kristan Lundquist, Recreation & Community Services Superintendent at [email protected] or (831)758-7222 for more information.


What's it all about? 

The Parks, Recreation & Library Master Plan is a part of Visión Salinas, a unified coordination effort between various planning initiatives, with the goal of a citizen driven focus for the future of Salinas. The Plan is working to combine and strengthen planning efforts such as the Alisal Vibrancy Plan, the Chinatown Revitalization Plan and the Parks, Rec, & Libraries Master Plan. The new Master Plan will guide the City's efforts and establish a path forward for continuing to provide high quality, community-driven parks, recreation facilities and programs and library services serving the Salinas community. The Plan will include a vision for the park, recreation and library system, goals and objectives, a capital investment program, and implementation strategies for parks, programs and services.

The Master Plan will shape the delivery of City-provided parks, recreation and library services in a manner that is consistent with other city planning goals and is intended to be strategic in focus to help the City respond to three important questions:

  • What are our strengths?

  • Where should we focus our efforts?

  • How should we serve our local community?

Public input is crucial to make sure program goals and priorities are consistent with community needs and desires.

This project webpage will provide updates on the planning process, public meeting schedule, surveys, and more. For more information, call 831-758-7222.

Check back soon for more information about other public meetings and project information.

Final review and adoption of the Plan tentatively is scheduled for Fall 2017.