I’ve heard the quote “Planning is essential, plans are useless” time and time again on my favorite podcast, Manager Tools.  I think the podcast modified this quote from Eisenhower and/or Churchill, both of which said similar variations of the same meaning.

The purpose of planning within a Parks and Recreation agency is to PREPARE.  Like all plans, it is essential that agencies develop plans for all areas of operations, from emergency and safety, to capital and strategic improvements, to policies and procedures, to maintenance and supervision.  That’s a lot of responsibility for an organization, which is why it is necessary that there are plans in place to address these complex and often critical operations.  The main words that CPRP uses in their study guide is to prepare for “future growth, opportunities, and major purchases.”

In this blog post, I’m going to explore the similarities and differences in comprehensive plans, strategic plans, capital improvements, site plans, safety checks, and everything in between.  Hang in there, we’ve got a lot to learn.

Comprehensive plans:

Master Plans:

Strategic Plans:

Capital Improvements Project:

According to CPRP study guide, there are three main characteristics of a CIP:

  1. A CIP must create a long-term benefit to the agency (>1 year)
  2. May be a sustainable project, as it can be difficult to rewind the progress that’s made within a CIP
  3. There is a formal review process which is typically reviewed by an internal committee