SSPR adopts 2017 Master Plan

South Suburban Parks and Recreation logoOn May 10, the South Suburban Board of Directors formally adopted the District’s 2017 Master Plan.

The 2017 Master Plan supports a critical opportunity for South Suburban Parks and Recreation (SSPR) to build off the energy of new leadership, respond to the needs of SSPR’s diverse communities, and envision how this award-winning system can find fresh ways to implement the SSPR mission and serve the community. This is South Suburban’s first comprehensive District-wide Master Plan.

The plan details four guiding principles for the district and opportunities for improvement over the next decade.

1. Quality First

Playground at Writer's Vista Park

SSPR aims to consistently create positive experiences for the community. Its most important task is to continuously improve the quality of offerings and customer service.

2. Enrich Wellness

SSPR prioritizes wellness by offering close-to-home and affordable indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities to a diverse community.

3. Connect to Nature

SSPR provides access to open space, natural areas, and water recreation, while balancing stewardship of these natural resources. Recreating in nature fosters healthy living and provides benefits to emotional and physical well-being.

4. Lead Sustainability

SSPR supports sustainable practices for managing the district’s financial, physical, and natural resources. Well-maintained amenities require long-term financial investments. Energy and water efficient operations and maintenance increase the capacity to protect natural resources and invest more in recreation offerings.

Master Plan Prioritization Criteria

The 2017 Master Plan process led to the development of prioritization criteria that SSPR can use to evaluate future projects and improvements for implementation. Projects that meet the following criteria shall receive higher priority for funding and timing:

• Opportunities with highest community interest or that relate to the community-driven guiding principles: quality first, enrich wellness, connect to nature, and lead sustainability.

• Opportunities with moderate to low impact on maintenance and operations expenses.

• Opportunities that improve facilities that have reached end-of-life usability.

• Opportunities that align with municipal and county partners’ planning efforts.

• Opportunities with the highest impact to address capacity needs.

• Opportunities that offer a high return on investment.

Using the prioritization criteria, the Master Plan details top opportunities for improvement for each guiding principle and outlines a top 10 priority list of potential project types. For more information on those potential projects and to review the plan in its entirety, visit