Public Engagement/ Outreach

BCI uses a variety of public engagement methods to gather the input necessary for a successful plan. These methods include:

  • An engaged Steering Committee

  • FUN and interactive public workshops that are community events—not just typical evening meetings

  • Stakeholder groups of interested groups and individuals to gain insight on the particulars of their organization’s trends and needs

  • Surveys

  • Web-based community engagement through MindMixer

  • Promotion on social media

  • Public presentations of interim findings and reports from draft to final

 

These methods build a solid platform for community-supported recommendations and a consensus vision.

The public engagement is augmented with a variety of analyses to identify the key “Gaps” in service delivery.  These analyses include demographic analysis, benchmarking to other successful communities, and service area analyses.  The Service Areas Analysis maps the walk and drive times to your parks, but also maps the walk and drive times to a variety of specific facility types, such as picnic shelters, trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, ball diamonds, rectangular fields, and much more.  These separate analyses are then combined into a Composite Service Area Map which provides a clear view of the gaps in your current system and where facilities are needed. 

The public engagement, benchmarking, and BCI experience is used to develop Level of Service Guidelines specific for Scotch Plains to identify the need for facilities now and into the future.

The results of the facilities and program inventory and assessment, public engagement, and various analyses are used by the Consultants and the Steering Committee to develop a Strategic Plan for the Future of parks and recreation in Scotch Plains. The Strategic Plan includes a Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives for your future. Once the Vision is developed by the Steering Committee, another round of public engagement is conducted to publicize and verify the Vision.  

This Vision is then applied to develop a series of Strategies in the Action Plan.  The Action Plan addresses all aspects of the future of your parks system and includes the proposed actions, time frame, responsible party, potential funding source, and relation to other planning documents.