In 1999, CPRS released the VIP Action Plan: Creating Community in the 21st Century. This innovative effort created a statewide vision, mission and action plan for the parks and recreation profession.
Nearly 20 years later, we are creating a new California Action Plan (CAP) with key tools and strategies to guide the state's park and recreation profession into the future.
Creating Community in the 21st Century
the Original VIP Action Plan
Articulating the benefits of the parks and recreation profession to individuals, neighborhoods and communities can be a challenging task. Through the VIP strategic plan document, Creating Community in the 21st Century, CPRS has articulated the diverse benefits accrued from parks and recreation in our vision statement: We Create Community Through People, Parks and Programs. This vision was carefully crafted from feedback obtained throughout the action planning process. To accomplish the vision, the action plan highlighted nine missions that park and recreation programming and facilities should demonstrate:
- Strengthen community image and sense of place
- Support economic development
- Strengthen safety and security
- Promote health and wellness
- Foster human development
- Increase cultural unity
- Protect environmental resources
- Facilitate community problem solving
- Provide recreational experiences
How we accomplish our vision is diverse – it’s as diverse as our state’s geography, population, climate, and people. The division of our mission into nine components allows each park and recreation agency to focus on those components that are most important to the community it serves. Agencies that have aligned their programs and services with those of their constituents have found success in garnering policymaker’s support, increased fiscal resources, and increased recognition for their role in “creating community.” The beauty of the profession’s vision, "We Create Community Through People, Parks and Programs," is that it does not mean changing your programming, facilities, or services. What it does require is a shift in your thinking and a shift in promoting why you provide certain facilities, programs and services. As an example: When we promote our day camp program, we often promote it under the mission component “providing recreation experiences.” Yet through the activities offered at the camp, the program also “promotes health and wellness, fosters human development, and increases cultural unity.”
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