Surveying the View: Park Master Plans and their Effectiveness in Oregon Cities
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Parks provide environmental, economic, and social benefits for Oregon cities. Many Oregon cities are developing park master plans to help manage their park systems. To best understand park master plans as a management tool, this paper asks the following questions: • Are there differences between city park systems with park master plans and city park systems without park master plans? • In what ways have park master plans been effective for Oregon communities? • Are there ways in which park master plans could be more effective? This paper evaluates the effectiveness of park master plans in Oregon communities by comparing survey responses from communities using a park master plan as a management tool to responses from communities without a park master plan. By analyzing this information, this paper makes recommendations about the types of communities best served by park master plans in Oregon.