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Sycamore Park District seeks parameters for Vision 2020

SYCAMORE – Sycamore Park District officials will seek more public input to guide a five-year plan to make wide-ranging improvements to its services, parks and facilities.

On Tuesday, park district board and staff members met in a study session to finalize the draft for critical success factors and guiding principles behind the Vision 2020 plan, which is expected to begin in 2015. 

The plan is the second part of a two-phase process to improve the programs, buildings and parks. Public input through community surveys and responses from a 21-member Community Wide Strategic Planning team has been gathered for this effort.

Park district officials will soon look for more public input on what they are finding to be success factors needed for the Vision 2020 plan and the guiding principles to achieve those factors.

Ted Strack, park district board president, said it was important to define where the district is at with its plans and put them in writing.

“If you don’t know where you’re headed, you’ll never get there,” he said.

Some of these critical success factors include maintaining the resources the park district already has and better preparation for emergencies by growing savings. The guiding principles for some of the success factors include seeking ways to consistently assess customer satisfaction and finding different revenue sources. 

At Tuesday’s meeting, board and staff members discussed embracing diversity and promoting transparency as some of the newer ideas for the plan’s critical success factors and guiding principles. 

A draft of these success factors and guiding principles is expected to be posted at the Sycamore Park District’s website by the end of the week, said Dan Gibble, park district executive director.

The public will be able to comment on them at meetings to be held Oct. 22 and Nov. 21, he said.

After that, those factors and principles will be updated based on the public response. 

Park district officials hope the final version of the Vision 2020 plan will be ready in December or January.

In the next two weeks there will be another communitywide survey to test the ideas behind the Vision 2020 plan and make sure they are clear to the public, he said.

“What you want to do is test again and test again to make sure you are getting a consistent message from the public,” he said. 

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