Community Parks

Community Parks are designed to be accessible to multiple neighborhoods and should focus on meeting community‐based recreational needs, as well as preserving unique landscapes and open spaces. Community Parks are generally larger in scale than neighborhood parks, but smaller than regional parks and are designed for residents who live within a 3‐mile radius. When possible, the park may be developed adjacent to a school.
Recreational Opportunities
Community Parks provide recreational opportunities for the entire family and are designed to include facilities for specific recreational purposes such as:
  • Athletic fields
  • Extreme sports amenity
  • Large turfed and landscaped areas
  • Loop trails
  • Permanent restrooms
  • Picnic areas
  • Playground or spray ground
  • Recreation center
  • Reservable picnic shelters
  • Sports courts
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis courts
Passive outdoor recreation activities such as meditation, quiet reflection, and wildlife watching also take place at Community Parks.

Size & Statistics
Community Parks generally range from 20 to 100 acres depending on the community. Community Parks serve a larger area - radius of 1 to 3 miles and contain more recreation amenities than a Neighborhood Park.
  • Size of park: 20 to 60 acres normally. Can be up to 100 acres (usable area measured).
  • Service radius: 1 to 3 mile
  • Site selection: On 2 collector streets minimum and preferably 1 arterial street. If near arterial street, provide natural or artificial barrier. Minimal number of residences abutting site. Preference is streets on 4 sides, or 3 sides with school or municipal use on fourth side. Encourage trail linkage to other parks.
  • Length of stay: 2 to 3 hours experience
  • Amenities: Four signature amenities at a minimum: (e.g., trails, sports fields, large shelters/pavilions, community playground for ages 2‐5 and 5‐12 with some shaded elements, recreation center, pool or family aquatic center, sports courts, water feature); public restrooms, ample parking, and security lighting. Amenities are ADA compliant. Sport Fields and Sport Complexes are typical at this park. See details in Sport Complex classification and Appendix 10 - Sport Field Amenities for more information
  • Revenue facilities: One or more (e.g. pool, sports complex, pavilion)
  • Land usage: 65% active and 35% passive
  • Programming: Minimum of 4 essential program services (e.g. sports, day camps, aquatics)
  • Parking: Sufficient to support the amenities; occupies no more than 10% of the park. Design should include widened on‐street parking area adjacent to park. Goal is to maximize usable park space. Traffic calming devices encouraged within and next to the park
  • Lighting: Security lighting. Amenity lighting includes sport field light standards.
  • Signage: Directional signage and facility/amenity regulations to enhance user experience. May include kiosks in easily identified areas of the facility.
  • Other: Strong appeal to surrounding neighborhoods; integrated color scheme throughout the park; partnerships developed with support groups, schools and other organizations; loop trail connectivity; linked to Regional Park or facility; safety design meets established CPTED standards. Telephone/Cable TV conduit. City and CSD reserve right to require wiring or other necessary facilities