Neighborhood Parks

A Neighborhood Park should be 3 to 10 acres; however, some Neighborhood Parks are determined by use and facilities offered and not by size alone. The service radius for a neighborhood park is 1 half mile or 6 blocks. Neighborhood Parks should have safe pedestrian access for surrounding residents; parking may or may not be included but if included accounts for less than 10 cars and provides for ADA access. Neighborhood Parks serve the recreational and social focus of the adjoining neighborhoods and contribute to a distinct neighborhood identity.
Park Details
  • Size of park: 3 to 10 acres (active area measured). Preferred size is 8 acres
  • Service radius: 0.5 mile
  • Site selection: On a local or collector street. If near an arterial street, provide natural or artificial barrier. Where possible, site next to a school, provide linkage between developments and link trails to other parks
  • Length of stay: One hour experience or less
  • Amenities: One signature amenity (e.g. major playground, spray ground park, sport court, gazebo); no restrooms unless necessary for signature amenity; may include 1 non-programmed sports field; playgrounds for ages 2‐5 and 5‐12 with some shaded elements; loop trails; 1 type of sport court; no non‐producing/unused amenities; benches, small picnic shelters next to play areas. Amenities are ADA compliant. No reservable shelters
  • Revenue facilities: None
  • Land usage: 85% active/15% passive
  • Programming: Typically none, but a signature amenity may be included which is programmed
  • Parking: Design should include widened on‐street parking area adjacent to park. Goal is to maximize usable park space. As necessary, provide 5‐10 spaces within park including handicap spaces. Traffic calming devices encouraged next to parks
  • Lighting: Security or amenity only