Mariposa County Recreation and Resiliency Master Plan
Beginning in early 2020, Mariposa County will be developing its first Parks and Recreation Master Plan. In addition to helping articulate community recreation needs and devising a strategy for developing and maintaining new and existing parks, open spaces, trails, and other recreation amenities, the plan will apply a resiliency framework to identify opportunities for investments to support climate change adaptation and mitigation. Potentially the first of its kind, the Recreation and Resiliency Master Plan will explicitly explore strategies that leverage parks and recreation resources to reduce the risk and impacts of wildfire, support response activities, and grapple with the impacts of a changing climate on our landscape. The plan will address these issues through a parks and recreation system that promotes the county’s public health, economic development, and creative placemaking objectives.
The planning effort will use extensive stakeholder engagement to understand our community’s needs for current and future park and recreation programming, and preferences for park and recreation aesthetics and character. The county will be hiring a team of landscape architects, planners, and other experts to help facilitate this process, so stay tuned for opportunities to the Mariposa County’s parks and recreation culture.
Requests for Proposals
View the request for proposals for the Master Plan project, as well as additional information for interested applicants.
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Partnership
Building on the model established by the Merced River Trail, the Planning Department has leveraged a partnership with the landscape architecture department at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo to initiate many of the conversations necessary to develop the Recreation and Resiliency Master Plan. Working with professor Miran Day, 16 students from the LAR403: Natural Environments Focus Design Studio applied a geodesign process to establish a comprehensive, multi-beneficial trail system in Mariposa County and provide guidelines for the trail system through community involvement and experts input. An essential consideration of the trail network and other countywide enhancements was the extent to which the recommended projects engaged with the county’s wildfire risk.
Central to the studio was a workshop with a range of stakeholders from throughout the community, many of whom are on the Recreation and Resiliency Steering Committee, to identify preferences and perceptions regarding recreation opportunities and assets in Mariposa County. As well, the studio facilitated dialogue with professionals from the emergency service, fire management, and other related fields to understand the potential for investments in recreation to align with a range of climate change adaptation objectives.
Like with the Merced River Trail studio, this course provided the students with a unique and impactful educational experience, and the County with bold ideas and meaningful dialogue to help galvanize the Recreation and Resiliency master plan. The studio’s final deliverables will be available to view towards the end of November or beginning of December.
Contact Mikey Goralnik, PLA, AICP with any questions.