Brief: City releases draft of Parks and Rec Master Plan

The City of Malibu’s Parks and Recreation department presented a preliminary draft of the 2012 Parks and Recreation Master Plan at a special meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission Oct. 11. According to a statement from the city, the purpose of the plan is to help guide the city’s future open space, parks and recreational facility needs. The plan is based on information gathered through public workshops, focus groups, stakeholder meetings and a citywide survey.

The master plan draft covers a variety of subject areas, including survey results, community profiles and park assessments, among others.

According to the plan, the top five facility and amenity priorities for the Malibu community were walking, biking trails and greenways, small neighborhood parks, indoor swimming pools, off-leash dog parks and a multigenerational community center.

The master plan survey found that community visitation to parks, facilities and sports fields was above average at 86 percent and the most used park is Malibu Bluffs Park.

In terms of what Malibu could use more of, most responders said they thought the city should have more adult fitness and wellness programs. When asked what may be preventing them from using parks and recreation facilities more often, most said they were too busy.

After its incorporation in 1991, the city began discussing creating a 10-year comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The previous master plan was completed in 2000, making this the city’s second Parks and Recreation Master Plan since its incorporation.

“The Master Plan will help the city meet the needs of its current and future residents by sustaining and improving our community’s unique parks and recreation assets,” Mayor Lou La Monte said in a statement. “The focus on community input is a critical aspect in this plan. We thank all residents who participated in the process.”

To view the full plan, visit

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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