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RAW: Big plans for rec center, Whitmore area need public input this Thursday, March 20

March 17, 2014

Do you want a new recreation center and/or pool? Do you want a better plan for the Whitmore recreation area? Now is your chance to have your say, this Thursday, March 20, at the Mammoth Lakes Community Center from 4-7 p.m. See article for more details. Photo/Submitted

Get involved and help us make recreation in Mammoth Lakes better now and in the future by showing up this week to help prioritize a recreation center, outdoor events venue, a performing arts center, how to complete the Whitmore recreation area, how to finish planning for Mammoth Creek Park and more.

The Town of Mammoth Lakes is in the process of completing parks master planning for the Whitmore Recreation Area; Mammoth Creek Park East and West; the Community Center, Park and Tennis Courts; and the Bell Shaped Parcel, and is seeking broad community input at two professionally-facilitated interactive PLAN Your PARKS workshops, this Thursday, March 20 and April 17, both from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the community center on the corner of Forest Trail/Minaret Road.

“This is a BIG deal for recreation in Mammoth Lakes. This planning process will help guide potential capital investment and parkland expansion, including the preservation of, and access to, our community’s parks and recreation facilities now and in the future,” stated Stuart Brown, Town of Mammoth Lakes Recreation Manager.

PLAN Your PARKS Workshop Schedule:
The Town of Mammoth Lakes has scheduled two professionally-facilitated interactive workshops on March 20 and April 17, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Community Center (Corner Forest Trail & Minaret Road) to gather broad community input on programming priorities for parks and recreation facilities, to examine alternatives for new facilities, and to explore opportunities for maximizing existing parks and recreation facilities.

Verde Design from Santa Clara, CA – a leader in innovative recreation planning and sustainable design – will facilitate the workshops. This effort will focus on Mammoth Creek Park; the Community Center, Park & Tennis Courts; the Bell Shaped Parcel; and the Whitmore Recreation Area.

Thursday, March 20: Community Priorities Workshop #1
The goal of this first workshop will be to gather community priorities for park elements, recreation center elements and recreation facilities programming.

Thursday, April 17: Community Design Review Workshop #2
The goal of the second workshop will be to select or combine elements from prepared conceptual park design alternatives in an interactive design process with the public.

Parks and Recreation Master Plan/More information:
“The goal of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan is to articulate a vision for parks and recreation in Mammoth Lakes, describe anticipated recreation needs, and outline a broad strategy to realize the Community Vision,” stated Mr. Brown. “The ultimate purpose of the plan is to provide multi-purpose, year-round, indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities accessible to all residents and visitors."

Adopted by Town Council on February 1, 2012, the Parks and Recreation Master Plan (PRMP) is the first step toward creating a system of parks and recreation facilities to serve the recreation needs of Mammoth Lakes’ residents and visitors.

The Recreation Commission recently completed a comprehensive analysis of Town adopted plans with the goal of developing a long-term (5+ years) capital investment program for recreation and the arts in Mammoth Lakes. The Commission identified and prioritized recreation programs and facilities listed in several documents that spanned a decade - including RecStrats I and II, the Trail System Master Plan and the Town of Mammoth Lakes General Plan - that adequately reflected the programming needs for both residents and visitors of Mammoth Lakes.

The next step involves careful implementation of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan or what we’re calling PLAN Your PARKS. This community-based planning effort will create a master plan each for the Whitmore Recreation Area; Mammoth Creek Park East and West; the Community Center, Park and Tennis Courts; and the Bell Shaped Parcel.

Each Park Master Plan will assess alternatives for new facilities and parkland expansion, including analysis of program feasibility, community recreation needs and consideration of each facility’s role in a comprehensive and linked parks and recreation system, including the development of conceptual plans for these areas of focus. These plans will be conceptual in nature and are not intended to address detailed issues related to engineered site design or park operations.

Funding for PLAN Your PARKS was awarded from Measure R by Town Council in the amount of $55,000. Verde Design will present the final master plans for the Whitmore Recreation Area; Mammoth Creek Park East and West; the Community Center, Park and Tennis Courts; and the Bell Shaped Parcel to Town Council in July 2014.

For additional information regarding PLAN Your PARKS or to provide written comments, please contact Stuart Brown, Recreation Manager and Public Information Officer at (760) 934-8989 ext. 210 or via email:

Look for additional information about PLAN Your PARKS in the Mammoth Times, The SHEET, Sierra Wave or online at

Get involved and help us make recreation in Mammoth Lakes better now and in the future!

Contact: Stuart Brown, Recreation Manager & Public Information Officer
Phone: (760) 934-8989 ext. 210
E-mail: Website:

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