Purpose of the Master Plan

The complexity of park planning requires a thoughtful, rational, and participative process. The La Junta Park and Recreation System Master Plan will be a long-range plan that provides for future community needs while maintaining wise use of public funds and fulfilling legal mandates. The success of the Master Plan depends on the efforts of many individuals working together to meet the needs of the entire community. The La Junta Park and Recreation System Master Plan’s overriding purpose is to identify the needs of the community and address them with actions that create inclusive, cost-effective, and publicly supported park and recreation areas. By using a balanced approach, the City of La Junta will continue to develop and maintain its strong parks, open spaces, and recreation areas.

Why should we have a Master Plan?

  1. 1. It is a guide for the development of a park and recreation system within a community.

  2. 2. It is a tool for rational decision-making.

  3. 3. It allows for inclusive public engagement in the future of community parks and recreation.

  4. 4. It is the first step toward accurate capital finance planning.

  5. 5. It facilitates coordination and cooperation within the park department and with other entities.

  6. 6. It is essential for the public health, welfare, and safety of the community.

  7. 7. It can be required to receive certain types of public or private funding for parks development.

The City of La Junta’s vision for this Master Plan will positively contribute to the community’s quality of life. It will enhance:

  • Community Building: Parks are one of the most effective ways to build a sense of community and improve quality of life. Parks channel positive community participation by facilitating group interaction to achieve a shared vision.

  • Economic Development: Parks improve real property values, attract workers to live and work in the community, and persuade retirees to stay in the area. Investing in parks revitalizes neighborhoods and town centers and attracts private investors and businesses. Parks and trails are not only enjoyed by residents but also encourage visitors to extend their stay and contribute to the local tourism markets.

  • Environmental Stewardship: Natural resource areas are vital to the preservation and conservation of valuable resources. A sustainable approach to resource management allows continued recreation opportunities for residents while protecting and enhancing the natural environment.