Strategic Plan

Our mission, core values, and strategic plan define our path toward institutional excellence that will keep Chicago one of the world’s best places to live, work, and play.

The strategic plan addresses critical areas of our work in the context of our values and vision.  Each chapter discusses key goals in each area and actions we are taking in support of those goals.  A matrix corresponding to each chapter provides additional detail about the actions, including important milestones, schedule for implementation, and responsible departments.

While this plan represents a final product, it is a living document and the strategic planning process is ongoing and institutionalized. We have recently implemented a new performance management system that engages all departments in evaluation of their strategic and departmental goals relative to established metrics for achievement. We have operationalized new technologies that collect and analyze data relative to nearly every aspect of our business, from customer behavior to facility maintenance.We have engaged top academic and corporate strategy partners to keep us aligned with best practices and on the cutting edge of our field.

Never before has the Park District assembled such a powerful combination of vision and the tools and team necessary for its implementation. We will continue to learn, innovate, evolve, and keep Chicago’s park system among the best in the world.

If you have questions or comments about our strategic plan, contact us at We value your input.

Documents: Strategic Plan

Name Size Published
PDF Document 2014 Strategic Plan Update 6MB 4/1/2014
PDF Document Strategic Plan Executive Summary 221KB 4/1/2014
PDF Document Strategic Plan 18MB 4/26/2013