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Plan development will include community engagement; Proposals due April 28th

Today, the Chicago Park District released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for qualified consultants to develop and support a new strategic plan. With input from internal and external stakeholders, the strategic plan will drive the District’s efforts to reimagine its purpose and structure into the future, including introducing innovative practices and developing initiatives to strengthen its workforce, examine recreational programs and use of park spaces, and provide a blueprint to continue to steer the District on a fiscally sound path.  

“I am excited for the potential of a new strategic plan and put forth an innovative ‘blueprint’ that will guide the District’s future priorities and important work we do on behalf of the families we serve,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Rosa Escareño.  Chicago parks are critical to the overall health and vitality of our city and millions of families, residents and visitors look to us to provide vital services and experiences that improve their quality of life. This strategic plan will ensure we are prepared to meet the needs of our patrons well into the future.”

The Plan calls for a robust and inclusive community engagement process throughout the development of the strategic plan.  Once complete, the plan will be the guiding document that outlines priorities and ensures that the District continues to invest in strong, vibrant communities while simultaneously remaining committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and environmental and fiscal sustainability. 

The Chicago Park District is one of the largest, most interactive public park systems in the nations. The Districts assets include nearly 9,000 acres of parkland, 618 parks, 250 park fieldhouses, 26 miles of lakefront, nine golf courses, two conservatories and one historic events venue. Each year, the District offers thousands of recreational and enrichment opportunities for residents of all ages, attracting more than 600,000 enrollments for programs and events annually. The District is also home to Chicago’s iconic Museum Campus and the curator of an impressive collection of public art featuring more than 300 sculptures, fountains and monuments. 

As the city’s leading greening steward, the District also manages and protects nearly 2,000 acres of natural areas, including native Illinois habitats such as prairies, wetlands and woodlands that provide important habitat for wildlife such as migratory birds, and also provide Chicagoans with access to nature in their own communities.   
The District’s last strategic plan was released in 2012 and was updated in 2014 and 2016. To respond to the RFP, visit here. Proposals are due on April 28, 2023.