Open Space and Recreation Plans
Heyer, Gruel & Associates has prepared
numerous municipal Open Space and Recreation
Plans. The purpose of the Open Space and
Recreation Plans is to guide the future
development of the community's open space
and recreation system, as well as qualify
communities for State and County grant programs.
In addition, it serves as an integral
component of the municipality's Master Plan
and is intended to be used in conjunction
with the Land Use Plan Element, Community
Facilities Plan and other elements.
The Plans include several components:
Goals and Objectives that reflect the community's
policies in open space preservation,
recreation, acquisition and maintenance
of parks and open space.
An inventory of protected or preserved
land and the existing recreation land that includes a
detailed analysis of the State, County and municipal
open space and park facilities.
A needs analysis calculating the
projected need for recreation and open space is prepared
using the New Jersey Balanced Land Use Standards, the
New Jersey Green Acres Population Method and the
National Recreation and Park Standards. These methods
compare the existing recreation facilities and acreage
to the community's current and projected population.
An inventory of the open lands and
resource assessment describing the method for potential
open space preservation utilized by the municipality and
recommendations that serve as the guidelines for
implementing the goals and objectives.
Plans are prepared through extensive public outreach that
includes public meetings and coordination from the
Recreation and Planning Departments. The ultimate result is
a comprehensive planning document for the park and
recreation areas of the municipality.
Learn more about some of the specific projects
we have worked on:
(click on the following
Hudson County Open Space and
Watchung Open Space and Recreation Plan
Norwood Open Space Vision Plan