How do you decide where to put new parks?

When plans are developed for an area of the county, future needs for public facilities such as parks, libraries, and fire stations are identified during the process to formulate land use plans or functional master plans. When suitable properties are offered for sale or proposed for development, the Department of Parks and Recreation tries to acquire land as recommended in the master plans.

The Department has its own acquisition staff that specializes in acquiring parkland. In recommending park sites to purchase, park planning staff is guided by guidelines and recommendations in the Formula 2040, Prince George’s County Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan and the master plans.

When land is not available for purchase, the Department will work with other local public agencies to use their facilities or lands. Partnerships have been formed with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, the county school system, and state agencies to provide recreational opportunities where the Department does not own land.

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1. How are all those parks and recreation facilities developed?
2. What is the difference between the Planning Department and the Park Planning and Development Division of the Department of Parks and Recreation?
3. Is there a park in my community?
4. How do you decide where to put new parks?
5. As a Prince George's County resident, how do I request funding for a new park or for the renovation of facilities in an existing park?
6. How long does it take to design and construct a new park or recreation facility?
7. Are all recreation buildings in the park and recreation system in Prince George's County required to provide access to and be usable by people with disabilities?
8. As an interested contractor or bidder, how do I learn about the Department's design and development projects?