Department Mission: Corvallis Parks and Recreation preserves and creates a community heritage by providing places and programs designed to enhance the quality of life.
Arts and Culture Study and Strategic Plan Contract Awarded
The Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department (CPRD) requested proposals from qualified consultants to provide professional services to the City to advance the work of developing a strategic plan for Arts and Culture in Corvallis with support from the Arts and Culture Commission. The City has hired Conservation Technix to complete an arts and culture impact analysis and framework for a strategic plan, with the work schedule to be completed by December, 2014. The complete proposal can be viewed on the Parks and Recreaton Documents page. The consultant will:
• Engage the local arts community and residents to inform strategy development;
• Explore and assess the economic impact and value of the local arts and culture community and compare the local arts industry to a set of comparable cities;
• Identify and explore ways to promote or leverage the relationships between public, private and non-profit organizations and activities; and,
• Compose strategic goals and guidelines, along with an implementation timeline, to enhance and strengthen the local arts community and position the City as an arts and culture destination.
THE ARTS AND CULTURE COMMISSION is a Mayor-appointed commission that advises the City Council in all matters pertaining to Arts and Culture, ensuring that Arts and Culture are a civic priority. The Commission recommends policies and advises and proposes strategies regarding Arts and Culture for approval by the City Council. They promote outreach to and solicit involvement of the community to advocate, to inform and engage citizenry, and to demonstrate the economic impact of Arts and Culture. Additionally, they collaborate with other governmental agencies, volunteer organizations, non-profit, for-profit and City-related organizations in the advancement of Arts and Culture planning and programming to build capacity, enhance educational opportunities and ensure comprehensive communications. The Commission advises on development of Arts and Culture facilities, programs and improved City services. Part of their charge is to develop a comprehensive Arts and Culture vision and strategic plan for the City. This scope of work is the first step in advancing the development of a strategic plan.
Why Parks and Recreation are Essential Public Services
The National Recreation and Park Association provides some interesting statistics on the economic value, health and environmental benefits, and social importance of parks and recreation. You can read the document here.
2014 Spring/Summer Activity Guide Available!
The timing couldn't be better - the kids are on Spring Break so you can look through our new Spring/Summer Activity Guide and decide which camps and activities are on their list. There are several LEGO classes, the always-popular Play in the Park and Rock Creek Camp, and lots of other fun activities. Sign up today, either online, over the phone by calling us a 541-766-6918, or stop by our office at 1310 SW Avery Park Drive. We're open from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Day camps and programs offered by Corvallis Parks and Recreation are not designated "Certified Child Care" for tax and other purposes. For information on certified child care, visit www.oregon.gov.
Heritage Tree Program Accepting Nominations
The Heritage Tree Program, which was established by the Corvallis City Council in April of 2013, has designated four trees to receive the Heritage Tree honor. Nominations from the public are encouraged, based on the program criteria, and will be reviewed at quarterly meetings of the Heritage Tree Review Committee. Nomination forms are available at the Corvallis Parks and Recreation office at 1310 SW Avery Park Drive, or can be downloaded from the website.
Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update
The updated Parks and Recreation Master Plan is undergoing final editing. Click the links to download a copy of the current draft of the master plan and/or an executive summary of the draft master plan.