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About the Strategic Plan Update

Santa Clara County Parks is undertaking a comprehensive update to the County Parks Department Strategic Plan (2003). The 2017 Update will chart the course for the Parks Department’s next 20 years.

Goals for the 2017 Update include:

  • Update the Long-Range Vision.
  • Assess key systems, procedures, policies, facilities, trends, and conditions in a comprehensive Needs Assessment.
  • Present Refined Procedural and Policy Guidelines to make standard operating processes clearer, faster, and more effective.
  • Assess the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) process and develop new Priority-Setting Criteria that integrate consideration of operational costs.
  • Develop a 3-5 year Action Plan for near-term implementation of the Integrated CIP.

Santa Clara County Parks Background

Santa Clara County acquired its first park in 1924 and established Parks and Recreation Department in 1956. The mission of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department is to “provide, protect and preserve regional parklands for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations.”

Santa Clara County voters approved the Park Charter Fund in 1972. As a secure funding source, the Park Charter Fund has facilitated the creation of a world-class regional park system of twenty-nine parks comprising over 50,000 acres.  As a whole, these parks provide a wide variety of outdoor recreation and interpretive opportunities for County residents.  In June 2016 the voters renewed the Park Charter as amended by the Board of Supervisors for another 15 years.  The Park Charter Fund will provide funding for new acquisition as well as for needed improvement and upgrades. For more information on the Charter Fund, go to documents.

The 2003 Strategic Plan

This current Strategic Plan (2003) has guided the Department in management and enhancing the regional parks and open spaces of the County, as well as the outdoor recreation opportunities these places provide, to meet the needs of a growing population. To view the Strategic Plan (2003), go to documents.