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Current Issue: Alternatives for Determining Parks and Recreation Level of Service

May/June 2016

Are your community's parks and recreation facilities adequately serving your residents? What does your parks master plan say about level of service?

Planners use level of service (LOS) standards to plan and monitor the quality of transportation, utility, and other services provided to their constituents. But there are no nationally accepted standards for determining ideal levels of service for parks and recreation facilities — each community must determine its own. What types of information should planners measure and track to ensure that their communities' parks and recreation facilities are adequately and equitably serving residents?

This PAS Memo guides planners through determining the most appropriate LOS metrics to use for their parks and recreation systems, collecting the necessary data, and developing appropriate LOS standards that meet their communities' specific needs.

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