Strategic Plan Update Process

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OC Parks Strategic Plan Update

Draft 2018 Strategic Plan

The draft 2018 OC Parks Strategic Plan
is now available for
review and comment.

Cover of Draft Strategic Plan

In January 2017, OC Parks contracted with KH Consulting Group to facilitate the update of the 2007 OC Parks Strategic Plan. With the help and input of both internal and external stakeholders, OC Parks has identified eight strategic priorities that support our vision, mission, and the voice of our customers. The DRAFT 2018 OC Parks Strategic Plan is a high-level document that will guide OC Parks’ decisions for the next 10 years. You will NOT see specific projects identified in the plan. Instead, you will find strategic goals, objectives, and initiatives that will guide OC Parks in planning, decision making, and developing the annual Strategic Financial Plan and budget.

Please take the time to review the DRAFT 2018 Strategic Plan and provide your comments and feedback to the address below by Friday July 6.

Public Comments and Inquiries

OC Parks encourages residents and others to provide their thoughts as we proceed with this strategic-planning process.

Public comments and inquiries may be made at

Next Steps

  • Stakeholder comment
  • Receive and review comments
  • Finalize Strategic Plan
  • Presentation of the Strategic Plan to the OC Parks Commission for recommendation of approval
  • Presentation of the Strategic Plan to the Board of Supervisors for approval


In 2007, OC Parks developed its first Strategic Plan, which included an organizational mission and vision, strategic goals, and desired outcomes. Ten years have passed and it is now time to update the OC Parks Strategic Plan.

The Strategic Plan update should:

  • Revise and modernize OC Parks’ vision and mission to ensure the statements are impactful to internal and external stakeholder.
  • Provide clarity on why OC Parks exists
  • Include goals, objectives, and action steps that will guide OC Parks for the next 10 years
  • Bridge the current Strategic Plan and the County’s General Plan to assist with the development of the Strategic Financial Plan and budgeting

The next Strategic Plan should establish achievable goals that also position OC Parks for Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) accreditation. OC Parks wants a focus on continuous improvement and continuous review of progress for meeting goals, objectives, and accomplishing established projects that take into consideration resource/organizational constraints and capacity.

The Process So Far

Stakeholder Input

Between April and May 2017, KH Consulting Group facilitated a series of focus groups, workshops, and interviews within OC Parks managers and employees and with the Board of Supervisors to help shape the challenges. This input helped define the challenges that required further external stakeholder input. An over-riding concern entails how OC Parks can maximize the public’s enjoyment, while maintaining and overseeing the parks so they are available to future generations.

Stakeholder Survey

During June and July 2017, KH Consulting Group conducted an online and hard-copy survey in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Overall, 4,607 individuals completed the survey, offering their viewpoints regarding their frequency of park use, types of activities preferred, importance of OC Parks, assessment of OC Parks, and desired improvements or priorities for OC Parks.

Stakeholder Workshop

On July 21, 2017, more than 100 stakeholders met for a half-day to provide further input regarding the strategic-planning process and potential priorities for the next decade. Topics covered included the stakeholder survey results, OC Parks’ role and importance to the community, environment, and residents; responsiveness to changing Orange County demographics; balancing OC Parks’ wilderness and high park usage rates; outreach, marketing, and access; volunteerism; educating the public; metrics; and other issues.

Deborah Cohen, M.D., RAND Corporation, shared national trends regarding public parks and public health.