RFP: Erie County Parks, Trails, and Recreation Plan

Erie County is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to provide professional services to develop a strategic plan for focused investment in Erie County’s network of recreational assets and their connections to communities within Erie County. This initiative is known as the Erie County Parks, Trails, and Recreation Plan and will be guided by the planning principles and objectives currently being promoted by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). 

PA DCED’s Implementable Comprehensive Plan Approach: In 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (PA DCED) released a comprehensive workbook and reference guide for creating an implementable comprehensive plan. These guidelines were developed as the result of a 2008 assessment of the impact of local comprehensive plans prepared using DCED funding. The purpose of the assessment and resulting workbook was to develop strategies for creating plans that lead to more practical and desired development and community improvements. (Workbook – Creating an Implementable Comprehensive Plan, PA DCED, 2012). This workbook can be accessed here: http://wcddplan.org/Resources/Creating%20an%20Implementable%20Comprehensive%20Plan.pdf 

This plan will be adopted as an element of the Erie County Comprehensive plan and will be focused and strategic with well vetted and workable action plans, means of financing, and proven capacity to implement. The consultant to be hired will provide the full range of planning services necessary to undertake the Erie County Parks, Trails, and Recreation plan. 

It is the goal of Erie County that this planning initiative provide a well constructed and realistic investment strategy for existing programmed funding and potential funding for Erie County that will enhance recreational assets and their connections to Erie County communities. This will not follow the traditional format of community planning which inevitably produces plans that are ineffective and static but will instead focus on what Erie County’s role is or should be in relation to parks, trails, open space, and recreational amenities and how we best fulfill this role. Although the plan assumes a 10 year planning horizon, it will include a specific action plan that can be achieved within 5 years. 

The recommendations that result from the planning process will be informed by a robust but effective public engagement process, input from a comprehensive steering committee composed of strategic partner organizations, critical stakeholder groups, and the research and expertise of the consultant team. 

For more information see the Attached Document

All proposals must be received at the Erie County Controllers’ Office, Erie County Court House, 140 West 6th Street, First Floor, Room 107, Erie, PA 16501 no later than 10:30AM, May 12, 2017