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Planning Pre-application Tasks:

Contact Regional Advisor
Obtain an SAP Vendor Number and a DUNS Number
Collect County/Municipal Notification Letters
For River Conservation Plan (RCP) – collect letter of support from more than 50% of municipalities.
Match secured; if match from sources other than applicant, commitment letters provided from those providing match.
Obtain a detailed cost estimate from at least one qualified consultant and prepare a detailed budget that clearly identifies all project costs (cash costs and non-cash values).  Lump sum budgets are not acceptable.
For Master Site Development Plan and facility rehabilitation Feasibility Study – applicant owns project site or controls through a 25 year lease.
For Master Site Development Plan and new facility Feasibility Studies – PNDI review completed.

Project Types for Planning:

Comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space and Greenway Plan

Comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space and Greenway Plans are municipal, county or regional based plans that identify the methods, resources, organizational capacity and capital investment needed to accomplish both short-term and long-term recreation, open space and greenway goals of the community. The planning process includes substantial citizen involvement, inventory of existing conditions and facilities, analysis of issues and community needs, and specific recommendations that set forth actions, priorities, and cost.

Land Conservation and Stewardship Plan

Land Conservation and Stewardship Plans consist of inventory, analysis, and recommendations to establish acquisition priorities and/or a long-term management plan for the preservation and environmental protection of specific natural areas or important environmental aspects of specific regions. These studies usually entail substantial research conducted by experts in critical habitat identification and assessment and substantial mapping of sensitive environmental and important habitat areas.

Indoor Recreation Facility Feasibility Study

Indoor Recreation Facility Feasibility Studies are professionally prepared studies that assess community support, market characteristics, physical/structural viability, and the legal and financial capability to acquire, develop or rehabilitate, manage, and sustain an indoor recreation facility. Examples include a community recreation center, vacant school building, indoor swimming pool, gym, indoor sports complex, or indoor ice rink.

Note: An Indoor Recreation Facility Feasibility Study must be completed to be considered for a future site development or rehabilitation grant application.

Master Site Development Plan

Master Site Development Plans are site-specific studies that include site information and analysis of activities, facilities, maintenance, and operations. These studies lead to completion of a site development drawing in conformance with current design standards and cost estimates for the full development or redevelopment of a park or other recreational-use site.

Swimming Pool Complex Feasibility Study

Swimming Pool Complex Feasibility Studies are professionally prepared studies that assess community support, market characteristics, physical/structural viability, and the legal and financial capability to acquire, develop or rehabilitate, manage, and sustain a swimming pool complex. A swimming pool complex includes the pool, bath house, concession, parking, and other site amenities.

Note: A Swimming Pool Complex Feasibility Study must be completed to be considered for a future site development or rehabilitation grant application.

Rivers Conservation Plan

A comprehensive watershed or river corridor-based study requiring an inventory of existing natural, recreational, and cultural resources; analysis of the issues, concerns and threats to river resources and values; and specific recommendations that set forth priorities and actions. These studies lead to the development of a long-term watershed or river corridor management program.