Sports, Recreation Open Space Planning

What is a Sport, Recreation and Open Space Plan?

A sport, recreation and open space plan is a strategic plan for relevant government authorities to guide the future provision of sport and recreation infrastructure, facilities, services, trails and open spaces.  Many local government authorities undertake such plans to provide clarity and direction around diverse needs and desires, competing interests, limited resources and above all else improving the overall fitness and health of their communities.

A sport, recreation and open space plan can focus on areas such as:

  • Sporting and recreational facilities, programs and events
  • Physical activities
  • Trails and pathways
  • Open spaces including parks, reserves and linear corridors.
  • Specific population groups

Benefits of a Sport, Recreation and Open Space Plan

A Sport, Recreation and Open Space Plan provides a strategic approach to the long term provision of sport, recreation and open space infrastructure and services, specifically benefits include:

  • Identifying and confirming community needs, demands and desires for sport and recreation.
  • A strategic and coordinated approach to sport and recreation service provision
  • Identifying opportunities to improve your community‚Äôs health and fitness
  • Prioritising competing demands
  • Managing community expectations
  • Developing funding strategies and potential funding and management arrangements


  • Infrastructure and services that meet community needs
  • Avoidance of facility and service duplication and ad-hoc planning
  • Costed and resourced implementation plan to inform business planning and capital works programming.
  • Identifies opportunities for efficient use of existing facilities
  • Well utilised facilities and services
  • Strategic priorities for sport and recreation service provision
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