Park Planning Documents
Parks and Facilities Master Plan
The Parks and Facilities Master Plan provides a road map for providing high quality parks and recreation facilities for residents and visitors to the City of Napa. This plan includes a detailed examination of existing park sites and recreation facilities, providing the basis for an in-depth community discussion and analysis of the needs and priorities of park users. Community involvement in the planning process has built momentum and support for parks and recreation services as a key factor in Napa’s quality of life. The resulting recommendations lay out a path to a first-class park and recreation system that realizes the personal, community, economic, and environmental benefits of parks and recreation. Recognizing that this path will not be straight or short, the plan provides tools to guide decision making and project implementation over the next fifteen years and beyond.
Parks and Recreation Services Department Policies
In 2023 the Parks and Recreation Department implemented three Department policies to guide recommendations and make data-driven decisions for the park network.
Park Specific Master Plans
John F. Kennedy Park Master Plan
The 2010 Citywide Parks and Facilities Master plan identified John F. Kennedy Park as a signature recreational facility and recommended an individual site master plan to consider additional amenities for the park as a first phase project. The updated site master plan was not intended to redesign the entire park but enhance existing spaces and modify areas to meet the needs of the community.
Input for the process was gathered from various means and key stakeholder groups. This included the development of a community team consisting of City staff, Commissioners, consultants and representatives from Napa Valley College and the Napa Valley Unified School district. Public input was gathered from the public and multiple community groups through surveys, public workshops and meetings. A website was created that provided current updates on the process, surveys and information on presentations and plan alternatives.
The project vision developed through the community input process supported the fact that Kennedy Park is a special place for the community, but needed some additional refinement and amenities to reach its full potential. This includes improved connections within and to the park from various means of transportation; separating uses so that similar functional areas can be grouped together while taking into account parking and pedestrian safety; creating a sustainable environment that takes into account not only environmental goals but also economic sustainability to help fund new park amenities; create shared multiuse facilities that could be used by various user groups and events yet remain flexible for future programming as community needs change over time; and creating a signature destination facility that is unique to Napa.
Site plan improvements developed for the site master plan divide the park into seven distinct zones with unique amenities and functions:
- Sports Destination
The master plan is a tool that can be utilized for discussions on budgets, funding and phasing. Strategies for implementation include phasing that correlates with use zones as outlined in the master plan. By phasing implementation, improvements can be performed as funding becomes available. A variety of funding strategies are recommended including approaches such as self-sustaining sports facilities that generate revenue as well as targeting non-traditional grant funds.
Garfield Park is situated on approximately 14.4 acres in northeast Napa and is home to the Napa Little League complex, a playground, and approximately 6 acres of undeveloped open space. Garfield Park provides neighborhood residents with access to open space while also serving as an essential facility for many of the community’s youth baseball leagues.
The Department of Parks and Recreation is in the final stages of creating the Park Master Plan, in partnership with the community, to provide a new blueprint for Garfield Park. The plan will provide an updated vision for the future of the park, identify enhancements to the developed and undeveloped areas, and provide a clear direction to help guide future development.
Based on input from the community, and from the Parks, Recreation and Trees Advisory Commission, City Council, and project stakeholders, the two design alternatives previously presented have been refined into a single Master Plan.
The Master Plan for Garfield Park was presented to City Council for acceptance at their evening session (beginning at 6:30 pm) on October 16, 2018 in Napa City Hall Council Chambers. The City Council Meeting was open to the public and interested parties were encouraged to attend and provide input. A summary of the meeting will be posted to the website soon.