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Parks department axes ‘master’ plans
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano
The Parks and Recreation Department is renaming some of the terms it uses to do business. In an Aug. 3 memo, PARD Director Kimberly McNeeley explained, “stakeholders expressed concerns over the use of the term ‘master’ in referring to park master plans. The term is perceived by members of the community as offensive and derogatory. In addition, the term lacks specificity, requiring additional description depending on the type of project. PARD understands the concerns and has changed the terminology that describes park and facility plans to provide greater clarity and to acknowledge the power words have in cultivating understanding and shaping the way we perceive the world and participate within it.” In light of those concerns, the parks department will now be using an updated, defined set of planning terms. From the memo:
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