Parks, Recreation & Culture Strategic Plan
Windsor is a rapidly growing community and places a high value on parks and recreation services. Staff knew we needed a leader in the industry who could bring years of experience and knowledge from communities around the country, hence the selection of PROS Consulting, INC.
The PROS team led by their Vice-President and Principal Neelay Bhatt, has a proven track record that affirms their ability to guide departments of all sizes through a rigorous assessment and development of strategic actions needed to meet the needs of our growing community.
Timeline & FAQ
What is the duration of this project? The project duration from start to finish is 10 months and an anticipated completion date by February 2020.
Who is responsible for this Master Plan? The Town of Windsor’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department supported by PROS Consulting, INC., a nationally recognized firm, headquartered in Indianapolis, hired to work with them in developing the plan.
Where can I find information about this project? Project information including key meeting dates, completed technical reports, and final documents will be made available to the community through this project web page.
About Windsor Parks, Recreation & Culture
The Windsor Parks, Recreation & Culture Department is a two-time National Parks & Recreation Association Gold Medal finalist agency who’s staff works tirelessly to achieve its mission of impacting lives and building community pride.
This is accomplished by providing the highest quality recreation experiences while simultaneously preserving the resources, wildlife and history in the area. Our active and dynamic parks and recreation program, an abundance of modern facilities and the variety of activities available keep Windsor residents active year-round.
The department serves a rapidly growing community of just over 31,000 residents who can select from a variety of recreational activities throughout our community.
Driven by a vision to leave a legacy in health & wellness, social equity and conservation the department is divided into three divisions.
The Parks Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 24 parks, our urban forest, and the Lakeview Cemetery. The park system includes picturesque Windsor Lake, 40 miles of trails, open space and recreational facilities that impacted more than 1.3 million people in 2018. Just a few of the amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, 6 outdoor pickleball courts, a skate park, two dog parks, a variety of playgrounds as well as sports facilities.
The Open Space & Trails Division promotes a high quality of life in Windsor by maintaining a diversified trail system and open spaces while emphasizing best management practices that support safety and environmental stewardship. Combined, these two division are responsible for nearly 500 acres of developed and undeveloped lands comprised.
The Recreation Division provides a wide variety of activities, community programs, cultural opportunities and special events designed to promote a healthy lifestyle for all ages and abilities. These include youth and adult athletics, instructional programs, drop-in activities, arts, fitness classes, aquatics group excursions and historic preservation activities of the town. The division oversees the following facilities Community Recreation Center, Windsor Lake programming, Chimney Park Pool, Art & Heritage Center and the Boardwalk Park Museum.
The Windsor Community Recreation Center, with nearly 400,000 visits in 2018, offers 85,000 square feet of amenities that include an indoor aquatics center featuring lap lanes, a lazy river, slide, hot tub and children’s play area. Other amenities included multiple meeting/gathering rooms, two gymnasiums, a walk/jog track, an aerobics/dance/yoga studio, fitness studio, a child care area and numerous classes.
During the summer, Boardwalk Park is the place to be for the best in culture and entertainment. The park is home to the free Summer Concert Series, which features local and regional bands playing everything from jazz and ’40s big band sounds to country and classic rock. Enjoy this entertainment every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. throughout the summer months. On Saturday’s be sure to swing by and check out our very own Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.