Master Plan Development

The Parks & Open Space Master Plan

Los Angeles County Park Needs Assessment

The City of Downey recently partnered with Los Angeles County as they conducted a "Park Needs Assessment" of every park and open space facility in L.A. County.  Being a part of this assessment enabled the City of Downey to have our facilities and recreation programs reviewed which enhanced the value of our own current Parks and Open Space Master Plan that is currently underway.  This assessment included a community meeting held at the Downey Unified School District's TLC Resource Center on January 27th.  To view the results of the assessment for Downey please click on the link below.

LA County Park Needs Assessment for City of Downey 

Downey Parks and Open Space Master Plan

The City of Downey is currently working with RJM Design Group to develop a Parks and Open Space Master Plan, which will serve as a guide and implementation tool for the management and development of Downey parks and recreation facilities. The Master Plan will provide guidance for the City to 1) Acquire, develop, and maintain quality parks and trails; 2) Improve the existing condition of parks and community facilities to encourage use; 3) Update community facilities to maximize use for all ages; 4) Enhance the value of sports and fitness, quality of life, and arts and social gathering places; and 5) Celebrate healthy living in Downey.

As part of the process, the project will provide opportunities for the community to share issues and concerns regarding improvements to facilities and services, foster public dialogue regarding expectations, solutions, and vision for the parks and recreation, and allow the community to author recommendations regarding program and facility priorities. The Master Plan process will include Focus Groups, Telephone Survey, a Sports Organization Questionnaire, Community Workshops, and an Online Questionnaire, which will be used to identify the needs associated with Parks and Recreation for the City of Downey.

In addition to the community engagement efforts, the Master Plan will include a socio-demographic analysis and projections, a community issues and recreation trends analysis, a demands and needs assessment, facility gap analysis, recommendations on parks, facilities, and amenities, connectivity and access analysis and recommendations, programs recommendations, funding strategies analysis, and operations and maintenance analysis.

Master Plan Update

The first two community workshops and telephone survey have been completed. To view the Workshop Presentations and Summaries click below:

 Workshop #1 Presentation  Workshop #1 Summary
 Workshop #2 Presentation    Workshop #2 Summary
 Workshop #3 Presentation  Workshop #3 Summary


On October 14, 2014 the Downey City Council approved an agreement with RJM Design Group to prepare an official Parks and Open Space Master Plan.  A comprehensive Parks and Open Space Master Plan ("Master Plan") will provide a clear roadmap for the City to establish goals and priorities for the next 20 years.  The objective of the Master Plan is to address the current and future needs of Downey residents and identify the parks' deficiencies.  Specifically, the Master Plan will focus on ways in which to accomplish the following objectives, ensuring that City's parks are well utilized, preserved, and that any related issues and concerns are properly addressed:

  • Acquire, develop, redevelop, and maintain quality parks and trails that support equity of access by users, connectivity, and create a positive sense of place for all residents in the City;
  • Improve the overall existing condition of parks and community facilities that will encourage greater positive use by residents; and
  • Update indoor and outdoor community facilities to maximize their use and appreciation by the community for people of all ages; enhance the value of sports and fitness, quality of life, social places for the community to gather, and celebrate healthy living in Downey.

The Master Plan will identify various parks and open space improvement projects and associated costs for their implementation.  A set of specific criteria will be developed and used to prioritize projects for inclusion in future Capital Improvement Programs. The Master Plan will also incorporate the information collected and assessed by Cal Poly Pomona in 2013.

For more information please call the Parks & Recreation Department at (562) 904-7238.