Purpose of the Needs Assessment
The purpose of this Needs Assessment is to provide a realistic and visionary guide for the creative, orderly development and management of sports fields now and into the future. This Needs Assessment is a planning and implementation tool for the Town Council, the Gilbert Parks, Recreation and Library Services Advisory Board, and staff. It provides defensible information for addressing Gilbert’s vision based on current analysis and community and professional staff input.
Key questions discussed in this Sports Fields Needs Assessment included: What forecasted changes in growth, demographic and utilization patterns will affect the Town’s sports fields needs? What usage conditions, additions, trends or modifications of sports fields have occurred over time? What changes should be made to existing sports fields now and into the future?
In February of 2014, Gilbert adopted a Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan that built upon many previous planning efforts and obtained new community and staff guidelines for park amenities in general. This Needs Assessment builds upon the Master Plan by providing detailed and specific analysis for the active sports fields components of the recreation system in Gilbert, and provides an up-to-date understanding of current and future sports fields utilization, needs and opportunities specific to Gilbert.