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The Fargo Park District is engaging in a robust strategic planning process with the assistance of Dr. Jeff Schatz and Schatz & Associates, LLC. The process will start in January 2024 and is expected to conclude with a final presentation of findings to the Fargo Park Board of Commissioners in June of the same year.

The strategic planning process will include a systematic approach which involves assessing current position, identifying key priorities and community needs, and outlining actionable steps to ensure sustainable growth and development.

The Strategic Planning Committee will meet the following dates:

  • January 17, 2024
  • January 31, 2024
  • February 21, 2024
  • March 6, 2024
  • March 20, 2024

Strategic planning is a vital process for the Fargo Park District as it will provide a roadmap for achieving long-term goals and fulfilling the mission to enhance the well-being of the community through recreational and green space initiatives. The process and results will empower the Fargo Park District to make informed decisions, foster community engagement and cultivate an environment that promotes health, recreation and overall quality of life for visitors and residents alike.

Check back here to view committee meeting agendas, meeting recap summaries and regular updates throughout the entire process. For any additional information please call 701-499-6060 or email info@fargoparks.com.

January 17: Committee Meeting

January 17, 2024

4:00 - 6:00 pm

  1. Orientation and overview
  2. Introductions of committee members
  3. Meeting dates, times and locations 
  4. Meeting norms and expectations
  5. Strategic planning overview
  6. Organizational structure
  7. Current Fargo Park District initiatives
  8. Current trends in park districts
  9. Finance report
  10. Desired outcomes exercise
  11. Mission, vision and core values discussion

Members of the Strategic Planning Committee gathered for their first meeting on Wednesday, January 17. The Committee is comprised of 37 members including staff, community leaders, board members and other partner representatives.

This week’s meeting included introductions, setting meeting expectations, an overview of the Fargo Park District and its organizational structure, review of current national parks and recreation trends, examination of current Fargo Park District initiatives, finance reports and a desired outcomes exercise. The meeting concluded with an overview of the current Fargo Park District mission, vision and values.

As a strategic step forward, committee members were tasked with studying the mission, vision, and values statements of other park districts. Findings and preferences will be discussed at the next meeting on January 31, where the committee will continue its collaborative work towards creating new mission, vision, and value statements. These will serve as guiding principles for the Fargo Park District in fulfilling its mission and advancing its work.

To review the full presentation used at the meeting click here.

Below you will find links to handouts and articles used in Strategic Planning Committee Meeting #1. Please click the title to view the document. 

1. Top Trends in Parks and Recreation for 2024

2. Favorite Park and Recreation Activities According to the Data

3. 2023 NRPA Agency Performance Review

4. Fargo Park District Org Chart

January 31: Committee Meeting

January 31, 2024

4:00 - 6:00 pm

  1. Review notes from January 17 meeting
  2. Strategic planning overview
  3. Current Fargo Park District initiatives
  4. Desired outcomes exercise
  5. Survey and focus group review
  6. Mission, Vision and Core Values discussion

Below you will find links to handouts and articles used in Strategic Planning Committee Meeting #2. Please click the title to view the document. 

1. Strategic Planning Meeting #2 Handout

2. 2024 Facility Fast Facts - Fargo Park District

Members of the Strategic Planning Committee gathered for their second meeting on Wednesday, January 31.

After a quick review of the outcomes of the first Strategic Planning Committee meeting, members spent time reviewing and reflecting on an overview of current Fargo Park District priorities and responsibilities including facilities, parks, events, programs, leagues and more. Committee members were invited to offer constructive feedback on the Fargo Park District’s current initiatives and priorities, identifying areas for improvement.

Committee members went on to review themes that surfaced during the data collection phase of strategic planning, including internal staff surveys, external community surveys and stakeholder focus groups. Survey and focus group results were organized into strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Committee members analyzed findings, reflecting on the implications they have for the future of the Fargo Park District.

Finally, a significant amount of time was dedicated to an in-depth examination of the current mission, vision and values of the Fargo Park District. Committee members shared thoughts and provided feedback on the direction these important statements should take in the future. The committee will continue to brainstorm, workshop and develop a new mission, vision, and set of values to guide the Fargo Park District for years to come.

The Strategic Planning Committee will meet again on Wednesday, February 21 to continue their work.

To view the full presentation used at the meeting click here.

February 21: Committee Meeting

February 21, 2024

4:00 - 6:00 pm

1. Mission, vision, value statements  - continued review and development

2. Strategic priorities and goals discussion

Below you will find links to handouts and articles used in Strategic Planning Committee Meeting #3. Please click the title to view the document.

1. Strategic Planning Meeting #3 Handout

2. 2024 Facility Fast Facts - Fargo Park District

Members of the Strategic Planning Committee gathered for their third meeting on Wednesday, February 21.

After a quick review of the outcomes of the first two Strategic Planning Committee meeting, members spent the majority of their time discussing, writing, editing and workshopping possible mission, vision and value statements. Committee members shared thoughts and provided feedback on the direction these important statements should take in the future. Work done by the committee will be brought to an internal Fargo Park District writing team who will use the ideas and feedback to finalize and solidify the mission, vision and value statements which will guide the Fargo Park District for years to come.

The Strategic Planning Committee will meet again on Wednesday, March 6 to continue their work.

To view the full presentation used at the meeting click here.

March 6: Committee Meeting

March 20: Committee Meeting

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