Parks Master Plan Revision

The city of Rochester is in the process of revising its five year Parks and Recreation Master Plan. This is a planning document to guide the growth and development of the city's parks, recreational activities, and natural landscapes. This document is a requirement through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to be eligible for grants and other funding opportunities. The city is working with the planning firm McKenna to conduct public engagement workshops and prepare a revised master plan to the existing master plan that was newly created in 2019. The site plans and ideas represented in this master plan are not final plans and are only meant to act as guides for what the city wishes to pursue in the future. If you wish to learn more about the city's Parks and Recreation Master Plan or how you can get involved, please email Zoning and Planning Administrator Jeremy Peckens. To view the city's current Parks and Recreation Master Plan, click here.

Get Involved!

The city will be holding a public engagement workshop at Elizabeth Park on September 23rd from 12pm to 3pm to educate residents on the process and also allow for resident feedback and suggestions on what you want to be included in the new master plan. Please feel free to stop by any time during the three hour window to talk to city staff and have your voice heard!

If you can't attend any community engagement workshops or Planning Commission meetings but would still like to provide your comments, please fill out this brief survey.

Tentative Schedule for Parks and Recreation Master Plan Adoption

Informational Booth at Art & Apples FestivalSeptember 10, 2023
Planning Commission Introduction and Draft ReviewSeptember 21, 2023 - 7pm
Community Engagement Workshop at Elizabeth ParkSeptember 23, 2023 - 12pm to 3pm
Planning Commission Review of Draft PlanOctober 2, 2023 - 7pm
Planning Commission Secondary Review of Draft Plan
October 16, 2023 - 7pm
30-Day Public Review and Comment PeriodNovember 1, 2023 - December 4, 2023
Planning Commission Public Input UpdateNovember 20, 2023 - 7pm
City Council Review and AdoptionDecember 11, 2023 - 7pm
Submit Approved Plan to MDNR
February 1, 2024