Age Segmentation Validity – Age distributions of respondents which divides specific age ranges like young adults, middle aged and seniors. The process of dividing for example age of survey participants into smaller and more specific defined groups.

Calsense systems – Smart irrigation control system that helps conserve water and manage labor.

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) – CPTED principles act as a disciplinary tool that combines physical design with the land use to influence personal behavior while reducing crime opportunities. By using specific tools, it can evaluate environmental conditions and utilize intervention methods to control human/ criminal behavior and reduce the fear of crime.

Community Engagement – An approach that engages underrepresented communities that measures unmet needs and provides prioritized direction for program service provisions based on their input.

Community Inventory – The community inventory shows where programs take place.

Community Park – Park that serves a larger geographic area than the surrounding neighborhood. These parks have amenities like archery ranges, swimming pools, and disc golf. The service area is about a 3-mile radius and typically between 30 and 50 acres.

DemographicsDemographics is a statistical survey done on a population to determine their age, gender, location, status, and other components.

Facility Canvassing – Going to different facilities to speak to owners for community awareness for example the Master Plan.

Focus Group – A focus group is a group interview involving a small number of demographically similar people or participants who have other common traits/experiences.

GIS – Geographic Information System (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographic data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends.

GIS Mapping – An approach that will conduct the GIS analysis of the community.

Infrastructure – The physical structures such as roads, intersections, and schools in some cases may include utilities such as electric power, natural gas, and telephones that facilitate commerce, transportation and quality of life in each community or region.

Linear Park – A linear park is a type of park that is significantly longer than it is wide, typically developed for one or more types of recreational travels such as jogging, biking, and in-line skating. The service area is about ¼ mile radius, and the size varies.

Intercept Survey – Interactive polling to solicit feedback using a questionnaire.

Market Gap – The relationship between where the market currently provides service and where those services are needed.

Multilingual – Using several languages.

Natural Park -Is a designation for a protected natural area by means of long-term land planning, sustainable resource management and limitation of agricultural and real estate developments with recreation use as a secondary objective. Recreation use might include passive recreation such as studying nature, wildlife habitats, walking trails, and picnic areas. The service area radius is citywide, and the size varies.

Natural Surveillance – A design model that is built in environments that allows for bidirectional visibility an example would be increasing amounts of windows or blinds and increasing the quality of lighting.

Neighborhood – Includes both geographic (place-oriented) and social (people-oriented) components and may be an area with similar housing types and market values, or an area surrounding a local institution patronized by residents, such as a church, school, or social agency.

Neighborhood Parks – Serves as a social and recreational focal point for neighborhoods and are within 1 mile radius in residential setting which is typically between 2 to 29 acres.

Park Assessments – Evaluation through landscape design/public interface lenses specifically access + connectivity, sense of safety and functionality. Assessing general accessibility as in street crossings, sidewalks, and trailheads also, evidence of misuse, road adjacency and any physical hazards.

Parks Master Plan – This plan is a comprehensive and strategic process that outlines the long-term visions, goals, and guidelines for the development, management, and enhancement of a city or community’s park and recreational areas with also combining residents and stakeholder identified community needs.

Pocket Park – A pocket park is a small park accessible to the general public. It has limited isolated or unique recreational needs, play structures and small open areas. There is a ½ mile radius in residential setting and typically, under 2 acres.

Preserve Park – Land designated by Council for the presentation of significant natural resources, open space and visual aesthetics. Criteria and restrictions must follow Chapter 26 Mountain Preserves of the City of Phoenix Charter. This includes trailheads, interpretive centers, and educational component. The service area radius is citywide, and the size varies.

Programming and Service Equity Assessment – Methods that are planned to help perform the level of service analysis of recreation programming.

Public Engagement Plan (PEP) – Ensures a comprehensive platform is used to elicit the most engagement from the City’s diverse stakeholders.

Regional Park – Regional parks are publicly owned open spaces and facilities designed to serve a broad area that generally includes several local government jurisdictions. These facilities are owned and maintained by a county, state, or a regional park district. Some amenities are community/senior centers, sports complex, and sports field concession. There is a 5-mile radius and typically, 51 or more acres.

Revitalization – To repair what is already in place, adding new vigor by remodeling and preserving.

Special Area Park – Designed as a revenue-generating enterprise created to satisfy demand for a sport, recreational, educational or special events. The service area radius citywide and size varies.

Stakeholder – A stakeholder is a person, group or organization with a vested interest in the decision-making and activities of a project.

Statistically Valid Survey – A explanation of proposed community survey, including validity, sample size, and level of confidence.

SustainabilityLiving and managing activities in a manner that balances social, economic, and environmental considerations to meet Phoenix’s current needs and those of future generations.

Trails – Pathways for all forms of non-motorized transportation and recreation.

Trailhead – Locations that provide access to the trail system where vehicular parking and other facilities are available.

Village Planning Committee – ​The City of Phoenix is divided into 15 urban Villages. Each Village has a Village Planning Committee (VPC) appointed by Mayor & City Council.

Water Conservation – Prevention of wasteful use of water.

Updated: 8/1/2023

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