Bismarck Facilities Master Plan


Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) held a public information meeting on June 13 regarding the 2019 Facilities Master. There was a presentation on the Master Plan findings and recommendations and additional community feedback and input was received.

The purpose of the Facilities Master Plan is to assess the condition and uses of BPRD facilities, with a focus on the BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center, Capital Racquet & Fitness Center, VFW Sports Center and Wachter Aquatic Complex.

The Facilities Master Plan looked at all existing BPRD facilities to determine potential gaps in recreation facilities in Bismarck to assist with future facilities planning and improvements. The study results will be used to determine the need for additional new facilities, facility renovations and facility additions desired by Bismarck residents, what funding sources may be available, identify potential partnerships and how best to support the recreation needs of the community.

BPRD hosted focus groups, stakeholder meetings, staff meetings and a public input session in January, 2019 to gather information. A Facilities Needs Assessment survey was conducted from February 20 through March 26. Approximately 3,000 surveys were mailed to a random sampling of Bismarck residents. These responses provided the statistically valid results.

In addition, BPRD invited all residents who did not receive the mailed invitation survey to provide feedback and input through an online survey that launched March 12. All Bismarck residents were encouraged to take the survey to share thoughts on recreational facility needs and priorities. These responses were tallied separately from the statistically valid survey and provided valuable feedback for the final report.
The results of all the public input and survey data was presented at a public information meeting on April 17. Additional community input was received at that time and was used in BPRD’s 2020-2022 strategic planning process this spring.

BPRD has contracted with GreenPlay, LLC, a nationally known parks and recreation management consulting firm to oversee the Facilities Master Plan.

Any questions or comments about the Facilities Master Plan can be directed to BPRD Executive Director Randy Bina at bisparks@bisparks.org.