Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

The City of Superior’s Master Park Plan, Municipal Forest Master Plan and Billings Park Master Plan provide management direction for City-owned lands and recreational resources within the City’s municipal boundary. These plans were last revised in 2010 and do not reflect the city’s current needs.

Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Update - December 2017 

In October, the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan survey was distributed and completed.  In November and December, public input meetings were held throughout the City.   The purpose of the public input meetings was four part:

  • To provide an overview of the plan update.
  • To obtain public comments and suggestions regarding the vision for City of Superior parks, recreation and open space resources and programs.
  • To solicit information regarding existing parks, recreation and open space programs, services, areas and facilities
  • To solicit information regarding additional parks, recreation and open space programs, services, areas and facilities.


The PowerPoint presentations from the public input meetings are posted below and include the results of the survey.  Each set of data lists full survey results, but then breaks the results down by grouped aldermanic districts. For example, if you live in District 3, click on "Survey Results District 1 & 3".  You will be able to see the full results, but also results broken down for Districts 1 & 3.

Survey Results Districts 1 & 3

Survey Results Districts 2, 4 & 5

Survey Results Districts 6, 7, & 10

Survey Results Districts 8 & 9


Next steps will be for the Parks Comprehensive Planning Advisory Board to meet twice in January to take into consideration all the information gathered from the community, both through the surveys and the public input sessions, to formulate the start of a new comprehensive outdoor recreation plan. Public input will be sought after the plan is formulated. The plan will then be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Commission before being submitted to the City Council for approvals this summer.


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The City has received a Wisconsin Coastal Management Grant to help with funding the development of a Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP).  The City Council approved moving forward and working with the Northwest Regional Planning Commission to develop this plan, which will engage citizens in an asset-based recreation planning effort which will focus on identifying a current management strategy for public open space, identifying opportunities to diversity recreational programming, facilities and services and ways to increase access to those program, facilities and services.  Existing goals, objectives and policies within the Master Park Plan, Master Forest Plan and Billings Park Master Plan will be reevaluated and revised as necessary and be combined into a Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation plan (CORP).

Traditional outdoor recreation planning is focused on supply and demand by aligning recreation needs with the city’s population. An asset-based (Placemaking) approach seeks to create quality of life benefits by making the community a more desirable place to live; provides economic opportunities for businesses and protects the natural environment and cultural heritage. Asset-based planning focuses on identifying and mobilizing existing community assets and promoting economic development efforts in communities based on a growing interest in outdoor recreational activities. This approach seeks to capitalize on existing assets such as the natural environment, navigable waterways, developed (and undeveloped) trails and the wealth of opportunities provided by public open space. It will also seek to identify opportunities for expanding the recreational opportunity spectrum, improving community health and wellness, growing tourism and economic development and fostering management/stewardship of resources. Assets and opportunities would be identified through engagement with the public via community surveys and outreach forums.

Updates regarding the plan will be posted here and on our Facebook page, so please "like" our page to stay up to date on the process. You can also sign up under the "Notify Me"  tab on this website (choose Parks & Recreation) for notifications.  We welcome your input and look forward to your participation in this process!