Overview: Where We Have Come From...
rec·re·a·tion: "Refreshment of strength and spirit." Webster
In July 2010 the Mammoth Lakes Town Council accepted an offer by Mammoth Lakes Trails & Public Access (MLTPA) to finance a facilitated process for completing the MRRC/MLR recreation reorganization process. The council’s recreation reorganization subcommittee appointed community members and staff to a Recreation Strategy Steering Committee with the direction to deliver a recreation vision and strategy for Mammoth Lakes while also identifying opportunities that might be realized by formalizing the Town’s relationship with the Inyo National Forest.
On November 3, 2010, the Mammoth Lakes Town Council adopted RecStrats and empowered the Recreation Commission to implement the 7 core strategies.
On October 5, 2011, the Mammoth Lakes Town Council passed a Resolution (11-58) adopting RecStrats II - Recreation Implementation Strategy.
Review the RecStrats Implementation Strategy
“To be the best alpine recreation community in the country.”
The guiding principles to achieve the vision includes key partners all working together and in doing so making the Mammoth Lakes region the best alpine outdoor recreation community in the United States. These principles are to be used as overarching guidelines when new ideas and priorities are being considered for implementation. The guiding principles include the following:
- Stewardship/Management - The use of recreation as a stewardship/management tool. From the resource perspective recreation can serve as a way to manage recreation capacity including existing and new recreation opportunities. Also it allows for greater education of the public in their role of resource uses and protection.
- Economic Development - The use of recreation as an economic development tool is important to improve and grow the overall local economy. This includes the ability to build upon existing core recreation activities and creates an overall defendable market position of Town of Mammoth Lakes as a recreation destination.
- Quality of Life - The use of recreation for community enhancement and quality of life improvements makes the Town of Mammoth Lakes a desirable place to live and serves as a key attractor for business and labor.
In an effort to implement the recreation strategic plan and achieve the vision, the RecStrats Steering Committee identified seven core strategies that once implemented will make Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding Inyo National Forest one of the best regions for recreation in the country.
- Highest Quality Winter Recreation Activities -To provide the highest quality and variety of winter recreation activities for both local residents and visitors alike.
- Highest Quality Non-Winter Recreation Activities -To provide the highest quality and variety of non-winter recreation activities for both local residents and visitors alike.
- Municipal Sports and Recreation -To provide local residents with high quality recreation facilities and diverse programming which can lead to an improved quality of life for all.
- Trails -To develop, maintain and program the highest quality integrated trails system.
- Special Events - To provide infrastructure, logistic and facilitation support for regional recreation-based special events.
- High Altitude Training -To develop the Mammoth Lakes region as one of the premier high altitude summer and winter sports training centers.
- Arts & Culture - To provide infrastructure, logistic and facilitation support for regional arts & culture.