Formula 2040: The Master Plan for Parks, Recreation, and Open Space, adopted by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) in 2013, guides Prince George’s County in the creation of a system that will serve nearly one million people in an urban/suburban setting and strives to achieve the goals of connectivity, health and wellness, and economic development by through its creation of a new multigenerational center model.
Formula 2040 divides the county into 9 service areas. From the center of each service area, facility access should be within a 15-minute travel time. A comprehensive analysis was undertaken to determine the current and future demand for community facilities in each service area. The Department of Parks and Recreation is conducting feasibility studies for the future development of multigenerational centers in Service Areas 2, 3, and 4.
The first multigenerational community center was recently completed in the southern area of the county. It is referred to as the Southern Area Aquatics & Recreation Complex (SAARC). SAARC offers one example of how to design and build a multigenerational community center in a suburban environment.