Master planning records
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With the appointment of Robert Cook as director in 1988, institutional planning continued with a Planning Advisory Group which was established in August 1989. Also in August, under Richard Schulhof, the Arboretum staff was invited to engage in a brainstorming session for the development of a comprehensive plan for the Arboretum. Planning then proceeded with two committees established and functioning under the oversight of Richard Schulhof; one addressed the long-term goals of the Living Collection, the other focused on goals for the institution’s Public Programs. The Living Collections Committee produced: "Plants for the Twenty-First Century: A Long-Range Plan."
In 1991, at the conclusion of the staff planning process, Sasaki Associates, Inc. was hired to provide “Planning services for selected projects within the 265-acre tract comprising the Arnold Arboretum and its immediate environs.” The initial scope of work included: a historic landscape assessment, a site inventory, design studies, and community meetings. The general goals of the Master Plan included: to establish how the Arnold Arboretum could better manage its public edges and entrances; to determine how the Arboretum’s adjacent land parcels could serve its mission; and to assess how education and visitor services could be improved through creation of a new facility. Sasaki Associates was engaged from December 1991 until Spring 1994.
Between 2000 and 2002, the administration and staff undertook an effort to create a 25-year strategic plan under Director Robert Cook. In February of 2001, Robert Cook assembled a planning committee which consisted of representatives from every department. In collaboration with the Technical Development Corporation (TDC), this committee reviewed the Arboretum's mission and organizational structure to help create both departmental and institution-wide goals for the Arboretum's next 25 years. Planning continued, often department by department, on a regular basis as new opportunities and challenges presented themselves.
In the 1990s, the Arboretum began planning for a new research facility to be built on Weld Hill (formerly known as the Weld/Water Street Tract and later Puddingstone Hill). This triggered the necessity to create an Intuitional Master Plan for submission to the Boston Redevelopment Authority. For records related to this process please see I A-4 IMP: Institutional Master Plan.
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