“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 NLT
“Plans are worthless, but planning is priceless.” It’s the process of critically looking at our organizations and applying potential new ideas that helps us make good decisions.” Gary Forster
Since 1971 Tilikum has gone through the master planning process four times. In 2013 Tilikum was blessed with a generous donation which allowed us to work with Bethany Rydmark Landscapes to develop a new version of our Master Site Plan. Here are two PDF documents for you to review. These are formatted to print on legal size paper.
Kay Components of our Master Site Planning Principles
Guests vs. Staff Access – The camper/guest experience should not conflict with staff areas. Our plan includes:
- Removing the old Pumphouse and building a new Water System away from camper areas.
- Moving the shop facility to a new location away from guest and camper access.
- Creating a loading area for truck deliveries away from guest and camper access.
- Having the guests enter the retreat center from the south at the new entrance and lobby.
- Creating a new office with better separation of guests and staff areas.
- Creating a staff parking area hidden away and separate from guest parking.
For many years our seven acre meadow was a hayfield and didn’t enhance the camper experience. It is now converted into a playfield for campers and guest activities.
Pedestrian vs. Vehicular Traffic
The new lake loop path is for pedestrians to use rather than guests walking on the road. For many years our main road was located between the retreat center and the lake. The new plan removes the road and office and creates a garden space for guests to enjoy the lake view.
An Improved Sense of Entry
The new road will give a better sense of entry and sequence. It includes a beautiful entry through the woods, then obvious parking areas and office. The retreat center will have a new covered entry and larger lobby.
Project Timing / Incremental Improvements
Good planning improves the sequence of projects and has minimal impact on providing existing services.
- The new road could be built without interrupting the service of the current road.
- A new addition on the retreat center could be built without the immediate need for an additional dining room and/or meeting space.
- The new office could be built while still utilizing existing offices.
This plan takes into account utilities and infrastructure needs such as: parking spots, drinking water, irrigation water, septic, electrical, phone and internet.
Our goal is to accomplish Tilikum’s mission with excellence and effective stewardship. There are so many deserving ministries around the world and Tilikum shouldn’t use more than our share of those resources. An initial projection shows that $2 million over the next 20 years, would allow us to accomplish all of the projects on this master plan. This is significantly less than most master plans usually require and that helps make the potential success of this plan more likely. Here is an excellent article from Gary Forster that describes our approach to the master planning process. Please feel free to contact Dennis Littlefield, Executive Director if you have any questions and/or are interested in contributing to the plan. Phone: 503-538-2763 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.