The development of a master plan is a critical component needed to ensure that the design of the grounds and facilities continue to support Lakeside’s mission and five strategic goals. This plan will also provide a framework for sustainability, development and preservation within the Lakeside community.


The Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors held a special meeting on October 22, 2016. At this gathering, the Board passed a resolution to engage an urban planning firm to assist Lakeside in the development of a formal, long-range master plan.

Lakeside Chautauqua’s Strategic Goals:  


  1. Preserve Lakeside’s heritage, traditions and culture as expressed in the mission and vision statement.
  2. Become known as a center of Chautauqua programming excellence.
  3. Assure Lakeside is a safe, healthy and aesthetically pleasing community.
  4. Address 21st century guest expectations.
  5. Develop the financial resources needed for long-term sustainability and advancement.

Three very capable firms competed for Lakeside’s business and made site visits this past summer as they assembled their proposals. Following a competitive bidding process, the Lakeside Chautauqua Board elected to partner with MKSK, an urban planner and landscape designer based in Columbus, Ohio.

MKSK has impressive community/campus master planning and design experience. Some of their campus clients include Denison University, Ohio State University, Miami University and Bowling Green State University. MKSK also played a key role in the design and build of Chautauqua Park and the Memorial and Trinity Gardens at Sixth Street and Poplar Avenue.

They have also developed community master plans for the cities of Toledo, Columbus, Powell, Dublin and Westerville, among numerous others of all sizes. Lakeside particularly admired their master planning approach and methodologies, which include significant community interaction during the planning process.

MKSK will engage the broadest community during this two-year process. Through community engagement, new ideas will emerge, concepts will be tested and critical needs will be identified. This will ensure Lakeside Chautauqua has future programming spaces, recreational facilities, green spaces, accommodations, retail, transportation and parking solutions and the best use of existing buildings.

Next year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years in Lakeside’s history, and we look forward to further engaging the broadest Lakeside community as we develop a plan that will serve as a roadmap for the Board, staff and community.

We encourage each of you to become active participants, so stay tuned for ways to be engaged in the planning process throughout 2017. Visit www.lakesidemasterplan.com for further updates.


Get Involved

You're invited to get involved in the first step by providing input on the newly launched, interactive website. Visit www.lakesidemasterplan.com.

In addition, mark your calendar to attend two Master Planning Community Presentations and Workshops in Hoover Auditorium this summer. These will be informational and idea-generation workshops.   

  • Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

We encourage each of you to become active participants, so stay tuned for ways to be engaged in the planning process throughout the year by continuing to visit  Lakeside's Master Plan website

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