John Drew Joins the GreenPlay Team!
GreenPlay is pleased to announce the addition of John Drew to our national team of consultants. John will be based in Naples, Florida, where he recently relocated after a strong career in Indiana. John brings a unique set of skills and experiences. His 15 years of experience working in the private sector complement a Master’s degree in Recreation and Parks Administration from Indiana University, and nearly 10 years of managing parks and recreation planning projects. John has worked as a consultant to the National Park Service, local parks and recreation agencies, and non-profit organizations. This work included project management for numerous parks and recreation master plans using universal planning principles and extensive public input processes. Besides system-wide master plans, John’s parks and recreation projects have included business plans, fee analysis, and feasibility studies, as well as recreation facility and park site plans.
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GreenPlay operates as a consortium of experts, acting as a management tool for agencies by organizing consultant teams that are responsive and understand the needs of administrators and their communities to provide services for park, recreation, open space, and related agencies. Since 1999, GreenPlay has completed over 400 projects in 41 states for governmental agencies and private companies.
Our consultants bring to your organization many years of experience working with parks, recreation, and related community quality of life agencies. Our sole intention is to help you determine solutions that will assist your agency in achieving desired goals and outcomes.
Melissa Chew, CPRP, Project Consultant for GreenPlay, LLC, has a feature article in the July 2016 issue of Parks & Rec Business magazine. The article, titled Parks and Preservation, is about how parks offer us the opportunity to integrate resources and experiences – a meshing of nature and culture with parks and preservation that seem to go hand in hand. “While parks were originally designed for a variety of purposes and in a diversity of styles, they foster a natural partnership with culture in the form of historic preservation,” observes Ms. Chew. “Our tapestry of American history has been widely supported by private, national, state, and even local efforts. Resources exist to help agencies achieve goals that contribute to this great fabric of cultural heritage.”
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Teresa Penbrooke co-authors article.
GreenPlay founder, Teresa Penbrooke, recently co-authored
an article for Athletic Business Magazine on playgrounds and green spaces in urban areas. The article, titled “Fun City,” discusses a recent study conducted by North Carolina State University, which examines recent demographic trends showing a migration from the suburbs back to the central cores of American cities and examines the opportunities for play and recreation. The study used a component-based analysis with a Geographic Information System to analyze and improve access to play spaces in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that have a wide range of densities. The study found that the chances of having a playground within walking distance of home in the densest locations were equal to those in the places with typical suburban densities.
Chris Dropinski on Fox News radio program
Chris Dropinski, CPRE, Senior Principal & Managing Member of GreenPlay, LLC was on the “Newsmaker” radio program with Tim Bryant in Athens, Georgia on October 21, 2014 where she discussed the importance of community involvement in charting the future of local parks and recreation projects. The program was promoting attendance at a local community engagement event.
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