Don Jones PhD Joins the
GreenPlay is pleased to announce the addition of Don Jones, PhD, to our lineup of top-notch consultants. Don will be a part-time Trends and Demographic Research Assistant and Project Consultant. Don will be based in Orlando, FL. Don spent the past three years as the General Manager for the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center. The Freedom Center is the result of a unique public partnership – a Tripartite Agreement between George Mason University (GMU), Prince William County, and the City of Manassas, VA. While serving in the role of General Manager, Don also became an Adjunct Professor at GMU, teaching classes in Research Methods in Recreation, Sports, and Tourism and Recreation Administration and Planning. Don began his career in Richmond, VA and then became Athletic Director for Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation. Don went on to earn his PhD in Movement Science Education at The Florida State University. After finishing his PhD, Don became Director of the Sentara Hampton Health & Fitness Center and worked at The Fitness Centre & Day Spa at Florida Hospital Celebration Health.
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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 425 projects in 43 states and U.S. territories 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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