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Complete Projects Summary

Since 1999, GreenPlay has completed over 450 projects in 43 states for governmental agencies and private sector companies. Below are Complete Project Summaries organized into the following categories.

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MASTER/STRATEGIC PLANNING AND NEEDS ASSESSMENTS

GreenPlay assists public agencies and other organizations throughout the nation with all aspects of the master and strategic planning process, including needs assessment, public process, level of service analysis, trends, benchmarking, demographics, financial and funding analysis, core services identification, operational and maintenance planning, strategic goal setting, and implementation for all quality of life services. GreenPlay primarily acts as a Prime Consultant when managing projects, but at times, we work in conjunction with other firms as a sub-consultant.

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Aberdeen, South Dakota

Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment

Project: Aberdeen serves as the regional trade center for approximately 100,000 people. This project involved facilitating a public meeting and several focus groups as well as conducting a statistically-valid citizen survey. A key element of the assessment focused on the possible adaptive re-use of an existing high school for recreation and other community services. This project created the foundation for future strategic planning efforts. Team members included Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Albany and Dougherty County, Georgia

Recreation Master Plan Update

Project: This Recreation Master Plan Update surveyed the current level of recreation services provided, evaluated past accomplishments, and compared the community against similar providers. The plan provided a gap analysis with recommendations for continued use of the plan or an alternative path, and provided a clear methodology for evaluation. Since the 1997 Albany/Dougherty Recreation Master Plan was written, the City has implemented a number of the recommendations. Many improvements to facilities and parks have been completed, and a reorganization of the Public Works Department created a Parks and Facilities Maintenance Division within the Parks and Recreation Department. This project evaluated the current long-range master planning document for the City of Albany and Dougherty County to help guide decisions related to providing parks and recreation opportunities.

Alexandria, Virginia

Campagna Center Indoor/Outdoor Play Assessment In conjunction with Design Concepts

Project: In collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria, the Campagna Center initiated an assessment of all indoor and outdoor children’s play areas for ages 2-5, in order to assess their recreational needs. GreenPlay team members assisted in the public process, stakeholder identification, and public meetings and guided partnership identification and analysis.

Apex Recreation District, Arvada, Colorado

Community Needs Assessment

Project: GreenPlay conducted a Needs Assessment for the Apex Parks and Recreation District. The plan focused on determining the community’s willingness to fund future development of a state-of-the-art community recreation center and other important park and recreation facilities, programs, and services. A comprehensive community input process was conducted, which included focus groups, a statistically valid survey, and real time on-line conversations. Results from this process would assist the District in determining future priorities. Team members included National Research Center, Inc.

Arapahoe County, Colorado

Four Square Mile Recreation Assessment

Project: GreenPlay conducted a Recreation Needs Assessment for the Four Square Mile area in Arapahoe County, Colorado. This area is an unincorporated part of the County that is bordered by other agencies, and is home to about 20,000 residents, with 74 percent renters and 59 different languages spoken. Our team conducted an assessment of the area with regard to park and trail offerings, and developed recommendations for improving them. Public outreach was conducted to determine desired improvements, and we also evaluated connectivity to adjacent areas. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Arizona State Parks

Cattail Cove Park Master Plan In conjunction with Kimley Horn

Project: Following a 40-year contract for operations of the Sandpoint Marina and RV Park in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, the State Parks decided to renovate the facility. GreenPlay worked with Kimley-Horn on the master planning phase of the project for Cattail Cove State Park. Our team members performed a market analysis, developed programming and operational recommendations, and developed a business plan for the park and marina.

Archuleta County, Colorado

Recreation Planning Services In conjunction with Design Concepts

Project: Our team created a Recreational Development Plan for a 95-acre site recently acquired by the County. The team collected input from and engaged the Community, determined unmet needs and creative opportunities, and prepared and proposed a master development plan. GreenPlay team members were responsible for parks and recreation management and operations analysis and recommendations with specialized focus on recreation tourism planning, cost recovery, and alternative funding.

Arlington County, Virginia

Public Spaces Master Plan – “Where the Community Comes Together!”

Project: This plan incorporated extensive public process and stakeholder education, establishing a common definition of parks, recreation, cultural and historic facilities, and open space. The process created a compelling vision, assessed the current inventory of public open space resources, and identified future needs and protection tools for existing areas. The project established standards to identify resources and to select areas of preservation within future growth areas. It also developed recommendations, implementation strategies, and an action plan to achieve desired outcomes. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and Lose & Associates.

Arlington County, Virginia

Athletic Field Allocation Policy

Project: GreenPlay prepared an Inventory and Analysis of the County’s diamond and rectangle athletic fields, which resulted in revised definitions of user groups, and allowed the County to provide adequate distribution to all user groups in an equitable manner. The County is responsible for the administration of youth and adult sports programs that are County-operated, along with others that are operated by affiliated and non-affiliate organizations and by Arlington County Public Schools. As demand for space by these programs has increased, the County has not been able to meet it. The purpose of this project was to categorize user groups and to develop an allocation policy that ensures fair and equitable distribution to meet the increasing needs of the community. This plan incorporated extensive public process and stakeholder education, establishing a common definition of sports user groups and the athletic field allocation process. 

Arlington Heights, Illinois

Healthy Communities Beta Site Analysis – In conjunction with GP RED

Project: The Arlington Heights Park District along with area nonprofit and governmental partners are conducting a three-year HCRG project to assess policies, practices, programs, and the built environment as they relate to improving health and active living and reducing obesity. The project helps assess, analyze, document, and evaluate elements related to the repositioning of parks and recreation as a primary preventative community public health provider and partner. The project culminates in annual evidenced-based written action plans allowing for measurable improvements on the identified issues affecting the health of the Arlington Heights community youth. Team members included Design Concepts and East Carolina University.

Arlington, Texas

Indoor Recreation Center Assessment Plan

Project: This plan evaluated all of the City’s public spaces used for meetings, events, and indoor recreation. Utilizing a needs assessment, public involvement process, statistically valid survey tools, and comprehensive physical inventories and assessments of the spaces, the plan created recommendations for future city investments in capital development and programming. The study also included an analysis of all alternative and competitive providers, including YMCAs, churches, and private businesses providing related services. GRASP® Component Based Level of Service analysis provided graphic representations of the level of service and functional scoring for future benchmarking and standards for performance. Team members included Design Concepts; Geowest; Good, Fulton and Farrell, and National Service Research.

Arvada, Colorado

Parks and Open Space Public Process and Master Plan In conjunction with AECOM (formerly EDAW, Inc.)

Project: As a sub-consultant to AECOM, GreenPlay assisted in the development of a municipal Master Plan for parks and open space. Our role included conducting research and data collection and assisting with public process and writing of the Master Plan.

North Jeffco Parks & Recreation District, Arvada, Colorado

Strategic and Master Plans

Project: GreenPlay developed Strategic and Master Plans for a variety of program specific projects, including a Master Plan for an Environmental Education Center (in conjunction with the City of Arvada), an open water kayak program for Lake Arbor, and a reorganization of the Outdoor Recreation Division. The process included conducting a feasibility study of the “Fitness Class Pass” to streamline fitness providers at multiple facilities. GreenPlay also conducted pricing studies and master planning for the new $25 million, 180,000 square foot multiple-use Apex Center.

Asheville, North Carolina

Parks, Recreation, Cultural Arts, and Greenways Master Plan

Project: This project developed a 10-year Parks, Recreation, Cultural Arts, and Greenways Master Plan for the City of Asheville, North Carolina. The plan established a system-wide approach to evaluate current service levels and future needs for parks and recreation programs, facilities, and amenities provided by the City. The planning process included extensive public involvement throughout the City, utilizing user group and stakeholder interviews and meetings, and developing a statistically valid needs assessment survey. A comprehensive inventory was created and integrated into an updated digital system. The team also prepared an analysis of forecast needs and implementation strategies. A critical component of the plan was the inclusion of an extensive cultural amenities evaluation. Team members included Design Concepts, Public Arts Collaborative, RRC Associates, Geowest, and Site Solutions.

Austin, Texas

Lamar Beach Park Site Master Plan In conjunction with Design Workshop

Project: The GreenPlay focus of this project was working with the community to determine the community support for amenities to design into Lamar Beach Park, an urban park located on Ladybird Lake in downtown Austin. The plan established a clear direction to guide city staff, advisory committees, and elected officials in their efforts to enhance the community’s urban park with attractions and the projected costs of operations for the maintenance of Lamar Beach Park.

GreenPlay reviewed the existing park amenities and operations while engaging the public, project team, and stakeholders to validate current and future needs and demands for the design of the park. GreenPlay assisted in determining the type and size of the park components and estimated maintenance costs for projected annual operations. Team members also included Studio 8 and Urban Design Group.

 

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Basalt, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay developed a Parks, Open Space, and Trails Master Plan. The plan helped guide the future acquisition of land, prioritize improvements to existing recreational amenities and open space, and identify trail connections within Basalt and surrounding areas. Working with the Basalt Parks, Open Space, and Trails Committee (POST) and planning staff, our team: 1) collaborated with the POST to refine the intent (goals and objectives) of the Master Plan; 2) updated existing parks, open space, and trails inventory for Basalt and the three mile planning area; 3) identified deficiencies as well as opportunities and constraints within the existing parks, open space, and trails system; and 4) conducted an extensive public input process. Team members included DHM Design.

Battle Creek, Michigan

Parks & Recreation Master PlanIn conjunction with ROWE, Inc.

Project: This plan was developed to meet the standards defined by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources “Community Recreation Plan Guidelines.” Project components included assisting the City in designing the community input process for a community survey, developing department goals and objectives, and forming a five-year action plan. Team members included Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Property Owners Association of Bella Vista Village, Arkansas

Comprehensive Needs Assessment and Action Plan

Project: This private, member-based community of 38,400 resident and nonresident property owners is located within Bella Vista, Arkansas, a newly incorporated city with more than 26,000 residents. Over the past 10 years, Bella Vista experienced a 59.6% population growth rate. This growth rate shifted the demographics of the community from a predominantly retirement-age community to a community with families and all age groups. To help adequately plan for provision of recreation services to all residents, GreenPlay worked with the Bella Vista Village Property Owners Association (BVVPOA) to develop a comprehensive needs assessment and action plan. Tasks included an analysis of existing conditions, recommendations for facility and services enhancements, recommendations for new facilities and services, and community involvement and feedback to the BVVPOA.

Bend Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District, Bend, Oregon

Comprehensive Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay team members conducted an in-depth public process for this rapidly growing and environmentally aware city in central Oregon. The team performed inventory and analysis of all departmental functions and created recommendations for funding, operations, maintenance, capital improvements, prioritization, and implementation for the next five years. Tasks included a review of Systems Development Charges and compliance with state Measure 50 regulations. Team members included David Evans and Associates – Portland and Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Berthoud, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: Berthoud is a progressive community balancing small town living and access to a range of larger city amenities a few miles away. With a population of 5,400 residents within its city limits and 17,000 within the neighboring unincorporated area, Berthoud has its roots in a still-vibrant farming and small business culture. The Master Plan created a visionary tool for the marketing and economic development of Berthoud, while preserving the small town, home-town feel. It provided guidance on the responsibility of taking care of current assets; the excitement of adding new elements; the community building aspect of connectivity to Town parks, recreation, open spaces and other public spaces internally and to neighboring trail systems; and the reality of implementation timing and costs, while allowing the Town to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves, including partnerships and joint efforts. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Bethlehem, New York

Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: Working with the Town of Bethlehem, GreenPlay completed a Comprehensive Parks Master Plan, which evaluated parks, recreation programs, waterfront, trails and facilities. The process included public input, facility inventory and level of service analysis, a community needs assessment, and operational and marketing analysis. The final plan would serve as a guide for the Town in its provision of services and facilities. A strategic action plan was also developed that included prioritization of recommendations, strategies for filling gaps in programs and services and suggestions for cost effective delivery of programs and services. Team members included Weston & Sampson.

Bloomington, Illinois

Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan and O’Neil Park Master Plan

Project: To provide the City of Bloomington with usable information regarding its parks and recreation system, our team created a Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The planning process included asset inventory and level of service analysis, public input, which included a statistically-valid community survey, demographics and trends analysis, and a financial and operations assessment. The team also completed a programming analysis and master plan for O’Neil Park, along with a feasibility study for a recreation and aquatics center. Public input was structured to provide information for each phase of the project, and community members were engaged throughout the development of each component of the plan. Team members included Greenberg Farrow, BLDD, Design Concepts, Water Technology, Inc. and Public Research Group.

Bloomington, Indiana

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan Update

Project: GreenPlay developed a 5-year comprehensive plan for the City of Bloomington to update their previous plan and to create objectives, recommendations, and policies for the City’s parks, open space, and recreation programs and services. Our team performed a public input process, demographics and trends analysis, facility inventory and analysis, and created a GIS digital database for the City of Bloomington. This update provided benchmarking data from similar communities, funding alternatives, recreation program inventory and analysis, cost recovery analysis, and organizational development recommendations. Recommendations were created for both active and passive use lands as well as recreation facilities. Team members included Design Concepts and Geowest.

Blue Springs, Missouri

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Comprehensive Plan

Project: The focus of this plan is on the sustainable allocation of resources over the next ten years and addressing the future need for facilities, services, and staffing. The comprehensive plan approach works to provide recreation opportunities, facility upgrades, long-term protection of open space, and historic and cultural resources. The comprehensive plan incorporates the opinions of citizens through stakeholder interviews, public meetings, and a statistically-valid survey, to determine desired changes and new ideas for the long term vision for the City. The study, guided by a Master Plan Project Team, included an inventory or assets and opportunities, population and growth analysis, trends analysis, and level of service analysis. The result of this project is a community-supported plan that provides guidance to the Department of Parks and Recreation on its provision of parks, recreation, organized sports, and open space. Team members included Design Concept, Landworks Studio, Shockey Consulting, and RRC Associates.

Bonner Springs, Kansas

Parks and Recreation Master PlanIn conjunction with Land Plan Engineering

Project: As the sub-consultant to Land Plan Engineering, GreenPlay conducted all Start-Up activities, including scheduling, public information processing, and focus group facilitation. The team performed demographic, program, and feasibility analyses of the community, and we conducted an organizational review and cost recovery analysis. Alternative funding opportunities were summarized, and final recommendations and action plans were provided.

Boulder, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Department – Management and Planning In conjunction with Royce Arbour, Inc.

Project: GreenPlay’s role in this project was to serve as City Liaison for the Valmont City Park Development. The team developed plans for a 132-acre active recreation urban park through innovative funding and partnerships with private, non-profit, and governmental partners. A policy and process was created to evaluate, review, and create liaisons for prospective partners. The team hired technical and professional team members to successfully conduct planning tasks and develop implementation strategies.

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

Sports Facilities Needs Assessment In conjunction with Design Concepts

Project: The project team developed an Outdoor Recreation Sports Facilities Needs Assessment for the University of Colorado. This project included identifying student needs for outdoor recreation sports facilities through intercept surveys, student meetings, comparison benchmarking with similar universities, and incorporating existing data. The plan addressed renovations of current facilities as well as the development of new facilities in preparation for a student referendum.

Brighton, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update

Project: The City of Brighton was experiencing fast growth, presenting both challenges and opportunities as the City strove to maintain a high quality of life and a small town atmosphere. City leadership and residents view parks and recreation as integral to this quality of life. The City of Brighton and the Parks and Recreation Department had been proactive in planning for parks, open space, trails, and recreation facilities, yet was faced with the challenge of managing an ever growing system. Our team conducted a comprehensive analysis of the parks and recreation system for the city, identifying opportunities to enhance future parks and recreation facilities and programs. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Brookline, Massachusetts

Parks and Recreation Master PlanIn conjunction with Pressley and Associates

Project: Brookline, a large urban center adjacent to Boston, includes many large historic and Frederick Olmstead–designed parks. This plan was designed to assess fund reallocation, including a Capital Improvement Plan, with priorities for newer desired programs and facilities. Team members included Design Concepts and Geowest.

Broomfield, Colorado

Broomfield Bay Expansion Study In conjunction with BHA Design Inc.

Project: The Bay is a popular facility with Broomfield residents and people in surrounding communities. Maintenance on at the park was becoming excessively time consuming, costly, and ineffective. Our team assisted in development of a preliminary study to develop a master plan for the site to determine the following items – replacement or renovation of aging building and aquatic facilities; potential for expansion or addition of new facilities and aquatic features; the phasing of the renovation based on feasibility, cost, effectiveness, and efficiency; and the potential change in user numbers and fees to be expected as a result of expansion and renovation. GreenPlay identified probable ticket pricing including strategies for daily admission, punch passes, seasonal passes, and rental opportunities, etc. as well as calculating projected attendance numbers based on the renovation and expansion of each phase.

Broomfield, Colorado

Open Space, Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master/Strategic Plan In conjunction with RNL Design

Project: GreenPlay provided an update to the Open Space, Parks, Recreation, and Trails component of the Master/Strategic Plan for the City and County of Broomfield. The project coordinated findings of the Open Space, Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan to validate the overall well-being of the community, creating a community-wide image and meeting the requirements for the Recreation and Tourism Element of Comprehensive Plans in the State of Colorado.

Broward County, Florida

Needs Assessment for the Parks and Recreation Division

Project: GreenPlay developed a Comprehensive Needs Assessment for the Broward County Parks and Recreation Department to provide a statistically-valid analysis of the needs of the Division. This project determined needs for facilities, lands, trails, and programs for Broward County. Results and recommendations were based on extensive community engagement, a statistically-valid survey, an economic impact analysis, staff interviews, involvement of local municipalities, and level of service comparisons. Team members included W Mack Associates, Willdan Financial, RRC Associates, and Design Concepts.

Burien, Washington

Community Center Master Plan In conjunction with OPSIS Architecture

Project: GreenPlay assisted the architectural team with defining program validation, public process, design, and planning with a focus on management, operation, and functionality. The team conducted an extensive public involvement process to test the tenor of the statically-valid survey results, needs assessment, and gap analysis. As part of the project, the team validated and incorporated the organizational vision, values, and goals with the mission for the new Community Center. The Pyramid Methodology was utilized to establish core services and resource allocations, and the team developed an Operational Business Plan with a pro forma.

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Calvert County, Maryland

Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan

Project: This update of the Calvert County Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan for 2017 serves two primary functions. It allows the County to remain eligible to participate in Maryland’s Program Open Space, and it provides key information, goals, and achievable recommendations to guide the County’s management and enhancement of its system of public parks, open spaces, and preserved lands for the next five years. To meet these objectives, the GreenPlay team conducted an inventory and level of service analysis involving parks, recreation, and open space assets, along with cultural resources. Out team worked with various County departments to conduct a public input process that would include a broad range of citizens and stakeholders. As the county is primarily rural with a large agricultural component, recommendations were developed to help preserve a balance between conservation and other land uses.

Carbondale, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan

Project: As a small Rocky Mountain community experiencing exponential growth, the Town of Carbondale had created several small-scale parks, recreation, and trail project plans. However, they needed an overall comprehensive master plan to guide them through funding and implementation. GreenPlay worked with Otak, Leisure Vision/ETC Institute, and Geowest to lead a comprehensive public process and needs assessment study that resulted in a five-year development plan. The process helped prioritize which projects, growth strategies, and funding mechanisms would be the best long-term choices for the agency.

Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District, Colorado

District Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay assisted the Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District in the development of a District Master Plan. The main goals of the plan were to evaluate recreational facilities and amenities in order to develop goals, policies, and guidelines along with achievable strategies. The District provides parks and recreation services to residents of three adjacent communities – Frederick, Firestone, and Dacono. Our team conducted a public input process, which engaged leaders, key stakeholders, and community members from each of these agencies. The input process included a Leadership Summit, focus groups meetings, a statistically-valid survey and use of a community MindMixer virtual town hall, which offered input opportunities to all members of the service area. The GreenPlay team also performed an inventory of parks and recreation facilities owned and operated by the District to determine potential service gaps and areas in which service could be improved. The final plan provided the District with a clear set of goals and action items for the future with realistic implementation strategies. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Cary, North Carolina

Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Facilities Master Plan

Project: The Town of Cary is a growing and prosperous community located in the triangle area between Raleigh and Durham. The Town has been steadily growing since the1990s and has an approximate population of 100,000. Cary’s parks and recreation system is held up as a benchmark in the area and is nationally recognized. GreenPlay created a parks, recreation, and cultural facilities master plan that would recognize current needs within the Town, allow for flexibility to incorporate future facilities, and identify realistic funding opportunities for recommendations. The project included public process, including a statistically-valid survey, facility inventory and analysis, composite values level of service analysis, benchmarking, needs analysis, facilities analysis, open space assessment, greenway plan analysis, site planning, and development of an implementation plan. Team members included Land Design, Stewart Engineering, Clark Patterson Lee, Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Casa Grande, Arizona

Community Services Department Master Plan

Project: Located between Phoenix and Tucson, Casa Grande had grown to become one of the largest communities in western Pinal county. GreenPlay created a long-range plan utilizing an effective public process to strategically recommend the desired level of service for this rapidly growing city. The team analyzed the inventory and level of service for all parks and recreation programs and services, along with the library. Operation of the department overall were analyzed, resulting in new department standards, recommendations for renovations and new facilities, and implementation and action plans for the next five to ten years. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, Providence, Inc., and Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Castle Rock, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, and Public Properties Master Plan In conjunction with Wenk Associates

Project: The Town of Castle Rock, located south of Denver, has over 5,000 acres of open space. GreenPlay assisted with the completion of a comprehensive Master Plan for Parks, Recreation, and Public Properties. The Plan addressed the needs, feasibility, and funding opportunities for this fast-growing city with unique demographic and physiographic characteristics.

Caswell County, North Carolina

Parks and Recreation Master PlanProject: The Caswell County Parks and Recreation Master Plan was developed to provide strategic guidance in the provision of parks and recreation services in line with the requirements for the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grants. This plan also allowed the County to address public health concerns, improving the health, wellbeing, and quality-of-life of residents. The Master Plan helped to guide policy development, prioritize demands and opportunities, and generate a strategic action plan for the next 5 – 10 years.

A project team which included County staff guided this project. This team provided input to the consultant team throughout the planning process. The project consisted of the following tasks community/stakeholder engagement and statically valid survey; comprehensive facility inventory and level of service analysis; assessment and analysis of existing conditions; community needs assessment; demographics, trends, and operational analysis; and recommendations: goals, objectives, and action plan. Team members included Site Collaborative and RRC Associates.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Recreation Needs Assessment and Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay created a comprehensive Recreation Master Plan that included a thorough needs assessment, forecasting, statistically-valid survey, trends analysis, and capital planning. Our team provided implementable recommendations, an action plan, and prioritized schedule for improvements and decision-making. Team members included Williams Architects, Hall and Hall, Leisure Vision/ETC Institute, and Geowest.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay created a Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Six months into the planning process, the City was hit with one of the worst floods in its history. The City and project team turned this disaster into an opportunity to create a bold and visionary Plan that included groundbreaking riverfront plans to drive community revitalization. The project team developed a plan to prioritize investments, ensuring a system that would meet community needs; establish strategies to improve operational efficiencies, cost recovery, and land acceptance standards; demonstrate community need and support to assist in the pursuit of alternative funding; ensure accommodation of changing community demographics; and ensure a parks and recreation system that is sustainable and financially feasible into the future. Team members included Design Concepts, JJR, RRC Associates, Williams Architects, and Sasaki.

Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission, South Carolina

Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails Comprehensive Plan

Project: GreenPlay created a Comprehensive Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails (PROST) Master Plan for the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission in South Carolina. The plan provided a 10-year vision for parks, recreation, open space, and trails, as well as an action plan for implementing this vision. CCPRC had recently doubled the size of the park system with land purchases and was in need of guidance as to the best way to develop these lands to best serve the community and benefit the Commission. Preparation of the plan included an extensive public process, along with a statistically-valid survey; a comprehensive level of service analysis; and development of recommendations related to funding, potential partnerships, and recommendations for current and future facilities and programs. Team members included Seamon Whiteside and Associates, Alta Greenways RRC Associates, and Design Concepts.

Charles County, Maryland

Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan Update

Project: To guide the County in its provision of parks, recreation, and open space services for the next five years, and to allow Charles County to continue to be eligible for funding from the state, GreenPlay developed a Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan. Information, ideas, and inspiration for the goals and recommendations of this Plan were gathered through a strategic planning process. Key components of the planning process consisted of data collection and analysis; a study of trends, demographics, and estimated local participation in recreation; staff and stakeholder engagement; an open link (web based) survey; and a level of service analysis. The 2017 goals were built off of Charles County’s past goals, existing service provision, and current needs identified through the level of service analysis.

Cherokee County, Georgia

Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan In conjunction with Lose & AssociatesProject: Cherokee County was shifting from what was predominantly agricultural in the 1990s to a suburban Atlanta market with upscale retail and residential areas. GreenPlay developed a Parks and Recreation Master Plan for this fast growing county. Tasks included an organizational analysis, funding review, resource assessment, and inventory of park locations.

Clinton, Iowa

Parks Master Plan
Project: GreenPlay assisted the City of Clinton in developing a comprehensive Parks Master Plan for its parks, open spaces, trails, and recreation facilities. This plan was the first of its kind for the City, and resulted in a future vision for the parks and recreation system that will enhance the quality of life, economic development, and tourism opportunities. Our team developed a community supported plan that provided guidance for future development, maintenance, funding and redevelopment of all these elements. This Master Plan guided policy development, funding, delivery of city services, prioritized demands, opportunities, and generated a strategic action plan to provide a 10 year vision for the City of Clinton. Team members included SmithGroupJJR and RRC Associates.

Clovis, California

Parks Master Plan
Project: The City of Clovis worked with GreenPlay to develop a Parks Master Plan, which would be consistent with the goals and policies of the City’s 2014 General Plan. The project consisted of a review of current standards, an inventory and analysis of the parks and open space system, a needs assessment which included community and stakeholder engagement, a market analysis, and development of an implementation plan. Team members included LandDesign and RRC Associates.

Colchester, Vermont

Bayside Park Master Plan
Project: In conjunction with BRS Architects and Design Concepts, GreenPlay LLC led The Town of Colchester, Vt. project that consisted of A Needs Assessment and Master Plan for a Community Health and Wellness Center and a Master Plan for Bayside Park. The Needs Assessment and Master Planning process were inclusive of all members of the community, and the public was given many opportunities to participate through Focus Groups, Stakeholder Meetings, Public Meetings, an Invitation Survey and an Open Link Survey.  The jewel in Colchester is Bayside Park, a beautiful location that overlooks Lake Champlain. The Community Health and Wellness Center Needs Assessment and Master Plan and Bayside Park Master Plan project provided the Town with an accurate assessment of the community’s health and wellness needs and how the Parks and Recreation Department could best meet the community’s needs while maintaining the natural resources and character of the Town. The Community Health and Wellness Center Needs Assessment and Master Plan determined that a Community Recreation Center was needed and should consist of an aquatic facility, gymnasium, fitness center and other community requested amenities. The Bayside Park Master Plan project provided a plan to transform the site into a vibrant, year-round destination for members of the community, attracting waterfront usage of many varieties. Operational, community and capital needs were addressed, along with financial solutions for construction and operations. The project resulted in GreenPlay providing the Town of Colchester with an Actionable Plan to meet the needs and desires of their community.

Colorado Department of Parks and Recreation

Boyd Lake and Eleven Mile State Park Plans

Project: Greenplay was retained as a sub-consultant to Design Concepts to evaluate current programming and make recommendations on future recreation programming at these two Colorado State Parks. Our work included site visits, review of facility mapping for each site, analysis of existing conditions and a written report recommending possible recreation programming after the subject sites are renovated.

Colorado State Parks

Colorado Front Range Trail Implementation Plan.

Project: Our team actualized the vision of an 850-mile network of trails inter-connecting the diverse Front Range landscapes and communities among which 80 percent of Colorado’s population resides. A four-year Colorado Front Range Trail Implementation Plan was created by engaging a multi-interest coalition of stakeholders in a one-year process to establish a framework for identifying construction priorities. The team also developed the partnerships, marketing, and financial strategies to facilitate completion of the Front Range Trail. Team members included Design Concepts and Geowest.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Red Rock Canyon Open Space Park Master Plan In conjunction with Design Concepts

Project: Our project team assisted with public process, needs assessment, operational analysis, funding projections, and design process for a heavily used, yet environmentally sensitive, large community open space park. The team facilitated decision-making efforts to help determine carrying capacity levels, resource management activities, passive versus active use issues, and potential revenue generating activities for cost recovery.

Commerce City, Colorado

Strategic Plan for Recreation Programs, Services, and Facilities

Project: GreenPlay provided a plan to provide strategic direction to the Commerce City Parks and Recreation Department and the City for the delivery of parks and recreation programs, services and facilities to meet the needs of current and future residents. The strategic planning process included an extensive community input process which consisted of a series of focus groups and a statistically-valid mail survey. Community demographics and recreation trends were analyzed as well as existing community surveys and plans. Additionally, a thorough inventory and analysis of existing Commerce City parks and facilities and a review of parks and recreation programs and operations was conducted. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Commerce City, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Department GRASP Data Update

Project: Updating the parks, trails and open space GIS data set required working with staff to document changes and determine procedures for incorporation into the new dataset. We visited each site, gathering information and organizing the data for easy review by staff through mapping of all locations in the dataset, and creating tables showing all features and associated attributes within those locations. The data was able to be broken down  in several different ways to facilitate review including by region or district, by component type (athletic fields, playgrounds, etc.), and by the score or rating that was originally assigned to each component. Data was incorporated into the geodatabase in a form that is ready for future analytical processes. Specific deliverables included updated shapefiles, an updated System Map showing all relevant properties and locations, and a GRASP® Atlas, which is a PDF document that contains an aerial photo of each parcel showing all features geo-located within it and a table of the attributes recorded for each location (including the components located there and the functional scores assigned to each component). Team members included Design Concepts.

Commerce City, Colorado

Existing and New Recreation Center Programming Plan

Project: Commerce City is a city of 45,000 people located just to the northeast of downtown Denver. In November of 2013, City voters approved a one percent (1%) sales and use tax to provide a dedicated revenue stream for new parks, recreation and road projects. The Existing and New Recreation Center Programming Plan validated initial programming work for the City’s Quality Community Initiative (QCI) Projects. It provided the City with an in-depth analysis of the current level of services/amenities provided in the area, identified existing gaps in services, and recommended methods in which an existing recreation center and future new recreation center could cover those gaps. The plan identified what the existing and new recreation centers looked like in terms of the space and services provided. The Plan also determined how each facility could be operated and maintained in a manner that is economically viable. Team members included BRS Architecture and RRC Associates.

Coppell, Texas

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay prepared a comprehensive Parks and Recreation Department Master Plan for the City of Coppell. Out team performed a complete public process, inventory, and analysis. The team also created a GIS digital database, funding alternatives, partnership opportunities, and organizational recommendations. Suggestions were provided for both active and passive use lands and recreation facilities. The primary purpose of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan was to create a clear set of goals, policies and objectives to provide direction to City staff, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and the City Council for redevelopment and enhancement of the City’s park system, open space, trails, recreation and environmental health facilities, recreation programs and services for the short-term (2010), the mid-term (2015) and the long-term (2025). GreenPlay Team members included Design Concepts, NSR, and Geowest.

Corvallis, Oregon

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update

Project: This Master Plan updated the previous plan, adopted in 2000. The City sought a system-wide approach to evaluating all of their programs, natural areas, parks, facilities, and amenities to ensure that the system was still meeting the needs of residents. A goal of this plan was to provide realistic and implementable recommendations to direct the Parks and Recreation Department into the future. Team members included Walker Macy, Design Concepts, and RRC Associates.

Cripple Creek, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment and Recreation Center Feasibility Study

Project: Cripple Creek is a historic city located in southern Colorado near Pike’s Peak. GreenPlay conducted a parks and recreation assessment to determine the need for new and updated facilities, programs, and services. As part of the project, the team created a dynamic conceptual plan for a proposed new recreation center. The team also developed an operating budget for projected expenditures, revenues, and staffing levels based on programming spaces, as determined from the needs assessment. Team members included Design Concepts and Sink Combs Dethlefs.

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Darien, Connecticut

Parks Master Plan In conjunction with Weston & Sampson

Project: GreenPlay worked in conjunction with Weston & Sampson to create a Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the Town of Darien, Connecticut. The plan helped to analyze the Town’s parks and recreation system, creating a vision of the future while embracing its history. The project team created a community profile by analyzing trends and demographics, developed a facility inventory and level of service analysis, and sought public and stakeholder input to develop recommendations. The project also included feasibility analysis and schematic design for the Town’s aquatic facility and selected parks.

Denver, Colorado

Athletic Field Master Plan

Project: The GreenPlay team produced an Athletic Field Master Plan for the City & County of Denver. The purpose of this plan was to provide a snapshot of Denver Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) inventory of athletic fields, identify and categorize user needs, and establish practical applications that would act as a guide in dealing with the rising demand for the use of DPR athletic fields. GreenPlay conducted this inventory, assessment, and evaluation of existing athletic fields. The plan included field use trends, permitting and fee structures, field management systems, and recommendations for future decision-making. Team members included Design Concepts, HNTB, and Geowest.

Denver, Colorado

Recreation Center Needs Assessment and Service Analysis

Project: This Recreation Center Needs Assessment and Level of Service Analysis project provided an objective inventory and assessment of the indoor recreation needs of Denver’s citizens. The project focused on the functionality of recreation center spaces, as well as components for programming, activities, and indoor recreation center services needed and desired by Denver. Utilizing public involvement, interviews with key staff and council members, and GRASP® Composite Values Methodology for Level of Service Analysis of the physical amenities of each recreation center, the team identified the level of service provided by each center. A conceptual cost analysis and recommendations provided equitable prioritization of capital improvements. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, RRC Associates, and Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture.

Denver, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Program Planning In conjunction with AECOM (formerly EDAW, Inc.)

Project: As part of this project, GreenPlay created project-specific, detailed recreational program plans based on integration with the Department’s broad-based Needs Assessment and Recreation Program Plan.

Denver, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan In conjunction with Wenk Associates

Project: GreenPlay assisted in creating the Denver Parks and Recreation Master Plan by overseeing the Recreation Program Plan components designed from the community outreach project and converting the information into usable plans for the technical planning and operations teams.

Denver, Colorado

River North Park Communication Plan In conjunction with Civitas

Project: This project created a communication plan for River North Park in Denver, Colorado. Objectives of the plan included creating opportunities for citizen and stakeholder input toward the vision of the development of Denver River North Park (program/access/parking – reaction to conceptual ideas and options), working in tandem with the Public Works Arkins Court Realignment Project, and effectively conveying the project progress to policy advisors and policy makers, and the citizens of Denver. GreenPlay assisted with public meeting facilitation and stakeholder identification, along with development of the final plan.

Desert Recreation District, California

Park and Recreation Strategic Plan

Project: The Desert Recreation District’s Park and Recreation Strategic Plan was intended to conduct a comprehensive operational analysis that included a review of the District’s complete operations, mission, vision, and value statements and emphasize a positive future vision. A goal of this plan was to provide realistic and implementable recommendations to direct the District for the next five years and into the future. The District desired a plan for conquering its top four challenges: creating a long-term sustainability strategy for programs and infrastructure; the economy’s effect on available revenues for maintenance, operations and capital needs; increasing public recognition and support of the District and its services; and developing and nurturing of inter-agency relationships.

Desert Recreation District, California

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: This Master Plan was intended to replace the 2006 Master Plan and build on the vision created by the Strategic Plan. The Desert Recreation District sought a system-wide approach to evaluating all of their programs, natural areas, parks, facilities, amenities, and partnerships. Gaps in service were identified, and the project would ensure that the system was meeting the needs of District residents and those in the Sphere Of Influence (SOI) in a strategic and location-specific manner. A goal of this plan was to develop a clear set of goals, policies, and standards for the District’s park system, open space, trails, recreation facilities, and development for the next five years and to provide realistic and implementable recommendations to direct the District into the future. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Dillon, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay developed a Parks and Recreation Master Plan for this small Colorado mountain town, located adjacent to the Lake Dillon Reservoir. The Plan established goals and objectives, determined needs, and developed an implementation strategy to guide future parks, recreation, and open space opportunities. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and RRC Associates.

Dunwoody, Georgia

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan Five-Year Update

Project: The focus of this project was to complete the five-year update to the current Parks and Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. The previous Master Plan was completed following the transfer of six parks from DeKalb County, and many of the goals and recommendations from that plan have been completed. The City has also purchased additional properties, which were to be included in this update. The primary goals for this plan update include determining the City’s role in meeting the recreational needs of residents while providing a guide for decision making regarding maintenance, operations, and capital improvements. GreenPlay facilitated an in-depth citizen input process to determine what people desire in the parks and recreation system. GreenPlay developed parks and recreation strategies that will help promote the health and safety of the community while addressing current and future needs for green space and recreational needs. This project also included a site Master Plan for Brook Run Park as part of the overall Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan. Team members included JB+A, Wolverton and Associates, and RRC Associates.

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Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District, Colorado

Park and Recreation Needs Assessment

Project: This Needs Assessment study addressed a 30-year-old district serving a community of approximately 1,400 households in the Colorado mountains between Vail and Beaver Creek resorts. The project included public involvement and goal setting, a demographic analysis, an existing conditions inventory, and a statistically-valid user survey to determine the best use of existing funding and the necessity for a future funding ballot issue. Team members included RRC Associates.

Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation District, Colorado

Recreation, Parks, and Trails Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay created a Recreation, Parks, and Trails Master Plan for the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation District. Our team worked with the community to develop a Plan that would establish a direction to assist with future decisions. The plan would also develop a comprehensive planning approach to enhance and expand opportunities for parks, trails, open space, and recreation in the community. A needs assessment (both current and future) was provided, including criteria for the justification of the various needs and how they may be satisfied. Community attitudes were identified, along with and expectations, needs, and priorities and goals in order to facilitate future actions related to park facility development and recreation programming. Team members included Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, Design Concepts, and Balanced Community.

El Paso County, Colorado

Parks, Trails, and Open Space Plan Update

Project: The focus of this plan, updating the 2005 plan, is on the sustainable allocation of resources over the next five years and addressing the future need for facilities and services. The Plan approach works with other County plans to provide outdoor recreation opportunities and long-term protection of open space, wildlife habitat and historic and cultural resources. An important element of the plan is interpretive services which fosters public involvement and stewardship. The plan update incorporates the opinions of citizens through stakeholder interviews, public meetings, and a web-based survey, to determine desired changes and new ideas for the long term vision for the County. The study, guided by a Master Plan Committee, included an inventory or assets and opportunities, population and growth analysis, trends analysis, and level of service analysis. Team members included KezziahWatkins and Tapis Associates.

Erie, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails Master Plan Update

Project: This plan included an extensive inventory and assessment of all Town recreation programs and services, open spaces, trails, and facilities. HOA facilities and other recreation providers in the area were also evaluated. A citizen-focused needs assessment survey was conducted, and results were incorporated into recommendations for the final Master Plan Update. Working closely with the Town of Erie’s staff, the GreenPlay team evaluated the classification system for all parks, recreation, open space, and trails assets. Recommendations and action plans for future land acquisition and development were identified, and operational, maintenance, and organizational standards for the Parks and Recreation Department were developed. Team members included Design Concepts, RRC Associates, and Gerdom and Associates.


Erie, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails Master Plan Update (2016)

Project: This plan incorporated an extensive inventory and assessment of all Town recreation programs and services, open spaces, trails, and facilities; previous citizens’ and parks and recreation survey results; and updated demographics and trends reports for the final Master Plan Update. Recommendations and action plans for future land acquisition and development were identified, and operational, maintenance, and organizational standards for the Parks and Recreation Department were updated.


Erie County Parks, New York

Park System Master Plan Update

In conjunction with Wendel

Project: In the context of the master plan update, GreenPlay is leading the effort to analyze existing policies pertinent to green environment, land encroachments, all-terrain vehicles, monuments, special permits for non-traditional park uses, disk golf, and other issues; to analyze existing park marketing tools and maintenance organization patterns, recommending new approaches to maximize use of resources; and to develop a land acquisition policy and process for adding new lands to the system providing guidance to County officials. This includes a strong public engagement element.

Essex, Vermont

Recreation Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan

Project: This Recreation Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan identified the values of the community, provided a Town-wide vision for recreation services, and established a strategic direction for delivery of “best in class” recreation and park services. The Strategic Plan included a statistically-valid community survey and provided program, administrative, and facility recommendations and inventories. A 10-year guide for the Town of Essex, the plan identified how well the current system is meeting the needs of its participants, and helped the Department achieve its mission to: “Advance parks and recreation efforts that enhance the quality of life for the community of Essex.” Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Estes Valley Parks and Recreation District, Colorado

Stanley Park Master Plan

In conjunction with Design Concepts

Project: Perfectly located at the gateway into Estes Park, Stanley Park provides many recreational opportunities for the entire community as well as those seeking an escape to enjoy Estes Park and the surrounding mountain setting. GreenPlay assisted in the development of a long range master plan for this park. GreenPlay’s role in this project was to provide a comprehensive community input process,  to determine expense and revenue impacts of new design features, and to provide strategies for funding improvements.

Evans, Colorado

Open Space and Trails Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay created a plan that would allow this town north of Denver to grow, yet conserve open space lands, protect valuable natural resources, dedicate parcels from development projects, and manage agency operations. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Evergreen Park and Recreation District, Evergreen Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: This scenic mountain community just west of the Denver Metropolitan area provides a multitude of parks and recreation facility programs and services to its residents. This plan provided a detailed inventory and assessment of the District’s park and recreation facilities and associated maintenance practices. The plan also provided and in-depth look at District’s programs to determine strengths, weaknesses, and overall community desires. GreenPlay assisted the District in establishing specific goals and objectives for the next five years based on the results of a recent community survey, additional community input and overall inventory and operational findings. Team members included Design Concepts and Balanced Community.

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Farmington, New Mexico

Comprehensive Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Master Plan

Project: The City of Farmington is located in northern New Mexico. It is home to approximately 45,000 people, including a large portion of Hispanic and Native American residents. It serves residents from the four corners region of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah as well. GreenPlay team members developed a Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Master Plan for the City to determine its needs and level of service, and to develop goals that would allow the City to serve its residents and visitors for many years. The team conducted an extensive public process that included a statistically valid survey, development of a MindMixer community engagement website, and focus groups and public meetings. We also completed a detailed inventory and level of service analysis to determine current and potential future assets in the community. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Federal Way, Washington

Performance Benchmarking and Strategic Planning for New Community Center

Project: Federal Way, Washington is a small city located between Seattle and Tacoma. GreenPlay developed performance-based benchmarking criteria and a strategic plan in relation to the Business Plan projections for the recently opened facility. The team developed measurement criteria, reviewed year-to-date performance data, and conducted pro-active analyses by observing operations, procedures, participant usage, customer service, and front line staff performance to determine immediate mitigation strategies. Responsive analyses were conducted at 6-month and 12-month intervals to evaluate performance measures and recommend short and long-term strategies to achieve the Business Plan’s objectives.

Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Program Needs Study

Project: This study provided an evaluation of Fitchburg’s current leisure desires and demands, expected growth and anticipated impacts of future leisure service provisions, particularly in relation to the potential for creating additional recreation/community center resources. The project included public involvement, integration with existing planning processes and documentation, a statistically-valid survey of community residents’ leisure interests and demands, and trends and demographics analyses. Team members included RRC Associates.

 

Florence, Massachusetts

Look Park Master Plan

In conjunction with Weston & Sampson

Project: The Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park was established in 1928.  Today the park consists of 157 acres and offers a wide variety of features including playgrounds, athletic fields, water spray park, Willow Lake, Steamer Train, Gardens, paths, picnic sites, an outdoor theatre, wildlife sanctuary, and the Garden House. The park is maintained and operated as a non-profit organization that relies upon vehicle entry fees, attraction fees, sponsorship, and charitable support of Park Friends. The project goal was to facilitate and guide a Strategic Planning Process for the future of the Park over the next 3, 5 and 10-year horizons.  This was achieved by 1) Developing a vision of preparing for the future, while retaining the past. 2) Establishing implementable goals and priorities focusing efforts on transforming conceptual goals into achievable priorities. 3) Developing an implementation strategy for park facilities and operations. And 4) Developing a financially sustainable and innovative park.

Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois

Recreation Master Plan

Project: The Forest Preserve District of Cook County hired GreenPlay to develop a Recreation Master Plan to guide the development of expanded outdoor recreation opportunities. Serving a diverse, highly-urbanized county with over 5.2 million residents in the Chicago area, the District’s mission since its inception in 1914, has been, to acquire, maintain, and preserve lands for the pleasure, education, and recreation of the public. Project goals included attracting new visitors to the forest preserves and promoting the health benefits of outdoor recreation. Sensitivity was given to expanding mission-compatible recreation, such as trail-based recreation, paddling, sledding, camping, and nature play. Guiding principles and criteria for evaluating recreational opportunities were developed. The project included a statistically valid survey conducted by Public Research Group. Other team members included Design Concepts, Design Perspectives, KM Bailey Consulting, and Caroline O’Boyle.

Fort Collins, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Policy Plan Update

Project: The purpose of this project was to update the City of Fort Collins’ 1996 Parks and Recreation Policy Plan. The update set the vision, guidelines, and standards for parks, trails, forestry, and recreation for the next ten years. The Plan included sections on recreation facilities (parks, trails, recreation centers, etc.), future recreation trends, funding needs, and short-term and long-range action items. A comprehensive public process identified the unique needs of the community and resulted in recommendations that balanced these needs with the City’s resources.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Long-Range Strategic Plan

Project: As a sub-contractor to Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin Lopez Rinehart, Inc. (Glatting Jackson), GreenPlay consultants developed the first Parks and Recreation Long Range Strategic Plan for the City of Fort Lauderdale. Our role included community involvement; inventories and assessments of the park system, recreation facilities, programs, and services; and customer service evaluations. We also prepared a funding analysis that evaluated core services and resource allocation. The final plan included a comparative analysis of administrative benchmarking and trends and developed level of service standards and maintenance practices that resulted in a long-range capital improvement plan.

Fort Morgan, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master PlanIn conjunction with Sink Combs Dethlefs Sports Architecture

Project: This project studied the feasibility of developing a multi-generational recreation center. Team members reviewed different sites, potential funding sources, and amenities and provided a pro forma for future operations and maintenance costs.

Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, and Golf Master Plan Update

Project: This plan provided detailed, researched facts concerning the community and the role of parks and recreation, and established priorities for FVMRD and its community. It evaluated existing conditions and plans, and provide direction for the FVMRD for a five- to ten-year period, establishing immediate as well as long-range goals. The Master Plan documented and clearly defined the link between the community’s high priority recreation programs, facility needs and strategies to obtain those goals, including financing and funding. Team members included RRC Associates.

Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District, Winter Park, Colorado

Management Planning, Operational Feasibility, and Financial Pro forma

Project: GreenPlay reviewed the existing recreation center pro forma and related information provided in previous engagement efforts with the public, project team, and stakeholders. The previous pro forma was revised based on a preferred concept plan. The project included estimating operation and maintenance costs and provided a general understanding of cost recovery potential. Annual operations and maintenance costs, projected revenue, and potential partnerships were also identified.

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Genesee Foundation, Golden, Colorado

Community Facilities and Recreation Study

Project: This Community Facilities and Recreation Study for the Genesee Foundation provided an assessment of current recreational facilities, programs, and services and evaluated gaps and desired levels of service through public meetings and community surveying. The resulting concepts detailed capital and operational costs for minimal, mid-range, and optimum solutions. The concepts were presented through a series of town meetings and focus groups, and were followed by a community survey to determine the best concept with which to proceed. Funding mechanisms and capital campaign options were assessed and recommendations were presented to the Foundation.

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay facilitated a community planning process that created a long-range Master Plan for the City to help guide decisions on parks, recreation, and open space opportunities. The planning process enabled the City to articulate its vision for these services and to provide a framework of action plans for future implementation. A significant portion of the Plan included an evaluation of community parks and recreation service impacts on the local tourism industry. Team members included Design Concepts and Geowest.

Gloucester County, Virginia 

Board of Directors Vision and Strategic Plan

Project: GreenPlay assisted the board in refining the organization’s mission and developing a short-term vision that would stabilize it for the next one to two years. The sessions also created a strategic plan focused on finances and resource allocation that defined the roles and responsibilities of the staff, board members, executive committee, and specialized standing committees to reach the consensus vision.

Golden, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update

Project: The City of Golden Colorado is seeking an update to their 2008 master-plan document that is concise, user friendly and visionary with regards to the health, vibrancy, and direction of the City’s Parks and Recreation facilities, programs, and services, by creating systematic and prioritized departmental recommendations with a special focus on relationship to public health. This includes updating inventory and analysis of current and forecast needs and implementation strategies related to: Parks system, open space and trails; Recreation facilities; Recreation programs and services; Capital development; and Costs and Funding sources.

Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado

Board of Directors Vision and Strategic Plan

Project: GreenPlay assisted the board in refining the organization’s mission and developing a short-term vision that would stabilize it for the next one to two years. The sessions also created a strategic plan focused on finances and resource allocation that defined the roles and responsibilities of the staff, board members, executive committee, and specialized standing committees to reach the consensus vision.

Granby, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan In conjunction with Design Concepts

Project: GreenPlay worked with the project team to develop a comprehensive public input process that included focus groups, public meetings, and an on-line survey. The team determined the community’s satisfaction, needs, and willingness to pay for improvements or expansion of parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services. Additionally, our team provided administrative recommendations for determining cost recovery, improving partnership agreements, and the delivery of recreation programs.

Grand County Recreation District, Utah

Recreation Facilities Needs Assessment Study In conjunction with EDA Architects

Project: GreenPlay consultants reviewed past public input efforts and conducted a series of public meetings to determine the recreation facility needs for the District. Our team developed high-level operating cost projections for the top ranked priorities.

Grandview, Missouri

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: The Grandview Parks and Recreation Master Plan was intended to help meet the needs of current and future residents by positioning Grandview to build on its unique parks and recreation assets and identify new opportunities. The citizen‐driven plan established a clear direction to guide city staff, advisory committees, and elected officials in community efforts to enhance the community’s parks and recreation services and facilities. The GreenPlay project team identified demographics and their needs, conducted an inventory and level of service analysis, and identified potential sources for alternative funding. The plan also included a community survey and conceptual plans for four individual parks. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and ETC Leisure Vision.

Grandview, Missouri

Citywide Trails Plan

Project: One of the needs identified in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan was the need for a city trail system. This plan identified new opportunities to develop trails for recreational use and transportation, while connecting destination points within the city. The plan was intended to serve as a guiding document for the development of a multiuse recreational trail system for the City of Grandview. Through a public input process that included focus groups and intercept surveys, identification and prioritization of origins and destinations, an inventory of current trails, team members were able to provide direction to the City. Our team worked with City staff, advisory committees, and elected officials in their efforts to enhance the community’s parks and recreation trail system while connecting to adjacent city and county trails within an overall regional trail system. Team members included Design Concepts.

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Hamilton, Ohio

Parks and Recreation Master Plan In conjunction with Lose & Associates

Project: Our team facilitated the public process, budgeting, operational analysis, and management decisions for the development of the comprehensive Management Plan component of this project. The Plan analyzed current budget procedures, revenue generation, fees and charges, and recommended improvements to budget performance based on increased operation and maintenance costs. GreenPlay also identified funding mechanisms relative to the final capital program, as developed from the master plan process.

Hayden, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan

Project: Hayden is a small mountain town located near Steamboat Springs. GreenPlay developed a Parks and Recreation Master Plan to be included as part of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan guided decision-making for administration, operation, maintenance, and capital projects with a primary focus on future park and trail opportunities. The plan created a detailed inventory of Town parks, recreation programs, trails, and open space facilities, along with definitions and systems standards for parks and trails. Specific goals and objectives for the next five years were based on the results of a statistically valid citizen survey. The plan created a vision for the next ten years and beyond. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and RRC Associates.

Hays County, Texas

Parks and Recreation Master PlanIn conjunction with Design Workshop

Project: This stakeholder-driven plan was developed to help meet the needs of current and future residents by positioning Hays County to build on the county’s unique parks and recreation assets and to identify new opportunities. The plan established a clear direction to guide county staff, advisory committees, and elected officials in their efforts to enhance the community’s parks and recreation system, evaluating facilities, programs, and services.

Cherry Hills Community Church, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Needs Assessment and Operational Pro forma

Project: GreenPlay determined the types of athletic fields and field surfaces that would best meet the needs of this Highlands Ranch community. An operational pro forma was developed based on anticipated field rental rates, number of rental hours, anticipated maintenance costs, and repair and replacement costs.

Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado

Master Plan for Parks, Recreation, and Open SpaceIn conjunction with RG&Associates

Project: Our team aided in the development of a Master Plan for Parks, Recreation, and Open Space for the Town of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado. The mountain town of about 650 residents offers much in the way of natural outdoor recreation, along with two community parks. Its location near the Colorado River, and its pristine mountains offer opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing, among other activities. This project, partially funded by GOCO, would allow the Town to assess its parks and recreation assets and determine how well they were meeting the needs of the community. GreenPlay team members conducted the public input and stakeholder meetings and assisted with the inventory process. Our team also helped to develop achievable and realistic goals based on information gathered throughout the plan’s development.

Hunterdon County, New Jersey

County Strategic Park and Open Space Plan

Project: The open spaces, rivers, and trails of Hunterdon County have always been important to residents, many of whom moved to the area for its rural charm, and modest commuting distance from New York City. The Hunterdon County Strategic Park and Open Space Plan brings together current information on trends impacting the provision of public parks and recreation opportunities in the County, and feedback from stakeholders, community members, and County staff, and provides recommendations and an implementable action plan for meeting current and future needs of residents.

Hutchinson, Kansas

Park Development Master PlanIn conjunction with Bartlett & West

Project: GreenPlay assisted in the development of the 43rd Avenue Park Master Plan for the City of Hutchinson. The plan was intended to institute a one-of-a-kind recreational amenity within the community. Our team helped to determine programming needs and identified potential operating expenses and funding options.

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Iowa City, Iowa

Park and Recreation Master Plan

Project: This parks and recreation master plan was developed to help meet the needs of current and future residents by positioning Iowa City to build on the community’s unique parks and recreation assets and to identify new opportunities. The plan established a clear direction to guide city staff, advisory committees, and elected officials in their efforts to enhance the community’s parks and recreation system, evaluating facilities, programs, and services. The study also included an Impact Fee Study and a review of Land Dedication requirements. Team members included Design Concepts and Geowest.

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Keene, New Hampshire

Active Recreation Management Plan

Project: This Active and Passive Recreation Management Plan included a comprehensive action plan with a facilities, programs, lands, and trails inventory; a community benchmarking process; public input focus groups; operations management strategies; and long term planning objectives. GreenPlay collaborated with students from the Keene State College Department of Environmental Studies on intercept and internet surveys and provided recommendations for enhancing non-motorized community connectivity as a tool to improve public health. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Keene, New Hampshire

Wheelock Park Concept Plan – In conjunction with Design Concepts

Project: GreenPlay and Design Concepts will help determine how Wheelock Park could better meet current needs and trends for facility design. We will be discussing the important features valued by people today such as dog parks and looped trails. We will be working, through staff, key stakeholder, and public meetings, to determine the kinds of things, like destination playgrounds and/or dog parks that park users really want to see in this park. Most important, we will help guide an understandable trail I circulation network. Public meetings will guide a design response that places community gathering centrally, and creates access easily, for everyone. 

 

Knoxville, Tennessee

Ijams Nature Center Master Plan – In conjunction with Ross Fowler

Project: The GreenPlay focus of this study is on the potential sustainability of a renovated Ijams Nature Center site operated by the Ijams Nature Center. The master plan approach works with the Ijams Nature Center to upgrade and improve the outdoor recreational options within the park. An important element of the study is to foster partnerships to assist in the operations of some of the added components. The study incorporates the opinions of the Ijams Nature Center staff to determine the desired new amenities for the Ijams Nature Center site. The master plan included an operational plan of the final concept. Team members also included McCarty Holsaple McCarty.

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La Quinta, California

Community Services Master Plan and Impact Fee Study

Project: Our team created a Community Services Master Plan as an element of the City’s Comprehensive General Plan for this resort community. The first step in the process was an inventory of existing City programs and parks. The team then addressed community values, growth, future needs, and priorities. A clear direction with a set of goals and objectives for staff, advisory, and elected officials was created and designed to improve the City’s park system, open space, golf course, trails, recreation facilities, and programs. A specific focus of the plan was to address the history of the recreational elements of the City identified with the La Quinta Resort and Club, the PGA West golf facilities, and the annual La Quinta Arts Festival. The plan addressed the needs of year-round residents, second homeowners, and tourists. The planning process included developing a comprehensive inventory, preparing an analysis of forecast needs, designing an implementation strategy, and creating some innovative and successful methodologies for analysis of current and future level of service. The assessment process helped create consensus on philosophies for resource allocation, revenue generation, and cost recovery. The team also conducted a comprehensive review of the current Land Dedication and Developer Impact Fees Study.

Lafayette, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan UpdateIn conjunction with RNL Design

Project: As a component of a Comprehensive Plan for the City, this project updated the 1998 Parks and Recreation Master Plan, identifying new priorities and action plans, addressing land dedication requirements, and meeting the requirements for the Recreation and Tourism Element of Comprehensive Plans in the State of Colorado.

Laguna Hills, California

Recreation Center Needs Assessment

Project: This project provided an assessment of the community’s current and future recreation facility needs through an extensive community input process. A Level of Service Analysis was conducted to determine the provision of services that each recreation facility component provided to the community. Key survey questions were determined based on the information gathered and were included in an overall city services survey. Recommendations were presented publicly and incorporated into the City’s Master Plan update. Team members included Design Concepts.

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Park & Recreation Facility Needs Assessment

Project: Lake Oswego, located just south of Portland, assessed the potential of developing a recreation center in this older and well-established community with limited available land. The Needs Assessment included a statistically valid survey, public meetings, stakeholder interviews, and workshops.

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay provided written goals, plans, objectives, and policy statements that articulated a clear vision and a sustainable “road map” and model for this City, which had recently experienced a high growth rate. GreenPlay provided GRASP® Level of Service Analysis, maps, and financial and action plans to support a series of community presentations. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and National Service Research.

Lake County, Colorado

Recreation Master Plan

Project: Recreation in Lake County had experienced numerous transitions and faced extensive challenges over the years. This plan provided guiding mechanisms for addressing existing and future community needs and for providing a sustainable recreation agency model to meet those needs.

Lakewood, Colorado

Community Resources Master Plan

Project: Residents of Lakewood place a high value in their parks, cultural, and recreation programs and facilities and recognize the importance of these services as an enhancement to their quality of life. GreenPlay developed a Master Plan for the City’s Community Resources Department. The plan provided direction to staff and elected officials for the enhancement of the community’s parks, recreation, historical, cultural, and environmental programs, services, and facilities for the next five to ten years. This Plan was the result of an extensive master planning process that began with a needs assessment survey, followed by an inventory of Department facilities; public and staff input; review of demographics, trends, and benchmarking data; and analysis of programs and services and operations. Following is a summary of key findings followed by recommended Master Plan goals and objectives and an implementation plan. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and Pinyon Environmental Engineering Resources.

Leesburg, Virginia

Park and Recreation Needs Analysis

Project: The purpose of the Parks and Recreation Service and Needs Analysis is to identify needs, satisfaction levels, and potential gaps with regard to facilities, programs, and services provided by the Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department. By doing so, the Department would be able to act accordingly to strive to continue meeting its own high standards, as well as the community’s high standards for parks and recreation services. GreenPlay worked with a team of managers and key staff within the Parks and Recreation Department. An extensive public input process was the key component of the project. The Town’s project team met with consultants from GreenPlay to provide input throughout the planning process. This collaborative effort created a Service and Needs Assessment that not only fully utilized the consultants’ knowledge, but also relied on significant input from a fully engaged staff, which in turn would allow them to effectively utilize the results. Team members included Balanced Community.

Lisle Park District, Lisle, Illinois

Park District Master Plan

Project: This project created a Park District Master Plan that included goals, objectives, forecast needs, and implementation strategies to help guide decisions related to parks, recreation, and open space opportunities for the next ten years. The Plan outlined a process to guide the District’s recreation programming, land acquisition and development, park renovations and improvements, facility enhancements, marketing, fee structures, and use of alternative revenue sources. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Littleton, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan

Project: The City of Littleton is a community of just over 40,000 in the south Denver metropolitan area. The Littleton Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan is the first of its kind in the City, and would allow the City to provide a cross-boundary, collaborative approach to service delivery with South Suburban Parks and Recreation District who provides the majority of the parks and recreation services through a series of intergovernmental agreements. Through the use of multiple tools, including community input and component-based mapping, the plan developed a clear picture of the parks, recreation, open space and trail system within the City, and served as a roadmap to provide a proper balance of parks, trails, natural areas, and recreation facilities and their maintenance, now and into the future. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

 

Lone Tree, Colorado

Parks, Trails, and Recreation Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay developed a Parks, Trails, and Recreation Master Plan (including a needs assessment and Level of Service analysis) that incorporated the desires of the City of Lone Tree and the abilities of the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District (SSPRD) to service the City. The team coordinated with the Lone Tree Recreation Advisory Committee, City Council, and the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District Board for development and enhancement of the City’s parks system, open space, trails, recreation facilities, recreation programs, and services for the short-term (2010), the mid-term (2015) and the long-term (2025).

Longmont, Colorado

Open Space and Trails Comprehensive Master Plan

Project: The GreenPlay project team developed an Open Space and Trails Comprehensive Master Plan, which included an inventory and strategy for the acquisition and future development of the City’s open space areas and trails system. A key component of this project was the community outreach process that allowed for the investigation of concerns and priorities that existed within the community as they related to the Open Space and Trails Plan. Team members included Design Concepts, The TSR Group, and Greystone Environmental.

Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism | Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

Project: GreenPlay was hired by the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism – Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation to plan, design, coordinate, and develop the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) update. This SCORP update included: designing and implementing a statewide stakeholder survey and consulting with statewide stakeholder agencies; analyzing the relationships between statewide recreation facilities and activities and community-based environmental education and restoration activities; analyzing and summarizing the data obtained from stakeholder work sessions; and preparing draft and final versions of the SCORP document to be reviewed, edited, and approved by the Parks Division. Team members included Atkins, NTB Associates, and RRC Associates.

 

Louisville, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails Plan

Project: This project focused on creating a plan that would respond to the needs and desires of the community through a comprehensive public input process, including creation and distribution of a statically-valid survey. The plan provided a comprehensive approach to open space, parks, and trails management and development, along with strategies to for efficient and cost effective maintenance practices. Our GRASP® technology helped the City determine the priorities for expansion of parks, trails, and open space, and ensured that connections were made with surrounding municipalities to every extent possible. Additionally, the plan focused on strategies to improve the delivery of recreation offerings by determining priorities for indoor and outdoor activity spaces and programs. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Lyons, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master PlanIn conjunction with Design Concepts

Project: Our team developed a Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the Town to guide decision-making for administration, operations, maintenance, and future capital projects. Specific goals and objectives for the next five years, including the Bohn Park Master Plan, were based on the results of the statistically-valid citizen survey. The plan provided tools to assist in creating a mission, vision, and cost recovery philosophy for the next five years and beyond. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and Corona Research.

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Macomb Township, Michigan

Parks & Recreation Needs Assessment

Project: Located 20 miles north of Detroit, Macomb Township was experiencing rapid growth. GreenPlay developed a comprehensive Needs Assessment through the development, administration, and analysis of a statistically-valid citizen survey, public meetings, and a recreation inventory. The project evaluated resident programs and facility usage, awareness, satisfaction levels, and needs for the current and build-out population.

 

Maitland, Florida

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project:The Maitland City Council authorized the update of the 2001 Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The purpose of the update is to evaluate, assess, and make recommendations regarding parks, recreation, and open space needs for the City of Maitland for 2014 – 2024. The goal of the plan is to put in place a clear, logical, and precise guideline that can be used for future development and growth. The plan is being coordinated through the Leisure Services Department, with input and data from other City Departments as well as the community at large. Citizen participation is critical in formulating the plan both through public meetings and input from City Council, as well as the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The project will included public process, including a statistically valid survey, facility inventory and analysis, composite values level of service analysis, needs analysis, facilities analysis, open space assessment, greenway plan analysis, and development of an implementation plan. Team members included Tindale Oliver Design and RRC Associates. 

 

Manassas, Virginia

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Needs Assessment and Facilities Plan

Project: The City of Manassas is a historic community within the greater Washington, D.C. metro area whose Parks and Recreation Department was eliminated following the economic downturn in 2008. Since that time, parks, recreation, and cultural programs, services, and facilities have been administered through a handful of internal and external agencies and partners. To that end, the City’s Department of Community Development initiated the process to develop a comprehensive parks, recreation and cultural needs assessment and facilities plan that will provide guidance and policy direction for the maintenance and enhancement of City provided parks, recreation and cultural facilities in a manner that is consistent with and meets the community’s expected level of service. Through this process, current funding practices, levels, and sources are all analyzed in an effort to ensure that best practices are being followed. Parallel to this process, the City will determine whether or not to reinstate an internal and centralized parks, recreation, and cultural services agency. Team members included Rhodeside & Harwell and RRC Associates. 

 

Manheim Township, Pennsylvania

Needs Assessment and Operational Pro formasIn conjunction with Benchmark Construction Company, Inc.

Project: GreenPlay developed a consolidated Needs Assessment study based on previous work and studies, condition analysis of existing facilities, and current level of service. Unmet needs and market segments were identified and evaluated, along with how the needs related to citizen involvement process and current building programs. The team developed operational pro formas for five building concepts for the Manheim Township Commissioners to present as optional recommendations for a Community Library/Recreation/Aquatics Center.

Manitou Springs, Colorado

Manitou Incline Master Plan and Management PlanIn conjunction with Tapis Associates

Project: The Manitou Incline is located on the former trackbed of the Mt. Manitou Scenic Railway in Manitou Springs. In its one-mile length, the route climbs 2,000 vertical feet, primarily on 2,750 railroad tie “steps.” Despite being privately owned with posted “No Trespassing” signs, the trail has grown in use and popularity to an estimated 70,000 or more users each year. The Tapis-led Team, consisting of GreenPlay and four other specialist firms, provided technical expertise while building trust and consensus with the land owners, stakeholders, municipalities, and the general public. The plan was driven by public process and addressed the wide array of physical, legal, social, and economic issues that have previously prevented the legal opening of the trail. This helped to identify and address issues with management and funding, parking, safety, and technical trail design and stabilization.

Manitou Springs, Colorado

Parks, Open Space, and Trails Plan

Project: This Master Plan was the first ever Manitou Springs consolidated plan for Parks, Open Space, and Trails and was intended to update and replace the city’s 1997 Open Space Plan as well as update Parks, Trails and Open Space information contained in the 2000 Rainbow Vision Plan and 2012 Rainbow Vision Plan Update. The purpose of this 2016 plan was to set the course for the future of Manitou Springs Parks, Open Space, and Trails; identify community values and issues; set a community direction through plan goals, priorities and implementation strategies; and to create a plan that provides the framework for long-term management and stewardship of Manitou Springs outdoor resources. Our team accomplished these goals by mapping POST assets, extensively engaging the community and key stakeholders, and analyzing and integrating information from previous plans. Team members included Tapis, KezziahWatkins, Place Matters, and ERO Resources. 

Martin County, Florida

Countywide Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: Martin County is home to over 150,000 residents and attracts over 200,000 tourists per year. The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department provides many diverse services and programs to these people, comprising 75 varying parks and facilities, which include 9 miles of public beaches. To effectively manage these facilities and services in a cost effective manner while still satisfying public needs, the Department retained the GreenPlay team to develop a Countywide Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The project consisted of community wide public engagement, including focus groups and stakeholder interviews, as well as a MindMixer online engagement site. The team conducted an inventory and level of service analysis, trends and demographics analysis, and a programming and maintenance analysis. Resulting information was compiled and analyzed to produce an action and implementation plan that would assist the Department in provision of services with short, mid, and long-term goals. Team members included Atkins and Chen Moore Associates. 

 

Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Montgomery County, Maryland

Strategic and 2030 Business Plan

Project: Through a comprehensive countywide planning process, this project crafted a vision for the future of the parks and recreation system in Montgomery County, Maryland through 2030. The GreenPlay team worked with two agencies – the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation to strategically assess current facilities and services and plan for future needs. The project included many components including an inventory and analysis of facilities and programs, a community survey, expansive community outreach, a core services assessment, and development of a resource allocation and cost recovery philosophy and policy. Project elements included a 2030 Framework Plan, 10-Year Strategic Plan, and an Implementation Plan. Team members included Design Concepts, Lardner-Klein, RRC Associates, and Justice and Sustainability Associates.

Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Prince George’s County, Maryland

Prince George’s: 2010 and Beyond Strategic Planning and Framework Volumes 1-3 

Project: Our team was retained by the Commission to evaluate and create strategies for this agency. M-NCPPC, Prince George’s County services 500 square miles with approximately 800,000 residents in the urban, suburban, and rural areas of the County. This complex and detailed project involved an all-encompassing public and key stakeholder engagement, GRASP® Level of Service analysis, along with the creation of detailed strategic master and action plans, with recommendations leading to a shared enhanced vision for the quality of life services through 2040. Team members included Justice and Sustainability Associates, Design Concepts, and RRC Associates.

Maryville, Tennessee

Parks and Recreation Strategic Master Plan In conjunction with Lose & Associates

Project: GreenPlay facilitated the public process, budgeting, operational analysis, and management decision segments of this comprehensive Strategic Management Plan.

Miami, Florida

Parks and Recreation Long-Range Strategic PlanIn conjunction with Goody Clancy

Project: GreenPlay provided an assessment and long-range strategic plan for the City of Miami. Our team evaluated existing parks, facilities, current and potential park and recreation programs, customer service, marketing efforts, and “best practices.” The study also included an assessment of fees and charges, resource analysis for facilities and amenities, and a framework to guide future decision-making.

Monte Vista, Colorado

Ski-Hi Feasibility Study/Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: The City of Monte Vista retained GreenPlay to create a Parks and Recreation Master Plan to meet the future needs of this rural, mountain community, assessing current conditions of the Ski-Hi Facility and assisting the City in determining future uses for the facility. As part of the project, the team provided a five-year plan that included a comprehensive public process and needs assessment to prioritize future projects, growth strategies, and funding mechanisms, examining the best long-term choices for the agency. Team members included RRC Associates, Design Concepts, and Geowest.

Montrose Recreation District,

Montrose, Colorado Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay developed the first Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the District to guide decision-making for administration, operation, maintenance, and future capital projects. The plan provided specific goals and objectives for the next five years and created a vision for the next ten years and beyond. Team members included Design Concepts and Geowest.

Moorhead, Minnesota

Metropolitan Sports Facilities Framework Plan, Multiple Agencies

Project: GreenPlay created a Sport Facilities Framework Recommendations, Implementation, and Action Plan for the communities of Moorhead, Minnesota; Dilworth, Minnesota; Fargo, North Dakota; West Fargo, North Dakota; four school districts; and the local YMCA. The project included community process facilitation, a statistically-valid survey, demographic and trends analysis, and a comprehensive inventory and assessment of existing recreation and sports facilities in the four-city area. The plan provided comprehensive program and facility analyses and recommendations, along with an in-depth evaluation of existing budgets, cost-recovery methods, funding opportunities, and pricing methodology. The final plan integrated previous planning work into the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Framework Plan. Team members included Geowest, Design Concepts, and Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

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Nederland, Colorado

Open Space, Trails, Parks, and Outdoor Recreation Master Plan Update & Gateway Park Planning and Conceptual Design

Project: GreenPlay developed an update to the Nederland and Surrounding Areas Open Space, Trails, Parks, and Outdoor Recreation Master Plan. In light of changing community priorities, the Town was looking for a document that would reflect changes to recreational assets and provide up-to-date funding recommendations. The project also included the planning and conceptual design for a gateway park at the west end of Barker Reservoir. Our team developed a community profile; performed an extensive public involvement process, including public meetings, stakeholder interviews, and a statistically-valid survey; developed a conceptual plan for the Gateway Park site; compiled an inventory and composite-values level of service analysis; and conducted a financial analysis. Team members include Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

New Hanover County, North Carolina

Department of Parks and Gardens Master Plan Update

Project: New Hanover County is a unique community on the coast of North Carolina. It is the second smallest county in terms of land mass but one of the largest in population. The Department of Parks and Gardens is primarily a recreation facility provider to many external service providers such as youth and adult sports associations, the County public school system, UNC-Wilmington, and the local community college, to name a few. The Department does not have a formal recreation programming function and only offers a handful of programs and events annually. Faced with a variety of parks and recreation needs and wants from the community, the Department updated its current master plan, which was created in 2006 and was considered outdated. Through this process, a new, updated series of recommendations were developed to provide direction to the Department on the provision of facilities, programs, and services into the future. Team members include DHM Design and RRC Associates.

New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department – State Parks Division

2009 Statewide Outdoor Comprehensive Recreation Plan Update (SCORP)

Project: GreenPlay planned, designed, coordinated, and developed the 2009 SCORP update for New Mexico’s State Parks Division. Specific components of this process included design and implementation of a statewide stakeholder survey and organization and consultation with statewide stakeholder agencies. Our team also analyzed of relationships between statewide recreation facilities and activities and community-based environmental education and restoration activities. We provided analysis and summary of data obtained from stakeholder work sessions and prepared recommendations for draft and final versions of an Executive Summary and SCORP to be approved by the State Parks Division. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Lafitte Greenway Park Corridor and Trails Master PlanningIn conjunction with Design Workshop

Project: Since Hurricane Katrina devastated the City of New Orleans, the City has made use of well-planned parks and greenways as a revitalization tool. The Lafitte greenway park is a major corridor utilizing the importance of connections – ecological, economic, cultural, physical, historical, artistic, and emotional. GreenPlay assisted with identification of park program elements, operational, maintenance, and financial sustainability analysis. This greenway connects mid-city with the French Quarter, and combines active and passive elements with economic generation into a world-class greenway including a bicycle and pedestrian path, open space, recreational areas, and other amenities.

North Clackamas Recreation District, Oregon

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: This Master Plan and Strategic Plan resulted in realistic and implementable goals, objectives, and policies to effectively meet the current and future needs and desires of the District residents. The plan integrated and coordinated concurrent planning efforts including the internal development of a fixed asset repair and replacement schedule, and a facilitated public involvement process to develop a cost recovery model. The Master Plan Phase of the project focused on needs assessment; core services identification; inventory and Level of Service Analysis; trends, benchmarking, governance, SWOT analysis, and demographics; financial and funding analysis; and operational, maintenance, and natural resource management planning. The Strategic Plan Phase of the project established Prioritization of the needs assessment, master plan findings, and Board directives, redefined core business functions, and developed short and long-term goals, objectives, strategies, and action steps. In addition, the strategic plan included a timeline for actions and outcomes performance measures for the goals and objectives. Team members included Walker Macy, Design Concepts, and RRC Associates.

 

North Platte, Nebraska

Community Wellness Needs Assessment

Project: The City of North Platte convened a team with many stakeholders to conduct an assessment of recreation facilities, programs, and amenities contributing to the health of the community. GreenPlay team members facilitated a community-wide public input process, including focus groups, public meetings, and a statistically valid survey to gauge the community’s state of health and wellness and amenities that contribute. The project also included an analysis of the service area to determine potential alternative providers; the City’s wellness and recreation strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats; and development of a demographic profile. This plan represents a multi-faceted effort to develop an integrated approach to community health and wellness, which helps to change people’s ideas about how recreation contributes to their well being. Team members included RRC Associates.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aquatics Strategic and Marketing PlanIn conjunction with Studio Architecture

Project: GreenPlay worked with designated staff to identify known priorities and stakeholders. Our team conducted a market analysis and demographics study, service assessment, GRASP® Level of Service analysis, and citizen survey to create a final report that included next steps, budgets, and time line for implementation strategies. Team members included Geowest and National Service Research.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Indoor Recreation Facilities and Programs Strategic Plan

Project: The population of Oklahoma City had grown significantly in thirty years. However, all of the recreation centers in the City were built in the 1970s. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the level of service provided by the current indoor recreational centers, to identify recreational program and facility needs and interests of residents and identify opportunities to meets these needs. The City’s existing model of indoor recreation facilities was characterized by small, neighborhood recreation centers focused primarily in the central part of the City. For the most part, these indoor centers lack desired amenities such as fitness and aquatics. According to the statistically-valid survey, performed as part of the needs assessment portion of this study, only 14% of respondents were using the existing facilities. While providing important recreation opportunities to current users, a majority of residents are not being served by these centers. GreenPlay developed a strategic plan for indoor recreation facilities and programs for the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department. Tasks included an inventory and analysis of existing facilities and programs, as well as a public opinion survey. The project team identified funding and implementation strategies. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and RRC Associates.

Oregon City, Oregon

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update

Project: To assist the City, located south of the Portland metropolitan area, in meeting the needs of current and future residents, GreenPlay performed a complete public process, demographic analysis, and inventory analysis. The project team created a GIS digital database, researched funding alternatives, and conducted an organizational SWOT analysis, program analysis, and partnership opportunity evaluation. Organizational recommendations were provided, suggesting options for both active and passive use lands and recreation facilities. Team members included Design Concepts, Leisure Vision, and Geowest.


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Palm Springs, California

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay provided Parks and Recreation Master Planning services to assist the City in creating a clear direction for current and future parks and recreation augmentation. Specific goals and objectives were identified for City staff, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the City Council regarding the improvement and development of the City’s park system, open space, golf course, trails, and recreation facilities and programs. The project also included preparation of conceptual park plans that addressed space and facility allocations by illustrating new park layouts and redesigning current parks. A special emphasis was placed on identification of potential revenue generating activities that may affect park design. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Parker, Colorado

Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan for Senior Services and Therapeutic Recreation

Project: GreenPlay developed a strategic plan for the Town of Parker’s senior services, including an innovative therapeutic recreation component. The Town is one of the fastest growing areas of Colorado, so the plan provided a future vision for services along with recommendations and an action plan for implementation. The process included stakeholder involvement, an analysis of service trends, current inventory, best practices, and demographics. Recommendations included validating the service mission/vision, cost recovery, and alternative funding and partnerships, as well as a future profile for service delivery.

Pearland, Texas

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: The focus of this plan was on the sustainable allocation of resources over the next ten years and addressing the future need for facilities and services. The plan approach worked with other City plans to provide recreation opportunities and long-term protection of open space, wildlife habitat, and historic and cultural resources while maintaining the agency’s CAPRA accreditation. The plan incorporated the opinions of citizens through stakeholder interviews, public meetings, and a statistically valid survey to determine desired changes and new ideas for the long term vision for the City. The study, guided by a Master Plan Project Team, included an inventory or assets and opportunities, population and growth analysis, trends analysis, and level of service analysisTeam members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Pflugerville, Texas

Pflugerville Park Master PlanIn conjunction with Design Workshop

Project: Pflugerville is a rapidly growing suburban city located 17 miles north of downtown Austin. The urbanized area within the city limits had been expanding at a dramatic rate, increasing each decade since the city was incorporated. Since the creation of Pfluger Park (the city’s first in 1976), the park system had been expanding to keep up with the rapid pace of expansion. The Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan was developed concurrently with the Pflugerville 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which established a growth framework for Pflugerville as it sought to devise a new set of land use patterns to guide its development for the next two decades. The green network is a central element of the Comprehensive Plan with the expansion of parks, trails, and open spaces as a critical strategy to attain the city’s long-range goals. GreenPlay consultants provided public input facilitation, an analysis of the City’s level of service in comparison with national standards, and development of an implementation plan. Our team also evaluated alternative funding and potential cost recovery methods for the City.

Plainfield Park District, Illinois

Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan – In conjunction with Design Perspectives

Project: The project goal is to provide specific recommendations about how to meet the Park District’s recreational needs, identified through a through planning process. Along with recommendations, the plan will provides a cost and resource assessment, schematic park master plans and a time line for implementing the specific recommendations. GreenPlay reviewed the consultant’s recreation programming for national trends opportunities and a basic cost recovery approach and philosophy, providing supplemental supporting data on demographics and trends. Team members also included Design Concepts.

Post Falls, Idaho

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay was retained by the City of Post Falls, Idaho to create a Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The system-wide master plan would guide development, maintenance, and financial stability of the City’s system over the next 5, 10, and 20 years. The project included an inventory of all existing parks and recreation programs, an Active public participation process, a statistically-valid survey, a comprehensive needs assessment and funding implementation plan, and development of recommendations. Team members included Verdis, Design Concepts, and RRC Associates.

Prescott Valley, Arizona

Parks and Recreation Master Plan & Feasibility Analysis

Project: This plan identified citizens’ needs and desires, providing the foundation for development of strategies to improve programs and facilities. It also addressed the feasibility of building and operating a community center. Our feasibility analysis encompassed a detailed market study of the community and alternative providers; identified potential facility components based on programmatic, function, and financial goals and objectives; created general construction cost estimates; and developed an operational Business Plan. Team members included the TSR Group.

Prospect Recreation and Park District, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: This project created the first Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the Prospect District, located in the western metro Denver area. The Plan included a needs assessment, public process including a public opinion survey, inventory analysis, and organizational assessment. Opportunities for facility improvements as well as partnerships with area private and public alternative providers were identified. Financial strategies for implementation were also outlined. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Pueblo Area Council of Government, Pueblo, Colorado

Recreation and Tourism Plan

Project: As a component of the Pueblo Area Council of Governments (PACOG), GreenPlay inventoried existing park and tourism services and marketing efforts, identified new priorities and action plans, and addressed land dedication requisites to meet the requirements for the Recreation and Tourism Element of Comprehensive Plans in the State of Colorado.

Pueblo, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Organizational Assessment & Implementation Plan

Project: This project identified key issues through a public input process, assessing the current level of service (LOS) of parks and recreation services and facilities, and outlining strategies for improvements. A detailed park component inventory and GRASP® Composite Values Methodology for Level of Service analysis was conducted. Park maintenance operations were reviewed, and best practices were identified to improve park maintenance. The plan developed recommendations to improve recreation services and examined best practices in parkland dedication and impact fees policies. Team members included Design Concepts.

Pueblo, Colorado

Plug Into Nature – In conjunction with GP RED

Project: In conjunction with the national non-profit GP RED, GreenPlay provided document preparation services for the Pueblo Plug in to Nature report. The project involved a student survey on nutrition and physical activity, community mapping, and a photo imagery exercise to determine opportunities and challenges for increasing youth access to the outdoors and nature.Team members included Tapis and Design Concepts.

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Storybook Island, Rapid City, South Dakota

Needs Assessment and Business Model

Project: Storybook Island is a historically significant, privately operated, storybook-themed, tourist attraction park located in Rapid City, South Dakota. The park operates under the supervision and volunteer efforts of the local Rotary club. GreenPlay provided an assessment of the community’s current and future needs through an extensive community input process. An operational assessment was conducted to determine the value that the facility was providing to the community. Key survey questions were determined based on the information gathered from the city-wide survey. Immediate and short-term recommendations were incorporated into a self-directed Storybook Island Strategic Plan.

Raymore, Missouri

Parks and Recreation Strategic Implementation Plan

Project: The City of Raymore is a rapidly growing city located immediately south of Kansas City. To help the City realize its vision of being a quality community in which to live, work, and play, GreenPlay performed a complete public process, inventory, and analysis; created a GIS digital database; provided an analysis of funding alternatives and partnership opportunities; and outlined organizational, land use, and recreation facility recommendations. Team members included Design Concepts, Leisure Vision/ETC Institute, and Geowest.

Riverside County Parks and Open Space District, California

Comprehensive Park, Resources, and Recreation Service Plan

Project: Building upon previous planning efforts, including a Strategic Plan, this plan cataloged and analyzed the entire District asset inventory, and through a Services Assessment provided recommendations for future programs, services and acquisition, identifying the District’s role and its core services, along with potential or perceived duplication in services. It recommended collaborative approaches and alternative provision strategies and provided an Action Plan to implement future initiatives. All elements of the Plan were designed to meet CAPRA standards for accreditation. The Plan serves as a tool to help the District work with its customers while striving for excellence. It allowed the District to reach out across the region to other park and recreation providers to learn more about them and how, through cooperative efforts, it can better serve its constituents through efficient, well thought out cost of service models. Team members included KTU+A and PCR Services Corporation. 

Rolesville, North Carolina

Comprehensive Plan (Recreation Component) – In conjunction with Stantec Services, Inc. 

Project: he Town Board of Commissioners allocated funds in the 2014-2015 fiscal year to both the Planning and Parks and Recreation Departments to allow for the creation of and/or updates to several elements of the Town’s Comprehensive (Community) Plan; specifically land use, transportation, parks and recreation, open space, and greenways. The existing plans were created by various outside consultants and are neither cohesive nor comprehensive because they were drafted at different times. The Town has experienced explosive growth over the last decade and, as such, realizes the imminent need for proactive planning tools that reflect its rapidly evolving vision for the future.

 

Roswell, New Mexico

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master PlanIn conjunction with Sites Southwest

Project: The facilities and programs provided by the Parks and Recreation Department serve the residents of Roswell and Chaves County. While the primary focus of the Department’s services is City residents, County residents also rely on the City for recreational amenities. The City has a large population that resides outside of its incorporated limits. This Master Plan updated the existing Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan of 1993. This updated plan sought to emphasize which of these goals were achieved and which were not and attempt to identify why. It also assesses the current state of the Department and outlines priorities for the coming years. GreenPlay assisted with public process, inventory and analysis, creation of a GIS digital database, and the development of recommendations for both active and passive land use and recreation facilities. Team members included Design Concepts, Leisure Vision, and Geowest.


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Salida, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan

Project: Our team developed the first Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the City of Salida to guide decision-making for administration, operations, maintenance, and future capital projects. The plan provided a detailed inventory of the parks, recreation, trails, and open space facilities, along with definitions and systems standards for parks and trails. Specific goals and objectives were established for the next five years, based on the results of a statistically-valid citizen survey. The plan created a vision for the next ten years and beyond. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and RRC Associates.

San Diego, California, Centre City Development Corporation

Downtown San Diego Needs Assessment for Open Space, Parks, and RecreationIn conjunction with Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, Inc.

Project: GreenPlay consultants assisted the Centre City Development Corporation in conducting a needs assessment for open space, parks, and recreational opportunities for downtown San Diego. The firms analyzed existing conditions and provided an assessment of trends and industry best practices, along with evaluations and projections of demand cluster estimates and preferences based on socioeconomic and employment growth models. The team presented case studies in revenue generation and cost sharing programs, and recommended specific strategies for revenue generation and cost containment for the eleven existing and proposed parks. In addition, the team analyzed operations and management for restoration, new capture, and long-term maintenance of existing and future parks and open spaces in downtown San Diego and along adjacent perimeters and shorelines.

San Francisco, California

Parks and Recreation Programming Assessment and Work PlanIn conjunction with Leon Younger & PROS

Project: The project team conducted a Recreation Programming Assessment and Work Plan that provided a thorough analysis of the recreation programs offered at all City and County of San Francisco parks and recreation facilities. The project included inventory, analysis, recommendations, costing, and implementation strategies. Leisure Vision/ETC Institute provided a statistically valid survey.

Santee, California

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update
Project: GreenPlay along with KTU+A Architects and RRC Associates led the City of Santee through a Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update which provided an assessment of its parks and recreation system. The Parks and Recreation Plan Update prepared the City to plan for future growth in their community, which is expected to reach build out by 2025. The plan provided a realistic view of the City’s parks and recreation system and developed a vision for the system for the next decade. The process was inclusive of all members of the community, and the public was given many opportunities to participate through Focus Groups, Stakeholder Meetings, Public Meetings, an Invitation Survey and an Open Link Survey. A Level of Service Analysis Cost and Financial Analysis were also conducted. An Implementation Plan was develop to assist the City of Santee in meeting their community’s needs and desires.
 

Sherwood, Oregon

Parks Master Plan

Project: Sherwood is a small community located southwest of Portland. The City contracted GreenPlay to develop a comprehensive revision to their 2000 Parks Master Plan. The master planning process involved a substantial review of existing land inventory, recreation facilities, and recreation opportunities. GreenPlay assisted City staff with the development of a mission statement, strategic goals and objectives, and an action plan for the next 20 years. Additional tasks included a resident needs assessment survey; identification of land for future parks and open space acquisition, preservation, or conservation; development of conceptual designs for parks; provision of a capital improvement schedule, and review of existing finance strategies with recommendations to fund improvements. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Shoreline, Washington

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan

Project: GreenPlay developed a Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan for the City of Shoreline, a suburban community outside of Seattle. The team conducted a community needs assessment and developed the plan based on these findings. The initial phase entailed facilitating community meetings and focus groups, conducting a statistically-valid citizen survey, preparing and analyzing the lifecycle costs of maintaining existing facilities, and developing target levels of service for facilities, programs, and services. Phase Two of the project created a six-year capital improvement and implementation plan, developed conceptual plans for several parks, and integrated this plan into the Shoreline Comprehensive Plan. Team members included David Evans & Associates and Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Silverthorne, Colorado

Long Range Strategic Recreation and Culture Department Plan

Project: GreenPlay created and implemented a comprehensive strategy for citizen and staff involvement, including focus groups and a statically-valid survey. A complete assessment of spaces was compiled and used to determine functionality, accessibility, and conditions. Based on citizen and staff input and assessment, GreenPlay developed a long range plan for future renovation and/or expansion of the Silverthorne Recreation Center and Silverthorne Pavilion. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

South Jordan, Utah

Parks, Recreation, Community Arts, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan

Project: To address the evolving parks, recreation, and open space needs of this growing suburb of Salt Lake City, GreenPlay developed a comprehensive master plan. The team conducted a facility inventory and analysis and needs assessment, which included community participation, environmental analysis, and a trails system evaluation. The final Plan provided an operation and management strategy, goals, and objectives. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

 

Spearfish, South Dakota

Sports Fields Inventory and Analysis

Project: Our team provided a feasibility study, and developed management, operation, and maintenance options of a new multi-purpose sports complex for the City of Spearfish, South Dakota. The project included a needs assessment, sites analysis, preliminary site design, and detailed cost estimates. Team members included Design Concepts.

 

St. Mary’s County, Maryland

2017 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan Update

Project: Public parks, recreation facilities and open spaces are key pieces of community infrastructure that influence the quality of life of residents in St. Mary’s County. These resources preserve and celebrate the County’s rich natural and cultural resources, and provide opportunities for local engagement in healthy, active, and interesting activities that are known to increase public health, personal well-being, and support the local economy.

This 2017 update of the St. Mary’s County Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan serves two significant functions. First, it provides current information, recommendations and a realistic action plan for providing the community with a system of public parks, recreation services and open spaces that meet the needs of the County’s growing population, now and into the future. Secondly, the update of the County’s Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan (and subsequent State approval) qualifies the County to continue its long-standing participation in Maryland’s Program Open Space Localside Program, which provides matching grants to assist the County in enhancing its existing system of parks, recreation amenities and open spaces.

 

Stafford County, Virginia

Park Utilization Assessment Phases I & II

Phase I: Athletic Fields: GreenPlay consultants worked with Stafford County, Virginia, to develop a Park Utilization Assessment that would determine current and future athletic field needs for both games and practices. Our team conducted a public input process to garner information on the usage of fields by citizens and sports organizations, along with a level of service analysis to determine the condition of fields throughout the County. We also created a detailed profile of the community to analyze current and future needs related to different parts of the population. Recommendations were then developed, along with an action and implementation plan. Team members included Design Concepts.

Phase II: Parks and Recreation: In 2014, GreenPlay completed Phase I of the Stafford County Park Utilization Assessment, which primarily focused on level of service of, and capital improvements to, athletic fields. The purpose of Phase II was to look at level of service and capital improvements for park and recreation facilities, programs, and services. Additionally, there was a need to develop a process for establishing cost recovery goals for the services that the Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities Department provide. The Department also sought to have a better understanding of how to analyze the need to provide services, both currently and in the future. Project tasks included a review of demographic trends as related to the future of Stafford County’s parks, open space, trails, and recreation; development of a comprehensive inventory of existing parks, open space, and recreation facilities and measure current levels of service provided by these amenities; determination of citizen needs, interests, and customer satisfaction in Stafford County through a public process including community meetings, an internet based opportunity for comment and interviews with stakeholders; and development of recommendations for the development and operation of the County’s parks, open space, trails, and recreation system to address current and future needs. Team members included Design Concepts.

Stapleton Development Corporation, Denver, Colorado

Stapleton Development Corporation, Denver, Colorado Needs Assessment and Program Plan, Central Park, Trails, and Greenways Master Plan In conjunction with Marketing Support

Project: As part of the Stapleton International Airport Redevelopment Project, GreenPlay designed the Recreation Program Plan for the City and County of Denver and the Park Creek Metropolitan District. The Plan also included implementation criteria for 1,100 acres of parks, facilities, and open space for this 67-acre, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development.

City of Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Project: This plan provided a detailed inventory and assessment of the Town’s park facilities, along with definitions and system standards for current and future parks. The plan also provided and in-depth examination of Department programs to determine strengths, weaknesses, and overall community desires. GreenPlay assisted the Department in establishing specific goals and objectives for the next five years, based on the results of a statistically-valid citizen survey. The plan created a vision for the next ten years and beyond. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Sterling, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update

Project: The City of Sterling has grown from a primarily agricultural community into one of over 14,500 people. Sterling serves as a regional shopping hub for people from Northeast Colorado and Southwest Nebraska. It is easily accessible with a dynamic and involved community. GreenPlay developed a Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update for the City to help strategically plan for the future of parks and recreation services. The public process included a statistically valid survey, development of a MindMixer online public engagement site, and focus groups and stakeholder interviews. Our team also conducted a GRASP® component based Level of Service Analysis and conducted an Economic Impact analysis to help determine how the parks and recreation system contributes to the city. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: This plan provided a detailed inventory and assessment of the Town’s park facilities, along with definitions and system standards for current and future parks. The plan also provided and in-depth examination of Department programs to determine strengths, weaknesses, and overall community desires. GreenPlay assisted the Department in establishing specific goals and objectives for the next five years, based on the results of a statistically-valid citizen survey. The plan created a vision for the next ten years and beyond. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Superior, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails Master Plan

Project: Located just 20 miles north of Denver, the Town of Superior has a rich history and has experienced rapid growth similar to many municipalities located along the Front Range.GreenPlay performed a complete public engagement process, including a needs assessment survey, inventory and analysis, creation of a GIS digital database, and recommendations for both active and passive use lands and recreation facilities. To promote service efficiency, the team examined partnerships and Town infrastructure. Team members included Design Concepts, Leisure Vision, and Geowest.

Strasburg Parks and Recreation District, Strasburg, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay created the District’s first Master Plan for this small community facing rapid growth, as stimulated by developments near Denver International Airport. The team lead an internal and external data collection process designed to engage the public through community meetings and a district-wide survey. A comprehensive plan was created for the District operations, programs, and capital improvements, which included establishing priorities and developing a viable funding plan. The District used the Plan to leverage resources and attract grants and other external funding sources to help achieve the goals of the Plan. Team members included Design Concepts and Geowest.


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Tacoma Metro Parks, Tacoma, Washington

Mission-Led Recreation Comprehensive Plan

Project: Our team developed a Mission-Led Recreation Comprehensive Plan with a systemic approach that focused on three mission-led businesses. The plan included identification of key programs, audiences, and venues for delivery of service; determination of programmatic strategic plan implementation and maintenance alignment; and analysis of capital development opportunities and support services in venues based on program demand and community need. The plan’s goal was to facilitate a cross-functional team approach to service delivery and to become more customer-driven.

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Oregon

Comprehensive Plan Update

Project: The “updated” Master Plan resulted in a System-Wide Priorities Analysis – 10 Year Plan for Growth in conjunction with and including the results of the cost recovery and service assessment phases of secondary projects. Based on previous public input, a community needs assessment survey, the Findings and Visioning workshops, and the inventory and level of service analytical maps, we identified and evaluated major opportunities for parks, trails, and open space acquisitions and establish priorities and a conceptual plan for future acquisitions. In addition to identifying opportunities for new acquisition or facilities, we prioritized improvements to existing parks, trails, open space, and recreation facilities. We identified short-term (within five years) and longer-term (five-ten years) capital improvement priorities as well as recommendations for improving the effectiveness and efficiencies of operations. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

 

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Oregon

Inventory and Level of Service Analysis Update

Project: In 2013, the GreenPlay consultant team updated the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) Comprehensive Plan resulting in a System-Wide Priorities Analysis – 10 Year Plan for Growth. The Comprehensive Plan identified major opportunities for parks, trails, and open space improvements and acquisitions. Short-term (within five years) and long-term (5-10 years) capital improvement priorities were identified, as well as recommendations for improving the effectiveness and efficiencies of THRPD operations. THPRD had approximately 145 sites that were excluded from the 2013 Comprehensive Plan update. The District requested that these sites be evaluated and included in the inventory and level of service analysis for the 2013 plan. This report follows the process of inventorying and analyzing for the additional sites and was presented as an Addendum to the original 2013 THPRD Comprehensive Plan Update. Team members included Design Concepts.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Park and Recreation Master Plan

Project: Tulsa was faced with an aging system and a Parks and Recreation Department with limited economic resources due to recession-fueled constraints. Their Park Board realized that the valuable parks system enriched their lives and undertook the master planning effort to breathe new life into the system. GreenPlay completed this plan, which included our GRASP® Composite Values Methodology for Level of Service Analysis (completed by Design Concepts) to measure how well the City’s system was meeting the needs of residents. This project was guided by a project team made up of city staff, the Park and Recreation Board, representatives from the Mayor’s office, and Land Legacy. This team provided input to the GreenPlay consulting team throughout the planning process. This collaborative effort created a plan that fully utilized out team’s expertise, while incorporating the local knowledge and institutional history that only community members can provide. The project consisted of the following tasks – needs assessment and public involvement, inventory, level of service analysis, Facility and Services Assessment and Analysis Financial Analysis Recommendations: Goals, Objectives, and Action Plan. Team members included Design Concepts, Howell and Vancuren, and RRC Associates.


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United States Antarctica Program, Antarctica

Recreation and Wellness Plan

Project: As a sub-contractor to Raytheon Polar Services Company and NANA, GreenPlay developed a Recreation and Wellness Master Plan for the United States Antarctica program of the National Science Foundation. This project included an “on ice” needs and facilities assessment which led to a comprehensive recreation, morale, and wellness plan for all US Antarctica stations and personnel, including McMurdo Station, the South Pole, Palmer Station, Field and Expedition Camps, and Research Vessels. Tasks included obtaining detailed stakeholder input and web-based surveying, creation of a segmented community profile, and national and international trends analysis for military, university, and public communities. All information was analyzed to create immediate, mid-term, and long-term (10 year) implementation plans for vision, services, and facilities. National Research Center conducted the survey analysis for the project.

University Place, Washington

Capital Strategies Study

Project: This community-wide outreach effort solicited feedback to develop the City’s capital strategy for the next six to twelve years, due to a dramatic reduction in the capital budget. Tasks included public engagement through a Citizen Task Force, informational and input gathering meetings, and a statistically-valid community survey. The document analyzed data and collected and integrated information into a consensus-based program for all capital needs (parks, recreation, open space, streets, traffic, etc.), including priorities and a viable funding plan. Team members included Leisure Vision/ETC Institute, Design Concepts, and Geowest.


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Vail, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: This project was a combined effort of the Town of Vail and the Vail Recreation District to create a Parks and Recreation Master Plan that would be a vision and action plan for the future. The plan provided direction to Town and District staff, Advisory Boards, and Elected Officials for re-development and enhancement of the community’s parks and recreation programs, services, and facilities. The Plan addressed recreation needs of Vail and the surrounding areas, including year-round residents, second homeowners, and visitors. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and RRC Associates.


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Wake Forest, North Carolina

Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Master Plan | “Play it Forward”

Project: The project team developed this a 10-year Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Master Plan for the Town of Wake Forest. The plan would assist the Town in establishing a system-wide approach to evaluate current service levels and future needs for parks, recreation and cultural resource programs, facilities, and amenities. The planning process included extensive public involvement throughout the Town, utilizing user group and stakeholder interviews and meetings, and developing a statistically valid needs assessment survey. A comprehensive inventory was created and integrated into an updated digital system. The team also prepared an analysis of forecast needs and implementation strategies. A critical component of the plan was the inclusion of an extensive citizen engagement component to the process. Team members include DHM Design Raleigh, Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

National Capital Planning Commission, Washington, D.C.

CapitalSpace Initiative – Master PlanIn conjunction with AECOM (formerly EDAW, Inc.)

Project: GreenPlay created a cohesive plan for all public parks, recreation, open space, monuments, and cultural facilities for our Nation’s Capital. The consulting team worked jointly with the National Capital Planning Commission, the National Park Service, and the Washington DC Parks and Recreation Department to conduct the typologies and standards analysis using the GRASP® Methodology. The team confirmed demographics and assessed administrative benchmarking, operations, and opportunities, helping to align and facilitate the partnerships between these three major agencies. Team members included Design Concepts and Geowest.

West Palm Beach, Florida

Recreation Department Master Plan

Project: Our team created a Department Master Plan for the City of West Palm Beach Recreation Department. The Department was interested in developing a plan that would provide a clear vision for the future as well as the goals and strategies necessary to achieve it. To meet these goals, our team engaged the community to determine current and desired level of service, how well the system was meeting its needs, and potential programs and services that were no longer desired. Our team also conducted an inventory and analysis of natural preserves, parks, playgrounds, greenways, beaches, open spaces, and other recreational facilities. Focus groups, stakeholder interviews and a statistically-valid survey was also conducted, along with an organizational analysis. The team used this information to assist the Department in coming to consensus on its mission and vision, and to develop implementable and realistic goals and an action plan. Team members included Atkins, Chen Moore Associates, and RRC Associates.

Westminster, Colorado

Standley Lake Park Master Plan and Brand Identity – In conjunction with Matrix Design Group

Project: GreenPlay worked as part of a team to develop a new Master Plan and Brand Identity to guide future improvements and programming at Standley Lake Park that balances its inherent natural beauty with its use as a unique and centralized Front Range regional recreation destination. Using its knowledge of relevant recreation market trends and experience with operational, financing and administrative approaches, GreenPlay combined forces with RRC Associates to interpret visitation statistics and investigate surrounding uses, demographics, and similar facilities, and seek input from potential users and neighbors, establishing programming direction. Plan alternatives were developed with consideration of methods to increase visitation through land-based, land/water interface, and water-based recreation, as well as natural resource protection and enhancement strategies, and with attention to ongoing costs of operation and cost recovery. Team members also included RRC Associates and Stantec ViBE.

Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay team members helped the City of Wheat Ridge review results of their 2006 Parks and Recreation Master Plan, and then prepare a new 2015 master Plan. The City had met several of the goals and objectives of the 2006 plan and needed to develop updated recommendations. Our team conducted a City-wide public engagement process, including focus groups, stakeholder interviews, online public input and a statistically valid survey, to determine how the City’s Parks and Recreation Department could better meet community needs over the next 10-15 years. In the time between completion of the previous plan and development of the 2015 update, Wheat Ridge embarked on a community revitalization process, and leaders knew that parks and recreation would play a vital role. Our team updated the existing inventory and completed a thorough analysis of programs, facilities, trails, greenbelts and connectivity. The completed 2015 plan includes specific recommendations for program development, facility improvements, and feasibility studies for future expansion of services. Team members included Design Concepts and RRC Associates.

Widefield School District #3 Community Center, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, Facilities, and Trails Master Plan

Project: Widefield/Security is the largest unincorporated community in Colorado with 50,000 living within 58 square miles. The Master Plan is a resource for Widefield School District #3’s development and redevelopment of the Community Center’s parks, facilities, and recreation system for the next ten years. The Plan creates a roadmap for system-wide approach that evaluates and ensures an appropriate balance of facilities, programming and amenities throughout the community now and into the future. The Plan is a system-wide approach parks, recreational facilities and amenities to develop goals, policies and guidelines with an achievable strategy. Team members included Design Concepts, LKA Partners, and RRC Associates.

Williamson County, Tennessee

Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master PlanIn conjunction with Lose & Associates

Project: Located in the Nashville Metropolitan Area, Williamson County is a rapidly-growing, demographically diverse community. GreenPlay developed a Parks and Recreation Master Plan that assessed the Department’s facilities, fee schedule, organizational structure, resources, and funding potential for additional facilities.

Williston Parks and Recreation District, Williston North Dakota

Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Strategic Plan

Project: GreenPlay created the District’s first Master Plan for this northwest North Dakota community. With a population that is expected to almost double in the next ten years due to an oil production boom, the District needed a plan to provide for this historic growth. The team led an internal and external data collection process designed to engage the public through community meetings, focus groups and stakeholder interviews. A comprehensive plan was created for the District’s operations, programs, and capital improvements, which included establishing priorities and developing a viable funding plan. The District used the Plan to leverage resources and attract grants and other external funding sources to help achieve the goals of the Plan. Team members included Design Concepts.

Winchester, Virginia

Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment

Project: This Recreation Needs Assessment identified the values of the community, provided a City-wide vision for recreation services, parks and facility maintenance and established a strategic direction for the delivery of recreation and park services. The Needs Assessment included a statistically-valid community survey and provided program, administrative, maintenance, operations and facility recommendations. A 10-year guide for the City of Winchester, the plan identified how well the current system is meeting the needs of its participants, and helped the Department achieve its mission of: “providing comprehensive, quality, and safe recreation and park programs, facilities, and services that enrich the quality of life for the Winchester community and beyond.” Team members included RRC Associates.

Windsor, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan

Project: Due to unprecedented rapid growth in the area, the Town commissioned a Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan to provide guidance for park, trail, and open space development and recreation needs within the Town through the year 2012. In addition to improvements, the plan addressed local land development codes and land dedication requirements, and reviewed department operations. Team members included Design Concepts, The TSR Group, and Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Windsor, Colorado

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan – 2007 Update

Project: As a result of continued rapid growth and development, the Town hired GreenPlay to update the previously-developed 2003 Master Plan. An analysis of the recent growth in cultural affairs and museum services and facilities was a focus for the plan update. The Master Plan included a comprehensive review of the Department-run facilities, local park dedication requirements, and department operations and organization. Team members included Design Concepts and Geowest.

Windsor, Colorado

Windsor Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Master Plan – 2016 Update

Project: The Town has a current population of approximately 20,500 residents within a 25 square mile area. It is bordered on the north, south and east by unincorporated Weld County and the Towns of Severance and Johnstown and unincorporated Larimer County /I-25 to the west. The Legacy Plan is a resource for the Windsor Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department that develops a long range plan and provides direction for future decisions regarding development, programming and services of the Department into the next 15 – 20 years. The document is a broad-based visioning document to guide operations and potential expansion of services as the Town of Windsor continues to build out. The document will be responsive to the changing pulses of the community and sets forth a “legacy” of sustainability for the Windsor Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department. Team members included Design Concepts.

Winter Haven, Florida

Parks and Recreation Master PlanIn conjunction with HHI Design

Project: The Winter Haven Parks and Recreation Master Plan served as both a vision for the parks and recreation facilities and services provided to the community and as an action plan for implementing this vision. The Plan assessed Winter Haven’s existing resources, administrative processes, and the community’s unique needs. The citizen-driven plan established a clear set of goals, policies, and objectives that provided direction to the City for recreation programming, park renovations and improvements, facility development and enhancements, marketing, and fund allocation. Team members included Design Concepts and Geowest.

Winter Park, Florida

Strategic Recreation Facilities Programming Plan

Project: GreenPlay assisted the City of Winter Park explore programming, core services, optimum cost recovery, management, and operational aspects of its newly completed community center. Our team compiled a Programming Plan to assist in the management and operation of the facility. Trends were assessed, along with sustainable options for healthy lifestyle programming for the next five years. In addition, the team conducted a space utilization analysis for all ages including seniors, adults, youth, teen, and families, with an emphasis on long-term sustainability. A staffing analysis was conducted, including recommendations on organizational structure and compensation. A spatial analysis was also conducted, and programming options were developed for important ancillary program opportunities. In addition, out team developed an operational pro forma and revenue analysis for the first five years.

Woodburn, Oregon

Park and Recreation Master Plan

Project: GreenPlay developed a plan that would update the existing City of Woodburn Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan, which was completed and adopted in October 1999. The purpose of this update was to continue evaluating and developing a well-planned systemic approach to managing community parks and recreation needs. To complete the plan, our team performed the following tasks – a needs assessment; a review of previous planning efforts and city historical information; creation of a profile of the community and demographics, including anticipated population growth; extensive community involvement effort including focus groups, key stakeholder meetings, and community-wide public meetings; community-wide statistically valid survey; identification of alternative providers; trends analysis; level of service analysis; Inventory of parks, trails, and facilities; and exploration of finance and funding mechanisms to support development and sustainability of the system. Team members included Group Mackenzie, Design Concepts, Geowest, and RRC Associates.


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FEASIBILITY STUDIES AND OPERATIONAL PRO FORMAS

GreenPlay staff provides expertise in creating feasibility and conceptual studies for new and existing recreation centers, sports complexes, performing arts centers, nature centers, aquatic facilities, and other projects. Our team creates detailed and accurate business plans, operational pro formas, budgeting, finance, marketing, communications, and management planning. Typically, GreenPlay works alongside facility and landscape architects, depending on the project scope. Sometimes they act as sub-consultants, sometimes we are a sub-contractor, or we may be hired separately by an organization. GreenPlay is not a design firm. We do not complete design or construction documents and have no inherent benefit from recommending and planning future projects. This allows us to be an objective third party, always with the overall best interests of your community in mind. Past projects include:

Ada, Oklahoma

Sports Complex Feasibility Study, Financial Impacts, Operational Budgets and Pro formas – In conjunction with JHBR

Project: The goal of the study was to assess and analyze the feasibility of a sports complex that the city could potentially operate as a city-wide facility and/or a regional tournament site with economic impact revenue. The study included a service market review; extensive public input; an assessment of the current available sports leagues, facilities, and tournament opportunities; a review of the current operation of these facilities; determination of partnership opportunities; and an opinion of the estimated cost recovery and economic impact for the City of Ada directly related to the operation of these sports facilities.

 

Aspen, Colorado

Recreation Center Fitness Center Expansion Feasibility Study

Project: GreenPlay worked as a sub consultant to Hagman Architects on the Aspen, CO Recreation Center Fitness Expansion. GreenPlay performed an Operational Financial Assessment and Pro-forma Work for the Recreation Center Fitness Expansion. The project will result in a 5,000 – 6,000 sq. ft. addition of fitness space.

 

Baltimore City, Maryland

Recreation & Parks Services Assessment and Recreation and Aquatic Facilities Analysis and Plan

Project: GreenPlay assisted Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) by conducting a comprehensive Service Assessment to clearly define core programs and services based on its values, vision, and mission. Through an intensive review of services, programs, facilities, and parklands, provision strategies such as enhancement or reduction of service, collaboration, and advancing or affirming market position were identified to allow staff to move forward with confidence in meeting the future needs of its citizens. In addition, GreenPlay facilitated a data driven analysis which resulted in priorities for capital facility development in a supplemental Recreation and Aquatic Facilities Analysis and Plan. GreenPlay worked with JMT of Baltimore to conduct a GIS-based data analysis and ranking of community indicators to determine gaps in recreation and aquatic facility service areas throughout the City. Baltimore is now positioned to follow through on recommendations for type, location and construction to meet its commitment to maximize resident access to recreation facilities. BCRP is a large urban agency in transition; we helped develop data driven assessments which informed capital project planning, programming, and marketing initiatives.

Bend Park District, Oregon

Indoor Hockey and/or Indoor Soccer Arena Operational Budget and Pro forma

Project: GreenPlay conducted an assessment and analysis of the operation and maintenance of an existing indoor hockey arena as well as an existing indoor soccer arena in Bend, Oregon. The City was evaluating the possibility of potentially operating these facilities through a lease or purchase. Our study included a service market review, an assessment of the current available indoor hockey and indoor soccer opportunities, review of current private operation of these facilities, partnership opportunities, and a projection of the estimated cost recovery the Bend Park District could achieve by operating one or both of these adjacent facilities. GreenPlay reviewed the existing indoor hockey and indoor soccer facilities, staffing costs, utilities costs, commodities, contractual costs, programming, events, pricing schemes, and revenues.

Berks County, Pennsylvania

Sponsorship Plan

Project: This plan was developed to evaluate potential sponsorship opportunities for the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. The project included a focus group with staff members to determine where sponsorships may be feasible, and what operational changes might need to be modified to implement them. It also included a market analysis to determine the best mutually beneficial sponsors in the area. A final document was produced that included sponsorship procurement guidelines and methods for determining which sponsors would be most appropriate. Team members included Sylvia B. Allen Consulting. 

 

Brighton, Colorado

Aquatics and Child Care Centers Feasibility Study 

Project: Exploding growth in the Brighton community resulted in a need to expand the City’s recreational facilities to include a new aquatics center and to enlarge the childcare facility in the existing recreation center. The project included public process, a feasibility analysis, and design recommendations with accompanying budget and revenue forecasts. Conceptual design was provided by OLC Architects.

Broomfield, Colorado

Indoor Aquatic Center Feasibility Study

Project: The goal of this study was to assess and analyze the indoor aquatic needs of the citizens and aquatic special interest groups in Broomfield, Colorado. The study included a market analysis, assessment of current available indoor aquatic opportunities, public input process, stakeholder focus group interviews, partnership opportunities, and an estimated cost recovery analysis for the operation an indoor aquatic center. The consultant team determined the desired indoor aquatic center amenities, square footage, estimated capital costs, and projected operational costs for the facility, which were publicly presented to the City of Broomfield. Team members included Water Technology, Inc.

Canterberry Crossing, Parker, Colorado

Feasibility Study

Project: GreenPlay projected annual operations and maintenance funding for an activity building for a home owners association in Parker, CO, as part of an overall feasibility study. The study included projections for three scenarios including: Scenario #1 Indoor Non Aquatics Space/Indoor Lap Pool/Outdoor Activity Pool; Scenario #2 Indoor Non Aquatics Space/Indoor Lap Pool Only; and Scenario #3 Indoor Non Aquatics Space/Outdoor Lap Pool or Outdoor Activity Pool (Similar to existing pool).

Carbondale, Colorado

Community Recreation Center Feasibility StudyIn conjunction with M+O+A Architectural Partnership

Project: GreenPlay consultants provided recreation operations and management consulting for the Town of Carbondale’s Community Recreation Center design/build project. Tasks included developing recommendations for facility programs, operations, and administration, and assisting with the preparation of a grant application for the proposed facility.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Community Recreation Center Feasibility Study

Project: This study assessed the indoor programmatic and facility needs for the citizens of Cedar Rapids. The study included a market analysis, assessment of available indoor program and facility opportunities, partnership opportunities, and a citizen support evaluation to determine how to finance a new community center. Provided recommendations for community center amenities, square footage, and estimated operational and maintenance costs. Team members included Williams Architects.

Clive, Iowa

Community Recreation Center Feasibility Study

Project: This study assessed the indoor programmatic and facility needs funded by the citizens of Clive. The study included a market analysis, assessment of available indoor programs and facilities, partnership opportunities, and a citizen support evaluation to determine how to finance a new community center. Recommendations were provided for community center amenities, square footage, and estimated capital costs. Team members included RDG Planning and Design.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Community Partnership Project

Project: The City of Colorado Springs was experiencing budget shortfalls which led to the decision to close three of the City’s recreation centers. GreenPlay worked with the City to develop operating budgets and pro formas to determine the feasibility of the non-profit group, Community Partnership Project’s ability to take over all or part of the operations of the recreation centers. The project entailed the identification of all projected expenses, the creation of a new staff structure and pay scale, and strategies for revenue generation and cost recovery policies.

Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District, Basalt and El Jebel, Colorado

Crown Mountain Park Site Master Plan Update, Recreation Center Feasibility Study, PUD Amendment Process

Project: In part one of this project, GreenPlay, with the Mid Valley Metropolitan District as client, led the community through a needs assessment process, including public meetings and a statistically-valid survey, and facilitated the efforts of a citizen group (to become known as the Friends of Crown Mountain) to determine the feasibility of an indoor recreation center for the area. The project involved coordination with the Mid Valley and Crown Mountain Districts, the Town of Basalt, Eagle County, the US Forest Service, the Friends Group, an architect, and an investment banker, among others. Part one resulted in a conceptual plan and identification of the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District as the appropriate entity to continue the project as developer and owner, and our new client. Part two involved a more specific citizen survey, an update to the Crown Mountain Park Master Plan, a Traffic Study, continuation of the Feasibility Planning for the Indoor Recreation elements, a PUD Amendment Process and the development of a business plan and operational pro forma based on the desired building components and design to prepare the District for an election. Team members included RRC Associates, DHM Design, Sopris Engineering, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, Hagman Architects, Western Slope Consulting and LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc.

Dallas, Texas

White Rock Hills Recreation Center Feasibility Study – In conjunction with Jacobs

Project: The GreenPlay focus of this study was on the potential sustainability of a new White Rock Hills Recreation Center operated by the City of Dallas. The project team worked with the neighborhood association to provide an assessment of recreational needs of the neighborhood. An important element of the study was to foster public involvement and partnerships. The study incorporated the opinions of citizens through stakeholder interviews, public meetings, and a web-based survey, to determine desired new ideas for the White Rock Hills Recreation Center. The study included a population and growth analysis, trends analysis, an operational plan, and conceptual renderings.

Discovery Bay, California, Community Services District

Athletic Club and Community Center Study

Project: GreenPlay was asked to assist this District in evaluating the acquisition of an existing Athletic Club for potential conversion to a public community center. This analysis was conducted to identify considerations for moving forward with the operations of the DBAC for one to two years, along with factors that should be considered to create a working Community Center for the community. The study primarily focused on specific amenities, including tennis, aquatics, special events, and fitness. It provided recommended considerations for continuing contract operations, along with public involvement, future partnership evaluation, renovations, and redevelopment potential.

 

Eaton, Colorado

Eaton Area Parks and Recreation Center Operational Pro-Forma

Project: The Eaton Area Park and Recreation District was established by voters in 2014. Along with the establishing vote, the district achieved support for bonding to complete the Eaton Area Recreation Center and adjacent park. Known for its commitment to recreation and athletics, and with the parks and recreation amenities of nearby areas requiring that residents leave town to participate in these services, it is understandable that the Eaton area would desire these amenities in their own town. The study included a market analysis, an assessment of current available recreational opportunities and amenities, a public input process, stakeholder focus group interviews, a statistically valid survey, valuation of potential partnership opportunities, and the opinion of estimated costs. GreenPlay determined the desired recreational amenities, programmed square footage space, estimated capital costs, and a clear operational pro-forma for the amenities. GreenPlay worked with team members RLH Engineering, FCI Constructors and Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture.

 

West Elmore County Park District, Idaho

Indoor Aquatic and Recreation Center Operational Budget and Pro forma

Project: This study was conducted to assess and analyze the operation and maintenance of a potential indoor aquatic and recreation center in Mountain Home, Idaho. The study included a service market review, an assessment of the current available recreation and aquatic opportunities, review of previous public input and stakeholder interviews, and partnership opportunities. A potential cost recovery assessment of the operation of the proposed indoor aquatic and recreation center was included as well. GreenPlay reviewed the desired indoor aquatic and recreation center amenities, square footage program, estimated capital costs, staffing costs, utilities costs, necessary commodities, proposed contractual costs, pricing schemes, and projected revenues.

Estes Park, Colorado

Multipurpose Event Center Market Study and Pro forma

Project: Working with staff, GreenPlay developed a market study and annual pro forma for an indoor multipurpose event center that would provide a trade show venue for the Estes Valley as well as provide leagues, tournaments, and drop in recreation for the Town of Estes Park. Key tasks included reviewing the existing conceptual plans, identifying possible target markets, conducting a market and industry analysis, researching potential partnerships, and benchmarking several like facilities in the area. Utilizing the market information, GreenPlay developed operations plans, identified programming options, and developed a detailed operating budget, which included revenue and expenditure forecasts for the various activities at the venue. Team members included RRC Associates.

South Park Recreation District, Fairplay, Colorado

Community Recreation Center Management, Operations, and Program Plans In conjunction with Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative 

Project: The project team created the Management, Operations, and Program Plans for a new community recreation center and leisure/lap pool. The team worked directly with staff, Boards, and the architect to provide public process, component validation, and management consulting.

Federal Way, Washington

Community Center Plan and DesignIn conjunction with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Project: GreenPlay assisted in the development of a Community Center Plan and preliminary design for a proposed community center. Our role included developing a detailed market analysis of the community and alternative providers, facilitating public meetings, leading the Advisory Group and Council work sessions, identifying facility components based on programmatic, functional, and financial goals and objectives, and creation of an operational Business Plan.

Fort Morgan, Colorado

Recreation Center Feasibility Study In conjunction with Sink Combs Dethlefs

Project: To help the City of Fort Morgan better meet the recreational needs of its citizens, GreenPlay conducted a public input process to produce a facility program. Based on the facility program, the team developed an operating budget consisting of projected expenditures, revenues, and staffing levels. The team also conducted a marketing study to evaluate comparable facilities and their daily, monthly, and annual user fees.

Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold, Morenci, Arizona

Community Center Feasibility Study In conjunction with BRS Architecture

Project: GreenPlay assisted in the development of a community center feasibility study for Morenci, Arizona – an unincorporated town owned by Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold. Our team conducted a market analysis to determine potential facility components and programs. We also created an operational plan, including an operational budget and pro forma.

Fruita, Colorado

Recreation Center Feasibility Study In conjunction with Sink Combs Dethlefs

Project: Working within funding parameters set by City Council, GreenPlay conducted a public input process to produce a facility program to meet the City’s recreation needs. An operating budget was developed and consisted of projected expenditures, revenues, and staffing levels. A marketing study was conducted to look specifically at comparable facilities and their daily, monthly, and annual user fees.

Genesee Foundation, Golden, Colorado

Community Facilities and Recreation Study

Project: This study, supported by the Genesee Foundation, provided an assessment of current recreational facilities, programs, and services, evaluating gaps in service and ascertaining the desired level of service through public meetings and community surveying. The analysis inspired the creation of three recreation facility concepts detailing capital and operational costs including minimal, mid-range, and optimum solutions. GreenPlay presented the concepts through a series of town meetings and focus groups, followed by a community survey to determine best concepts. Funding mechanisms and capital campaign options were also evaluated.

Glendale, Illinois

Sports Hub Renovation – Operational Cost and Revenue Pro formaIn conjunction with Williams Architects

Project: As sub-consultants to Williams Architects, GreenPlay assisted in the renovation plans of an existing recreation center. We assessed current revenue structures and made programming/facility recommendations to increase revenue opportunities.

Guernsey, Wyoming

Feasibility Study for the Tri-City Recreation CenterIn conjunction with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Project: GreenPlay consultants assisted in creating a feasibility study for a community recreation center that would serve the cities of Guernsey, Hartville, and Sunrise. Our team prepared an operational structure including a program and facility use plan for year one, staffing models, management strategies, and maintenance staffing levels for the proposed facility. Tasks included developing an organizational chart for full/part time staffing, including custodial and building maintenance based on the mission of the facility and service philosophy, and hours of operation; identification of contractual service needs; development of a rental uses philosophy; and identification of existing expenses that would naturally be transferred to the new recreation center.

Gypsum, Colorado

Community Recreation Facility Development PlanIn conjunction with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Project: The project team conducted a Feasibility Study to evaluate the development of a large recreation facility. The process assessed potential funding options, including partnerships, grants, bonding, and naming rights. The study also included a pro forma for future operations, potential programs, and maintenance options.

Houston, Texas

Superblock Park Operations and Maintenance Budget – In conjunction with Design Workshop

Project: The GreenPlay portion of this plan is to determine the operational and maintenance costs to operate a new urban park in Houston.  The plan update incorporates the level of maintenance standards of a private entity to operate Superblock Park. 

Independence Township, Michigan

Parks & Recreation Department Feasibility Study

Project: In consideration of a community/senior recreation center, Independence Township commissioned a Feasibility Study to confirm and validate building program components, space requirements, and anticipated capital costs. The project also developed an estimated operational budget based on the building components for start-up through year five. A community survey to confirm needs was included as well. Team members included Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Kent, Washington

Community Aquatics Center/Recreation Center Business Plan RevisionIn conjunction with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Project: The project team revised the Business Plan from the previous Feasibility Study to reflect the expanded set of building components under design. Technical expertise included review of facility functionality and design, as well as program validation. Recommendations were provided for facility design as conceptual documents progressed to ensure appropriate and adequate program and operations accommodations.

Kent, Washington

Community Aquatics Center/Recreation Center Feasibility StudyIn conjunction with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Project: GreenPlay conducted a Community Aquatics Center/Recreation Center Feasibility Study and provided planning and operational pro forma services for the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department to develop a vision for services and facilities. The project included an extensive public involvement process consisting of a community survey, focus groups, and stakeholder interviews. The study inventoried and evaluated existing assets, analyzed demographics, trends, site options, and current market influences. The team developed community priorities and concepts, and alternative funding and partnership opportunities. Additionally, we estimated project construction costs, created a business plan, and analyzed cost recovery. The study provided action steps, funding strategies, and a project timeline.

Larimer County, Colorado

County Fairgrounds Feasibility StudyIn conjunction with HNTB Companies

Project: As a sub-consultant to HNTB Companies, GreenPlay conducted a comprehensive public process comprised of workshop sessions, stakeholder interviews, and user/citizen intercept surveys, and drafted recommendations for the use of a 50-acre site within the boundaries of Larimer County. After this preliminary phase was completed, an economic/market analysis was performed to prioritize recommended and preferred uses.

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Aquatic and Recreation Center Feasibility Study

Project: The goal of this study was to analyze the indoor programmatic and facility needs funded by the citizens of Las Cruces. The study included a market analysis, statistically-valid survey, assessment of the current available indoor programs and facilities and partnership opportunities. Our team determined citizen support to finance the operation a community center. The study provided recommendations for aquatic and recreation center amenities, including square footage calculations, and estimated capital and operational costs for the proposed facility. Team members included Steve Newby Architects, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, and Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Lawrence, Kansas, Partners for Lawrence Athletics & Youth (PLAY) Committee

Sports Venue Feasibility Study

Project: GreenPlay team consultants created a Sport Facilities Feasibility Study with recommendations and implementation and action plans for the City of Lawrence, Douglas County, School District #497, and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. The project included community process facilitation; a statistically-valid survey; demographics, trends, and program analyses and projections; comprehensive inventory and assessment of existing recreation and sports facilities, and evaluations of cost recovery and funding opportunities. Team members included Treanor Architects, LandPlan Engineering, and Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Lawrence, Kansas

Lawrence Memorial Hospital Wellness Center Study – In conjunction with BRS Architecture

Project: The Lawrence Memorial Hospital wanted to determine any role they would have in the operation of a 7,000 SF Wellness Center located inside of the Lawrence Park and Recreation Department’s newly approved 181,000 SF Recreation Center. GreenPlay consultants conducted a public process to determine what types of amenities citizens would like in a wellness center. We also analyzed trends and demographics, providing an assessment of potentially successful programs and amenities. Our team also developed an operating budget and pro forma.

 

Lone Peak Recreation District, Utah

Recreation Center Feasibility Study In conjunction with EDA Architects

Project: To assist the District in meeting the needs of the community, the project team conducted a public input process to produce a facility program. Based on the facility program, the team developed an operating budget consisting of projected expenditures, revenues, and staffing levels. A marketing study was conducted, specifically examining comparable facilities and the daily, monthly, and annual user fees.

Los Alamos County, New Mexico

Indoor Leisure Pool Feasibility Study

Project: The County of Los Alamos had been working on the concept of a municipally owned and operated Leisure Pool addition to the existing Larry A. Walkup Aquatic Center (LWAC) for many years. The LWAC was originally constructed in 1986. The project team assisted the County in conducting a Feasibility Study for a new indoor aquatic facility. The team conducted a market analysis to determine the community’s unmet needs and determine their potential support. They also developed an operational and business plan to identify the impacts to staffing, utilities, maintenance, and other over-head costs that would impact the yearly budget and recommend a fee structure to recover those expenses. In addition, the team developed site analysis and a facility concept design. Team members included Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, Water Technology, Inc., and RRC Associates.

Louisville, Colorado

Athletic Fields Feasibility Study In conjunction with Design Concepts

Project: This study included an assessment of the City’s current athletic field inventory in relation to demonstrated program demand by both the Louisville Parks and Recreation Department and other outdoor sports providers. Research on current local and national athletic field trends helped to determine field sizes and needs. Findings were presented at a public meeting, where team consultants gathered input to identify specific needs of the community.

Louisville, Colorado

Recreation/Senior Center Feasibility Study & Memory Square Pool – In conjunction with Sink Combs Dethlefs 

Project: As the Louisville Recreation and Senior Center approached it’s 25th anniversary, renewed interest in improvements to this facility were expressed. Changing demographics, new enthusiasm expressed from residents, and a sense that the recreation department needed to complete what it started in a 2002 study and subsequent election, all pointed to a possible bond election in November of 2016.  This plan considered the possible expansion of the center, along with a revised master plan /use for Memory Square, an aging neighborhood pool that served as home to the recreational swim team. The process included collecting data through public outreach to validate recommendations. With this data GreenPlay was able to develop a clear operational pro-forma (projection of costs), budget and five year capital projections for the planned expansion. 

Loveland, Colorado

Recreation Center Feasibility Study

Project: GreenPlay was hired as primary consultant to complete a feasibility study for the City Of Loveland for the construction of a new recreation center and attendant outdoor facilities. Work included demographics and trends analysis, program evaluation and estimate of probable cost prepared by BRS, financial analysis, market study and preparation of a proposed operations budget.

Macomb Township, Michigan

Parks and Recreation Management, Operation, and Program Plan Development

Project: GreenPlay created management, operations, and program plans for a new full-service Community Recreation Center. GreenPlay worked directly with staff, Boards, and the architectural design team to provide public process, partnership facilitation, component validation, and management consulting.

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Pulaksi and Noyes Indoor Aquatic Facility Feasibility Study

Project: The goal of this study was to assess and analyze the indoor leisure aquatic needs of the citizens and aquatic special interest groups in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. The study included a market analysis, an assessment of the current available leisure aquatic opportunities, a public input process, stakeholder focus group interviews, along with identification of potential partnership opportunities and an opinion of the estimated cost recovery associated with the operation of two indoor aquatic centers. Our team determined the desired indoor leisure aquatic center amenities, compiled a square footage program, estimated capital costs, and projected operational costs for two aquatic facilities that were presented to Milwaukee County for implementation. The leisure aquatic components were added onto two existing indoor competitive pools. Team members included Kahler Slater Architects and Water Technology, Inc.

Montrose Recreation District, Montrose, Colorado

Indoor Recreation Center Feasibility Study

Project: Montrose is a small community located approximately 60 miles south of Grand Junction on Colorado’s Western Slope. The Montrose Recreation istrict (MRD) provides services to the City of Montrose, along with surrounding areas. This multi-purpose indoor recreation center would be the first one in the District. The project consisted of a community engagement process (including a statistically-valid survey) a community profile and market analysis, financial resources and expenditure analysis, development of an operational pro forma, site analysis and selection, and facility design. Team members included Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, George K. Baum & Company, and RRC Associates.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Management Planning, Operational Feasibility, and Financial Pro forma for the Lafitte GreenwayIn conjunction with Design Workshop

Project: GreenPlay worked with the community to identify an appropriate response for the design and operation of the Lafitte Greenway. Our team reviewed the existing greenway plans and engaged the public, project team, and stakeholders to validate current and future needs and demands for the design of the greenway. Location, type, and size of greenway components were determined, and the team estimated costs with a general understanding of maintenance standards. The project included a projection of annual operations and maintenance costs for a variety of concept designs. The team provided partnership policies and identified potential partnerships appropriate for the various concept designs.

North Las Vegas, Nevada

Multi-Generational Recreation Center Confirmation with Business and Management PlanningIn conjunction with Lucchesi Galati Architects, Inc.

Project: Through a Services Priorities Workshop designed to confirm building program needs, team consultants identified the core service priorities for the new multi-generational facility. The team provided an analysis of survey data and identified gaps in service for the center, while also establishing a wellness vision for the community. Based on the finalized building program, GreenPlay consultants created minimal and optimal operational pro formas for phasing options. A final pro forma that integrated both options was developed, along with a business plan.

Northbrook Park District, Northbrook, Illinois

Indoor Space StudyIn conjunction with Williams Architects

Project: As part of the proposed expansion of an existing community recreation center, GreenPlay created management, operations, and program plans. The study included an operational budget with additional expenses and revenues identified for the expanded facility. The team worked directly with staff, Boards, and the architect to provide public process, workshops, design charrettes, component validation, and management consulting.

Northglenn, Colorado

Community Recreation Center Expansion Feasibility Study

Project: GreenPlay provided a pro forma and a proposed building schedule with programming opportunities for this growing city, located just north of Denver. Under consideration was the development of a large multi-generational recreation venue that might include an ice rink, indoor leisure pool, competition lap pool, indoor turf facility, fitness center, and other amenities. The City required a tight 45-day turnaround on preliminary costs, program elements, and proposed fees.

 

Oakland County, Michigan

Service Portfolio and Waterpark Assessment

Service Portfolio Project: The primary goal of Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission (OCPRC) Service Portfolio project was to establish resource allocation and cost recovery priorities, identify core services, and establish organizational sustainability through a logical and thoughtful philosophy that supports the core values, vision, and mission of OCPRC and its community. Being a forward thinking agency, it was critical that OCPRC conduct this study to ensure the sustainability and the future of the Parks and Recreation Commission. This study reviewed and assessed all OCPRC’s services including programs and facilities, confirmed OCPRC’s overall mission, refined the agency vision, created categories of services based upon the level of community versus individual benefit, defined direct and indirect costs, and evaluated current pricing methods.

 

Oswegoland Park District, Oswego, Illinois

Applying the Pyramid Methodology – Smaller Operation Approach

Project: This Smaller Operation Approach to applying the Pyramid Methodology is intended to help small organizations (less than 20 people), without the resources to take on the full facilitated workshop series, learn to develop and apply the concepts so that recreation programs and services can be priced and managed to operate cost effectively while ensuring that fees are realistic; will allow for operational efficiency; and are easy to explain to the public. GreenPlay led the staff through an evaluation of current and expected cost recovery philosophies and expectations and worked with staff to develop consensus on goals. We provided materials and training for staff to create appropriate budgets and service pricing.

 

Owensboro, Kentucky

Community Center Feasibility Study and Conceptual PlanIn conjunction with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Project: GreenPlay and team consultants developed a Community Center Plan and Preliminary Design to identify necessary facility components based on programmatic and financial goals. GreenPlay consultants created an operational Business Plan, developed a market analysis of the community and alternative providers, and facilitated public meetings and leadership work sessions for the City Council and Advisory Board.

Oxford, Mississippi

Activity Center Feasibility Study

Project: The focus of this study was to determine the need for and community support for a new Activity Center operated by the Oxford Recreation Commission. The study included identification of other recreational service providers’ similar facilities within the County. The study incorporated the opinions of citizens, gathered through stakeholder interviews, public meetings, and a web-based survey conducted by Mississippi University, to determine desired changes and new ideas for the long term vision of a new Activity Center. The study, guided by the Oxford Recreation Commission, included a population and growth analysis, trends analysis, and conceptual renderings of a potential new Activity Center.

Palm Desert, California

Pro forma Business Plan for a Parks and Recreation Department

Project: The City of Palm Desert sought to take on the responsibility for full service parks and recreation operations, either as a department of the City or as a district. This project developed a pro forma business plan, adding recreation elements to existing park service information. The plan addressed both start-up and ongoing operations, taking into account anticipated capital development.

Parker, Colorado

Field House Operational Analysis

Project: To assist the Town in their goal to develop recreation amenities built on revolutionary customer service, GreenPlay consultants performed programming analyses and provided recommendations for operational structure, program, and building use plans for the Field House – a large recreational facility. The team prepared an operating budget and pro forma and developed management standards, including a pricing and cost recovery analysis that utilized the Pyramid Methodology. GreenPlay consultants directed Town leadership in developing policies for field use, sponsorships, and partnerships, and researched grants and alternative funding opportunities.

Rangely and Western Rio Blanco Recreation and Park District, Colorado

White Riverside Park, Trail, Whitewater Park, and Heritage/Visitors Center Feasibility Study and Concept Plan

Project: This project fulfilled a GOCO planning grant to help promote tourism and create a positive economic impact for this small western Colorado town heavily reliant upon the oil and natural gas extraction industries. The project created plans for a whitewater and community park on the White River, a regional Heritage and Visitors center, and trail connections to the region’s natural resource amenities. Team members included Hydraulic Design Group, Design Concepts, and Geowest.

Rifle, Colorado

Operational Pro forma Review

Project: GreenPlay reviewed an existing operational pro forma to determine its validity for operating a proposed 107,000 square foot community recreation center and office and retail complex. The team designed a fee structure and projected admissions revenues along with revenues for major program areas including aquatics, fitness, and gymnastic. The team also identified overall cost recovery for the center based on these projections.

Riverton, Wyoming

Recreation Center Operational Budget and Pro forma

Project: The goal of this study was to assess and analyze the operation and maintenance of a potential indoor recreation center in Riverton, Wyoming. The study included a service market review, an assessment of the current available indoor recreation opportunities, a review of previous public input and stakeholder interviews, and potential partnership opportunities. The team also gave its opinion on the estimated cost recovery involved with operation of the proposed indoor recreation center. GreenPlay reviewed the desired recreation center amenities, square footage program, estimated capital costs, staffing costs, utilities costs, necessary commodities, proposed contractual costs, pricing schemes, and projected revenues.

Roxborough Center, Roxborough, Colorado

Indoor Athletic Facility Business Plan

Project: Working with this private organization, GreenPlay developed a Business Plan for an indoor athletic facility that would serve the community as well as provide leagues and tournaments for the Denver Metropolitan Area. Key tasks included identifying possible target markets and conducting a market and industry analysis. Utilizing the market information, GreenPlay developed marketing and operations plans, identified long-term development options, created an exit plan, and developed a detailed operating budget, which included revenue and expenditure forecasts for various athletic programs, leagues, tournaments, and off-school camp programs.

Santa Barbara, California

Cabrillo Bath House Business Plan

Project: Located on East Beach in the City of Santa Barbara, the Cabrillo Bathhouse is a 12,600 square foot facility. The City intended to renovate the facility to address structural and mechanical deficiencies, to increase recreational programming and other community serving uses, and to expand revenue opportunities to offset operating expenses. GreenPlay worked closely with Parks and Recreation Department staff to develop the business plan. We conducted a public input process, a detailed market analysis, potential programming analysis and a facility and operations assessment.

Sherwood, Oregon

Cultural Arts & Community Center Feasibility Study

Project: As a follow up to the 2006 Master Plan, an appointed steering committee was convened to oversee a Cultural Arts and Community Center Feasibility Study. Tasks included a needs assessment, market analysis, and the creation of a business plan. The needs assessment phase included public and stakeholder meetings, a user survey to evaluate facility component priorities, and a comparison of the needs assessment and survey results with priorities identified in the current Master Plan. Consultants and stakeholders developed recommendations and reviewed opportunities and constraints for facility amenities, establishing a rationale for the Master Plan priorities.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Management Planning, Operational Feasibility, and Financial Pro forma for a Future Recreation CenterIn conjunction with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Project: The project team worked with the community to identify an appropriate response for indoor recreation space. The existing recreation center pro forma was reviewed, and the public, project team, and stakeholders validated current and future needs and demands for a proposed community recreation facility. Type and size of facility components were determined, and costs were estimated with a general understanding of cost recovery potential. The team developed projections of annual operations, maintenance costs, and revenues for a variety of concept designs. The team also identified potential partnerships appropriate for the various concept designs, and GreenPlay provided sample partnership policies.

Superior, Colorado

Feasibility Study, Survey, and Concept Design for Community Recreation FacilitiesIn conjunction with Sink, Combs, Dethlefs

Project: As part of a Feasibility Study for the Town of Superior, GreenPlay reviewed the existing recreation center pro forma and other supporting materials, including a summary of previous public engagement efforts. The team evaluated activity and facility needs and citizens’ willingness to pay, in an effort to create successful ballot language for a November 2007 election. Our consultants worked with a larger project team to examine the proposed scope of capital projects, to host public community meetings, and to design a community survey. Operations and maintenance cost projections were prepared, along with recommendations for fee structures. GreenPlay worked with Town representatives to develop an understanding of cost recovery potential and anticipated subsidies for concept variations of a proposed indoor recreation center facility.

 

Superior, Colorado

Pool Feasibility Study
Project: The purpose of this project was to determine the feasibility of covering an existing outdoor pool to change the pool into a year-round facility. GreenPlay reviewed and analyzed demographics, pool usage, user profiles and facility demands. GreenPlay reviewed and analyzed the financial information related to staffing, maintenance, historic costs, operating budgets, financial projection of revenues and expenses and admission, pass rates and overall fee schedules including aquatic programming fees. GreenPlay worked with BRS Architects and Peak Program Value to review facility expansion design concepts which included identification of operational, maintenance, and capital resource ramifications to ensure the best possible facility design. GreenPlay created Annual Operational and Maintenance Budget Projections which included all expenses and revenues associated with the year-round pool’s operations.
 

Metro Parks Tacoma, Tacoma, Washington

Business Plan Alignment and Training

Project: GreenPlay consultants created business plan templates for all major Divisions of Metro Parks Tacoma. The project included aligning the different Divisional Plans in terms of outline, format, desired level of detail, and consistency in presentation. The team developed an understanding among staff regarding Division and community desires, expectations, and appropriate methods for completion. The business plans allowed the agencies to articulate and communicate future plans for funding, operations, marketing, goals and objectives, and performance measurements. Members of the team provided business plan methodology training for each Division.

Thornton, Colorado

Recreation Center Feasibility Study.

Project: GreenPlay was retained as a sub-consultant to BRS to assist the City of Thornton in their process of evaluating future development and consolidation of recreation facilities. GreenPlay’s role was to provide operations recommendations and estimated operating budgets for a proposed new recreation center, and for the consolidation of an existing recreation center and senior center.

Tumwater, Washington

Community Center Feasibility StudyIn conjunction with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Project: The City of Tumwater is a small community located at the southern tip of Puget Sound. GreenPlay identified market segments and special interest populations for focus group and public meeting facilitation to discuss the needs and build consensus for a new community center. The team also performed a market analysis, created operation and revenue projections, developed a business plan, prepared draft strategies for partnership opportunities, and designed a five-year detailed financial pro forma which estimated potential operating costs and revenue projections.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Parks and Recreation Organizational Assessment

Project: To assist the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department assess, refine, and optimize its structure and business practices, GreenPlay conducted an Organizational Development Study. This plan updated the Strategic Plan completed in 2008. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the Department’s organizational structure and service provision strategy to ensure that it is running at an optimal level and that the system is sustainable. The project consisted of staff and stakeholder meetings and detailed assessments of organizational structure and staffing practices. Staff members were introduced to the Public Sector Services Assessment to provide an overview of core services and potential gaps.

Waukee, Iowa

Recreation Complex Feasibility Study

Project: This Feasibility Study was conducted to determine community support for amenities associated with the design of a 200+ acre park. The plan established a clear direction to guide city staff, advisory committees, and elected officials in their efforts to enhance the community’s parks and recreation system with regional attractions. The Plan evaluated projected costs of operations as well as anticipated revenues. Team members included RDG Design.

Wellington, Florida

Recreation Center Renovation, Spatial Analysis Study

Project: The City of Wellington hired GreenPlay to conduct an analysis of the spatial needs and the building program for renovations to the Wellington Recreation Center. To conduct this assessment, the consultants worked with Wellington staff and key stakeholders to determine how to make the recreation center best meet the needs of the City. Our team reviewed previous planning documents, participation reports, and other related available information and conducted an on-site visit to examine the operations and the facility’s location. The project involved a public process to determine the needs and concerns of key stakeholders. This process included multiple focus groups of staff and invited stakeholders; individual interviews with key staff, decision makers, and stakeholders; and tours of the center, Village Park, City Hall, and the surrounding areas. A Recreation Center Building Program Report was created to help inform the future design-build process for the center, including listing and concepts for recommended spaces, approximate square footage, along with a schematic diagram of potential flow, adjacencies, and relationship of the spaces. Team members included BRS Architecture.

Wimberley, Texas

Management Planning, Operational Feasibility, and Financial Pro forma for the Blue Hole Regional ParkIn conjunction with Design Workshop

Project: GreenPlay worked with the community to identify an appropriate response for the operation of the Blue Hole Regional Park, which included an old fashioned swimming hole. After reviewing the existing park master plan, the public, project team, and stakeholders were engaged to validate current and future needs and demands for the design of the park. Our team determined type and size of facility components and estimated costs with a general understanding of cost recovery potential. Annual operations, maintenance costs, and revenue for a variety of concept designs were projected. The team also provided partnership policies and identified potential partnerships appropriate for the various concept designs.

Wheatland, Wyoming

Community Center Feasibility StudyIn Conjunction with Sink Combs Dethlefs

Project: GreenPlay assisted in a recreation assessment to determine the need for new indoor community center. As part of the project, the team created a dynamic conceptual plan for a proposed new community center. The team also developed an operating budget for projected expenditures, revenues, and staffing levels based on programming spaces. Additionally, the team identified capital, operating, and programming partners that would be brought together to make the community center become a reality.

Williston, North Dakota

Community Center Feasibility StudyIn Conjunction with Sink Combs Dethlefs

Project: Our team conducted a comprehensive feasibility study for the Williston, North Dakota Parks and Recreation District for 150,000 square foot community recreation center. Components of the center included a leisure pool, 25 yard by 25 meter lap pool with diving well, three court gymnasium, walk/jog track, synthetic turf field house and four court indoor tennis facility. The study included public input, capital cost projections, expense and revenue projections. Construction of the facility started in the spring of 2012.


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COST RECOVERY, PRICING PHILOSOPHY, ORGANIZATIONAL AUDITS, AND SPECIAL PROJECTS

GreenPlay performs a variety of projects that are specific to challenges occurring within organizations. We are, first and foremost, management consultants. If your organization has a challenge or needs solutions, we can help. We bring strong national expertise, but work one on one with you to help your community run more smoothly.

Alexandria, Virginia

Resource Allocation; Cost Recovery Philosophy, Model, and Policy

Project: This Resource Allocation; Cost Recovery Philosophy, Model, and Policy Development project established a rational for resource allocation and cost recovery, and identified and recommended areas for fee increases or pursuit of alternative funding. The project focused on short and long-term implementation strategies that efficiently and effectively utilize the community’s investment for critical parks and recreation needs. This study aligned available and future resources with services and commitments to include desired level of service, sustainable fiscal stewardship, and industry best practices in operating and maintaining the department’s infrastructure and providing services. The process produced a systematic implementation plan to ensure that the Department is moving in the right direction to meet the needs of the Alexandria community.

Arizona State Parks, Arizona

Development of Comprehensive Pricing Policy and Cost Recovery Philosophy

Project: In light of a dramatic reduction in funding, GreenPlay consultants developed a Comprehensive Pricing Policy and Cost Recovery Philosophy for all state parks operations, facilities, programs, and services. Tasks included creating a program to increase cost recovery to achieve legislative goals and to implement strategies for fair and equitable fee structures and pricing.

Arlington, Texas

Cost Recovery Model, Pricing Philosophy, and Policy Development

Project: Using the Pyramid Methodology, GreenPlay developed a Cost Recovery Philosophy, Model, and Policy that provided a framework for the future planning, budgeting, pricing, and decision making of the City’s community parks and recreation services. The system-wide approach created a cost recovery model and policy that reflected the mission and vision of the Department and the values of the community.

Arlington, Virginia

Strategy Session for Cost Recovery Model and Policy Implementation

Project: GreenPlay consultants conducted several strategy sessions to evaluate the City’s Cost Recovery Model, Philosophy, and Policy and to consider adjustments to the current structure. GreenPlay facilitated discussions regarding direct and indirect costs refinement, revised categories and placement, cost recovery goals and implementation strategies.

Athens-Clark County, Georgia

Cost of Services Program Development

Project: Utilizing GreenPlay’s proprietary Pyramid Methodology, our project team worked with the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department to develop a cost of service program, which would serve as a basis for determining pricing and cost recovery policies. Working with staff leadership, we evaluated the Department’s current and expected cost recovery philosophies and expectations, and developed consensus on project goals. A series of public meetings and stakeholder engagement would help the agency determine how each of its services benefitted the community, which would serve as the basis for how to set the price. The resulting study would provide logical justification for pricing for programs and services managed and operated by the Department.

 

Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, Maryland

Professional Assessment & Financial Planning

Project: GreenPlay consultants worked with staff and other stakeholders of the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Department to determine its core services and make recommendations about cost recovery strategies. Department staff convened to determine the agency’s Values, Vision, and Mission and to determine which services fit into them. A cost recovery model was also developed based on the results of the Services Assessment.

 

Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District, Bend, Oregon

Pricing and Cost Recovery Workshops

Project: GreenPlay assisted the Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District in articulating pricing and cost recovery philosophy and polices by evaluating current situations with regard to tax subsidy investments. The resulting articulation provided a framework for staff to set annual fees and to validate the District’s pricing structure to citizens and user groups.

Bend Metro Park and Recreation District, Bend, Oregon

Senior Center Agreement Facilitation

Project: The project team facilitated meetings and created written agreements between the Bend Metro Park and Recreation District and a non-profit group, United Senior Citizens of Bend. After several years of joint financial contributions, varied opinions on ownership, and relationship challenges, third- party facilitation provided issue identification and clarification to create a workable agreement for both parties.

Berks County, Pennsylvania

Sponsorship Plan

Project: This plan was developed to evaluate potential sponsorship opportunities for the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. The project included a focus group with staff members to determine where sponsorships may be feasible, and what operational changes might need to be modified to implement them. It also included a market analysis to determine the best mutually beneficial sponsors in the area. A final document was produced that included sponsorship procurement guidelines and methods for determining which sponsors would be most appropriate. Team members included Sylvia B. Allen Consulting.

Bismarck Parks and Recreation District, Bismarck, North Dakota

Aquatic Program and Facility Review

Project: The Bismark Parks and Recreation District retained GreenPlay to review current service levels, determine current and future citizen needs, and to complete a comprehensive study. The study took into consideration Bismarck’s demographics and population projections, citizen input, staff and board feedback and, stakeholder opinions. The District considered other public and private providers of aquatic services in and around the Bismarck area and aquatic trends to determine potential service areas for various facilities and the feasibility of renovations and/or new aquatic facilities.

Bismarck, North Dakota – Bismarck Parks and Recreation District

Fees and Charges Analysis, Pricing Structure and Strategies Review

Project: Our team developed a Fees and Charges Analysis, Pricing Structure, and Strategic Review, providing a framework for the future planning, budgeting, pricing, and decision making for park and recreation services in the community. The process initiated a system-wide approach toward providing an in-depth analysis of current fees, revenue producing and management agreements/contracts, and pricing structure and strategies. GreenPlay consultants developed recommendations for the Board of Park Commissioners in consideration of a formalized pricing structure and revenue policy.

Breckenridge, Colorado

Public Involvement Process

Project: The Town of Breckenridge began an extensive public outreach and involvement process to determine community priorities for desired spaces and programs to be located or provided at the Recreation Center. These priorities would drive possible re-purposing and facility renovations. Determining the community’s willingness to pay or not led to the order of magnitude for the potential capital project. The vision for this body of work was to facilitate a Public Involvement Process to determine the community’s perceptions of importance, need for, and willingness to pay for renovations to the Breckenridge recreation facility.

 

Carbon Valley Recreation District, Colorado

Organizational/Management Assessment

Project: GreenPlay team members conducted an organizational assessment of the Carbon Valley Recreation District in Colorado. The District provides parks and recreation programs, facilities, services, and amenities to an area of roughly 45 square miles, including the communities of Frederick, Firestone, Dacono, and the surrounding rural population. The Board of Directors requested an Organizational/Management Assessment to determine the best manner in which to operate the District that would ensure its ability to sustainably provide quality services for the community. Our project team evaluated the District’s organizational structure; values, vision, and mission; guiding documents, daily operations; and policy documents. Employees at all levels of the organization were interviewed, along with various stakeholders to determine the agency’s strengths and weaknesses. Recommendations were developed as to how the District could move forward in a positive and productive direction.

Carbon Valley Recreation District, Colorado

Interim Executive Director

Project: GreenPlay provided an Interim Executive Director to the Carbon Valley Recreation District for a period of six months while the District was recruiting a permanent employee for the position. The Interim Executive Director served to oversee operations, personnel, facilities and the associated budget and finances of the District. Training was also provided to the new Executive Director once the position was filled to ensure a smooth transition.

 

Carlsbad, California

Core Services Assessment, Resource Allocation, Cost Recovery, and Pricing

Project: This study facilitated the development of key elements of a financial strategic plan in two phases, which included a Services Assessment using the MacMillan Matrix and a Resource Allocation and Cost Recovery evaluation, using the Pyramid Methodology. The project identified financial goals and objectives, evaluated cost center allocation using comparative analysis criteria, and developed an implementable pricing policy, methodology, and process.

Commerce City, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Department Survey Design.

Project: GreenPlay designed surveys for residents of Commerce City and users of facilities and programs to provide a base level of information for future planning efforts. The primary survey focused on taxpayers and employees of large, local employers. Smaller surveys targeted senior citizens, cultural program users and youth, reaching those populations that access recreational amenities through programs, events, and the school system.

Commerce City, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Department Organizational Capacity Study

Project: Commerce City Parks, Recreation and Golf is a known and valued commodity. The Department plays a vital role in the overall livability of the community and the level of service provided is very high. Over the past several years, the City has experienced tremendous growth and, as a result, has developed and continues to develop new amenities and services to keep up with demand. To that end, the Department is faced with the challenge of budgeting and appropriating the necessary number of staff to adequately address the growing demand for quality parks and recreation services. The purpose of this review is to provide a cursory analysis of the current organizational capacity of the Department. Consultants from GreenPlay, LLC interviewed staff from each of the Department’s operational divisions and reviewed various workload reports. While data collection methods were lacking in certain areas, enough information was gathered to determine that, as a whole, the Department is not at its organizational capacity with its current inventory of programs, parks, and facilities. This is not to say, however, that certain functions of the Department are not beyond capacity.

 

Commerce City, Colorado Parks and Recreation Department

GRASP® Inventory Update

Project: Updating the parks, trails and open space GIS data set required working with staff to document changes and determine procedures for incorporation into the new dataset. We visited each site, gathering information and organizing the data for easy review by staff through mapping of all locations in the dataset, and creating tables showing all features and associated attributes within those locations. The data was able to be broken down  in several different ways to facilitate review including by region or district, by component type (athletic fields, playgrounds, etc.), and by the score or rating that was originally assigned to each component. Data was incorporated into the geodatabase in a form that is ready for future analytical processes. Specific deliverables included updated shapefiles, an updated System Map showing all relevant properties and locations, and a GRASP® Atlas, which is a PDF document that contains an aerial photo of each parcel showing all features geo-located within it and a table of the attributes recorded for each location (including the components located there and the functional scores assigned to each component). Team members included Design Concepts.

 

Commerce City, Colorado

Existing and New Recreation Center Programming Plan

Project: Commerce City is a city of 45,000 people located just to the northeast of downtown Denver. In November of 2013, City voters approved a one percent (1%) sales and use tax to provide a dedicated revenue stream for new parks, recreation and road projects. The Existing and New Recreation Center Programming Plan validated initial programming work for the City’s Quality Community Initiative (QCI) Projects. It provided the City with an in-depth analysis of the current level of services/amenities provided in the area, identified existing gaps in services, and recommended methods in which an existing recreation center and future new recreation center could cover those gaps. The plan identified what the existing and new recreation centers looked like in terms of the space and services provided. The Plan also determined how each facility could be operated and maintained in a manner that is economically viable. Team members included BRS Architecture and RRC Associates.

Coppell, Texas

Cost Recovery Model, Resource Allocation Philosophy and Policy

Project: This project established a rationale for resource allocation and cost recovery and recommended areas for fee increases or pursuit of alternative funding. The project focused on short and long-term implementation strategies that efficiently and effectively utilize the community’s investment for critical parks and recreation needs. This study aligned available and future resources with services and commitments to include desired level of service, sustainable fiscal stewardship, and industry best practices in operating and maintaining the department’s infrastructure and provision of services. The process produced a systematic implementation plan to ensure that the Department was moving in the right direction to meet the needs of the Coppell community.

Corvallis, Oregon

Cost Recovery Model Resource Allocation Philosophy and Policy Development

Project: This Cost Recovery Model, Resource Allocation Philosophy and Policy Development Phase of the Cost Recovery Model and Master Plan Update project established a rationale for resource allocation and cost recovery, and identified and recommended areas for fee increases or pursuit of alternative funding. The project focused on short and long-term implementation strategies that efficiently and effectively utilized the community’s investment for critical parks and recreation needs. This study aligned available and future resources with services and commitments to include desired level of service, sustainable fiscal stewardship, and industry best practices in operating and maintaining the department’s infrastructure and providing services. The process produced a systematic implementation plan to ensure that the Department was moving in the right direction to meet the needs of the Corvallis community.

Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District

Executive Director Search

Project: GreenPlay assisted the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District in the recruitment of an Executive Director. Our team completed a job analysis review and created a job description. We facilitated the advertising process and conducted the initial screening of applicants.

Denver, Colorado

Cost Benefit Analysis for Recreation Services and Programs

Project: GreenPlay assisted the City and County of Denver in articulating pricing and cost recovery philosophy and polices to create a defensible pricing structure that accurately reflected the needs of the community. This project employed a “train the trainer” approach in order to reach an extremely large Department staff and other stakeholders. Based on an evaluation of current tax subsidy investment and pricing history, GreenPlay led the trainers and staff through a series of workshops supplemented by other meetings with various stakeholders. The resulting articulation provided a framework for staff to set annual fees and to defend pricing structures to governing bodies, citizens, and user groups.

Denver, Colorado

Parks and Recreation History Project

Project: This project produced a comprehensive report on the history of Denver Parks and Recreation. The report included past research and historical documentation of the Department’s parks, mountain parks, facilities, athletic fields, recreation centers, and trails. The report incorporated information on historical influences and changes to Denver’s demographics, political influences, available historical photographs and maps, parks and recreation trends, and technical information on parks, recreation, and trails facilities. The document provided a summary of Denver’s current major capital improvement planning and projects, with input provided by key staff and stakeholders. This report became a stand-alone documentation of the history of the Department to be utilized for other applicable future planning efforts.

Denver, Colorado

Partnership Agreement Facilitation

Project: In mid 2008, GreenPlay facilitated a community engagement effort for the City and County of Denver to determine how to prioritize and fulfill community needs through its system of 29 recreation centers. Denver was looking for strategic direction as it found itself faced with inadequate resources, including staffing, programs, amenities, and financing. GreenPlay facilitated a 25 member Recreation Center Task Force as it engaged the community in a public dialogue through 21 public information gathering and input sessions resulting in strategic recommendations for the future of the system. The result precluded the closing of any centers and includes new partnerships at several of the facilities. The team included Denver staff and the National Civic League.

Denver, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Resources, Allocations, and Priorities Plan (RAPP)

Project: This study identified core services, pointed out duplication in services, recommended provision strategies, determined resource allocation, and recommended pricing strategies. It would help the Department enhance partnerships and meet the future needs of Denver residents, and those of people who work in and visit the community. An inventory and analysis of all parks and recreation service offerings was conducted in relation to the values, vision, and needs of the community, as well as their position in the market, and helped to reaffirm the Department’s mission. A review of current authorizing provisions and ordinances was completed to determine opportunity lost or available to improve cost recovery standing. The Study focused on short and long-term implementation strategies to enhance service delivery, efficiently and effectively utilizing the community’s investment for critical parks and recreation needs, and identifies collaborative efforts. A systematic implementation plan would ensure that the Department is moving in the right direction to meet the needs of the Denver community.

 

Discovery Bay, California, Community Services District

Athletic Club and Community Center Study

Project: GreenPlay was asked to assist this District in evaluating the acquisition of an existing Athletic Club for potential conversion to a public community center. This analysis was conducted to identify considerations for moving forward with the operations of the DBAC for one to two years, along with factors that should be considered to create a working Community Center for the community. The study primarily focused on specific amenities, including tennis, aquatics, special events, and fitness. It provided recommended considerations for continuing contract operations, along with public involvement, future partnership evaluation, renovations, and redevelopment potential.

 

Durham, North Carolina

Program Evaluation

Project: GreenPlay developed recommendations for change and for creating a foundation of continuous improvement based on several tools and methods that included review of existing data, interviews, and community outreach. The team identified strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for programs and facilities; identified citizen users and non-users; identified desires and needs; determined current satisfaction with programs, facilities, customer service, and fee structure; determined primary means of learning about the Department, registering for programs, and interacting with the Department; and identified perceptions of the Department and the benefits of parks and recreation. Team members included Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Eaton, Colorado

Eaton Area Parks and Recreation Center Operational Pro-Forma – In conjunction with RLH Engineering

Project: The Eaton Area Park and Recreation District was established by voters in 2014. Along with the establishing vote, the district achieved support for bonding to complete the Eaton Area Recreation Center and adjacent park. Known for its commitment to recreation and athletics, and with the parks and recreation amenities of nearby areas requiring that residents leave town to participate in these services, it is understandable that the Eaton area would desire these amenities in their own town. The study included a market analysis, an assessment of current available recreational opportunities and amenities, a public input process, stakeholder focus group interviews, a statistically valid survey, valuation of potential partnership opportunities, and the opinion of estimated costs. GreenPlay determined the desired recreational amenities, programmed square footage space, estimated capital costs, and a clear operational pro-forma for the amenities. Team members also included FCI Constructors and Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture.

 

El Paso County Parks, Colorado


Review of Parks Operations Manual
Project: GreenPlay reviewed the current El Paso County Parks Operations Manual, providing written comments  regarding contents and suggestions for additions, changes, and/or deletions making the document relevant and timely and allowing staff to understand and carry out responsibilities in an efficient and effective manner.
 

Encinitas, California

Financial Sustainability Project

Project: This Financial Sustainability Project: In an effort to continually improve and enhance services and overall organizational effectiveness, the Parks and Recreation Department (PRD) utilized an extensive process to address financial sustainability through the creation of a Resource Allocation and Cost Recovery Philosophy, Model, and Policy and a Services Assessment. This project provided an evaluation of the current system, along with an assessment of current programming, and future potential alternative providers, customer service, revenue generation, and long-term Department fiscal efficiency and sustainability. This comprehensive effort and approach to providing services is undertaken to introduce and implement strong “best practice” business tools to the Department, including the Pyramid Cost Recovery Model and the Services Assessment Matrix. The overall goal of this plan is to initiate and sustain practices and examine policy and rules affecting the overall desired outcomes of a healthy and vibrant community.

Evans, Colorado

Park Impact Fee StudyIn conjunction with Design Concepts

Project: In accordance with the City’s Parks, Trails, and Recreation Master Plan, GreenPlay determined, defined, and quantified the parkland and development necessary to provide for new growth. A revision of developer and homebuilder requirements was recommended to offer adequate parkland space and to assist with financial provisions. The study separated acquisition needs from development needs and addressed parks, trails, and open space elements.

Evergreen Park and Recreation District, Evergreen, Colorado

Staff and Board Facilitation

Project: GreenPlay provided professional consulting services and facilitation of staff and board retreats, meetings, and training sessions. The team also directed an Executive Director recruitment process.

Fairfax, Virginia

Master Planning Workshop Facilitation

Project: To assist the City of Fairfax in its Parks and Recreation Master Planning Process, GreenPlay team members facilitated a workshop that introduced them to the process. The workshop covered the step-by-step process involved with developing a parks and recreation master plan along with strategies that the City could use to begin the process.

Fraser Valley Metro District, Fraser, Colorado

Pricing & Cost Recovery Staff and Board Retreat

Project: With an understanding of the background and existing pricing philosophy at work in the District, this retreat presented materials on Pricing Philosophy development to the District Board of Directors and staff. The team facilitated discussions to provide an understanding of a defensible and equitable pricing philosophy and policy.

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Facilitation and Creation of a Cost Recovery Philosophy and Policy

Project: This project developed a Cost Recovery Philosophy and Policy that provided a framework for the future planning, budgeting, pricing, and decision-making for park and recreation services in the community. The process included a system-wide approach to providing a cost recovery policy based on a philosophy that reflected the mission and vision of the department and the values of the community. An analysis of current community center fees was included. The results developed recommendations for the City Council’s consideration for a formalized cost recovery policy.

Healthy Communities Surveillance and Management Research

In conjunction with GP RED

Project: GreenPlay was contracted to GP RED to act as the Director of the Healthy Communities Research Group and team staff to assist in the creation and testing of an assessment and management tool for discerning healthy contributors in any community. Using current best practices for management, along with the GRASP® Composite-Values Method (CVM) for Level of Service Analysis, the team compiled a complete inventory of relevant assets and affordances for an alpha-test in Bloomington, Indiana; South Bend, Indiana; and other beta sites. This information was then integrated into a five-element analysis, including policy, fiscal, environmental, Stella® implementation modeling. This provided management factors for future decision making in communities to help address our nation’s obesity epidemic. Team members included Design Concepts.

 

Irvine, California


Community Services Department Cost Recovery Analysis
Project: GreenPlay performed a comprehensive cost recovery and fee study for Community Services and Great Park programs and activities of the City as required by the City’s financial and budget policy.  Using the existing cost recovery model as the performance metric for cost recovery, standard financial reports were used to develop a customized report that aligned true cost of services and revenues received with all activities and programs offered. Cost recovery was analyzed for adherence to policy and California law regarding fees for public sector services. Recommendations were made to evolve the existing model to much more adequately provide direction to staff and establish meaningful cost recovery targets for the future. Stakeholders were engaged to assure buy-in to the new pyramid methodology. This methodology is intended to build upon existing policy to better serve the public, clarifying policy intent, and providing direction for fulfilling policy requirements. It provides a philosophical underpinning for determining assignments of cost recovery targets to all of the programs and services offered, assuring alignment with community values, and a fair and equitable fee structure.
 

Jefferson County Colorado


Cost Recovery Analysis

Project: Jefferson County Parks Department, comprised of Open Space, Fairgrounds, historical Boettcher Mansion and CSU Extension Services, is using the Pyramid Methodology to help identify their agency’s philosophy that ultimately details the level of subsidy necessary for each of their “services”, including all facilities, programs, services, activities, etc., that the agency oversees. This process approach, built on consensus, helps to identify resource allocation as cost recovery goals resulting in a platform for discussion of the pricing decisions structure.

 

Kent, Washington

Community Aquatics Center/Recreation Center Business Plan Revision

In conjunction with BRS Architecture

Project: The project team revised the Business Plan from the previous Feasibility Study to reflect the expanded set of building components under design. Technical expertise included review of facility functionality and design, as well as program validation. Recommendations were provided for facility design as conceptual documents progressed to ensure appropriate and adequate program and operations accommodations.

 

Kent, Washington

Community Aquatics Center/Recreation Center Feasibility Study

In conjunction with BRS Architecture

Project: GreenPlay conducted a Community Aquatics Center/Recreation Center Feasibility Study and provided planning and operational pro forma services for the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department to develop a vision for services and facilities. The project included an extensive public involvement process consisting of a community survey, focus groups, and stakeholder interviews. The study inventoried and evaluated existing assets, analyzed demographics, trends, site options, and current market influences. The team developed community priorities and concepts, and alternative funding and partnership opportunities. Additionally, we estimated project construction costs, created a business plan, and analyzed cost recovery. The study provided action steps, funding strategies, and a project timeline.

 

LaPorte Texas


Organizational Analysis

Project: The City of La Porte seeks to assess, refine and optimize the management structure and business practices of its Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) to ensure that the organization is meeting all of its objectives in and efficient manner presently, and to plan for the future.

 

Largo, Florida

Staff Planning Retreat Facilitation

Project: GreenPlay consultants lead the annual retreat for the Largo Parks, Recreation, and Arts Department and trained staff on the implementation of the Pyramid Methodology for Resource Allocation, Cost Recovery, and Pricing. The team reviewed practices for setting benchmarks, performance measures, goals, and objectives.

Lisle Park District, Lisle, Illinois

Cost Recovery, Resource Allocation, and Revenue Enhancement Study

Project: This study enabled the Park District to reposition some of its programs and services with the primary goal being to realize greater cost recovery, thereby reducing its reliance on tax dollars. Introducing a business tool for ongoing use in the District, the project process and outcomes now will continue to guide the District in evaluating its pricing strategy to ensure it is running at its optimal level, and the system is sustainable in the long run. This transforming process required aligning with the mission, vision, and values of the District, and engaged 90 citizens in 225 hours of meaningful deliberation. It included a review and assessment of services, programs and facilities (services), categorization of services based upon the level of community versus individual benefit, identification of direct and indirect costs, and an evaluation of current pricing methods.

Foothills Parks & Recreation District, Littleton, Colorado

Pricing Philosophy Presentation and Workshop

Project: To assist the Foothills Parks & Recreation District guide the efforts employees, Green Play conducted a workshop to identify and implement a pricing philosophy. Employees gained an understanding of the importance of a well-articulated philosophy for a coordinated effort with the Board, staff, and the public. Employees were empowered to implement pricing policies based on a newly-developed and District-supported pricing philosophy.

Landmark Properties Group, Inc., Littleton, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Service Provider Research

Project: GreenPlay was commissioned to conduct research for a private development firm interested in working with local municipalities to determine the best possible provisions of park and recreation services in newly developing areas. The process involved research of nearby municipalities with future annexation or recreation facility/activity plans.

Lochbuie, Colorado

Analysis for the Creation of a Special District In conjunction with Design Concepts

Project: GreenPlay evaluated ways in which this rapidly-growing, small town, located near Denver International Airport, could meet citizens’ parks and recreation goals. The process included financial, geographic, and organizational assessments to assess the viability of a Special District.

Lochbuie, Colorado

Implementation Research for Parks, Trails & Open Space Master Plan In conjunction with Design Concepts

Project: Following recommendations from the Parks, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan, this project researched options for a structure to operate and manage the Town’s system of parks, trails, and open space. GreenPlay consultants developed goals and analyzed Town operations, considering several types of special districts and homeowners associations for the community.

Metro Parks Tacoma, Washington

Nature Education, Outdoor Recreation, and Ecotourism Business/Program Plan

Phase I Development: GreenPlay developed the Nature Education, Outdoor Recreation, and Ecotourism Business/Program Plan – a four-six year, prioritized implementation plan to identify where District services currently contribute to the Nature and Environment Mission-Led Program area, as well as where gaps exist. Elements of the plan included conceptual foundations, history, situational analysis, market analysis, vision and direction, budget and benchmarks, and promotion and implementation. Coordination with MPT’s subject matter experts and consultants for more extensive research and analysis. Our team facilitated implementation and strategic thinking, incorporating the potential Swan Creek opportunities with respect to the long-range site master plan, the potential for alternative providers to contribute and collaborate, and the potential for connecting nature with extreme sports to impact eco-tourism and nature deficit disorder through adventure parks.

Phase II: Building on the Foundation: Continuing In this phase, we continued development and implementation guidance building on the previous work, methodologies, and processes which were taught to, or developed for the agency by GreenPlay. We then conducted Board, Staff, Executive Cabinet, and Advisory Committee presentations. We facilitated discussions regarding revenue enhancement connected to the Nature Education, Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism Program/Business Plan. In addition, our team provided ongoing cost recovery, resource allocation, and pricing strategies implementation consultation.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

State Park Fiscal Operations Assessment

Project: The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP, the “Department”) serves approximately three million state residents with 25 parks distributed throughout the state. The Department is funded by the state general and special funds, receiving no special assessments to subsidize its operation. GreenPlay conducted a Fiscal Operations Assessment of the state parks system to help the Department determine possible steps that could be taken to ensure that each park is generating its full potential in positive revenue with available assets and resources.

The team developed a detailed inventory of each state park and conducted a SWOT Analysis on all of them. Observations were noted as to the number and condition of amenities, staffing procedures, and past performance of the park. Recommendations were then developed as to how the Department could operate each park in the most effective manner for its condition.

Montrose Parks and Recreation District, Montrose, Colorado

Pricing and Cost Recovery Workshops

Project: GreenPlay assisted the Montrose Parks and Recreation District in developing pricing and cost recovery philosophy and polices. Employees at all staff levels were engaged in workshops to categorize current offerings of programs and services into a benefits-based pyramid model. The results provided a framework for staff to set fees and to validate pricing structures to citizens and user groups.

National Inventory for the National Recreation and Park Association

National Football League and USA Football Community Football Assessment Partnership Fulfillment and National Strategies

Project: This grant-funded project from NRPA Partners, the National Football League, and USA Football created a nationwide database and inventory of all football fields utilized by public agencies for youth football programs. The assessment report included information on locations, programming, ownership, and program management leaders. Team consultants incorporated findings into a GRASP® analysis with a dynamic digital dataset for creating perspectives, graphics, decision-making, and prioritization of five “magnet” center regions around the U.S. The study was designed as a pilot project for utilizing GRASP® as the preferred inventory and Level-of-Service methodology as the standard for NRPA’s parks and recreation component evaluation. Team members included Design Concepts, Geowest, and RRC Associates.

New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning and Dept. of Resources and Economic Development

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Writing and Editing Assistance

Project: GreenPlay assisted the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning and the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) with writing and editorial services for the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. We worked with both of these departments to create a clear, concise, and visionary plan that is built upon priority themes developed from the SCORP’s outreach plan conducted by the University of New Hampshire. Our team edited and revised existing text for clarity and economy of language and to sharpen the key points and recommendations in the SCORP, creating a more usable document for state, regional, and local audiences.

 

New Orleans, Louisiana

Management Planning, Operational Feasibility, and Financial Pro forma for the Lafitte Greenway

In conjunction with Design Workshop

Project: GreenPlay worked with the community to identify an appropriate response for the design and operation of the Lafitte Greenway. Our team reviewed the existing greenway plans and engaged the public, project team, and stakeholders to validate current and future needs and demands for the design of the greenway. Location, type, and size of greenway components were determined, and the team estimated costs with a general understanding of maintenance standards. The analysis included a projection of annual operations and maintenance costs for a variety of concept designs. The team provided partnership policies and identified potential partnerships appropriate for the various concept designs.

 

North Clackamas Recreation District, Oregon

Cost Recovery Model and Resource Allocation Philosophy Development

Project: GreenPlay developed a Cost Recovery Model and Resource Allocation Philosophy concurrent to the Parks and Recreation Master and Strategic Plan. This phase of the project established a rational for resource allocation and cost recovery, and identified and recommend areas for fee increases or pursuit of alternative funding. This facilitated phase will focus on short and long-term implementation strategies that efficiently and effectively utilize the community’s investment for critical parks and recreation needs. This study aligned available and future resources with services and commitments to include desired level of service, sustainable fiscal stewardship, and industry best practices in operating and maintaining the district’s infrastructure and providing services. The process produced a systematic implementation plan to ensure the District is moving in the right direction to meet the needs of the community.

Northville and Charter Township of Northville, Michigan

Parks & Recreation Organizational Review and Long Term Strategy

Project: The City of Northville and Charter Township of Northville, Michigan share in the provision of services, including Parks and Recreation, for citizens of the community. GreenPlay conducted an organizational review and long-term strategy for these shared services. The project approach, based on a strategic planning model, included focus groups, stakeholder interviews, and a community survey. Final recommendations provided clarification of roles and responsibilities and a parks and recreation operating model designed to efficiently and effectively serve the community. Team members included Leisure Vision/ETC Institute.

Oak Park District, Oak Park, Illinois

Trends Analysis for a Parks and Recreation Master Plan In conjunction with Leisure Vision/ETC Institute

Project: GreenPlay analyzed short and long-term trends and priorities for the Oak Park District’s park and recreation use, based on an extensive review of secondary research sources and existing benchmark materials. The study included impact of demographic changes, lifestyle and employment practices, complimentary recreation providers, medical advancements, etc., to inform the strategic thinking processes for the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

Oakland County, Michigan

Service Portfolio and Waterpark Assessment

Service Portfolio Project: The primary goal of Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission (OCPRC) Service Portfolio project was to establish resource allocation and cost recovery priorities, identify core services, and establish organizational sustainability through a logical and thoughtful philosophy that supports the core values, vision, and mission of OCPRC and its community. Being a forward thinking agency, it was critical that OCPRC conduct this study to ensure the sustainability and the future of the Parks and Recreation Commission. This study reviewed and assessed all OCPRC’s services including programs and facilities, confirmed OCPRC’s overall mission, refined the agency vision, created categories of services based upon the level of community versus individual benefit, defined direct and indirect costs, and evaluated current pricing methods.

Water Park Assessment Project: For this phase of the project, GreenPlay and Water Technology Inc. evaluated the two stand-alone waterparks and a beach/slide operation located at a regional park focusing on camping, all operated by Oakland County. An assessment of the physical and operational aspects of the facilities was conducted, and recommendations were made to enhance them. The overall experience of the public was also evaluated, and strategies were developed to improve the ability for the facilities to remain or become sustainable. The physical amenities are intended for people of various ages, and recommendations were made with a focus on the current conditions as well as resident-supported improvements. Team members included Water Technology Inc.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aquatics Strategic and Marketing Plan – In conjunction with Studio Architecture

Project: GreenPlay worked with designated staff and stakeholders to identify priorities as part of this Aquatics Strategic and Marketing Plan. The team conducted a market analysis and demographics study, a service assessment, GRASP® Level of Service analysis, and a citizen survey. Based on the results, a final report was created to include next steps, budgets, and a time line for implementation. Team members included Geowest and National Service Research.

Oswegoland Park District, Oswego, Illinois

Applying the Pyramid Methodology – Smaller Operation Approach

Project: This Smaller Operation Approach to applying the Pyramid Methodology is intended to help small organizations (less than 20 people), without the resources to take on the full facilitated workshop series, learn to develop and apply the concepts so that recreation programs and services can be priced and managed to operate cost effectively while ensuring that fees are realistic; will allow for operational efficiency; and are easy to explain to the public. GreenPlay led the staff through an evaluation of current and expected cost recovery philosophies and expectations and worked with staff to develop consensus on goals. We provided materials and training for staff to create appropriate budgets and service pricing.

Peoria, Arizona

Management, Operations Planning

Project: GreenPlay assisted the Department of Community Services in determining potential revenue generation and projected expenditures for a new 52-acre park. The process analyzed the need for additional staff positions, facility rental costs, marketing partners, and contractual services, such as landscape equipment and restroom maintenance, in order to create a balance between revenues and expenditures.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Comprehensive Parks User Fees Policy Study

Project: This study is taking an all-inclusive approach to updating current pricing strategies and establishing a comprehensive fee policy for the Department. Through this process, the Department is considering how it allocates its financial resources, recovers its costs through the use of revenues to supplement taxes, and how it can enhance its revenues. The effort is based on a publicly-driven, values-based community conversation and, through a series of public workshops, citizens take part in discussions and an activity about the benefits of services provided by the Department and how those benefits accrue to the individual or group who participates and to the taxpaying community as a whole. This conversation will allow staff to tap into the values of the community when establishing criteria regarding how services are priced. The process is intended to guide staff to determine how programs and services can be priced and managed to operate cost effectively while ensuring that fees are realistic and affordable, allow for operational efficiency, and are easy to explain to the general public.

Salt Lake County, Utah Parks and Recreation Division

Organizational Development Study

Project: This project analyzed the management, organizational infrastructure, internal and external communication mechanisms, staffing levels, operational practices, and working culture of the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Division. The process included gathering data from Division employees and managers as well as community users to determine employee morale, productivity, service, and community satisfaction. The study focused on short and long-term implementation strategies designed to improve internal operations, enhance service delivery, and create operational efficiencies. It also aligned available and future resources with core services and commitments to include desired level of service, future direction, facilities, and operations. The process produced a systematic implementation plan to ensure that the Division would move forward to meet the organizational and management needs of the Salt Lake County community.

San Diego County, California

Cost Recovery, Resource Allocation, and Enhancement Study

Project: This study identified core services, distinguished duplication of services, determined resource allocation, and recommended pricing and provision strategies. It enhanced County partnerships and helped meet the future needs of residents, workers, and visitors. The project included an inventory and analysis of all parks and recreation service offerings in relation to the values, vision, and needs of the community, as well as their position in the market, and reaffirmed the department’s mission. The Study focused on short and long-term implementation strategies that would enhance service delivery, efficiently and effectively utilize the community’s investment for critical parks and recreation needs, and identify collaborative efforts. The team aligned available and future resources with core services and commitments to include desired level of service, sustainable fiscal and environmental stewardship, and industry best practices in operating and maintaining the department’s infrastructure.

South Jordan, Utah

Cost Recovery and Pricing Philosophy and Policy Development

Project: To ensure fair pricing for all services, GreenPlay was retained to assist the Parks and Recreation Department in the development of a cost recovery and pricing philosophy and policy. Our consultants evaluated current pricing practices and established strategies for properly aligning current and future services with the cost recovery philosophy. A framework was provided for staff to use when setting fees and to defend or explain its pricing structure to citizens and user groups.

South Suburban Parks & Recreation District, Arapahoe County, and City of Centennial, Colorado

Study of Parks and Recreation Services

Project: This study provided an inventory of service providers and amenities, a needs assessment, population estimates, and financial and service analyses of special and metro districts and other park and recreation service providers in a prescribed study area. The project included mapping, public process, a Level of Service analysis, recommendations for future service needs, and identification of service model options. Team members included Design Concepts and Geowest.

South Suburban Park and Recreation District, Colorado

Parks and Recreation Expert Witness

Project: Greenplay staff provided expert witness testimony for this Special District facing legal challenges related to potential exclusion of service areas. Testimony included a demographic profile assessment, service provision capabilities, level of service analysis, and a financial impact analysis.

Thompson Rivers Park District, Milliken, Colorado

Board Facilitation

Project: The project team facilitated meetings with leaders of the Thompson Rivers Park and Recreation District and agencies within its service area to develop a long term strategy for the organization. To meet the goals set forth in that meeting, GreenPlay consultants worked with the Board to determine potential partner organizations who could help improve the District’s service delivery.

Three Rivers Park District, Minnesota

Pricing Philosophy and Cost Recovery Policy Development

Project: The Three Rivers Park District retained GreenPlay to assist in the development of a Pricing Philosophy and Cost Recovery Policy to ensure fair pricing of current services. Consultants provided guidance to the Board in establishing prices for new and existing services. The team also determined how well aligned the Park District’s pricing practices were with cost recovery goals and established a methodology for appropriately aligning current and future services. The Pricing Philosophy and Cost Recovery Policy were intended to help the Park District meet established goals for future cost recovery levels and budgeting.

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Oregon

Financial Sustainability Analysis

Project: The Cost Recovery Model and Resource Allocation Philosophy Development Phase of the project establishes a rational for resource allocation and cost recovery, identifying and recommending areas for cost reductions, fee increases or pursuit of alternative funding. This provides short and long-term implementation strategies that efficiently and effectively utilize the community’s investment for critical parks and recreation needs. This study aligns available and future resources with services and commitments to include desired level of service, sustainable fiscal stewardship, and industry best practices in operating and maintaining the district’s infrastructure and providing services. The process produced a systematic implementation plan to ensure that the District continues to move in the right direction to meet the needs of the community. The Service Assessment Phase of the project establishes each service (location-specific) target market and service area, strength or weakness in the market, alternative providers, alignment with values, vision and mission, identification of core services, and optional provision strategies. Both efforts provided best practice business tools now integrated in how the organization carries out its planning and day-to-day business.

 

City of Tulsa and Tulsa County, Oklahoma

Consolidation of Services

Project: The GreenPlay focus of this project is on the potential consolidation of the City of Tulsa Parks and Recreation Department with the Tulsa County Parks Department. The vision is to create a new and different Park Authority to operate all the park properties and services in the greater Tulsa area. The study is divided into three phases to determine the feasibility of combining the two entities. The phases include Phase I – Findings, Phase II – Feasibility, and Phase III – Implementation. The project is privately funded per phase through the Tulsa Vision organization with the ability to determine the merger a “no-go” after each of the three phases. The study reviews and analyzes the philosophy, mission, vision, legal obstacles, organizational structure, assets, policies, procedures, budgets, funding, staffing, benefits, pay scales, and political structure of both organizations to determine the feasibility of creating a new Park Authority for the greater Tulsa area.

 

Uintah Recreation District, Vernal, Utah

Board/Staff Retreat

Project: GreenPlay facilitated a Board/Staff Retreat for the Uintah Recreation District to brainstorm, create, and plan a future vision for the District’s parks and recreation services. The retreat created a vision, formulated and prioritized recommendations and future actions, and developed goals and objectives that would lead to desired outcomes.

Valleywide Recreation District, San Jacinto, California

Management Assistance

Project: GreenPlay provided a quick study of the District in order to become familiar with its mission and operations as well as its context and role within the Valley. This was important to understanding current management challenges. Services included a review of documents including mission, vision, policies, level of service standards, and operations and marketing efforts, as well as agreements with other entities; and communications between the District and other entities. Advice was provided for appropriate and effective actions regarding potential options for the future of the District. In particular the relationship between the District and a city within the District was explored related to the provision of parks and recreation services as the desires of the city were changing.

Vancouver-Clark County Park and Recreation Department, Vancouver, Washington 

Organizational Assessment

Project: The goal of the study was to evaluate and determine whether or not the combined city-county management structure was still appropriate, given the changes and new fiscal realities of the City and the County. This plan helped the Department develop a realistic and manageable structure, so it could be run as efficiently as possible without compromising the parks and recreation legacy in Vancouver and Clark County. The study focused on short and long term implementation strategies that would improve internal operations, enhance service delivery, and create operational efficiencies. This study aligns available and future resources with core services and commitments to include desired level of service, future direction, facilities, and operations, etc. The process produced a systematic implementation plan to help the Department determine the best organizational and operating strategy, and the best service delivery model.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Parks and Recreation Organizational Assessment

Project: To assist the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department assess, refine, and optimize its structure and business practices, GreenPlay conducted an Organizational Development Study. This plan updated the Strategic Plan completed in 2008. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the Department’s organizational structure and service provision strategy to ensure that it is running at an optimal level and that the system is sustainable. The project consisted of staff and stakeholder meetings and detailed assessments of organizational structure and staffing practices. Staff members were introduced to the Public Sector Services Assessment to provide an overview of core services and potential gaps.

 

Waukesha, Wisconsin


Customer Needs and Satisfaction Survey
Project: GreenPlay along with RRC Associates led the City of Waukesha, WI Park Recreation and Forestry Department’s Customer Needs and Satisfaction Survey. The process was inclusive of all members of the community, and the public was given many opportunities to participate through Focus Groups, Stakeholder Meetings, Public Meetings, an Invitation Survey and an Open Link Survey.  A detailed Market Assessment looking at Demographics and Trends was completed. The project provided an understanding of the community’s needs, attitudes, interests, and priorities, and the results will aid the City in planning for policy making and management decision making. The overall goal of the study was to provide a detailed analysis of the City’s recreation needs and how the City’s Parks, Recreation, andForestry Department can meet them.
 

Westminster, Colorado

Department of Parks, Recreation and Libraries
Cost Recovery Assessment Service Delivery Model

Project: GreenPlay assisted the staff of the Westminster Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department in the development of its service delivery model with an emphasis on appropriate recovery of costs for each program and service offered. GreenPlay provided education and training on the basic concepts and underlying philosophical tenants allowing the Department to move forward with confidence in meeting the needs of its residents through a fair and equitable pricing structure.

Westminster, Colorado

Financial and Operational Workshop and Consultation on Developing a Citizen Survey 

Project:GreenPlay consultants facilitated a staff presentation on “Strategically Planning for Financial and Operational Success” for the City of Westminster Department of Park, Recreation, and Libraries. The presentation included professional parks and recreation industry planning and management best practices, to support current planning efforts for the Department. The team also provided consultation services for a community-wide needs assessment and statistically valid survey process.

Willamalane Parks and Recreation District, Oregon

Pricing Philosophy and Cost Recovery

Project: GreenPlay consultants conducted presentations on the Pyramid Methodology model, Leadership Forum practices, and Board of Director service. Through a series of workshops over five months that included involvement from Board representatives, citizens, key stakeholders, and staff, the team developed categories of services, programs, and facilities and placed them on the Pyramid according to the degree of benefit received by the community. Participants also defined direct and indirect costs, which established target cost recovery levels. Analysis and identification of disconnects for the optimal cost recovery philosophy resulted in a series of recommended implementation and action steps. The Board unanimously embraced the philosophy and ultimately adopted the policy.

City of Wimberley, Texas

Blue Hole Regional Park Business Plan and Operating Manual In conjunction with Design Workshop

Project: As a sub-consultant to Design Workshop, GreenPlay reviewed previous studies and met with staff to understand City operating protocols. Interviews with potential users and operators of various activity areas within the park were conducted to provide an understanding of capacities, capabilities, demands and services, in order to influence park design and materials for long term sustainability. GreenPlay developed a business plan and fee structure based on the schematic plan for the site and identified strategic management and maintenance options as well as operational parameters. An identification of expenses, sources of revenues, and cost recovery potential was also included in the project.

Private Citizen, Wheeling, West Virginia

Expert Witness Eminent Domain

Project: GreenPlay staff were hired to provide background data on best practices for planning and determination of level of service for park components in an Eminent Domain case. After preparation and provision of guidance for the trial attorneys, staff was called to act an “Expert Witness” during the trial, and prepare a “white paper” of relevant findings for City staff and decision makers to inform future proceedings.


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PROMOTIONS, MARKETING, ALTERNATIVE FUNDING, AND PARTNERSHIPS

GreenPlay participates in and supports ongoing research and innovations in alternative funding, core services identification, and communication methodologies. We often assist agencies with creating plans, policies, and consensus on philosophies related to funding, appropriate subsidies, budget creation and reduction, and partnership facilitation. Past projects include:

City of Boulder, Colorado

Parks & Recreation Partnership Process & FacilitationIn conjunction with Royce Arbour, Inc.

Project: With approval from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, GreenPlay created Public/Private Partnership Guidelines and a Sponsorship Policy for the City, utilizing research, industry experts, local agencies, and staff. The GreenPlay team also served as the City Liaison and Project Manager for the development of a 14,000 square foot concrete in-ground skatepark.

Carlsbad, California

Park Development and Operational Funding Options and Strategies

Project: This project developed funding source options for park capital improvements and on-going operations. Discussions focused on national industry best practices in parks and recreation funding and included a review and analysis of local and regional funding mechanisms. The process identified Department planning challenges, gaps, and shortfalls, and proposed a process for overcoming these challenges. The final plan described next steps and provided a potential scope of work for staff and/or consultants to integrate this project into other City funding and planning efforts.

City of Federal Way, Washington

Community Center Marketing, Management and Operational Planning

Project: GreenPlay consultants developed a marketing plan to support the opening of a new community center. The project created a comprehensive facility operations manual, which included policies and procedures for personnel and administration regarding cash handling, customer service, identification and computer processes, cleaning and maintenance, registration, rentals, emergency procedures, and troubleshooting. The consultant team trained staff on the revised management and operation guidelines.

Hillcrest Capital Partners, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Market Research Project – Recycled Plastic Lumber

Project: GreenPlay conducted a research project for a capital equity firm looking to purchase a recycled plastic lumber firm. The project investigated annual and projected spending on Park and Recreation equipment in the U.S. Research included investigation of manufacturing, suppliers, and spending on playground equipment, park benches, picnic tables, boardwalks, and other related items. Also included were an analysis on the impacts of spending by the economic collapse in 2008-9, and the projected future market penetration rate of recycled plastic lumber (RPL) for governmental agency use.

MZI, Inc., Golden, Colorado

Marketing & Business Plan

Project: GreenPlay created a local-to-national marketing strategy (including materials and a revised corporate identity) for a private company that supplies to parks, recreation, and open space agencies. The team created a plan to procure sponsorships and partnerships for public/private in-line rinks for multiple arenas.

ECI, Loveland, Colorado

Marketing Strategy and Plan

Project: A comprehensive marketing strategy was formulated and implemented for this firm that supplies construction management and general contracting services to parks, recreation, and open space agencies in Colorado. As part of the project, GreenPlay developed an updated identity and created marketing materials, presentations, electronic newsletters, and media kits.

City of Mesa, Arizona

Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Fundraising Feasibility Study

Project: The project team completed a Comprehensive Fundraising Feasibility Study that included naming rights and other sponsorship valuations, capital campaign projections, and food and merchandise concession strategies. The project also developed sponsorship and capital campaign strategies, coordination plans, and a corporate fund-raising database for Mesa’s world-class indoor aquatic center.

Town of Superior, Colorado

Public Process Facilitation for Town 9 Park Development

Project: GreenPlay facilitated the efforts of the Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee (PROSTAC) in reaching out to the community to gain resident input in order to develop a recommendation for the Town Board regarding the continuing development of the Town 9 Park site. Tasks included compiling and preparing information, providing structure and facilitation for PROSTAC meetings and public meetings, and helping PROSTAC formulate a recommendation for the Town Board for this somewhat contentious project.

The Breakaway Center, Westminster, Colorado

Indoor Inline Arena Management, Operations, and Planning

Project: GreenPlay created the marketing, sponsorship, management, operations, and program plans for a new, public indoor inline skating facility. The team provided sponsorship procurement services for the entire facility, and acted as liaison with the City of Westminster and Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District to create cooperative agreements.

Town of Windsor, Colorado

Park Land Dedication and Impact Fee Study

Project: Using City provided assumptions for land cost and utilities, this project determined park development cost figures for basic park services to calculate cash-in-lieu of dedication fees. Our team facilitated meetings with the development community and assisted with the creation of a five-year capital improvement program for parks. Team included Design Concepts.

Ed and Ruth Lehman YMCA of Longmont/Town of Windsor, Colorado

Recreation Needs Assessment

Project: In pursuing its interest in proposing an Active Partnership with the Town of Windsor to provide recreational programs and services in the Windsor area, the Ed and Ruth Lehman YMCA of Longmont hired GreenPlay to conduct a recreation needs assessment. Having completed the Town’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan GreenPlay, had experience in the Windsor area. Our team paired with RRC Associates to administer a statistically-valid survey, soliciting input from citizens, stakeholders, and staff of each agency through focus groups. In addition, GreenPlay relied on its knowledge of partnership guidelines adopted by the Town of Windsor, its trends research, and its professional planning and operational expertise to round out the assessment. Recommendations included options for working together as well as next steps as both organizations further consider the concept. Team members included RRC Associates.

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