GreenPlay Begins Public Outreach for Williamsburg, VA Project
GreenPlay was mentioned in an article by the Daily Press (VA) regarding the company’s work on the Williamsburg VA Parks and Recreation Master Plan. As the company compiles information, Thatcher said his team will take a holistic approach in forming recommendations. “In order for the parks and recreation department to be successful, you need to look at the recreation side, the environmental side and the economic and fiscal benefit,” Thatcher said. “We look at everything to make sure there’s a balance.” The city maintains 10 parks with amenities including playground equipment, a sand volleyball court, tennis courts, picnic pavilions and athletic fields for baseball, softball, and basketball. The master plan will focus on sports tourism.
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Roanoke County Board approves camping proposals.
As part of GreenPlay’s Outdoor Needs, Operations, Capital, and Financial Analysis Plan for Roanoke Outside, residents voiced their desire for camping opportunities in multiple focus groups led by GreenPlay. It was a consistent theme from participants to offer camping within the county limits. The acceptance of camping proposals for Explore Park is another step towards creating an adventure park by and for Roanoke citizens.
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Don Jones, PhD, Project Consultant for GreenPlay, LLC, is the lead author of an article in the November 2017 issue of Parks & Recreation Business magazine. The article, titled A Real Balancing Act, is about using a Balance Scorecard to determine whether a your parks and recreation agency is hitting its mark. “While all organizations are under pressure to meet their budgets, not-for-profit parks and recreation departments are, by definition, not subject to making a profit. Having said that, we are seeing a shift in accountability for the public sector with more communities wanting to know exactly what they are getting for their tax dollars,” says Dr. Jones in the article. John Drew and John Rainey, from GreenPlay, also contributed to the article.
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Darien, Connecticut Parks Master Plan Recommendations Generates Lots of Interest from Residents
Consultants from GreenPlay LLC and Weston & Sampson presented a number of draft recommendations which were prioritized based on feedback from Darien residents. Also presented were two proposed plans for the town’s property at Ox Ridge Hunt Club. A recent article in the Darien Times explains it all.
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DeBary, Florida LOVES working with GreenPlay
GreenPlay recently finished a Feasibility Study for the City of DeBary, Florida and both the Parks & Recreation Director and our local subcontractor have written glowing testimonials regarding the process. Our consultant, Pat O’Toole, has worked on over 200 projects over the past 25 years and it would seem that he has the process “down Pat”!
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GreenPlay Outreach Shows that Residents of Amherst NY Support
New Aquatic Center
Residents of Amherst NY are making their views known as part of GreenPlay’s outreach during its update of the town’s Recreation and Parks Master Plan. As reported by The Buffalo News and Athletic Business magazine, the data will help them lay out a roadmap for how to fund projects in the future.
GreenPlay Consultant Authors Article
for National Magazine
Dylan Packebush, MBA, Project Manager for GreenPlay, LLC, has an article in the May 2017 issue of Parks & Recreation Business magazine. The article, titled Developing A Strategic Marketing Plan is an introductory guide to creating consistent messaging to reinforce your agency’s brand. “As parks and recreation services look for ways to build relationships with communities,” observes Packebush, “marketing becomes an essential business tool in today’s industry. Even if an agency doesn’t have a marketing staff, it is constantly communicating with potential users. It is in an agency’s best interest to proactively develop these strategies.” GreenPlay offers a wide range of Business and Marketing consulting services.
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The May 2016 issue of Athletic Business discusses how Soccer Complex Design is being driven by utility, and revenue generation, as well as athletic tourism. GreenPlay principal Pat O’Toole was a key source for the article. GreenPlay consultants frequently work with communities that are exploring alternative funding sources and innovative methods of revenue generation.
GreenPlay Survey Makes News in Gloucester County, Virginia
Residents of Gloucester County, VA would like to see an indoor swimming pool and new community recreation center, according to the results of a needs assessment survey. GreenPlay Consultant Art Thatcher was pleased with the strong response rate of 15%. Read more…
GreenPlay is one of Top 250
Private Companies in Colorado
GreenPlay has been recognized by ColoradoBiz magazine for the 4th time as one of the Top 250 Private Companies in Colorado. Things are looking up for GreenPlay,” says Teresa Penbrooke, CEO, “We’ve seen a definite up-tick in our business this year, we’ve added 4 new consultants, and our prospects look strong for future growth.” A Top Company signifies a business that has high integrity and adheres to the highest professional standards of conduct, ethics, and reliability.
GreenPlay’s findings make news in West Palm Beach, Florida
The Palm Beach Post newspaper reported on a comprehensive study done by GreenPlay consultants, in association with Chen-Moore & Associates. The study is part of an overall master plan for the City of West Palm Beach, and cited findings that the city’s park system was performing at optimal levels given the resources it had available, but the problem was that they needed more — “more updating, more money, more staff, more lighting, more litter control, more parking, more programs”, and more marketing. GreenPlay Consultant Art Thatcher says: “It’s a problem that a lot of communities can relate to”. The Master Plan is still in draft form, but a series of recommendations are emerging to help the city address their issues. CLICK HERE to read the article by Tony Doris of the Palm Beach Post (Florida).
Williston (ND) Area Recreation Center a huge success
“In less than a year, Williston’s $76 million recreation center has become the hub of the community’s recreational and social life. It’s where new residents hook up with each other to play racquetball and new moms bring strollers to the walking track for exercise and to relieve their isolation.” An article in Athletic Business Magazine outlines the positive effects the new recreation center has had on the community. GreenPlay’s Teresa Penbrooke and former Consultants John Barnholt and Stacy Turner provided the Strategic and Master Plan that lead to it’s development. CLICK HERE to read the article by Lauren Donovan, which originally appeared in the Bismark Tribune.
GreenPlay welcomes Bob Easton to its team
GreenPlay, LLC, is pleased to announce a new addition to our team. Bob Easton, retired Executive Director of Foothills Park and Recreation District in Jefferson County, Colorado, has joined the firm as a Project Consultant. Bob has previously worked with GreenPlay as a contracted special consultant on various parks and recreation master planning projects in the State of Colorado, including plans for the Town of Erie, the City of Louisville, and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, along with a Management Assessment for Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District. To read more, click here.
CPRA offers scholarship in honor of Karon Badalamenti, CPRE
To honor the professional life and accomplishments of Karon Badalamenti, who passed away on June 9th, 2014, the “Karon Badalamenti Change Agent Scholarship” has been created by GreenPlay and GP Red. This professional development scholarship will fund up to $500 for a current CPRA member to attend the Annual Conference in September 2014. Applications are due by July 30th, 2014.
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If you’d like to make a donation to the scholarship fund, contact GP RED at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about CPRA, contact:Colorado Parks and Recreation Association , PO Box 1037, Wheat Ridge, CO 80034, 303-231-0943.
To find out more about Karon, visit her Memorial Page.
Video about GreenPlay’s role in performing an Organizational Assessment for a consolidated program of city and county resources and services. Video courtesy of the City of Vancouver, WA.
The Keene Sentinel
Keene’s most-used park is being eyed for new activities, but questions remain on whether there’s enough room for everybody.
The City Council recently gave the go-ahead to develop a concept plan for the 41-acre Wheelock Park in West Keene. Part of that plan will include recommendations for additions to the already-bustling area, such as a dog park and a skateboard park. Design Concepts, in association with GreenPlay, LLC, of Colorado was hired to develop the plan for just under $25,000. It will bring the plan back to the council’s municipal facilities, services and infrastructure committee at month’s end.
GreenPlay helps heal flooded parks
Boulder County Business Report
GreenPlay sought city residents’ input in creating parks “Roadmap for the Future”. | Tri-City News, Farmington, NM
A plan for the city’s parks system is being developed by a private consulting firm that made a report to the City Council during its Oct. 22 meeting.
GreenPlay LLC, is a Broomfield, Colo.-based company of former parks and recreation professionals who developed parks plans for more than 300 cities across the United States. Its employees were in Farmington the week of Oct. 21 hosting community meetings and conducting an inventory of the city’s park system.
“We want to hear from the community what their initial thoughts are,” said Cory Styron, parks, recreation and cultural affairs director for Farmington. He has been working with Pat O’Toole, project manager from GreenPlay to develop a master plan that addresses what the city can do to meet the recreational needs of the community.
The Thompson Rivers Parks and Recreation District has hired GreenPlay LLC. | Thompson River PRD Press Release
The Thompson Rivers Parks and Recreation District has hired GreenPlay LLC to conduct a study to gauge the community’s perception of the need for additional recreation facilities and the likelihood of support for the construction and operating costs of new facilities through additional property taxes.
The initial phase of the study is a community survey allowing the district to get a feel for current habits of community residents (Do you travel to other communities to participate in recreational activities?), as well as the needs and desires of residents (Do you want a bigger gym for your kids to play basketball and volleyball in? Do you want an aquatics facility?). An important component of the survey lists possible amenities, their estimated costs and their possible impact on property tax bills. A formula is included to help you better understand the possible tax impact on your household.