The Importance of Unique Park and Recreation Standards

Posted by on Feb 26, 2010 in Blog Article | No Comments

Park types, facilities standards, and location criteria help park districts, cities and villages with park planning, land acquisition, and capital improvement planning. Establishing local standards establishes a “baseline” for development of a parks and recreation system while at the same time sets expectations for residents, user groups and athletic organizations. For decades, the agreed upon standards for park and recreation facilities have been those recommended by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), but these standards are 50 years old and there is no anytown USA. Unfortunately the new recommended approach for creating unique standards is expensive, cumbersome and intimidating. We suggest a community should take a blended approach and use the NRPA standards as a starting point, with tweaks and modifications to fit local conditions, organizational goals and resident aspirations.

HLA Featured on Upcoming Panel

Posted by on Feb 2, 2010 in Headlines | No Comments

Courtney Owen, an Associate with Houseal Lavigne Associates, will be participating in an upcoming panel discussion titled Winning Support for Development: the Municipal Perspective on Tuesday, February 17th, 2010.