Unique, inviting parks and public spaces do more than to provide the opportunity for outdoor recreation. They complement and enhance the surrounding environment while reflecting your community’s distinct culture and values. From small, neighborhood parks to expansive greenways and natural areas, engaging community spaces result from thoughtful planning and collaboration.
At Snyder & Associates, this begins with an exploratory process to understand your community’s recreational goals. We work with various community organizations to collect data and facilitate public input to learn about the needs and desires of diverse user groups. An assessment of existing parks and anticipated community growth assists us in determining the best use of available space.
Careful consideration is given to how the details of design can affect public safety, water quality, aesthetics, and natural habitats. The impact of amenities including decorative lighting, informative signage, and multi-use open spaces are also important. When finished, your project will promote and add value to its surroundings.
With a focus on the goals and needs established through community engagement, we provide practical, intelligent designs.
Our multidisciplinary planning and design team recognizes the environmental, social, and economic benefits of parks and recreational spaces. But most importantly—from funding to maintenance, safety, and stormwater management—we also understand the complex challenges you face. As a full-service firm, we can complete nearly every aspect of your project and are committed to implementing the best solutions possible.
Comprehensive park planning:
By going beyond the project confines, we strategically create system connections with other local parks, trails, attractions, and communities for increased value and impact.
Through a site analysis and needs assessment, park programming and concept designs are developed to provide a comprehensive park vision.
We developed a public outreach system that includes public stakeholder meetings, user groups, surveys, and online tools to encourage community feedback and streamline data collection.
Park site design:
To create a successfully functioning park, aspects including seating, shade, sidewalk, and pedestrian access along with landscaping and recreational amenities are addressed.
Cost analysis and phasing:
Our experienced engineers and landscape architects excel at performing cost-benefit analysis and realistically budgeting project costs. To mitigate budget concerns, we often take a phased project approach. This allows us to develop specific project aspects based on community need as the master plan is rolled out to maximize the use of available funding.