Unique, inviting parks and public spaces provide more than just opportunities for outdoor recreation. They complement and enhance the surrounding environment while reflecting a 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 through right-sized solutions.
Comprehensive Park Planning
Comprehensive park plans build upon the local character your community values and set goals for quality of life improvements. We’ll help you define a vision and create practical strategies for achieving park, open space, and trail goals to enrich community livability and vibrancy. You can also receive valuable insight on how your community rates in comparison to other community park systems and services. Our collaborative project approach aims to keep community members involved and gain project support.
Through a site analysis and needs assessment, concept designs are developed with site programming priorities in mind. We’ll collaborate with you and key stakeholders to understand those goals and priorities. Together, we’ll define the final project vision. Our team will then develop one final, cohesive master plan to guide project success.
Our public outreach system 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, seating, shade, sidewalk, and pedestrian access aspects along with landscaping and recreational amenities are addressed.
Cost Analysis & Phasing
Our experienced engineers and landscape architects excel at performing a 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.