A Community Cornerstone: Parks & Recreation

4 out of 5 people agree: local parks & recreation assets are worth the tax dollars spent on them, according to the National Association of Parks & Recreation, and it’s been shown that 83% of Americans personally benefit from local parks. What may come as a surprise to many, however, is that local and regional public park agencies generated nearly $154.4 billion in economic activity.

Economic Development

Quality of Life

Health & Wellness

Property Values

With all these benefits of parks and recreation in mind, thousands of communities across the nation are planning new facilities or evaluating the performance of their current assets. Read on to learn how SFA & SFM are helping agencies create the recreation and sports assets of the future.

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A Game Changer: FRPA + SFA Impact Calculator

In 2018, SFA partnered with the Florida Recreation and Park Association to produce a one-of-a-kind online tool. With the mission of empowering parks and recreation directors in mind, the tool was developed to quantify the benefits and impacts of park and recreation assets in 6 areas: Property Values, Health Care Cost Savings, Environmental Savings, Jobs Supported, Tourism Spending, and Public Safety. The development team included the FRPA leadership team and P&R staff from various Florida communities, analysts from SFA, input from the CDC, and others.

Parks & Recreation Planning Tools

From innovative strategic planning services to the industry’s first parks & recreation comprehensive economic impact calculator, SFA has the tools and services for city managers, parks and recreation directors, and economic development directors to lead their communities.  

SFA can help your community with:

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Feasibility Assessment
  3. Sports & Program Planning
  4. Financing Strategy Development
  5. Marketing & Branding
  6. Economic Impact Calculations / Tools

Recreation and physical activity are vital components to a healthy, active community. Our passion is improving communities through sport, and we’re here to help yours. The first step is to give us a call.

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Maximize Your Parks & Recreation Facilities

Parks and recreation facilities like municipal pools, waterparks, soccer fields, baseball parks, and recreation centers require a big investment from taxpayers and support from local government. Maintenance, team management, program development, pricing, and inventory management are just a few of the operational considerations when evaluating the performance of your community assets.
SFM offers performance assessments & optimization plans for existing facilities, outsourced specialized management for sports assets and community recreation centers, and development services for facilities in planning or under construction to help community leaders maximize the investment in their parks & recreation facilities.

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Learn More. Take a look at our parks and recreation benefits guide with everything from project examples to marketing tips.

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