The popular TV show about parks people gave us laughter when the main character tried to turn an empty lot into a park, but every Parks and Recreation employee knows developing a new park is no joke. Once you designate the area or lot, the fun has just begun with finding Capital Funding and Operational Funding. Your park will not only cost you thousands of dollars, but it also cost you in sweat, time, and vision. To get a better idea of what is involved, People make Parks, created tools to help with frequently asked questions for people who design and build a parks.
According to the NC State Extension Publications, the typical cost to just to have an athletic playing field averages $40,000 to an upwards amount of $400,000. And if you want to have a structure like bathrooms or pavilions, the added cost averages $25,000 to $100,000 and this does not include the playground equipment that can cost an additional $500,000 depending on what equipment you choose.
Parks are an investment into the community. And this investment deserves protection.
To protect your park’s assets:
- Make sure there is adequate lighting
- Create activities and programs that involve the community
- Have Site Managers
- Have walking routes
- Display Maps at entrances and walk routes
- Have Security Measures in place, such as Vandalism Cameras and patrolling officers
- Clean up all vandalism and graffiti immediately
- Maintain safety measures for the park and all park equipment
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