Louisville, Colorado

This project was led by a team from the Louisville Parks and Recreation Department, Planning Department, and GIS Department, and a key component of their process was extensive public input. The City’s project team hired GreenPlay LLC to be their consultants in their comprehensive planning process.

Our team built a master plan that used the collaborations  from the City's team and Green Play that was equally comrehensive. To create Louisville's master plan, we completed several steps, as outlined below.

Needs Assessment

  • Review of previous planning efforts
  • Consideration of community profile and demographics, including anticipated population growth
  • Extensive community involvement, including focus groups, meetings with key stakeholders, Boards, Commissions and City Council, community-wide public meetings, and a statistically-valid needs assessment survey
  • Research of trends and statistics related to parks, open space, and recreation

Level of Service Analysis

  • Creation of a comprehensive inventory and assessment of parks, open space, and facilities using existing mapping, staff interviews, and on-site visits
  • Enhancement of the inventory data including:
    • Revision of initial park and open space location boundaries
    • Creation of additional park and open space location boundaries based on maintenance responsibilities
    • Organization of alternative provider locations were into a shapefile
    • Creation of a clean trail shapefile from multiple trail and sidewalk files
    • Development of names for non-developed park and open space parcels
    • Creation of indoor facilities shapefiles (a total of 619 individual compoenents within the Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails system were created)
    • Design of a new open space component and scoring system
    • Analysis of maintenance  

Assessment and Analysis

  • Measurement of the current delivery of service using the GRASP® (Geo-Referenced Amenities Standards Program)
  • Determination of a target level of service that was feasible and aligned with the desires of citizens
  • Exploration of finance and funding mechanisms to support development and sustainability

Recommendations and Implementation Strategies:

  • Identification and categorization of recommendations into goals and objectives for implementation
  • Development of an action plan for recommendations and capital improvements