Alternatives for Determining Parks and Recreation Level of Service

PAS Memo — May-June 2016

By David Barth, AICP


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This issue of PAS Memo looks at determining appropriate level of service (LOS) standards for parks and recreation facilities within a community.


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May 1, 2016
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About the Author

David Barth, AICP
David Barth is a Certified Planner, registered Landscape Architect, and Certified Parks and Recreation Professional who specializes in the planning, design, and implementation of the public realm. He is also an expert facilitator and strategic planner. He has developed parks and recreation system master plans for over 65 communities throughout the United States including Washington, D.C, Miami-Dade County, Norfolk, VA, downtown San Diego, and the City of Raleigh. He was a co-author of the American Planning Association (APA) publication From Recreation to Re-Creation, as well as a contributor to APA’s Planning and Urban Design Standards for parks and recreation needs assessments. David received his undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida; his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University; and his PhD in Design, Construction and Planning at the University of Florida.