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    Park Development Cost

    Does anyone have a fixed park development cost, used to justify park development fees in lieu as charged to developers in place of construction of park infrastructure? Any examples from the Southeast would be helpful.....I'm looking for a per square foot or per acre cost of construction for fully developed active parks.

    Or do you know of a jurisdiction that has calculated this number?

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    I have a couple of LOS studies that have estimated replacement costs for various types of equipment, buildings, vehicles, etc.... Do you think these would help? One of them is for a community in North Carolina. I'm actually working on an existing LOS study as part of our Comp Plan update.

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    Park Development Cost

    I'm just looking for places that have completed the analysis required to determine the per square foot costs involved with developing the infrastructure for neighborhood parks. Used to determine park impact fees.

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    I have also unsuccessfully looked for a square foot cost for parks in the past. The cost seems to vary quite a bit by type of amenity, landscaping, etc. An approach that I used once to estimate the cost of a neighborhood park was to get costs associated with the what I thought be the amenities that the community would expect/desire, figured out how large an area would be necessary to house all those amenities, then divided by square footage. I also made sure to add in costs for paths, lighting, planting. I got the costs for each element from a couple of books, One was Means (I think) and the other was put out by a parks organization, but I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called.

    It was definitely a time consuming process...

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    Example

    Just got information from a nearby City regarding a recently completed park:

    9 acres in size
    $1 million development cost (not including land....was dedicated)
    about $2.55 a foot

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    Quote Originally posted by The One
    Just got information from a nearby City regarding a recently completed park:

    9 acres in size
    $1 million development cost (not including land....was dedicated)
    about $2.55 a foot
    Of course it varies by the "activeness" of the park and the type of facilities within the park, but in our recent study of parks developed in the last ten years, the average for active parks across the city was about $230,000 per hectare or about $92,000 per acre. For a City in Ontario. Some of the base esimates we used per amenity are as follows (in Cdn $):

    Gravel parking lot $1,200
    Asphalt parking lot $2,400
    Toddler play structure $20,000
    Toddler play area $20,000
    Junior play structure $35,000
    Junior play area $35,000
    Senior play structure $50,000
    Clean and green $118,000/hectare
    Entrance sign $2,500
    Full basketball court $20,000
    Field House $100,000
    Mini soccer field $70,000
    Full Soccer Field $140,000
    Baseball diamond $420,000
    Softball diamonds $245,000
    T-ball field $65,000
    Tennis court $110,000.00

    These are just general estimates for our development charge estimation.

    Hope this helps.

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    Cost Range

    Thanks Plan Man :
    The range seems to be between $2 and $3 a foot (US) depending on the level of finish for active neighborhood park construction.

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