The Alliance for New York State Parks/NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation | Finding Operations & Maintenance Efficiencies
After several years of significant and sustained budget cuts, the Long Island region of New York State Parks—among the busiest in the state—was finding it harder to maintain its parks and facilities to its high standards. With support from the Alliance, a program of the Open Space Institute, we reviewed the region’s finances, operations, and management processes. We then developed a roadmap to enable the region to transition to a more strategic operational approach within current budget constraints. We also identified new opportunities to raise revenues. The region is now poised to shift some of their focus from the “daily doing” to strategically evaluating their operations and improving the parks experience for visitors in a financially sustainable way.