Extension of Submission: Comprehensive Recreation, Parks, and Open Space Plan RFP: 6535-24

The City of Erie’s Department of Planning and Neighborhood Resources is accepting proposals for a one-time contract to perform certain professional services work for a Comprehensive Recreation, Parks, and Open Space (CRPOS) Plan. The consultant team should include staff who have experience evaluating and/or working with a large-scale city recreation system and an urbanized population and should be comprised of at least one Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and one Certified Playground Inspector.

The CRPOS Plan should create a roadmap that ensures the just and fair capital and operating investment in parks and recreation; provides equitable quality parks and recreation facilities and programming; and most importantly, analyzes the city’s current staffing capacity and policies in place to equitably maintain these facilities and meet the recreation needs of diverse city residents, community groups, and other stakeholders now and into the future. The City is seeking a system-wide approach to prioritize financial strategies to maintain existing park and recreation facilities, expand recreational services based on current and future funding scenarios and to evaluate the need and viability of developing a Parks and Recreation department that provides more than maintenance of the current park system.

This project is partially funded by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (Bureau). The Bureau has certain requirements and standards that must be met by the City of Erie and its contracted consultant. This Request for Proposal (RFP) has been prepared in accordance with Bureau requirements and standards. The Bureau will monitor the project and certain documents will be subject to Bureau review and approval. The DCNR Grant Agreement number is BRC-TAG-28-46.

Please note that the deadline for proposal submission is extended from June 5, 2024 (3 p.m. EST) to June 13, 2024 (3 p.m. EST)

Proposals should be delivered digitally and received by Jacqueline Spry at jspry@erie.pa.us.

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