Multigenerational Feasibility Studies
What is a Multigenerational Center?
Formula 2040: The Master Plan for Parks, Recreation, and Open Space, adopted by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) in 2013, guides Prince George’s County in the creation of a system that will serve nearly one million people in an urban/suburban setting and strives to achieve the goals of connectivity, health and wellness, and economic development by through its creation of a new multigenerational center model.
Multigenerational centers range from 60,000 to 80,000 square feet and offer an array of program opportunities to satisfy the needs and interests of an entire family. Each new center is custom-designed to serve the specific needs of neighboring populations. This is a level of service that could not be provided by the former model of small recreation centers that are typically comprised of a single gymnasium, multipurpose space, and a fitness room. In contrast, typical multigenerational centers will have a double gymnasium, an aquatic feature, a fitness center with a running track, and flexible multipurpose program spaces to meet the requirements for a variety of activities.
Formula 2040 divides the county into 9 service areas. From the center of each service area, facility access should be within a 15-minute travel time. A comprehensive analysis was undertaken to determine the current and future demand for community facilities in each service area. The Department of Parks and Recreation is conducting feasibility studies for the future development of multigenerational centers in Service Areas 2, 3, and 4.
The first multigenerational community center was recently completed in the southern area of the county. It is referred to as the Southern Area Aquatics & Recreation Complex (SAARC). SAARC offers one example of how to design and build a multigenerational community center in a suburban environment.
What is a feasibility study?
A typical feasibility study includes an analysis of the proposed project location and the projected market to be served. All projects recommended for the CIP should be backed by a feasibility study that analyzes the relative costs and benefits of proceeding with the project. Depending on the size of the project, the scope of the feasibility study will vary. This study will determine the feasibility of constructing multigenerational centers in Service Areas 2, 3, and 4 and will be divided into two phases:
- Phase I: Evaluation of the Demand, Program of Requirements and Real Estate Analysis/Site Selection Assessment
- Phase II: Development of Conceptual Designs and Cost Estimates
A summary of completed and anticipated project milestones is as follows:
Actual dates for the completion of the milestones are subject to change.
Claire Worshtil, Lead Strategic Park Planner