4.6. Identify and pursue non-County funding sources to supplement County funds to support capital improvements and programs.
For example, the County has established long-term partnerships with Marymount University and George Washington University to build athletic facilities.
4.6.1. Pursue applicable state and federal funds.
4.6.2. Collect and review data on replacing or renovating amenities and facilities and ensure that ongoing costs are appropriately budgeted. (See also 6.1.2.)
The County developed its first asset management program for park amenities, trails and public buildings in the mid-2000’s. The evaluation of those assets is being updated in phases beginning in 2019, and should continue to be tracked, updated and used as the basis for managing the maintenance capital program.
4.6.3. Review potential to increase revenue generating uses in designated public spaces.
The County’s public spaces have potential to be leveraged as a source of additional revenue to offset operational costs. Leasing rights of way or permitting concessions (including food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), for example, can generate revenue while at the same time provide amenities for users.
4.6.4. Expand the offering or permitting of concessions in public spaces in high density corridors, adjacent to sports fields and at special events (see also 1.6.1.).
Current park rules and regulations allow for some types of concessions at park and recreation facilities, but the practice is currently limited to a few parks. Recognizing that concessions can enhance the user experience, spur additional use of public spaces, and even generate proceeds to reinvest in public spaces, the County should explore revising zoning regulations and other regulations as needed in order to expand its permitting of concessions.