Park and Recreation Planning and Design

The LA Group has successfully planned and designed hundreds of parks and recreational facilities throughout New York State and the Northeast for local, state and federal governmental agencies, providing outdoor activity options and accessibility for all users regardless of age or ability and creating safe and healthy environments to recreate.

Experience includes all aspects of park planning and design including public outreach and consensus building, environmental analysis and compliance review, preservation planning, developing master plans, detailed design and engineering, cost estimating, permitting and approvals, construction documents, LEED documentation, bidding, construction administration and inspection services. Many projects have been in and around sensitive areas, such as wetlands, bodies of water, woodlands, and cultural and historic resources requiring careful environmental analysis along with creative design solutions.

Because these public facilities are used by a broad spectrum of the population, most projects have required extensive public participation throughout the planning and design stages. The LA Group’s experience includes the design of diverse park features and facilities such as integrated wetland and water features, pedestrian bridges, boardwalks and trails with overlooks, ecological restoration and landscaping, wayfinding and interpretive signage, creative play environments, dark-sky compliant lighting solutions, both natural grass and synthetic turf sports fields and courts, multi-use open space areas for passive recreation, festivals and outdoor concessions, and other civic functions. Successful park planning and design experience also includes the integration of building structures and facilities such as visitor centers, administration offices, pavilions, restrooms, concessions, and storage, including all utility infrastructure and support facilities.

Preservation Planning Experience

The LA Group’s historic preservation experience encompasses a wide range of culturally rich landscapes. Many projects address preservation planning and historic landscape architecture for parks, streetscapes, trails, waterfronts, campuses, institutions, cemeteries, resorts, heritage areas and historic sites. The firm works with clients to help identify a site’s historic integrity and significance through research and assessment and to provide treatment recommendations. We are familiar with federal, state and local historic preservation standards and processes.

Niagara Falls State Park Wayfinding Signage



Rogers Memorial Park


Parks and Recreation


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Playgrounds Benefit from Organized Planning Process

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Authored By Joseph F. Kral Think playground creation is all about picking equipment and color? Think a playground needs to be placed in whatever space is leftover? Think the playground of your dreams is a budget buster? Playground creation can be so much more. A design professional can help you…

US Builders Review Features Niagara State Park Renovation

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The LA Group teams with T.Y. Lin International to renovate America’s oldest state park. The LA Group is honored to be featured in the Winter 2017 issue of US Builders Review. The case study focuses on the long-standing relationship between the firm and T.Y. Lin International as they collaborate on this…

Our Olana Story: The LA Group works to restore Olana State Historic Park

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For me, Olana always existed in photographs. The picturesque home, an intricate blend of Victorian, Persian and Moorish design. The iconic views of the Hudson River, long preserved in dramatic paintings by the creator himself, Frederic Church. Three years later, I’ve had the privilege of learning the many stories, symbols,…