Case Study

Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation ADA Assessment



EMG provided an evaluation and assessment of lifecycle cost and management needs of recreation facilities owned and operated by the County. EMG assisted in evaluating facilities and developing a plan for compliance. In addition to ADA compliance, EMG prepared a life cycle assessment and capital plan that incorporated required upgrades for code compliance and modernization needs.

EMG developed a methodology for collecting parks and recreation facility data addressing future facility management and operational needs, LEED facility factors, and national playground standards. The team compiled a comprehensive inventory of existing parks, outdoor recreation facilities, trails, open space, amenities, and assets, noting description, size, condition, code, and ADA compliance. EMG evaluated the facility condition data to determine asset life cycle maintenance, replacement, and annual maintenance recommendations.

EMG provided a report including an analysis by property, and a detailed description of each County asset. Our report was organized by building system and included a narrative description of all building systems and components, an observations and comments section, along with color digital photos of all major systems and components, and photos of all deficiencies identified (including ADA). EMG populated all data into AssetCALC™, a web-based system with features including the ability to rank and prioritize capital improvement projects, view complete deferred maintenance backlog, create reports by building priority, system, capital budget planning, and view year-by-year capital needs analysis..


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EMG Client

Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation

Asset Type

County Government Parks & Rec

Services Provided

  • Facility Condition Assessments
  • ADA Self-assessments
  • Capital Improvement Customized Database

Size & Location

192 Parks, Virginia


Initial Assessment:
Dec 2006 - Jun 2007, Consulting: Ongoing