Heller and Heller Consulting has worked with Park Districts all across the United States. Our experience with a wide variety of institutional goals and findings from park systems of all sizes and types insures that we are able to contribute to the success of your park system. Please let us know what you would like to accomplish in your neighborhood and we will provide references from our recent experience that demonstrate our ability to have a positive impact on your community.

Master Plans

  • Ottawa Recreation Commission, KS
  • Lenexa, KS Parks and Recreation with AECOM
  • City of Henderson, NV Parks and Recreation
  • City of Bartlesville, OK Recreation
  • City of Bridgeport, CT with Sasaki Associates
  • City of Durango, CO Parks and Recreation
  • City of Burlington VT Parks and Recreation
  • Batavia Park District, IL
  • Wheeling Park District, IL
  • Warrenville Park District, IL
  • Homewood Flossmoor Park District, IL
  • Glencoe Park District, IL
  • Lombard Park District IL, with Hitchcock Design Group
  • Northfield Park District IL, with Hitchcock Design Group
  • Skokie Park District, IL with Hitchcock Design Group
  • City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation with AECOM, NC
  • City of Bloomfield, CT Leisure Services Department
  • City of Clive, IA with Genus Landscape Architects
  • City of Waukee, IA with Genus Landscape Architects
  • City of Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation, IL with Hitchcock Design Group
  • City of Elgin, IL with JJR
  • City of Hartford, CT with Sasaki Associates

Strategic Plans

  • Blue Valley Recreation Commission, KS
  • Bend Park and Recreation District, OR
  • Garland, TX Parks and Recreation
  • Bismarck Parks and Recreation District, ND
  • City of Kettering, OH Parks and Recreation
  • South Suburban Special Recreation Association, IL
  • South East Special Parks and Recreation Association, IL
  • Carol Stream Park District, IL
  • Bolingbrook Park District, IL
  • Waukegan Park District, IL
  • Northbrook Park District IL
  • Vernon Hills Park Districts IL
  • Olympia Fields Park District IL
  • Oakland Township, MI
  • Rolling Meadows Park District, IL
  • Lake Bluff Park District, IL
  • Lake Bluff Friends of the Park District Foundation, IL
  • Naperville Park District, IL
  • Park District of Oak Park, IL
  • Elk Grove Park District, IL
  • Elmhurst Park District, IL

Operational Assessments/Staffing/Structure/Efficiency Studies

  • Brookline MA, Department of Recreation
  • Brookline MA, Public Safety Business Office
  • Brookline MA, Planning Department
  • Kent County MI
  • City of Columbia, MO
  • Lake Metroparks, Ohio Farmpark Assessment
  • Maricopa County, AZ
  • City of Richmond, VA
  • Kentucky State Parks
  • City of Aiken, SC
  • Broward County, FL
  • Rancho Cordova, CA
  • Fair Oaks Park and Recreation District, CA
  • Orangevale Park and Recreation District, CA

Recreation Program Assessments

  • Algonquin, IL
  • City of Richmond, VA
  • Mecklenburg County, NC
  • Homewood Flossmoor Park District, IL
  • Maricopa County, AZ
  • Wheeling Park District, IL
  • Warrenville Park District, IL
  • Blue Valley Recreation Commission, IL
  • City of Durango, CO
  • Kentucky State Parks

Needs Assessments

  • Bloomingdale Park District, IL
  • Plainfield Park District, IL
  • Joliet Bolingbrook Special Recreation Association, IL
  • Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, IL
  • Rolling Meadows Park District, IL
  • Lake Bluff Park District, IL
  • Special Olympics, IL

Feasibility Studies

  • Palatine Park District, IL
  • City of Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation, IL
  • Carol Stream Park District, IL
  • McHenry, IL
  • Rochelle, IL
  • Kalispell, MT

Service Assessments

  • Northbrook Park District, IL
  • Geneva Park District, IL

Board Worskshops

  • Urbana Park District, IL
  • Park District of Oak Park, IL
  • Geneva Park District
  • Glen Ellyn Park District

Other Miscellaneous Projects

  • Field Maintenance and Operations Plan for Athletic Fields-Oak Park Park District, IL
  • Active Aging Report Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, IL
  • Balanced Scorecard Gurnee Park District, IL
  • Athletic Comparative Analysis City of Longview, TX
  • Dual Facility Study Glen Ellyn Park District, IL

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Recent Speaking Engagements

2014

  • Illinois Parks and Recreation Association State Conference
  • Southwest Parks and Recreation Institute
  • Texas Recreation and Parks Association State Conference
  • Vermont Governor’s Conference on Recreation
  • National Recreation and Parks Association Congress
  • Texas Recreation and Parks Association Leadership Academy
  • Iowa Parks and Recreation Fall Workshop
  • Illinois Parks and Recreation Association Leadership Academy
  • Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Annual Conference
  • Waubonsee Community College Leadership Series
  • Virginia Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference

2013

  • Illinois Parks and Recreation Association State Conference
  • Wisconsin Leadership Academy
  • Illinois Leadership Academy
  • National Recreation and Parks Association Congress

2012

  • Illinois Parks and Recreation Association State Conference
  • California Southwest State Conference
  • Texas Parks and Recreation State Conference
  • Illinois Parks and Recreation Association Webinar
  • Nevada Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference
  • National Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Anaheim

2011

  • Illinois Parks and Recreation Association State Conference
  • New Jersey Recreation and Parks State Conference
  • Ohio Parks and Recreation State Conference
  • California Southwest State Conference
  • Texas Parks and Recreation State Conference
  • Champaign Park District presentation on trends
  • NRPA webinar on succession management
  • Virginia State Conference
  • IPRA webinar on pricing
  • Wisconsin Recreation and Parks webinar on succession management
  • NRPA Congress, Atlanta
  • TX Region 2 and 3 Conference
  • Active.net webinars on Making the Most of Agency Resources, Five Key Revenue Drivers

2010

  • Illinois Parks and Recreation Association State Conference
  • Oak Park staff training and summer training
  • National Recreation and Park Association Congress, Minneapolis
  • Ohio State Conference 2010. Presented to elected officials on boardsmanship
  • Northern Illinois Fire Fighter Annual Conference 2010. Presented a session on budgeting effectiveness and Lean practices
  • Johnson County Parks and Recreation 2010. I presented a staff workshop on time management
  • Park District of Oak Park. Presented service training and summer staff training
  • Rolling Meadows Park District. Presented staff training on recreation program development
  • Special Recreation Association 2010. Facilitated a session on succession planning and leadership development, and the difference between managing and leading
  • Virginia State Conference 2010. Presented sessions on recreation program development and service quality
  • NRPA Congress, Minneapolis