Synthesis Topics

Synthesis of the Benefits of the Use of Airport Property for Parks and Recreational Use.

ACRP Synthesis S20-01-24 ("Examples of Airports Providing Facility Space for Community Use") surveyed airports of all sizes and found that many airports provide space or property for parks and recreational use and that airports not currently providing such space were curious about developing such uses. The surveyed airports reported that providing land for parks and recreational use provided significant benefits, including 1) a positive addition to a sustainability plan; 2) the development or improvement of relationships with the airport sponsor, the local community and community stakeholders; and 3) the enhancement of the customer experience for airport users. This proposed synthesis would collect examples of current practices at airports of all sizes in varied geographical locations in the United States and Canada that provide airport property for use as parks and other recreational uses and describe the attributes of successful programs – including their management, operations, relevant cost, and the benefits to airports.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Airport sustainability plans, the development or improvement of relationships with the airport's sponsor, the local community and community stakeholders, and the enhancement of the customer experience are fundamental and important considerations for airports of all sizes in all locations. A synthesis that describes how providing airport property for parks and recreational uses supports each of these fundamental airport goals would be of great interest to airport administrators, airport sponsors, and community stakeholders of all sizes in the United States and Canada.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

The desired product of the proposed synthesis is a report that describes and provides case examples of how providing airport property for parks and recreational uses supports the fundamental airport goals of airport sustainability plans, the development or improvement of relationships with the airport's sponsor, the local community and community stakeholders, and the enhancement of the customer experience.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Building on the work of ACRP Synthesis S20-01-24 ("Examples of Airports Providing Facility Space for Community Use"), the proposed synthesis would provide a more detailed and comprehensive description (with case examples) of the state of practice of providing airport property for parks and recreational uses, how such programs operate, the cost of such uses, and their benefits to airports

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

ACRP Synthesis S20-01-24 ("Examples of Airports Providing Facility Space for Community Use") provides a broad, but general, survey of the wide variety of uses of airport facilities at a sample of sixty (60) airports of all sizes in various geographical locations throughout the United States and Canada. That synthesis, however, does not provide a comprehensive description of the state of practice of providing airport property for parks and recreational uses, how such programs operate, their cost, and their benefits to airports and revealed a gap in knowledge about which many of the surveyed airports expressed an interest. The proposed synthesis would satisfy the interest expressed by the airports surveyed for ACRP Synthesis S20-01-24 tht do not currently have such programs by providing a comprehensive description of the current state of practice of using airport property for parks and recreational uses, how such programs operate, their cost, and their benefits to airports.

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