Community Parks


Jonathan T. Ricketts, Inc.’s vast experience includes general civil engineering design and construction management services for park-type projects, including an athletic sports complex, passive natural areas, corridor/trails, and community parks.  A primary objective of the firm is to work effectively with commissioners, committees, public boards, developers and citizens to provide their recreational needs within the project constraints while ensuring that the project fits in with the environment.  

Our firm possesses a strong talent for work dealing with the complex issues involved in large construction projects and projects that involve federal permitting and federal funding, including park-type projects.  Our current large-project work involves over 5,000 acres of wetland restoration sites with passive natural areas including corridor/trails throughout the site.  Our recent work also includes a community park within the City of Boynton Beach and the recreational facilities and athletic sports fields for a 50-acre high school.  These representative projects are detailed below:


Phosphate Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS)

Beaufort County, North Carolina 

As a requirement of a federal mining permit, PCS is mitigating over 5,000 acres of disturbed lands for reversion into their historic state, including restoration of wetlands and headwater streams.   Jonathan T. Ricketts, Inc. is responsible for performing onsite soil studies, current, proposed, and future hydroperiod modeling, design, permitting, and construction management services.  Ricketts developed restoration plans for the site including the addition of corridor/ trails throughout the site for access to this passive natural area.  Facilities for hunting access and use were also designed. These plans required in-depth permitting with the Army Corps of Engineers and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  The overall mitigation efforts for this project are phased with approximately 1,200 acres completed which are currently being monitored for success over the next five years.  The remaining 4,000± acres of land are in various stages of the planning, design, permitting, construction, and monitoring processes.

Promenade Park

Boynton Beach, Florida

The Promenade Park is the centerpiece of the Boynton Beach Redevelopment Agency’s work whose goal was to provide a link to from the urban corridor of Boynton Beach to the natural beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway and the adjacent 13 acre mangrove preserve.  This park was the first step in the City’s successful redevelopment program and served as a catalyst for more than $20 million dollars of other work at the adjacent marina and other public facilities.  The park’s construction involved critical coordination with various state and federal agencies to ensure protection of the sensitive environments within the Intracoastal Waterway and the adjacent mangrove preserve.  The park’s amenities include an Intracoastal viewing area, benches, paver brick walkways, artistic shade structures, extensive native landscaping, site lighting and interpretive signage. Jonathan T. Ricketts, Inc. served as the construction manager of this project.

The Benjamin Upper School Sports Complex

 Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

A 50-acre site with 10.29-acres of open space and a 15.75-acre athletic complex designed to be a multi-seasonal, multipurpose facility suitable to serve 50+ middle and upper school sports teams.  The complex provides training areas for student athletes to excel at football, soccer, softball, track and field, tennis, basketball, lacrosse, competitive cheer, volleyball, and wrestling.  The Benjamin School also hosts annual Florida High School State Athletic Association competitions for regional, Class A events in volleyball, soccer, softball, basketball, and track & field.  

Jonathan T. Ricketts, Inc. participated with planning and design support services as well as turnkey construction management services for the project including:

  • Five playing fields, including a football/soccer field, track/practice/soccer field, softball field, baseball field, a multipurpose practice field
  • Nine tennis courts
  • Multipurpose green space areas
  • Multipurpose Gymnasium & Field House including ticket sales facility, concessions, pre-/post-event functions, locker rooms, weight rooms, restrooms, and offices
  •  ADA compliant bleacher seating accommodating 500 spectators
  •  Subsurface drainage system constructed with specialty permeable sands and organics to ensure use of playing fields within one hour after 1-inch rainfall event
  • State-of-the-art field lighting system to prevent light pollution and offsite impacts through use of Dark Sky lighting and a remote light monitoring system