The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a contemporary public park in the heart of Boston, where millions of visitors come to gather, unwind, and explore. In late 2019, the Greenway Conservancy—which manages the park’s horticulture, programming, public art, maintenance, and capital improvements—sought to develop an advanced, interactive, GIS-based asset inventory of its 1,000+ physical assets (including lighting, furniture, fountains, vehicles, and more) and assess their physical condition, with the goal of streamlining their capital planning process and allowing for more efficient and effective allocation of resources. VHB developed a powerful, user-friendly GIS platform that will help the Conservancy monitor and maximize the value of their capital investments in the years to come.
Social—Envisioning a dynamic, inclusive, equitable, and evolving gathering place, the Conservancy works to provide a healthy green space with a variety of experiences to the larger Boston community. The powerful GIS-based asset inventory allows them to monitor the physical conditions and well-being of park assets, encouraging a welcoming and safe public park for all.
Environmental—Vital to the mission of the Conservancy is park maintenance that sustains year-round beauty, provides safety, and models environmental stewardship. The powerful, user-friendly GIS platform developed by VHB equips the Conservancy to be more effective stewards of the park by maximizing the life of capital investments.
Economic—It is important for the Conservancy’s economic well-being that they protect and plan for the Greenway in the short- and long-term. Through inventory management and GIS mapping, VHB has provided the Conservancy with a better understanding of the Greenway’s physical assets, tools for streamlining their capital planning process, and allowing for a more efficient and effective allocation of resources.