Sunset Empire Parks and Recreation Department

Seaside, OR

Seaside, OR

Sunset Empire Parks and Recreation Department

Seaside, OR

In many areas throughout the United States, residents do not have access to adequate childcare. While that statement alone would get anyone’s attention, the impact is far reaching. With limited childcare options, parents may have to travel further from their homes to find proper daycare facilities. This can affect the types of employment they can pursue and, possibly, prevent them from finding work.

This phenomenon is known as a childcare desert and it impacts life for over half the population in the U.S, including residents of Seaside, OR, a city located in the northern part of the state. The community qualifies as a childcare desert with more than three times as many children under the age of five as available slots in licensed childcare facilities.

Seaside is one of the communities along the Oregon coast served by the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District (SEPRD). To address the area’s childcare desert and to identify opportunities to better serve its over 10,000 residents, the SEPRD leadership team engaged the Sports Facilities Companies and its project partner Scott | Edwards Architecture to conduct a highest and best use study. Through this study, SFC and S|EA worked to identify, recommend, forecast, and design programs and physical spaces at a former middle school building that was acquired by SEPRD.

The project focused on three primary needs in the market:

  • Addressing the community’s “childcare desert” by creating classrooms and expanding programs to fill a void for early childhood education
  • Enhancing opportunities for community members of all ages and interests to participate in recreation, wellness, arts, and other programs
  • Retaining and expanding sports tourism events that bring over $10 million of economic impact to Seaside annually, in part, by using the courts at the former middle school building


Through this scope of work, SFC and its project partner performed the following services:

  • Facilitated a strategic planning session with key client team members
  • Held a series of stakeholder and community engagement meetings
  • Toured the facility, existing SEPRD assets, the market, and competing facilities
  • Identified and toured similar facilities in other markets with the client team
  • Developed a list of recommended programs and services
  • Assessed the layout and physical structure of the building to establish the plan for highest and best use of space
  • Created list of recommended improvements to the physical asset
  • Developed use of space design documents
  • Produced a detailed, institutional-grade financial forecast
  • Delivered all materials in a written report and in a presentation to the client team


Advisory Services:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Market and Industry Research
  • Stakeholder, Community, and Partner Engagement
  • Highest and Best Use Modeling
  • Pro Forma with Economic Impact Forecast
  • Design Support
  • Implementation Planning
  • Report and Presentation


Indoor Recreation Facility


Seaside, OR


  • Gymnasium
  • Community Recreation Space
  • Early Childhood Center
  • Tenant Space

Let's create something today

Similar Projects

Adventure Cove

Abilene, TX

Adventure Cove is an aquatic facility in Abilene, TX with three water slides (Red Racer, Green Monster, and Big Blue), a lazy river, Stingray Bay zero-depth beach entry pool, Pete’s Party Pavilion, and the Castaway Cafe.

Emerald Acres Sports Connection

Mattoon, IL

Emerald Acres Sports Connection is located in Mattoon, IL and features an indoor fieldhouse, outdoor fields, and a walkable retail development space. The indoor fieldhouse has room for eight basketball courts or 16 volleyball courts, a family entertainment center, and space for a medical tenant to lease. The outdoor fields consist of four 300-foot baseball/softball fields, four 400-foot baseball/softball fields, 12 multipurpose turf fields, and four multipurpose grass fields.

Artesia Aquatic Center

Artesia, NM

Artesia Aquatic Center is located in Artesia, NM and features two indoor pools as well as a large outdoor recreational pool in the shape of a bulldog. The outdoor pool has a zero depth entry, a lazy river, three large slides, and a 25-foot tall oil rig that shoots water out of the top. The pool deck has plenty of space to host family picnics and activities.

Download our international portflio

Let’s create something today

Join us in doing work that matters!

Download our free

Sunset Empire Case Study

Get Started Now!

Contact us using one of the methods below and we will get in touch with you ASAP!

Give us a call

Request a Call

Email Us

Sunset Empire Case Study

Download our free

Sports Tourism Guide

Gated Content