Kentucky State Parks


Kentucky State Parks; Frankfort, Kentucky


Client Description

Whether its summer, winter or somewhere in between, Kentucky State Parks are the perfect place to have fun, unwind and build relationships. Choice would be the word to describe the recreational opportunities. With championship golf courses, marinas, multi-use trails, horseback riding, tennis courts and swimming pools, state parks are Kentucky’s playground. Their parks are also vast lakes, mountaintops, caves and wildlife viewing.

Project Scope

PROS Consulting competed a Financial and Operations Strategic Plan for Kentucky State Parks. This project included a thorough assessment of facilities, services, infrastructure, management practices, finances, and the workforce, as well as an organizational and facility needs analysis to determine the specific needs of the system to improve its ability to meet demands of Kentucky residents and predominant users, and a performance improvement plan detailing short-term tactics for bettering the operating conditions of Kentucky State Parks. A major focal point of this study was establishing sustainable operational practices for the 17 state resort parks that all feature lodges and restaurants.


The plan resulted in over $6 million in annual cost avoidance and nearly $2 million in additional revenue production. Additionally, our team members undertook a strategic capital improvement plan for the campground portfolio of Kentucky State Parks, identifying strategies to enhance the facilities and generate additional campground revenue for the park system. Performance improvement recommendations were developed as a comprehensive action plan for producing near-term outcomes the meet the goals of performance improvement established by the leadership of state parks, the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, and the Governor’s Office.


I have been in public service for over 25 years and the PROS Consulting study for state parks is the most comprehensive and relevant plan I have seen.”

Mary Lassiter,
Secretary of the Finance Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky regarding the Parks Operations and Financial Strategic Plan