Dick Horton Consulting|Specializing in Parks & Recreation Consulting

Dick Horton began his consulting career in 1999. It began following many years in the park and recreation profession where he served as a Director of Parks and Recreation in Missouri, Kansas, and New Mexico and as a Regional Director for an eleven state area for the National Recreation and Park Association. Since 1999, his national consulting practice has resulted in completed projects in 30 states and an international project in Canada. His clients include cities, counties, not-for-profit organizations, and the U.S. Navy.

Guiding Principles

  • If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right! When a client hires me, I will complete the project with the same energy and commitment to excellence that I started the project with.
  • One picture is worth a thousand words! I know from the research and from my completed projects that citizens learn best from the use of imagery. Each of my public involvement venues and my reports are loaded with images that are carefully selected to help educate and develop consensus.
  • The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. I am comfortable with my role as a “change agent” when asked by my clients to facilitate their path to their “preferred future”.
  • Good gets in the way of great! Never settle for good if there is a chance that great is achievable. My tenacious approach to problem-solving and visioning pays off.

Success Stories

  • The city of Moore OK described their master plan as TRANSFORMATIONAL.  In part, this comment is a result of my team going the extra mile which we know is never very crowded.
  • Each of my clients that has pursued a bond referendum has passed.
  • I have created new Departments which have flourished under the organizational structure that was provided them.

Advantage

Clients benefit from Dick’s professional background and the experiences that he has learned from over the years. They have commented that his in-depth knowledge of the profession allows him to ask the right questions and follow-up questions during the community engagement and research phase of a project, thus the development of targeted recommendations for problem-solving or development of a preferred future planning document for communities/agencies. When comparing one consultant with another, many have concluded that the ADVANTAGE provided by Dick is that there must be a difference when he is THE ONLY career park and recreation professional and consultant in the United States with his unique background with significant experience as:

  • Director of Parks and Recreation for two cities and one county
  • Regional Director for an eleven state area in the Midwest and southwest for the National Recreation and Park Association
  • A certified community planner by the American Planning Association and its designation as an AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners)
  • Having been a certified park and recreation planner (CPRP) by the National Recreation and Park Association

To speak with Dick Horton Consulting please call (816) 210-3818, or email us here. Thanks, and we look forward to working with you very soon!

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Dick Horton

Dick Horton is a career park and recreation professional. As a career professional, he has served as a Director of Parks and Recreation for two cities and one county in the states of Missouri, Kansas, and New Mexico. In addition, Dick has served as a Regional Director for the National Recreation and Park Association for an eleven state area in the midwest and southwest. Finally, Dick has developed and sustained a national consulting practice for cities, counties, and the U.S. Navy since 1999 with completed projects in 30 states and one international project in Canada. Dick Horton is well equipped to provide services to his clients. He is a certified community planner by the American Planning Association with a designation as an AICP, he has been certified by the National Recreation and Park Association with a designation as CPRP, and he is a Fellow in the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA). As a testament to his leadership and organizational skills, Dick has been elected by his peers in the profession for numerous offices in the state associations of  Kansas and New Mexico, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the Board of the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO).

Crista Cunningham

Ms. Cunningham supports the DHC Team in a number of ways. Clients have found her graphic designs to be invaluable as they search for their “brand” and learn from Crista about how best to incorporate their brand into the way they present themselves to the public. Her use of “state of the art” software programs used for reports, flyers, and brochures include InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, all of which result in award-winning documents that agencies proudly distribute to their constituents as they strive to position themselves in the local marketplace for resources.