Before passing away tragically from cancer in 2014, Badalamenti contributed over 25 years of experience in special district and municipal government management and parks and recreation to her work as principal for GreenPlay LLC, after she joined the firm in 2004.
Karon Badalamenti was instrumental in updating the second edition of this guide in 2006.
Badalamenti specialized in government and public sector planning, fiscal sustainability, operations management, and leadership development.
She trained professionals nationally regarding planning processes, best practices and innovative tools, alternative funding, core services, and resource allocation, among other topics.
Badalamenti believed passionately in the value that parks and recreation brings to communities, and that public agencies need to demonstrate their sound fiscal stewardship practices through transparent forward thinking and public engagement.