Ballard*King & Associates, Ltd.


Ken S. Ballard C.P.R.P.

President/Founding Partner

As a founding partner of Ballard*King & Associates, Ken has over 35 years experience in recreation facility operations and planning. In his years of work with B*K, Ken has provided planning, feasibility and operations consulting to more than 250 recreation projects across the country. Ken is well-known for his vast knowledge of recreation facility development and operations. His expertise has been developed over the years from a wide breath of experiences within the recreation field.

Kenís project experience includes feasibility studies, facility construction and design process, space planning and equipment specifications, request for proposal, grand opening celebrations, preventive maintenance programs, staffing, budgeting, marketing, programming, parks and recreation master plans, as well as audits. Ken also has extensive program experience including adult and youth sports, fitness/wellness, special events and cultural arts.

Kenís diverse experience led to his active involvement with the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association's Recreation Facilities Design and Management School. For the past 13 years Ken has been a faculty member at the Athletic Business Conferences, where he presented numerous sessions on recreation facility planning. In addition, he serves on the editorial advisory board and planning committee. He has also been a speaker at several National Recreation and Park Association Congresses and numerous state parks and recreation conferences. Kenís published work includes the feature articles “Climbing Toward Cost Recovery” and ďHappy TogetherĒ both in Athletic Business Magazine.

Ken has served several years on the selection committee for the “Athletic Business Facility of Merit” awards. Additionally, he has taught a course titled “Maintenance of Recreation Facilities and Equipment” for the Department of Human Performance, Sport and Leisure Studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Prior to co-founding B*K, he was the Recreation Manager for the City of Thornton, CO, and was a key member of the team responsible for the pre-design phase of their recreation center. For 12 years before joining them he was the Director of the Englewood, CO, Recreation Center, in charge of the operation and administration of the Englewood Recreation Center, which received the 1986 “Facility of Merit” award from Athletic Business Magazine for design and operations excellence.

Kenís expertise, down-to-earth approach and proven practical experience combined with solid ethical values gives each client superior counsel.

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  • University of Colorado
  • BS Recreation BA History
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional


  • Athletic Business Magazine Advisory Board
  • Colorado Parks and Recreation Association
  • Colorado Association of Recreational Athletics
  • National Recreation and Park Association
  • International Association of Aquatic Consultants
  • Metropolitan State College of Denver – Former Adjunct Faculty

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