Budget Woes Are Re-defining “Public Service”

Here, I think, is where recreation departments may have a leg up. Many of us are already accustomed to working with volunteer groups. As funding shrinks and staff disappears, these volunteer groups will need to step up to the plate and be prepared to assume responsibility for some aspects of their programs. For example, in my city the baseball and soccer associations are considering taking over the sports-field mowing at their facilities.

I am very interested to hear how some of you are doing in this economic situation. Does anybody have any great ideas? Write me or PRB, and we’ll share them with the field.

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine, is Director of Leisure Services (parks, recreation, library) in Peachtree City, Ga. Contact him at (770) 631-2542 or e-mail dls@peachtree-city.org.

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