Share The Revenue

Another idea we’re about to initiate is offering meeting space in two conference rooms at the Recreation Administration building. The conference rooms are used by staff for weekly or as-needed meetings, and are also used by our youth and adult sports organizations at no cost for their meetings and sometimes registration. But for much of each weekday the rooms are vacant. We’re targeting home-based or small businesses that don’t have in-house meeting space and need an informal business environment between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays to meet with clients. We’re almost ready to roll this out, so we’ll see how it goes.

A wildly successful event we’ve promoted for the past 10 years is a father-daughter dance. We normally hold it in February to coincide with Valentine’s Day. It’s a dance with a DJ, finger food and pictures, and this year we had a Cinderella carriage pulled by a white horse to give the girls a once-in-a-lifetime ride. For the first time this year, we filled to capacity and had a waiting list. The list became so long that we decided a second date would be a good move. We saved many dads from certain and harsh criticism by scheduling that second date.

Each of these ideas produced revenue that helps offset the expense of operating a full-service recreation department in the Pay-to-Play world. But I know there are other ideas we aren’t thinking about. That’s where you, the readers, come in. How about sharing some of those ideas? We’re not in competition with each other; rather, we’re all on the same recreation crew. So, I would love to receive some e-mails or phone calls with ideas to share with the rest of our shipmates.

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

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