Maintenance By The Numbers — LBWA

Photos Courtesy of Oakland, MI Parks and Recreation Department

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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Recruiting Selfless Services

Photos Courtesy Of Oakland County Parks and Recreation

To save on staff costs and expand programming and special events, Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) in Southeast Michigan began a volunteer program in 2011. Today, the 13-park system utilizes the talents of more than 700 volunteers.  Last year, 1.8-million guests visited the county parks. With only 65 full-time and 600 seasonal staff, volunteers are invaluable to the success of enhancing existing programs and special events, and developing new offerings.  Under the direction of a full-time volunteer coordinator, the … Continue reading

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Revamp Marketing Materials

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Marketing collateral may be the hardest-working member of a team, representing a park or recreation department even when its employees cannot. Therefore, it is important that the copy on websites, brochures, and mailers conveys the correct message in a clear, convincing, and user-friendly manner. The quality of marketing copy can mean the difference between engaging readers and missing an opportunity. Here are five suggestions to revamp copy: Know The Audience Good copy starts with a firm understanding of the target … Continue reading

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Extreme Makeover

Photos Courtesy Of Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation

For more than 40 years, South Lea McKeighan Park was the home to youth baseball in Lee’s Summit, Mo. When the leagues relocated to a new sports-complex venue—700-acre LegacyPark—the 11-acre McKeighanPark site was relegated to a practice field that needed some updating. The park’s highly visible location at the corner of two busy arterial streets on the fringe of the city’s downtown district gave vision to a special type of park redevelopment.  Design Development After 4 years of neighborhood feedback, … Continue reading

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Public-Public Partnership

Photos Courtesy Of Daviess-Martin Joint County Parks & Recreation Department

As public land managers across the nation examine new ideas to solve growing budget problems, a variety of old schemes have been altered into new ones. Some work and some don’t. This article describes our foray into what may be considered a new paradigm, as it involves crossing county borders to form a profitable partnership.  The Daviess-Martin Joint County Parks & Recreation Department is the only one of its kind in Indiana. As far as can be determined, it is … Continue reading

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Seabourne Creek Nature Park

Large gazebo with electricity, water, lights; 4 acre stocked lake for fishing; 3 picnic shelters with tables; bird sanctuary and bird watching; butterfly garden; prairie restoration area; wetlands; butterfly garden; disc golf course; restrooms; water fountains; walking/jogging/biking trails. More