Best Parks and Recreation Blogs of 2018

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Updated February 1, 2018 A curated list of the best parks and recreation blogs for the dedicated professional.  Great for entry level programmers, facility supervisors, tech-savvy leaders, park planners, playground inspectors, parks and rec directors.  All the above.  This is a list that you can refer back to in order to find interesting and new […]

Finding Authenticity as a New Leader

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“the hardest person you will ever have to lead is yourself.” ― Bill George, Discover Your True North   As Parks and Recreation Professionals… many of us are in leadership roles where we have the great responsibility of managing people. Beyond excellent communication and organization skills, there’s another skill that you need in your tool […]

Policies and Procedures

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Policies are a set of driving rules governing an organization.  Policies are typically approved by a governing body and tell an agency what is expected. Procedures are very task specific and tell the steps that should be followed. The reason that policies and procedures are to reduce confusion, provide consistency, follow local or regional laws/ordinances, […]

Site Plans & Maps

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Site Plans and Maps Imagine flying over a park or facility and seeing a birds eye view of the land.  Site plans and maps provide that perspective that you need to determine the specs of the building. The most common elements of a site plan include: property lines and boundaries existing or proposed structures space […]

Capital Improvement Projects

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Capital Improvement Projects Within a parks and recreation budget, you will typically have two very different types of budgets: capital and operating. The two vary primarily in: Planning process – one requires significant lead time; the other is real-time Funding for projects rests in different places; long term funding for CIPs Overall size of project […]

Three Lessons I Learned about Growth from Moving Across the Country

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Follow Through. If you decide to do something, actually do it. In January of 2016, my husband and I determined that if there was ONE thing that we could do better, it would be to follow through.  It seemed like for the past two years, we were spinning our wheels.  At the time, he was […]

Training Tools

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Training employees sounds pretty straight forward.  This might be the case if you had full-time standard staff with the same schedules every week.  You’d know what to expect and who would be the best person to train others. When you consider the reality of our work environment, I’m supervising 6 part time employees who all […]

Hire Well, Part 2: Screen & Interview

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Review Your Candidates HR may complete some preliminary screenings based on your organization’s policies and guidelines.  However, once you receive your pool of candidates, you’ll want to fully review the applications.  Often, agencies develop position-specific screening matrix’s that may assign points to differential skills, such CPR/First-Aid, bilingual, etc. A potential employee should always go through […]

Introduction to HR

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According to Inc., HR management is defined as: Human Resource Management (HRM) is the term used to describe formal systems devised for the management of people within an organization. The responsibilities of a human resource manager fall into three major areas: staffing, employee compensation and benefits, and defining/designing work. Essentially, the purpose of HRM is […]

Planning Essentials

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I’ve heard the quote “Planning is essential, plans are useless” time and time again on my favorite podcast, Manager Tools.  I think the podcast modified this quote from Eisenhower and/or Churchill, both of which said similar variations of the same meaning. In this blog, I’m going to dive into the types of plans within recreation […]