Celebrate Community Milestones with Jason Hendrix

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Raising the bar means making sure that you’ve made someone’s life better. Jason Hendrix Tweet It is so important to celebrate milestones.  Small or big, all wins all matter. Celebrating means that you’ve reached some sort of milestone.  Maybe you set a goal at the beginning of the year, and you’ve finally reached it.  Celebrate […]

Preparing for the Next Generation of Recreation Leaders with Art Thatcher

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Today I talked to Art Thatcher, who is a Principle with GreenPlay.  A LOT is changing in the world of parks and recreation. I had the privledge of sitting down with Arthur Thatcher with GreenPlay LLC to talk about the ways the young professionals are changing the face of recreation. I love his perspective on […]

Creative Marketing Strategies with Katy Keller

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  Katy is Raising the Bar: By showing up online and offline in so many different professional networks.  She gives VALUE. By understanding her own habits and implementing strategies that would catch her own attention on social media. By empathizing with her audience so that they can relate to their agency By implementing systems to […]

Vehicle Graphics Guide for Parks & Recreation

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As parks and recreation professionals, we rely on a mix of traditional and modern marketing methods to promote our services. While online marketing and social media certainly have its advantages, in-person marketing tactics such as vehicle graphics can ultimately make thousands of impressions on your target audience.  In this guide, we will explore everything that […]

Engaging the Public: Conservation & Recreation with Keri Konold

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“I encourage professionals to not be daunted by public engagement, but rather embrace it… so our communities whom we serve can go out and have experiences that they value.” Keri Konold Tweet I had the pleasure to interview Keri Konold on the podcast this week to talk about public engagement in relation to conservation and […]

Emerging Trends in Parks and Playgrounds with Dustin Graham

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In this episode, Dustin Graham talks about emerging trends in parks and playgrounds.  We get deep into how playgrounds are the foundation for skill building and risk taking. What does the future of parks look like?  What happens when cookie cutter playgrounds get replaced by unique, creative, and imaginative structures? [podbean resource=”episode=4w3ka-938597″ type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”3″ […]

Unique Social Media Content Ideas for Parks and Recreation! *Summer Edition*

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Instagram is where it’s at!  Seriously, I can’t tell you how awesome it is to see Parks and Recreation departments utilize this visually engaging platform to engage with their audience.  Every day, I see a new way of promoting and sharing content that’s never been done before!  We can all stand to learn from each […]

Starting a Parks and Recreation Department from Scratch

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Jay is Raising the Bar By: Trusting his team, their decision-making, and their ability to get the job done Investing in professional development and educational opportunities for his staff Taking a unique and engaging approach to communicating their offerings to their community In this episode, you’ll learn: The steps Jay took to lead a new […]

Starting a Parks and Recreation Department from Scratch with Jay Tryon

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“There’s really no such thing as failure because we are constantly learning and growing as a team — and also as individuals — to help the community.” Jay Tryon Tweet Jay is Raising the Bar By: Trusting his team, their decision-making, and their ability to get the job done Investing in professional development and educational […]

One Year Later & Past-Time to Raise the Bar!

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In May of 2017, I started a project. The concept was simple: “Let’s raise the bar in parks and recreation”.  I wanted to explore what that actually meant, so I toyed around with how I was going to accomplish this mission. Should I develop a news site that updates professionals about current trends?  Create a […]