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″ […]

Starting a Parks and Recreation Department from Scratch

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Jay Tryon is the Director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Indian Trail.  This is a fairly new department that was started in 2013. Since its creation Jay has lead his team to open over 100 acres of parks and currently is finishing the Towns first Strategic Masterplan. While in Indian Trail he […]

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 […]

Inspiring Pride in Parks & Recreation with Angela Summers

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“We’re gonna help you be somebody.” Angela Summers Tweet In this episode, you’ll learn: New ideas and tactics for interviews and onboarding – specific advice for both interviewers and potential employees How to set a strong foundation for staff culture from day 0 Why Imposing our own expectations and using scare tactics on others is […]

Collaborating for Public Health in Parks

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Raising the bar means realizing that parks and recreation truly is a key player in the world of health. Jo Burns Tweet Jo is Raising the Bar by: showing that small steps are actually big steps when it comes to improving the health of your community. simple conversations can have a ripple effect once we […]

Let’s Talk Inclusion with Director Melissa Battite

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“I was very comfortable, I was very challenged, I loved who I worked with… but I thought, if I don’t take this opportunity to just try, I’ll never know.” Melissa Battite Tweet Hey everyone, thanks for tuning in again!  This week I had the opportunity to talk with Melissa Battite (CPRP!), who is the Director at […]

Professional Development for Parks & Rec Leaders with Anthony Iracki

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“You are a caretaker of the community, but you need to take care of yourself first.” Anthony Iracki Tweet In this episode, I had the great opportunity to interview Anthony Iracki, MS, CPRP, for an exciting conversation about professional development in the field of parks and recreation. As a young professional, Anthony has some truly […]

Inspiration and Advice for Starting a Career in Parks and Recreation

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Overview This podcast is all about how to raise the bar in parks and recreation because we know that it’s our responsibility to serve our community to the best of our ability. That means we need two things: 1) We need to be able to use new tools that will help us be more efficient […]

Preparing for Summer with Jayna Lang

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[podbean resource=”episode=6xq4x-8f0878″ type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”11″ btn-skin=”101″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″]   Jayna Lang’s first job was as a lifeguard at her local pool; she turned that summer job into a lifelong career through parks and recreation. She worked her way up to the Recreation Program Supervisor role, learning valuable lessons along the way.  In […]

Preparing for Summer with Jayna Lang

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Jayna Lang’s first job was as a lifeguard at her local pool; she turned that summer job into a lifelong career through parks and recreation. She worked her way up to the Recreation Program Supervisor role, learning valuable lessons along the way.  In this conversation, we talk about onboarding new employees, training them efficiently, and […]