Parks and Recreation professionals wear many hats.  Whether you're in charge of programs, facilities, events, or people, you need the most resources for parks and recreation professionals.

I love using technology to make my life easier.  Isn't it awesome that we have the resources that we need right at our fingertips?

My hope is to share some of the tools that you can use to make your life and job easier.

Choose one or two things that you find interesting, try it out for a few weeks, and see what works for you.    What I've recommended here is what I use on the job or in my personal life.

Don't forget to check out my blog.  I have some pretty interesting posts about technology and tools, recreation management, and a whole lot more.

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Greenplay LLC

GreenPlay LLC operates as a consortium of experts, acting as a management tool for agencies by organizing consultant teams that are responsive and understand the needs of administrators and their communities to provide services for park, recreation, open space, and related agencies.

GP-Red

The Mission of GPRED is to facilitate the creation of inter-disciplinary, innovative, practical management tools and strategies intended to enhance and promote integration of health, recreation, and management industries through research, education, and development.

Patchwork Marketplace

The Patchwork Marketplace is a website for camp and community recreation professionals to come together and share their expertise, insights and original resources with one another through paid and free downloadable products useful for camps, recreation departments, youth groups, after school programs, and other family and youth facilities, companies and organizations.

CivicPlus

A surprisingly thorough blog with helpful resources, curated by CivicPlus, a company that creates websites for government organizations.

NRPA

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation. Our work draws national focus to the far-reaching impact of successes generated at the local level. Leveraging their role in conservation,health and wellness, and social equity to improve their communities NRPA’s members of park and recreation professionals and advocates are 60,000 strong and represent public spaces in urban communities, rural settings and everything in between

 

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Design Resources //   CreativeMarket

Every Monday, Creative Market releases 6 new products that are completely free.  Make a habit to visit this site every Monday, download the items, and save them for a rainy day.  They will stay in your account > purchases (even though they are free), so you can use them on your upcoming projects.

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Time Management //   Toggl

Toggl is my favorite time management app.  You can download it as a chrome extension, phone app, or desktop app.

I use Toggl almost daily to track the amount of time I spend on projects.   You can easily start new projects and tasks.  My favorite feature is the ability to run reports based on day, week, month, project category, etc.

How does it relate to you?  Say your up for a promotion and you need to justify the excellent work you've been doing.  Toggl is a way to clearly show (with DATA) how you use your valuable time.  Track your time for a few weeks to see how and where you could be more productive.  Then, run a report and detail your findings in a nice proposal to upper management.

 

Task Management // Evernote 

Let's be real for just a second.  You're a jack of all trades, expected to remember everything, and get it all done.   If you could sit at a desk all day, then life would be different.  But I imagine that many of you are like me - running around, putting out fires, attending meetings and events, etc.  You probably forgot your notebook in the office (or is that just me?).   Nevertheless, you need to get stuff done!  Evernote is by far my favorite notetaking app, but there are many to choose from.  If you are with a government organization, they might recommend (or, maybe even forced) to choose OneNote.  I'm not opposed to that system, but evernote works better for my the way my brain works. Some of the ways that I use evernote.  When I'm in a meeting, I usually grab whatever sheet of paper I can find to jot down notes.  Then, instead of trying to remember to put in a folder in my office, I simply take a photo of it with evernote and tag with "meetings."  Then, when I go back to find notes, I search for "meetings" and it will appear in order of when I wrote the note.

 

Design & Marketing Resources // Canva

Just a few years ago, graphic design required extensive training and expensive programs.  You had very limited options.  Either you use Microsoft Word/Publisher to create flyers, or you buy Photoshop and spend the next few months learning how to format text.  Thankfully, technology is changing rapidly and we now have tools at our disposal to make graphic designer 100% easier and 200% more appealing.

My absolute favorite tool out there right now is Canva.  I use it daily.  Seriously.  You can search for Infographics templates, flyers: templates, and Social Media Graphics.  It's super straight forward.  I've even used it on resumes, reports, posters, brochures, logos, and so much more.  If you are looking for parks and recreation resources related to Canva... check out Patchwork Marketplace.  I love this up and coming resource for parks and rec professionals.  I am working on some resources and look forward to posting them there soon.

 

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I hope this helps provide additional resources for parks and recreation professionals become more efficient and effective.