Staying Relevant in Parks and Recreation is no easy task. Technology is moving at a rapid pace. Trends seem to change daily. What, then, does it mean for agencies to stay relevant? How do we decide when to compete, collaborate, or step back? In this episode, I talk to Chris Nunes from the Woodlands Township to hear his perspective on what it means to stay relevant in today’s world!
Keys to Staying Relevant in Parks and Recreation:
One of the most important things I took away from this episode is to take the perspective of the customer. Everyday, act as if you are viewing and experiencing your facilities for the first time. Understand how perception is reality.
Another important takeaway is how agencies can respond to the on-demand culture. There seems to be an expectation for parks and recreation to be everything to everyone. We know, however, that this is just not possible. There may be other non-profits or businesses that can actually provide services much better than we can.
If parks and recreation agencies can focus on their strengths, and provide services based on what they are really good at, then the can be more efficient. Partnering with other organizations is a great way to offer the programs in your community, but without expending the resources to do so.recreation field.