Hello everybody and welcome to the Becky Talks Parks Podcast.
It’s so exciting to see this project come to life. For too long, I have thought… where is the conversation for parks and recreation professionals?
The current mediums for communication leave much to be desired. I want to share authentic conversations with professionals in our field, diving into both the highlights and the struggles of working as a park and rec pro.
Truly, this conversation is for my younger self. The one who sat in college, wondering what she was going to do with her life. Who cared deeply about being outdoors. Who loved working with other people and understanding their point of view.
She just didn’t know what she wanted to do as a career. And then, when she found out that parks and recreation was actually a major – and a career that improved the community – she lit up!
She knew it was right for her. But she couldn’t find real conversations from others in the field about what it was like, or which one of the paths she should take within parks and recreation.
She wanted to know what it was like to be in charge of aquatic programs, recreation centers, open space, environmental programs, camps. She wanted to know what it was like, and what it took to be a director of parks and rec. She didn’t want a glossed over conversation saying that everything was easy. No, she wanted the truth.
And when she actually pursued career choices that led her to manage rec centers, fitness programs, and parks, she wanted real advice from others about best practices in hiring, on-boarding, and training staff; planning for upcoming trends in the field; and using digital tools and technology to make parks and rec more efficient and effective.
So that’s what this podcast is about. It’s for the current and future park and recreation professionals who love what they do. It’s about conversations with all levels of recreation professionals, from lifeguards, to environmental educators, to recreation supervisors, to directors. It’s for anyone who has an idea to raise the bar in the field.
I believe that we all have ideas that are valuable. It’s simply a matter of hearing those ideas at the right time, in the right settings, to the right people. This podcast will help share those ideas.
If you, or someone you know, is a recreation professional who is passionate about their job and the impact they are having on their community, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new podcast will be released every Tuesday afternoon. So please stay tuned and check back often. Episodes and more info can be found at my blog at beckytalksparks.com.
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It’s time to take pride in the awesome field of parks and recreation! It’s time to raise the bar!