Workshop recordings can be found in the RRS Video Archives Library


September 2013  – PARTF Application Workshop
During this workshop the entire PARTF application was gone over in detail, paying special attention to the areas that have brought up questions in the past. Access to the workshop video is free. Please click the link above to view the recording.

October 2013 – “The State of The Arts in Parks”
Our expert panel demonstrated the creative, best-practice efforts parks and recreation and non-profit agencies are undertaking to expand their art programs and offerings. This teleconference explored how the intersection of arts and parks can have a positive impact on communities.


  • How to develop hands-on arts  programs for the public and ways that parks can be venues for art.
  • How parks and recreation departments can partner with non-profit organizations and volunteers to promote art in parks activities and events.
  • How to implement low-cost and no-cost art programs, activities and events in local parks


  • John Hill, Director – Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks
  • Erin Elizabeth Ganey, Cultural Arts Director – Person County Arts Council
  • Rob Winkler, Director – City of Lenoir Parks and Recreation
  • Lee Carol Giduz, Executive Director, Caldwell Arts Council
  • Kimberly Van Dyk Downtown Manager, City of Wilson Executive Director Wilson Downtown Development Corporation and Wilson Downtown Properties, Inc
  • Jenny Moore, Project Manager – Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

Session Handouts

Person County Memorandum of Agreement
Kirby Theater Rental Rates
Wilson Whirligig Park and Downtown Development

Additional Resources

Defining Cultural Centers

Arts Partnerships Planning Worksheet

November 2013 – Changes to the ADA: Implications for Parks and Recreation

New regulations require existing parks and recreation facilities to be evaluated against the new 2010 Standards for Accessible Design. John McGovern, founder of Recreation Accessibility Consultants, LLC. discussed the new guidance provided in the Department of Justice standards regarding park and recreation facilities such as playgrounds, athletic fields, aquatic facilities and more.


John McGovern, J.D. – Recreation Accessibility Consultants, LLC.

Session Handouts

December 2013  – “Community Impacts: Making the Case”
In recent economic and social climates, it is becoming more and more important for leisure services managers to “make the case” to administrators and elected officials on the positive impacts parks and recreation services have on communities. The National Recreation and Park Association has outlined three themes on which the parks and recreation profession makes an impact: Environmental Conservation, Health and Well-being, and Social Equity. This teleconference focused on using data to make informed decisions and provide solid arguments related to these themes and how parks and recreation improves the quality of life for local citizens.

Our presenters are field experts with experience using data to assist communities with finding and using data to help document the benefits in providing parks and recreation services and will demonstrate to participants the necessary tools to help strengthen efforts within communities


  • Cy Stober, Water Resources Manager – Piedmont Triad Regional Council of Governments
  • Michael Kirschman, Deputy Director – Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
  • Charlynne Smith, Research Associate – NC State University


February 2014 – Park Maintenance

Our annual park maintenance workshop was presented by experts from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


  • Impacts of invasive plants and the elements of the NC Noxious Weed Regulations that help prevent their introduction and spread
  • Invasive plants and pests in today’s natural environment
  • Examples of noxious weed concerns
  • Characteristics, identification and potential management options of noxious weeds
  • Pesticide labeling, new SDS regulations and examples of misapplication


  • Alonso Suazo, Entomology Program Specialist, NC State University
  • Rick Iverson, Weed Specialist, NC Department of Agriculture
  • Barry Dunn, Pesticide Inspector, NC Department of Agriculture

March 2014- Summer Camp

Park and recreation professionals from the City of Raleigh Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources(PRCR) shared their expertise on hot button issues impacting summer camps. The following topics were discussed:

  • Child abuse/neglect: Park and Recreation Child Abuse Policy
  • Deciding to report, how to report
  • Medication Administration: Process for reviewing information for children with exceptional medical needs
  • Understanding the importance of having a medication policy
  • Creating a set of procedures for safely administering medication to youth participants
  • Documenting the receiving, dispensing and disposing of medication
  • Developing a successful summer camp inclusion program


  • Kira Stewart, Special Projects Manager, City of Raleigh PRCR
  • Nikki Speer, Director of Specialized Recreation Services, City of Raleigh PRCR
  • Toni Webb, Director of Youth Programs, City of Raleigh PRCR

Inclusion Forms
Medication Forms

April 2014 – Severe Weather Preparedness (skywarn)

May 2014 – Connecting Kids with Nature

Children are faced with many options for staying indoors and few options for getting outside, connecting with nature, and acquiring the life skills only available through interacting with nature.

This workshop is targeted toward park and recreation professionals, planners, educators, environmental educators and play leaders. The aim of this workshop is to provide an understanding of how the designed environment engages children in outdoor play, and to see the many ways outdoor activity supports healthy development. An additional goal of this workshop is to demonstrate how to create a risk management protocol for nature play and learning areas.


  • Dr. Robin Moore, NC State College of Design, Professor of Landscape Architecture and NLI Director