FALL 2012

  • Youth Sports – Dealing with Difficult Situations
  • Special Facilities in the Park and Recreation System
  • Lightning Talk: Policy Update

Spring 2013

February 2013 – Park Maintenance
RRS’ annual Park Maintenance teleconference was presented this year in three parts.


  • Zach Manor, Urban Forester with the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department discussed the maintenance of trees in a park setting to include planting, pruning, mulching, and an overview of the Urban Forestry Program in Raleigh.
  • Tim Johnson, Western Trails Specialist with the North Carolina State Trails Program shared methods of maintaining natural surface trails in parks, and on trails like the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Specific areas of discussion include stabilizing, drainage repair, and clearing.
  • David Griffin, Park Maintenance Supervisor in Rocky Mount, and Steve Warren, Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Interim Director discussed maintenance of picnic shelters, rest rooms, benches, playground equipment, fences, signs, and bridges

March  – Summer Camp

Katie Johnson, Southeastern Field Office Executive Director with the American Camp Association presented from the University of Georgia to discuss camp scenarios to assist parks and recreation departments in preparing for “this could never happen in my youth program.”

The US Tennis Association has partnered with North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs for a multi-year effort to provide tennis training to afterschool programs across the state. Kelly Gaines, Executive Director for USTA North Carolina, and Jamie Knowles-Griffiths, Director of NCCAP talked about the collaborative and how this can be used as an opportunity to better your summer camp with improved, enriched and unique programs.

Session Handouts
ACA Case Scenarios

Session Links
USTA Facility Assistance

April – Emergency Preparedness

Doug Robinson of the North Carolina Justice Academy shared information how to assess parks and recreation facilities in terms of safety across a variety of different potential emergency scenarios.

Alan Gill, Director for Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks joined RRS to share how his department responded to a shooting incident at their community center.

Kathy Capps, Grants and Risk Manager for the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation department discussed her department’s effort to compile a comprehensive list of emergency readiness resources and shared with the audience the resulting compilation of active shooter threat resources.

Session Handouts
Safe Facilities Inventory
Active Shooter Resources Handout
Emergency Response Guide

May – Economic Impact of Parks and Recreation

Dr. Erick Byrd, Associate Professor in the Departement of Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Hospitality and Tourism in the UNCG Bryan School of Business; and Catrina Alexander, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Mount Airy, NC discussed the challenge of showing the economic impact of their facilities, services, and events.

Many complex and expensive methods exist that can give economic impact numbers, however many park and recreation departments do not have the finical resources to pay for these studies. This session provided information for the recreation professional to be better equipped to develop, manage, analyze, and report direct spending from visitors who use their services or attend an event. Specific topics included survey development, methodology, data entry, data analysis, and reporting results. With slight modifications in methodology, these types of studies can be done for facilities, services and attractions.

Mark Holland, of  Transportation Equipment and Services, Inc., who has worked closely with Catrina and Mt. Airy provided an overview of why pedestrian and bicycle count data is needed, benefits of accurate count data, and Eco-counter technology for count solutions

Session Links

The Need for Pedestrian and Bicycle Count Data