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Innovative Park & Recreation Facilities Teleconference

November 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

RRS November Videoconference: Innovative Park & Recreation Facilities

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 — 9am-Noon
Statewide locations or stream live from your desk
$35 – Individual Registration
$15 – each additional agency member
.3 CEUs


New options for recreational facilities are expanding to incorporate creative play spaces and open up activity choices for previously under-served members of the community. Both large municipal areas and small rural towns are getting in on the act – and the creativity they are showing us is both inspirational and instructive. We’ve selected four great projects to feature from across North Carolina: Rocky Face Park in Alexander County; the Ninja Playground in the City of Graham; the Cashie River Treehouses in the Town of Windsor; and the multi-generational playground at Marion Diehl Park in Mecklenburg County. Each has taken a unique approach to bring play space to a broader range of participants and have become a source of pride for those responsible for creating them.


  • Discover how local communities developed projects that capitalize on their unique geographic and demographic characteristics to provide recreation amenities that appeal to core users in new ways.
  • Examine how some communities have developed facilities for historically under-served constituents and expanded recreation opportunities for the elderly and disabled members of the community.
  • Explore how recreation facility designers can incorporate unique community attributes into site planning and local economic development “branding” initiatives.

Presented by

David Icenhour, Economic Development Director for Alexander County

Mike Norris RLA, Director of Land Planning and Recreation for McGill & Associates in Hickory, NC

William J. “Billy” Smithwick, Marketing, Tourism and Treehouse Management, Town of Windsor 

Amanda Thomas, Recreation Assistant at Tyvola Senior Center & Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation


Thank you for supporting Recreation Resources Service!