Resource Library

Municipal and County Parks and Recreation Services Study (MCPRSS)

Applied Research: The MCPRSS annually assesses the status of local government parks and recreation departments in NC based on a number of metrics. Capital and operating budget is represented each year, with survey topics rotating to include salaries, park facility inventory, fees & charges and emerging trends.

Data Informed Decision-Making: The executive report summarizes analysis results from our survey based on several comparisons: department type (city, county, combination), size of population served, and geographic region. These comparisons highlight the data for providers to evaluate current services and assist in budget planning, preparation, and justification for services.

Specialized Reports: If you need more detailed information on a specific area of the study, please contact your regional RRS consultant. We can compile comparisons to develop a specialized report to meet your needs.

Most recent reports available for download:

Conference & Workshop Presentations

NC Parks & Recreation Directors Conference
2024 Conference Presentations (Jan 31-Feb 2, 2024, Durham, NC)

Keynote: We’re all TABs – Damian Buchman Native Plants Policy & Park Landscapes panel RRS Research Update – Park Facility Inventory How’s Your Bench? Why Develop Leaders panel All about Access – Tara Barthelmess Data Driven Story Telling – LandDesign Table Notes: Local Grants & Navigating Concept to Construction Making Users Count panel NC Division of Parks & Recreation Updates

2023 LeadHERship Workshop Presentations (March 15-17, 2023, Durham, NC)

Leading in a Disruptive World (Becky BennĂ¡) Reluctant Leader (Shunda Giles) The Unlikely Leader (Cameron Peyton) Have You Heard Your Voice? (Chief Patrice Andrews) Finding YOUR Voice Over All The Noise (Susan Hatchell) Buddy To Boss (Dale Smith)

ARPA Funding for Capital Projects
2022 NCPRDC Presentation by NC Pandemic Recovery Office, UNC-SOG (February 3, 2022, Durham, NC)

NCPROS: ARPA Funding Resources for local governments (Nate Halubka) School of Government: NC Procurement Laws & Regulations (Connor Crews) YouTube Video of the session presentation

Cultivating Practices for Successful Grantsmanship
Presentation at the 2021 NCRPA Conference (Winston-Salem, NC)

Funding Source Comparison Chart Presentation Slides (handout) Grant Planning Worksheet POME$ Chart Example POME$ Worksheet

Download the “Do’s and Don’ts” graphic for tips to improve the odds of grant writing success

Visit the RRS Grant Resource page for additional information

Lower Haw River State Natural Area Trails Plan

Study conducted for the Friends of State Parks (2018) – Lower Haw River State Natural Area