April 2019

Equal Access to Parks & Recreation: Americans with Disabilities Act and Universally Accessible Parks & Programs – Presented by Jennifer Skulski- Principal, Skulski Consulting LLC; Publisher, Accessibility Management

Competing priorities, minimal funding and public perception can be overwhelming when it comes to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. During this session, learners received practical advice for developing an ADA Action Plan. Discussion included a self-evaluation of policies and procedures, approach to the accessibility assessment, common findings, corrective actions to achieve program access, routine maintenance, capital planning and complaints.

2012-2017 Videoconference Recordings

2015 eLearning Workshops

August 26, 2015 – GIS for Parks and Recreation: Tools You Can Use

Parks and Recreation agencies understand that GIS and related spatial data offer the ability to enhance decision making, record keeping and communication. Maps combines with interactive systems for analysis help our departments to communicate with planners, elected officials and the public. This webinar will assist you with understanding options to leverage GIS for inventory and analysis.


  1. Understand the value of data driven decisions within the context of geographic data and spatial analysis.
  2. Explore options available to implement or enhance GIS for parks and recreations providers.
  3. Learn methods to use spatial data for analysis, communication and decision support.
  4. Discover readily available tools and resources for effcient data collection, storage and analysis.

GIS Webinar Part 1 Video Link

GIS Webinar Part 2 Video Link

March 25, 2015 – The Green Growth Toolbox

Presented by Kacy Cook and Brook Massa – NC Wildlife Resources Commission

The Green Growth Toolbox is a guide to provide North Carolina’s counties, towns, and cities with tools for growth that conserves wildlife and natural resources. More about the GGT. The workshop focused on how local parks and recreation departments can manage for natural and passive parks where appropriate. Also discussed was how the GGT can be used to safeguard local parks and greenways from impacts of urban sprawl through land use incentives and ordinances.


  1. Gain knowledge about the environmental and economic benefits of green planning
  2. Learn about “greening” incentives and ordinances
  3. Examine how to identify “greening development” site location, review and design

March Webinar Video Link

April 22, 2015 – Regional Planning Strategies for Parks, Greenways and Recreational Lands

Presented by Cy Stober and Jesse Day – Piedmont Triad Regional Council of Governments

This workshop introduced ways communities can plan for and design infrastructure, preserve scenic and natural resources, and design recreation facilities that conserve natural assets such as wildlife, plants, streams, forests, fields and wetlands. More about Piedmont Together and PTRC planning resources.


  1. Understand the economic impact of investing in parks
  2. Learn about best practices in regional trail planning and local action using examples in the Southeast
  3. Evaluate demand for natural area parks and active recreation parks and ways to compare costs/benefits
  4. Examine methods to promote greater community connectivity, enhance pedestrian biking and trail options

April Webinar Video Link

2013 eLearning Workshops

October 17, 2013 – New North Carolina Gun Laws: Parks and Recreation Impacts

Earlier in 2013, Governor McCrory signed into law a bill that greatly expands the range of places where Concealed Handgun Permit holders can carry firearms including locally controlled parks and greenways. This bill took effect October 1, 2013.

This webinar discussed the law and how other agencies have responded. Jeff Welty, Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government shared his knowledge and expertise, as well as answered questions from the audience.

Session Recording

May 22, 2013 – Recreation and Athletic Programs: Concussion Awareness and Prevention

RRS and WakeMed Hospitals held a conversation about concussion awareness and prevention.

Our presenters shared their expertise on how to keep our recreation participants safer in terms of head injury across a wide range of activities.

2009-2011 Workshop Topics

Please email Jenn Beedle for access to available 2009 and 2011 sessions slides and some recordings.