North Carolina Municipal and County Parks and Recreation Services Study (MCPRSS)

RRS conducts the MCPRSS each year to determine the current fiscal status of local government parks and recreation departments in North Carolina. To complete the study, a survey is mailed to all recognized local government park and recreation departments in North Carolina each August. Results are compiled and evaluated to complete an Executive Report on the findings.

The Executive Report provides information to local governments and park and recreation agencies to use in evaluating current services, budget preparation, budget planning and budget justification. The Executive Report is broken out by Geographic Region, Population Size, and Department Type and examines operating and capital budgets. Annual study topics alternate each year with a focus on facility inventory, personnel salaries, and fees & charges.

The Executive Report can assist managers and administrators in making informed decisions on the operation of their agencies in the delivery of leisure services. No matter where your community is located, you may use the report as a tool to compare your department with other departments in the same geographic region, with same organizational structure, & serving the same population size.

Special summaries or comparisons are available upon request. If you need more detailed information on a more specific area of the study, please contact your regional RRS consultant. We can compile additional information from the raw data and develop a specialized report to assist you.

Changes to the MCPRSS – Overview of NRPA Park Metrics

NRPA Park Metrics are the most comprehensive source of data standards and insights for park and recreation agencies. Launched in 2009 and previously known as PRORAGIS, these agency performance resources assist park and recreation professionals in the effective management and planning of their operating resources and capital facilities. This suite of tools allows park and recreation agencies to build customized reports that allow for comparisons with peer agencies. Park and recreation professionals can use this benchmark data to gain more funding support, improve operations and better serve their communities.

As a result of the introduction of PRORAGIS several years ago, RRS has modified the annual Parks and Recreation Services Study (MCPRSS) in an effort to prevent overlap. The MCPRSS is conducted each year to determine the current fiscal status of local government parks and recreation departments in North Carolina. As both NRPA Park Metrics and the Services Study are essentially both bench marking tools for parks and recreation departments, overlap is inevitable.

In an effort to reduce the amount of data entry required on the park of the departments, RRS has moved the MCPRSS from a three year to a six year annual cycle. By doing this, the number of Services Study questions are cut in half. RRS is able to glean the rest of the information needed to produce the Services Study Executive Report using NRPA Park Metrics.

In an effort to provide as many agencies in North Carolina with the opportunity to be a part of NRPA’s Park Metrics, RRS is offering to assist in setting up profiles for North Carolina Parks and Recreation Departments who have not accessed the NRPA Park Metric system.

Please contact Jenn Beedle and/or Charlynne Smith if you are interested in receiving assistance to get started with using the NRPA Park Metric system.

Please contact Jenn Beedle for earlier Services Studies.