2015 Videoconferences

2015 videoconference recordings are now available in the RRS Video Archives Library


September – PARTF Application Workshop
Recreation Resources Service (RRS) consultants annually conduct a free workshop for local governments to explain the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) application process and requirements
Presentation File

October – Unique Park Facilities

  • Discover unique facilities designed to cater to trending park programs, user experiences, activities and events in local parks
  • Understand the management implications and maintenance requirements of these facilities
  • Learn how to budget for the planning, design and construction of unique facilities that meet the specific needs of your community residents


  • Troy Fitzsimmons – Director, Town of Cornelius Parks and Recreation and Cultural Resources
  • Speaker Panel – City of Raleigh Parks, Arts, Recreation and Cultural Resources

November – ADA Guidance for Park Planning

  • Provisions for outdoor developed areas including trails, beach access, picnic and camping areas
  • Implications of the 2013 Guidelines for Outdoor Areas
  • North Carolina requirements for trails and greenways
  • When to provide accessible route to the sport activity vs. making the sport activity accessible
  • Overview of ANSI Ch. 11 provisions for recreational areas with NC changes, including next potential NC code change


  • Bill Botten  – Accessibility Specialist, United States Access Board
  • Laurel Wright – Chief Accessibility Code Consultant, NC Department of Insurance

December – Youth Sports Topics

  • Understand the nature of potential conflicts and how to prevent and intervene
  • Learn how to better manage and create tournament schedules
  • Become introduced to trending, unique sports programs and the tools and resources needed to provide them


  • David Guthrie – Youth Sports Director – Semper Fit Department, MCCS
  • Jennifer Bennett – Outdoor Recreation Manager, Jackson County Parks and Recreation
  • Gary Leonhardt – Director, Morganton Parks and Recreation

May – Arts and Parks

  • Discover how community partnerships can assist public park and recreation departments develop cultural arts programs
  • Understand the implications of incorporating “cultural resources” to your department name
  • Learn how to develop useful and “use-able” cultural arts plans


  • Penny Lewis – Cultural Arts Director – City of Carrolton, GA Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
  • Renee Anderson – Cultural Arts Program Specialist – Town of Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
  • Pam Stevens – Renaissance Centre Manager – Town of Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
  • Cathy Gouge – Renaissance Center Specialist – Town of Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

April –  Parks and Tourism:Collaboration Strategies

  • Identify other agencies in your community or region that serve/reach the same customers
  • Determine suitable approaches for your agency and outline strategies for collaboration
  • Outline factors for successful relationships and partnerships between agencies
  • Develop goals for communicating your message


  • Chris Cavanaugh, President and Founder of Magellan Strategy Group – Asheville, NC
  • Catrina Alexander, Director of Parks and Recreation – Mount Airy, NC
  • Jessica Johnson, Assistant Director of Mount Airy Tourism and Visitor Center

March, 4 2015 – Summer Camp

  • Increase summer camp program variety
  • Learn about new and unique program ideas
  • Prepare for weather emergencies


  • Michael Romano and Melissa Hoose – City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation
  • Dr. Jim Hand – Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Athletic Training Education
  • Speaker Panel – Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

February 4, 2015 – Youth Sports Topics

  • Understand how to devise ways to improve the culture of your department’s youth sports programs.
  • Learn how to recruit and train the best youth sports facilitators.
  • Discuss ways to respond to and prevent participant “burn-out”
  • Learn how to successfully market and promote your department’s athletic programs.
  • Become aware of best practice strategies for risk assessment and reduction


  • Dr. Tom Appenzeller – Associate Professor and Director of Sport Management, Catawba College
  • Dr. Jim Hand – Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Athletic Training Education
  • Tory Miller Mocock – Athletic Program Manager, City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

Protect Youth Sports Background Checks
Kid Safe Plus Background Checks

January  – Irrigation and Turfgrass Management

  • Discuss technologies to monitor that weather, collect data, then modify irrigation schedules accordingly
  • Briefly discuss how weather affects plant/turf needs
  • Discuss how soil and site conditions play a role in irrigation scheduling.
  • Tie the technologies to the irrigated requirements and discuss the most efficient methods to irrigate while conserving water
  • Learn how regional/local weather should affect changes in irrigation schedules


  • Dr. Charles Peacock – Professor and Extension Turf Specialist, NC State University
  • Chris Keating, Regional Sales Manager for The Toro Company