Previous semester videoconference recordings are available free of charge.
Fall 2015 Recordings Library

September –PARTF Application Workshop

The PARTF application teleconference workshop is a must for all those applying for a PARTF grant.  Contact your RRS Regional Consultant for more information or to discuss your project. For more information about the PARTF grant visit our PARTF web page.

October  – Social Media for Parks and Recreation


  • Social media strategy development (participants will receive a template to create one for their agency)
  • Team approaches to managing social media
  • The difference between “pushing information” vs. two-way communication using social media


  • Neha Shah – Director of  Travel and Tourism, Pittsboro-Siler City CVB
  • André Pichly – Superintendent of Recreation, City of  West Sacramento, CA Parks and Recreation


West Sacramento Social Media Policy

Employee Social Media User Agreement Form

Social Media Training Guide

Parks Social Media Usage Guidelines

Social Media Schedule

Social Media Discussion Guide

Social Media Calendar

November – RE3 Parks: Revitalize, Renovate and Repurpose

Parks and Recreation Departments are often faced with the question of whether to invest in new facilities or reinvest in current park infrastructure by revitalizing, renovating or repurposing existing facilities. Our speaker panel shared their experiences to assist in preparing other departments to be successful in preparing and selling their ideas to local leaders.


  • Developing a vision aligned with community culture and public recreation needs
  • Engaging stakeholders and connecting expectations with practical goals
  • Identifying measurable objectives for transforming old facilities into celebrated park resources
  • Implementing the vision and plans


  • Wade Walcutt – Director, City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation and Nasha McCray – Planner, City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation
  • Anthony Dimarzio – Assistant Director, Town of Fuquay Varina Parks and Recreation
  • Joel Moulin – Landscape Architect, McKim and Creed
  • Kathy Hamilton Gore – Teaching Associate Professor, NC State University

December – Legal Topics in Parks and Recreation


  • Gain knowledge about current North Carolina gun laws and how they impact park users and program participants.
  • Learn about the laws that determine departmental responsibilities related to sport and athletic programs.
  • Increase your understanding of liability laws by defining governmental liability and immunity.


  • Jason Kay – Legal Counsel to Charlotte Department of Transportation, City of Charlotte
  • Trey Allen – Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC School of Government
  • Tom Appenzeller – Associate Professor and Director of Sport Management, Catawba College


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 – 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 – 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