EDUCATION sessions block 3

Tuesday, October 25  |  9:30am-10:45am



Room 211AB

Expanding, Connecting, and Pouring Ahead - Lisa Wolff and Mary Faucette, Burlington Recreation and Parks 

Over the past seven years, Burlington Recreation & Parks has re-branded its special events division.  This re-brand has come with a redevelopment push in the downtown district, changing businesses across the City and expanding the City’s relationship with Elon University.  Through this process, special events once viewed as community events), created a brand and tweaked event components to progress features beyond the typical cotton candy, music and popcorn Friday night in the park experience.  Citywide efforts emerged to research and evaluate the possibility of beer gardens at park events as well as in the downtown district.  This team of city staff collectively created a citywide special event application process and over the course of 2015 worked together to improve the City alcohol ordinance and expanding the approval for locations serving and consuming alcohol.  This session provides a look back at this process, lessons learned, opportunities and results.                                     

An Accountable Culture  - Vonda Martin, Greensboro Parks & Recreation
Contrary to what many managers think, employees want to be held accountable for their work. Accountability equates to responsibility, in turn creating intrinsic motivators like purpose, significance and accomplishment. In other words, holding employees accountable is critical to keeping them engaged.                                           


Room 213A

Kids in Parks: Engaging and Educating Youth-Melissa Wendell, Kristian Jackson and Jackson Moody, Appalachian State University 

Kids in Parks is an expanding network of family-friendly outdoor adventures called TRACK Trails. Each TRACK Trail features self-guided brochures and signs that turn a visit into a fun and exciting outdoor experience. Kids can track their adventures in an online nature journal that includes hiking trails, biking trails, geocaching trails, paddling trails, nature trail disc golf courses, and backyard adventures to earn prizes. The session will describe the Kids in Park Program, the partnership with Rocky Knob Park Pump track in Boone, NC, development of education material, and share unique challenges and tips for success.                            


Room 218AB


Room 213D

Emerging Trends in Parks and Recreation - Andrew Pack, Woolpert and Leon Younger, PROS Consulting

This session will explore current and future trends in parks and recreation from a national and local perspective.                              


Room 216AB

Interviewing for the job you want: Do’s and Don’t’s  - Leah Friend, Winston Salem Recreation and Parks and Danielle Dobbs-Jackson, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

Interviewing can be stressful, especially when your career depends on it!  In this session we will discuss the do's and don'ts of interviewing to help you get that internship or job that you want.                                            


Room 213BC

Creating a Passionate Workforce - Terri Stowers, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

Are you passionate about your job? Do you know what drives your staff, what are they passionate about? Having a passion for your work is energizing, gives you something to look forward to, something that you cannot wait to dive into to, and it makes you happy. When passion is strong and it is identified and understood, it is possible to harness that energy to create great things and have a big impact on your community. In this session you will learn the importance of passion and how to create a passionate workforce.


Room 219AB

Lighting Structure Failures: An Illuminating Lesson in Public Safety- Parker Denson, ReliaPOLE Inspection Services Co

Far too often the structures lighting the parking lots, fields, and pathways are overlooked as concerns for public safety. This session will walk you through enlightening reasons why poles fail and what you can do to prevent certain failures.  


Room 212AB

Gardening Everywhere for Everyone: It’s Sow Easy- Steven Capiobianco, Stephanie Frisbee, and Karen Howard, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation 

“Many communities are faced with rising childhood obesity and growing “food deserts.”MCPRD has now been tasked with helping our residents to address these issues. Find out how YOU can create dynamic gardening programs to get everyone outside and gardening, no matter what type of space you have. We will share with you how to conduct a site analysis for proper garden placement; how to make garden spaces accessible for everyone; and how to use children’s literature to help attract even the youngest gardeners to your programs. You will also learn about resources that are available in every county in North Carolina, that you may not even know about!