NRPA Connect Hot Topics

March 1, 2015, Department, by Hayley MacDonell

Connect is the place to network online with your fellow park and recreation professionals! Here’s a sample of what’s being discussed now:

1) Adult Softball League Numbers Decline: Are adult softball leagues declining in popularity? Agencies are experiencing less participation and some have canceled leagues. Professionals weigh in on how they are trying to keep people interested in the game. 

2) Rec Center/Library/Senior Centers: Participants give examples of facilities that have been constructed to serve more than one purpose. These include community centers combined with libraries and senior centers with fitness centers. Read more to find instances of innovative spaces designed to satisfy public need. 

3) Dog Park Surfacing: Dog parks are extremely popular and more are being built every day. When thinking about constructing a dog park, it’s important to consider the best surface to use. What are the advantages and disadvantages to pea gravel, artificial turf or engineered wood fiber? Participants in this thread share their ideas and suggestions to help you make a decision. 

4) Movie and License Vendors: Whether hosting a movie-in-the-park night or showing a family-friendly film at your rec center, it is important to obtain a public performance license. Visit the discussion for recommendations about how to handle licensing with multiple facilities. 

Click here and let the networking begin!

Hayley MacDonell is NRPA’s Membership Programs Manager.