Happy September! Here are the five things you'll learn in the latest issue of Parks & Recreation.
The 2012 NRPA Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, California, is right around the corner! Before you pack your bags, make sure to check out the September issue of Parks & Recreation to find the best places to eat, the top sights to visit, and some of the amazing education sessions you won’t want to miss. This issue includes an in-depth preview section with everything from this year’s National Award winners and Gold Medal finalists to a map of the Exhibit Floor to help you make the most of your time in Anaheim.
Is your community growing more and more diverse? In our cover story, see how agencies around the country are adapting to shifting diversity and the resulting changing demands for services and programming. Oakland’s efforts to expose both kids and staff to non-traditional outdoor programming, Seattle’s staff Change Team, and Spanish immersion camp in Washington, D.C., are some of ways agencies are getting ahead of the demographics curve to better serve their changing communities.
Always evolving, special-events planning is becoming more complex than ever in the social media age. This month’s Operations article shares the latest advice from some of the top experts in the field about how to keep a manageable schedule, make the best use of your volunteers, gather sponsors, and get the word out through traditional and social media outlets.
Two ADA swimming cases in this issue’s Law Review column illustrate how a claimant must be qualified to perform an activity or work at a job in order to pursue an ADA complaint. See how a natatorium instructor, who was advised not to swim by his physician, and a swim team member with anxiety attacks about the water fared in their ADA cases.
Finally, we look at the celebrated career of Adrian Benepe, former commissioner of New York City Parks. Benepe is moving on to become senior vice president for city park development with the Trust for Public Land. Learn about his many accomplishments in New York’s parks, especially in developing public/private partnerships, and hear about his future plans with TPL.
Learn about all of this and more in the September issue of Parks & Recreation!
Written by Elizabeth Beard, Managing Editor, Parks & Recreation