The Park and Recreation Maintenance Management School is a comprehensive two-year professional development program designed to teach park and recreation professionals how to develop and manage a wide variety of maintenance programs.


January 30 – February 4, 2022
Wheeling, West Virginia


Important Notice: The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University, the National Recreation and Park Association and the Oglebay National Training Center, in consultation with the Maintenance Management School Regents, have decided to cancel the Park & Recreation Maintenance Management School (MMS) scheduled for January 24 – 29, 2021. 

Despite the current state of affairs, we are committed to your continued professional development. We hope you can join us in 2022 for MMS to be held January 30 – February 4, 2022. 


Learning Objectives

Year 1 — Identify and recognize effective professional techniques of maintenance management. Curriculum is directed at the improvement of attendee’s professional maintenance management practices.

Year 2 — Acquire a broader knowledge of maintenance management and further develop student’s specific skills for effective operations.

Year One Session Topics  Year Two Session Topics 

Planning and Organizing the Maintenance Program

Development of a Maintenance Plan

Financial Management

Public Image and Customer Service

Management of Change

Technology and Computer Applications


Contract Management

Employee Evaluation

Career Development

Employee Motivation and Ethics

Visitor and Employee Safety and Risk Management

Supervisor as Trainer

Integrated Pest Management

Leadership and Supervision

Maintenance of Trees and Shrubs

Creating a Respectful Workplace

Wildlife Management

Developing a Culture of Innovation

Management of Special Use Facilities

Time Management

Trails and Greenways

Legal Liability

Design of Signs and Sign Maintenance

Turf Care and Maintenance

Preventive Maintenance of Vehicles and Equipment

Environmental Maintenance

Emergency Management

Site Security

Court and Athletic Field Maintenance

Facility Design and Maintenance


Program and Facility Accessibility


Learn More About Topics


Who Should Attend

Park, recreation and conservation personnel who manage park and recreation maintenance programs of any kind.

Participant Insight

The Maintenance Management School brings together parks and recreation leaders from around the country, providing a unique opportunity to diversify your professional knowledge and relationships. I look forward to attending the second year.” — Glen Poole, Colorado

The networking opportunities were awesome. I came in with just my agency way of doing things and left with 65+ other ideas and suggestions. Great school!” — Shaniqua Simmons, Florida

Great to meet other people in the same field with some of the same issues that I see. Awesome to see us put our minds together as one and overcome the challenges that we are facing now and the ones in the future.” — Anthony McLamb, North Carolina


Future Maintenance Management School Dates:

  • January 30 – February 4, 2022

Additional Information

For more information about the program content, contact customer service at

For more information on registration and other details, contact Oglebay at

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