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April 1, 2016, Department, by NRPA

Spring is here! Flowers are blooming and so are the conversations on NRPA Connect. Check out the below preview of topics being discussed on the only professional networking platform dedicated to the park and recreation profession:

1.     Intern Compensation: How do park and rec agencies handle the compensation of their interns? For agencies thinking of starting a program or modifying their current program, visit this discussion for examples of hourly wages, stipends or college credit only. Members share their guidelines, including a resource from the U.S. Department of Labor. 

2.     Community Gardens: Your colleagues discuss their community garden programs and what policies and guidelines they have for the general public to rent plots for personal use. Many examples of successful community gardens can be found in this popular post.  

3.     Inventive Parking Signs: Your park and recreation facilities are required to have a certain amount of ADA parking spots, but what about creating signs that aren’t required? “Expectant Mother” parking spots are appearing more frequently. Your fellow professionals share some other examples, including “Volunteers,” “Carpool” and a great idea for your fitness facility, “Your Workout Starts Here,” for spaces farther back. Have an inventive sign for your parking lot? Share it on Connect!  

4.     Pool Staff: It’s warming up and time to start thinking about pool season. Members weigh in on their patron ratios and the variables that can affect them, such as the shape of your pool, the depth, diving boards and more. 

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