December 21, 2021

In This Issue...

Best Practices Forum
Welcome New Members
Member News
A Word from Our Sponsors
Research and Resources
In the News
Job Announcements


The National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials is a non-profit professional organization that advances official policies that promote county and regional park and recreation issues while providing members with opportunities to network, exchange ideas and best practices, and enhance professional development.

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The next issue of NACPRO News will be delivered on January 4, 2022.

If you have news or an article to share, please send it to the editor by January 3.

Brenda Adams-Weyant
(814) 927-8212
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Job Announcements

Stream Restoration Ecologist
Cleveland Metroparks, Ohio
$60,534 - $75,668 Annually
Closing Date: Jan 31, 2022

Director of Park Planning and Capital Projects
Metroparks Toledo, Ohio
$92,000.00 Annually
Closing Date: Open until filled

Project Manager
Metroparks Toledo, Ohio
Salary: Depends on qualifications
Closing Date: Open until filled

Parks Program Manager
Jackson County Roads & Parks
Central Point, Oregon
$90,875 - $116,002 Annually
Closing Date: Open until filled

Executive Director
Stark County Park District
Canton, Ohio
Salary: Depends on qualifications
Closing Date: Jan 5, 2022

Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation
City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Salary: Depends on qualifications
Closing Date: Dec 31, 2021

Got a vacancy to fill? NACPRO will post your vacancy on our website and email a copy to our mailing list of over 1100 parks and recreation professionals for a fee of $100 for NACPRO members and $200 for non-members. NACPRO membership is $90/person.

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2022 Award Nominations are Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) 2022 awards program. The annual NACPRO Awards Banquet recognizes and honors excellence in parks and recreation at the county, regional, special district level throughout the nation.

The presentation of awards will be held in Valdosta, Georgia on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Nominations are being accepted through January 21, 2022.

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Best Practices Forum

Johnson County seeking your processes on golf course pro shops

Johnson County Parks and Recreation District (Kansas) is in the process of reviewing its golf course pro shop processes and is requesting information from other agencies on how they handle operations, staffing, and revenue. A survey has been created that will take only a few minutes of your time. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Survey Link:

Got an issue you need advice on? Or a best practice you want to share? Send us the details and we will publish it in the next NACPRO News. 

Welcome New Members

Mr. Devin Wetzel
Assistant Superintendent of Parks and Golf Courses
Johnson County Parks & Recreation District, Kansas

Mr. Kevin Kirwin
Indian River County Recreation Dept., Florida


Member News

Public Golf Course Volunteers Make Minimum Wage Claim
Courtesy of NRPA

By James C. Kozlowski, J.D., Ph.D.

In the case of Adams v. Palm Beach County, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191114 a (S.D. Fla. 10/4/2021), Plaintiffs were golf course attendants at the Osprey Point Golf Course operated by Palm Beach County, Florida (the County). As part of that arrangement, they were permitted to play golf for reduced greens fees. Plaintiffs alleged that they were employees of Palm Beach County and, therefore, entitled to minimum wage payments under state and federal law. Separately, Plaintiff Gerald Kasmere alleged that he suffered employment retaliation after he complained about not receiving minimum wages. In response, the County filed a motion to dismiss Plaintiffs’ lawsuit. In so doing, the County argued that the Plaintiffs fell within an exception to the minimum wage laws for public agency volunteers.

The County solicited golf course volunteers through the website for its parks and recreation department. The posting for Osprey Point stated:

"This is a high volume 27-hole golf facility that opened in 2010. The course is the first in Florida to receive Audubon Certified Classic Sanctuary status. Volunteers serve as course rangers, driving range attendants and bag drop attendants. Hours vary. Nights and weekends preferred. Osprey Point volunteers enjoy being outdoors, getting to know others with similar interests and reduced fees to play and practice golf."

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A Word from Our Sponsors

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Research and Resources

Top Trends in Parks and Recreation for 2022
Courtesy of NRPA

By Richard J. Dolesh

It is once again time for the Top Trends in Parks and Recreation — an eclectic, sometimes cheeky collection of observations and predictions about what will be the most significant trends to emerge in the field and industry of parks and recreation in 2022 and beyond. So let’s get down to it.

- Parks as Infrastructure
- Climate Change
- Macroeconomics of Parks and Recreation
- Technology

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Challenging "Best Practices" in Parks & Recreation
Courtesy of Let's Talk Parks

The word "best practice" is one that is commonly used in our field. By definition, "best practices are a set of guidelines, ethics, or ideas that represent the most efficient or prudent course of action in a given business situation." Left unchecked or unchallenged, these best practices can become a barrier for innovation and growth. It can be assumed that because there is a *best* that there's isn't a BETTER way to do things. In this episode, Marissa sits down with Jason Elissalde to talk about why that term can be detrimental to our success - plus, some different ways of thinking about leadership and innovation which can make our agencies more inclusive and welcoming for all.

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Coastal Risk Screening Tool: Warming Choices Map
Courtesy of Climate Central

Climate and energy choices this decade will influence how high sea levels rise for hundreds of years. These new map layers allow you to adjust sliders to compare the outcomes of different warming scenarios.

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Environments that Promote Intergenerational Play and Recreation
Courtesy of PlayCore

Parks and open spaces are meant to be used by all people. Intergenerational design aims to bring people together through purposeful, mutually beneficial activities that promote greater understanding and respect between generations Read more about how environments promote intergenerational play through our blog.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: 2021 Year-End Survey Results
Courtesy of NRPA

By Kevin Roth

In our year-end edition of NRPA Parks Snapshot, we are looking at the challenges affecting park and recreation agencies as our nation continues to recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — particularly those that impact funding, staffing and programming. We hope you find this information helpful as you make decisions at your agency.

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In the News

2022 NACo Achievement Awards - Call for Nominations

Applications are now open for the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2022 Achievement Awards. Please join us in celebrating 52 years of county innovation by applying today.

NACo will highlight the 18 “best of category” winners, as well as feature all winners in NACo materials and online. We also provide a customizable press release for you to share the good news with the media and residents.

We encourage all counties, parishes and boroughs to apply.

Early Bird Deadline: March 4, 2022 (save $25 off the application fee)

Regular Deadline: March 31, 2022

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NACo Now Accepting Interim Policy Resolutions for 2022 Legislative Conference

Submit your policy resolutions by January 12.

In preparation for the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2022 Legislative Conference, we encourage members to get involved and have their voices heard in Washington by submitting an interim policy resolution today.

All interim resolutions must be submitted electronically (preferably as a Word document) via email to [email protected] by Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.

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Wisconsinites love their parks, but communities are struggling to fund them
Courtesy of Wisconsin Public Radio

By Shamane Mills

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley has warned that parks face a fiscal cliff in six years if additional funding isn’t found.

"I think it’s important to understand that the way we fund parks is just not sustainable," Crowley said during the roundtable hosted by the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

The policy forum produced a report assessing the financial state of parks operated by Milwaukee County and looked at how other systems in the state and elsewhere in the country fund their operations. The analysis found that over a 30-year period, the amount of Milwaukee parks funding from property taxes dropped from 74% in 1989 to 43% in 2019.

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Plan Z for Miami
Courtesy of NRPA

By Jack Kardys

FLORIDA - In 2012, the June issue of Parks & Recreation featured Miami-Dade County’s Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan, which outlined the 50-year vision of the county to radically improve quality of life in the region and serves as a model for municipalities around the country interested in developing park-centric urban and suburban master plans.

One of the potential projects is Plan Z, a public-private partnership (P3) proposal that sits at the intersection of architecture, urban planning and public health. As an enhancement to the county’s original North Dade Greenway Plan, the creators of Plan Z envision this multi-modal plan as an integral part of the Miami LOOP, which would connect the mainland’s Commodore Trail, Underline, Ludlam Trail and Miami River Greenway with Biscayne Bay and its waterfront along the Rickenbacker Causeway.

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Outdoor recreation has historically excluded people of color. That's beginning to change.
Courtesy of CNN

By Leah Asmelash

In the United States, outdoor recreation and Whiteness have long gone hand in hand.

Dubbed the "adventure gap" or "nature gap," the lack of diversity in outdoor recreation has become a hot topic in the White-dominated space. (In 2019, more than 50 CEOs of outdoor retailers signed a pledge to work toward diversity and inclusion in the outdoors). The conversation about the disparity picked up among industry leaders and enthusiasts alike after the racial justice protests of 2020.

But the truth behind the gap in outdoor recreation, like so much in the US, has its roots in systemic racism, said KangJae "Jerry" Lee, an assistant professor at North Carolina State University, who studies race and outdoor leisure.

"If we start connecting the dots," Lee said, "the issue becomes excruciatingly clear that historical institutional racism has banished people of color from the great outdoors."

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Holistic approach shapes park use
Courtesy of NACo

By Charlie Ban

GEORGIA - As chairman of Chatham County, Ga. Board of Commissioners, he sees a lot more value in tailoring recreational facilities placed where they’ll have demonstrated an immediate impact.

“If we have a community where 95 percent of the people are over the age of 50, it doesn’t make sense to put a new gymnasium there,” he said. “We’ll get a lot more value out of a walking path or tennis courts.”

That’s one of the conclusions he has reached as he leads the county through a more comprehensive planning process, dubbed One Chatham, which views the county in its entirely and aims to distribute its resources more equitably.

One Chatham also seeks to break down barriers between local governments and approach planning from a more holistic perspective, involving intergovernmental agreements and memorandums of understanding between the county and municipalities or school districts to make use of their resources and facilities.

“We’ve had school facilities that are locked up at 4 p.m. and open up again in the morning in time for school,” Ellis said. “Those are walking and running tracks that residents could be using, and the county won’t have to build duplicates of to serve the same people.”

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USDOT Awards Nearly $1B in RAISE Grants
Courtesy of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

The USDOT recently announced an investment of nearly $1 billion in American infrastructure through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grants program. These multimodal grants were known as TIGER grants during the Obama Administration and BUILD grants in the Trump Administration. Bloomberg CityLab reported on a recent analysis of the 90 projects funded through RAISE grants and concluded that there is significantly more funding for pedestrian and bike infrastructure and significantly less for new road construction than in recent years.

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2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference - Request for Presentation Proposals

May 2 to 5, 2022 - Knoxville, Tennessee

"Outdoor Recreation: Solutions for Transformation"

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) is proud to present the 2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference (NORC) – Outdoor Recreation: Solutions for Transformation. The program committee is seeking presentations that convey durable transformative solutions of any scale that address the biggest challenges in outdoor recreation – whether they be social, environmental, or economic.

These are pivotal times for outdoor recreation and our goal is to present a program at the 2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference that is solutions forward and equity centric.

The submittal deadline is January 31, 2022

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Webinar: Trail Ambassador Programs - Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices
Courtesy of American Trails

Date: January 27, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: American Trails

Trail ambassador programs can be a boon to any trail or trail system. They build local engagement, help identify and solve deferred maintenance issues, and turn casual users into lifelong advocates. We've gathered together leaders of some of the best ambassador programs across the nation, representing a variety of trail user types, to share best practices and offer sage advice for starting programs for your trail. We have made this a two-part webinar series to showcase great examples and resources that will focus on providing ample time for answering your most burning questions.

For more information:

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