September 27, 2022

In This Issue...

Best Practices Forum
Welcome New Members
A Word from our Sponsors
Member News
Research and Resources
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 October 11, 2022.

If you have news or an article to share, please send it to the editor by October 10.

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

NEW – Executive Director
Forest Preserve District of Kane County
Geneva, Illinois
$120,000.00 Annually
Closing date: Open until filled

NEW - Deputy Director of Regional Parks
San Bernardino County
San Bernardino, California
$109,720 - $149,593 Annually
Closing date: Oct 21, 2022

NEW - Director of Building Design & Construction
Great Parks of Hamilton County
Cincinnati, Ohio
Salary: $106,683 Annually
Closing date: Open until filled

NEW - Chief, Partnerships  Office 
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Sacramento, California
$9,471 - $13,677 Monthly
Closing date: Nov 21, 2022

NEW - Parks and Recreation Director
City of Oceanside
Oceanside, California
$137,772 - $192,864 Annually
Closing date: Oct 28, 2022

New - Deputy Director
Cincinnati Recreation Commission
Cincinnati, Ohio
$101,664 - $148,084 Annually
Closing date: Oct 15, 2022

NEW - Recreation Superintendent
Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners
Port Charlotte, Florida
$56,056 Annually
Closing date: Oct 20, 2022

NEW - Parks Planning
Sarasota County Government
Sarasota, Florida
$60,000 - $75,000 Annually
Closing date: Open until filled

NEW - Park Planning and Development Division Manager
Sarasota County Government
Sarasota, Florida
$80,000 - $92,000 Annually
Closing date: Open until filled

Program Manager I - Cultural Resources
Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation
Los Gatos, California
$112,195 - $136,431 Annually
Closing date: Oct 20, 2022

Aquatics Division Manager
City of Austin, Texas
$80,662 - $110,094 Annually
Closing date: Oct 26, 2022

Parks Rangemaster I
Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation
Los Gatos, California
$66,624 - $80,469 Annually
Closing date: Oct 13, 2022

Park Supervisor
Shawnee County Parks and Recreation
Topeka, Kansas
$22.66 Hourly
Closing date: Open until filled

Recreation Manager
Shawnee County Parks and Recreation
Topeka, Kansas
$23.89 Hourly
Closing date: Open until filled

Facility Services Division Chief
The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Riverdale Park, Maryland
$85,345 - $151,149 Annually
Closing date: Sep 30, 2022

Administrative Superintendent
Shawnee County Parks and Recreation
Topeka, Kansas
$29.66 Hourly
Closing date: Open until filled

Accountant II
Shawnee County Parks and Recreation
Topeka, Kansas
$25.66 Hourly
Closing date: Open until filled

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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Best Practices Forum

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. Antone Pierucci
Chief – Planning, Development and Interpretation
Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District, California

Mr. Robert Williams
Chief – Business Operations
Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District, California

Mr. Toby Haskett
Park Operations Manager
San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair, Washington

Mr. Nick Jones
Park Manager
San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair, Washington

Mr. Joe Ingman
Park Manager
San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair, Washington

Ms. Gabrielle Conway
Assistant Park Manager
San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair, Washington

Ms. Alice Hibberd
Administrative Specialist II
San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair, Washington


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Member News

Meet the woman turning Los Angeles County parks into vehicles for equity
Courtesy of Fast Company

By Nate Burg

CALIFORNIA - When Norma Edith García-Gonzales took the helm of the Los Angeles County Parks Department during the first uncertain summer of the pandemic, the county’s parks were jammed, with visitorship up about 300% compared to a typical year. People weren’t just coming for recreation: As the pandemic battered the economy, especially in the low-income neighborhoods that make up much of unincorporated L.A. County, people were using parks as a shelter of last resort.

So, García-Gonzalez pivoted, turning the department into a front line of pandemic response, hosting coronavirus testing sites and later COVID-19 vaccination centers, and providing food and shelter to vulnerable populations. “It reinvigorated and redefined our sense of being community nurturers,” says García-Gonzalez, the first woman and the first person of color to lead the county’s parks. “I decided we can’t go back to being the department we were.”

In the months since, the department under García-Gonzalez has adopted a new mission: to rethink what its 180 parks can offer the unincorporated communities of the nation’s largest county, with a focus on equity for vulnerable groups. In contrast to the City of Los Angeles, which has forcibly removed large encampments of homeless people from its parks, García-Gonzalez’s county-level parks have continued to serve as ad hoc shelters, housing people in gyms and offering free groceries through food pantries. For García-Gonzalez, these efforts are “going back to basics because parks have always served as centers of communities.”

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A Delicate Balance – Marrying Recreation and Preservation in Iowa
Courtesy of Daily Yonder

By Rachel Cramer

IOWA - The view through the windshield looks like much of eastern Iowa – rolling hills carpeted in corn and soybeans, trees clustered around farm houses. But then, the edge of a forest appears. A dense canopy of oak and hickory submerges the road in shade as it drops toward the Maquoketa River.

For many, the limestone bluff faces, pockmarked and dotted with fossilized sea creatures, are the main attraction at Pictured Rocks County Park. That includes a small but growing number of outdoor climbers.

But in the late 90s and early 2000s, the future of rock climbing at the county park, as well as the surrounding wildlife management area, was tenuous.

With the possibility of rock climbing no longer being allowed, the newly formed Iowa Climbers Coalition started meeting with John Klein and the DNR district biologist. They talked through their concerns and priorities, eventually developing a management plan to keep climbing within the goals of conservation.

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Research and Resources

Equity in Practice Certificate Program
Courtesy of NRPA

As a leader in parks and recreation, you’ve already done the generic diversity training. Are you ready for something more? Something actionable? To keep up the long-term effort to ensure that local park and recreation agencies like yours have what you need to dismantle inequitable systems, join us for our latest initiative, the Equity in Practice Certificate Program. Applications are currently open for the February 2023 cohort of Certificate 1: Exploring Racial Equity in Parks and Recreation. Applications are due by October 31, 2022.

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Firetopia: A new interactive tool to help communities prepare for wildfire
Courtesy of Headwaters Economics

Firetopia is a new interactive web toolkit created by Headwaters Economics that shows how land use planning can help communities survive wildfire. This illustrated guide can help anyone discover the features of building design, codes and regulations that can protect property and lives. One of the strategies is open space management.

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Data and Mapping Resource Library
Courtesy of NRPA

A wealth of free, data and mapping resources are available to assist your agency in broadening its impact on the community and operate more efficiently. The Data and Mapping Resource Library offers a collection of relevant, publicly available databases and visualizations curated for park and recreation professionals and advocates.

From the county-level to your local neighborhood, these public resources serve as a starting point for exploring data on a variety of topics. Whether you are creating a master plan, facilitating long-range planning, identifying community needs, or building a park and facility maintenance schedule, these mapping and data resources give you access to actionable data to make informed decisions.

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Recreational Boating Instruction Standards Updated
Courtesy of the River Management Society

Three American National Standards and are available for use: entry-level skills for operating Human-propelled boats and sailboats, and core characteristics of effective on-water instruction aimed at developing entry-level skills in Power, Sail, and Human-propelled recreational boat operation.

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Rescue For Recreational Kayakers
Courtesy of

By Joe Potoczak

Recreational kayakers number more than 13 million in the United States, according to the 2021 Outdoor Foundation Participation Report. Those numbers are fueled by the accessibility of recreational kayaks, which are one of the easiest, cheapest and—one would think—safest ways to enter the sport. So why does this segment account for so many fatalities and close calls?

In a word, inexperience. Recreational kayaks are designed for and marketed to casual users, and casual users represent a disproportionate share of paddling fatalities. According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s annual Recreational Boating Statistics report, 38 percent of paddling fatalities involved participants who had less than 10 hours of paddling experience. Pull the view out further, and 78 percent of paddling fatalities involve participants with less than 100 hours experience.

Inexperience goes hand-in-hand with a lack of knowledge, pointing up the need for paddling education tailored to recreational kayakers with less experience.

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2023 International Trails Summit - Registration Now Open
Courtesy of American Trails

American Trails, PTBA, and the World Trails Network – Hub for the Americas are curating a high-impact conference program that combines some of the most pressing issues in the trails community right now with technical trail education to ensure that our trails are designed and built to stand the test of time.

Key topics for the 2023 International Trails Summit include:

  1. Equitable and Just Access to Trails;
  2. Powerful Partnerships and Collaboration;
  3. Emerging Research and Technology;
  4. Climate Change the Trail Resiliency;
  5. The Economic Impact of Trails;
  6. How to Inspire and Train the Next Generation of Trail Professionals; and
  7. Technical Skill Development in Trail Planning, Design, Interpretation, Construction, Maintenance, and Management.

We are still finalizing the program and a schedule will be available soon once sessions are confirmed. We wanted to open registration now to allow FY2022 funding to be used.

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SORP Centering Indigenous Futures Training Series
Courtesy of the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

U.S. public land and water management are grounded in settler colonialism, including Indigenous land dispossessions and violations of Tribal Treaties. This free training series features four sessions that bring Indigenous scholars and land managers into conversation about reimagining outdoor recreation through decolonization, Indigenous value systems, and Indigenous futures.

Each 90 minute session will feature a panel presentation from Indigenous leaders and breakout discussions with participants to further the dialogue around outdoor recreation professionals’ role in decolonization.

When: October 12, 19, 26 and November 2 from 12-1:30 PT.

  • October 12: History of Indigenous Lands Dispossession
  • October 19: Tribal Co-management of Parks and Protected Areas
  • October 26: Indigenous Leaders in outdoor recreation management
  • November 2: Indigenous Futures in Parks and Protected Area Management

Registration is required. The sessions will be recorded and posted to the SORP website. You don't have to attend all four sessions, but it is highly encouraged to view any sessions you miss before participating in the next session.

Register here:


Upcoming webinars from American Trails 

  • October 6: Effectively Using Social Media to Market Your Trail or Organization
  • October 27: Building a Trail Foundation from the Ground Up
  • November 17: The National Digital Trails Project: Increasing Access and Opportunities
  • December 1: Wilderness Trails: Special Places, Special Considerations
  • December 15: U.S. Bicycle Route System: Success Stories from Across the Network 

For more information:

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