November 8, 2022

In This Issue...

Best Practices Forum
Welcome New Members
Member News
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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Job Announcements 

NEW - Recreation Supervisor
Town of Lexington Recreation & Community Programs
Lexington, Massachusetts
$64,566.00 - $73,681.00 Annually
Closing date: Open until filled

Planner 3 – Parks/Sr. Level Land Planner
Metro Parks and Recreation
Nashville, Tennessee
$82,575.23 Annually
Closing date: Nov 8, 2022

Human Resources Manager
Winnetka Park District, Illinois
$75,000 - $90,000 Annually
Closing date: Nov 11, 2022

Assistant General Manager - Operations
East Bay Regional Park District
Oakland, California
$208,582 - $266,198 Annually
Closing date: Nov 14, 2022

Urban Forester (Program Manager)
City of San Jose, California
$116,691 - $151,701 Annually
Closing date: Nov 21, 2022

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

Park Ranger Supervisor
Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation
Los Gatos, California
112,740 - 137,070 Annually
Closing date: Nov 28, 2022

Land Manager - Environmental Specialist III
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources
Sarasota, Florida
$50,523.20 - $67,932.80 Annually
Closing date: Open until filled

Park Planning and Development Division Manager
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources
Sarasota, Florida
$80,000 - $92,000 Annually
Closing date: Open until filled

Parks Planning
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources
Sarasota, Florida
$60,000 - $75,000 Annually
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 

Ms. Jill Boyd
Recreation Superintendent
Charlotte County Community Services, Florida

Mr. Erik Westberg
Assistant Director
Broward County Parks and Recreation, Florida

Ms. Mary Noe
Administrative Manager
Broward County Parks and Recreation, Florida

Mr. Justin Frederick
Manager of Operational Resources
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Illinois

Mr. George LaCosta
Director of Parks Operations Division
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation, Florida

Mr. James Davis
Director of Aquatics
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation, Florida

Ms. Tracy Chapman
Deputy Director/Public Safety Administrator
Forest Preserve District of Will County, Illinois

Ms. Colleen Novander
Director of Planning & Land Preservation
Forest Preserve District of Will County, Illinois

Mr. Scott Moranda
Beaches and Water Access Manager III
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, Florida

Ms. Katy Coss
Operations Coordinator Business Professional III
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, Florida

Ms. Kim Heuberger
Park Development, Planning and Maintenance Senior Manager
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, Florida

Ms. Shelia Roberson
Business Operations Manager III
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, Florida

Ms. Rachel Doellman
Chief of Marketing and Brand Strategy
Great Parks of Hamilton County, Ohio


Member News

Director Inducted into Outdoor Hall of Fame
Courtesy of Lake County Forest Preserves

ILLINOIS - Nan Buckardt, director of education at the Lake County Forest Preserves, was recognized for her leadership in the area of natural resources. The Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) Board of Directors inducted Buckardt into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame.

Since 2002, the ICF has recognized Illinoisans for their significant contributions and unparalleled dedication in preserving, promoting, enhancing or supporting natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities with induction into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame. The induction is a testament to Buckardt's passion for outdoor recreation and conservation, said Colleen Callahan, chair of the ICF Board of Directors and director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. She added that Buckardt has "inspired a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts in Illinois."

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Leon County Parks Hits Triple Crown with Cross Country Course
Courtesy of NACo

By Charlie Ban

FLORIDA - Like most successful county development projects, it started with a pair of machetes.

Two track coaches cut their way through a plot of undeveloped forest land in Tallahassee, Fla. that was so thick they couldn’t fit a golf cart through it. On one side, a swamp. On the other side, a landfill. They were surrounded, but they had backup, because Leon County was behind them, ready to turn trash into treasure for cross country runners, coaches and fans.

The county offered the coaches that land they were clearing, and the club and the university contributed $10,000 each for the machinery to help blaze the trail. As the year passed, then-Commissioner Bryan Desloge saw an opportunity, and he and his fellow commissioners invested $250,000 in the project, which would become Apalachee Regional Park.

“This [cross country course] has allowed us to really honor these athletes and give them a facility that was built for cross country and is a cross country course 365 days a year,” stated Amanda Heidecker, Park Director.” It’s not picked up or taken down.”

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Research and Resources 

Does Your Staff Resemble the Community You Serve?
Courtesy of NRPA

Everyone is talking about how we need diverse workforces to solve challenging problems and bring diverse perspectives to the table. Diversity has been shown to boost creativity, and agencies that embrace diversity are 1.7 times more innovative.

We know what the real problem is: How do we diversify our workforce during the “Great Resignation?" The American Academy of Park and Recreation Administrators’ (AAPRA) Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee has been trying to tackle this very conundrum. Some of us were aware that there are 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), but very few of us knew that similarly there are 330 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), 411 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and 32 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) as well. This is the answer! How do we tap into the plethora of diversity that these institutions represent? Parks and recreation is a profession that offers jobs ranging from aquatics to zookeeper and everything in between. Has your organization marketed itself to this untapped diverse population? One of the goals of the JEDI Committee is to market our profession to the HBCUs, HACUs and TCUs across the country.

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Data: The Next Frontier
Courtesy of NRPA

NRPA’s new 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 state and county level down to your local neighborhood, these public resources serve as a starting point for exploring data on a variety of topics.

The library is organized by “Categories” and “Topics.” The four categories included are: 1) Social and Demographic Factors, 2) Health and Wellness, 3) Environmental Resiliency and 4) Park Access and Information. Topics are more specific and cover a range of different subject areas ranging from: “Age and Gender” to “Environmental Quality” to “Social and Economic Equity.” Users may further narrow resources by using the "Filter by" functionality on the right-hand side of the library.

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Tech-Savvy Park Planning
Courtesy of NRPA

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP

As a park planner for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), I have recently worked on numerous projects which have involved the use of the latest tools for community engagement, and data collection and analysis. In this article, I would like to highlight a few tools we used as part of the 2022 Parks Needs Assessment Plus (PNA+) which is a new study that complements and offers new information not previously included in the 2016 Los Angeles Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment (PNA). Specifically, PNA+ report contains data, analyses, and recommendations in support of expanding land conservation and restoration, transit to parks, and other strategies to meet regional and rural recreation needs, especially in the most vulnerable communities.

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Using Technology to Engage Your Community
Courtesy of NRPA

By Mike Terrell

Using technology to engage with residents to get their feedback can be extremely effective and turn a normal city experience into a great one.

Sourcing feedback about facilities and offerings via everyday technology, such as cellphones and quick response (QR) codes, provides an easy and frictionless way for residents and visitors to have a two-way conversation with various city departments and get a response in real time. For example, by simply scanning a QR code outside the community center, inside the restrooms or next to the picnic area, users can alert the managing personnel that attention is needed without the hassle of downloading an app or calling a phone number.

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A quick guide to adaptation planning for natural resources professionals
Courtesy of SORP

This document was created by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science in collaboration with the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub. The Quick Guide was developed as an entry point to adaptation planning for natural resources professionals. It parallels an adaptation guide developed specifically for Land Trusts in collaboration with the Land Trust Alliance, A Quick Guide to Adaptation Planning for Land Trusts but has a slightly different focal audience. Information from this toolkit was adapted from the USDA Forest Service report Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers, 2nd edition. This Quick Guide includes an updated "Short Version" of the Adaptation Workbook that was originally described in the Forest Adaptation Resources (Appendix 4).



What Is Bike Infrastructure?
Courtesy of Planetizen

Bike infrastructure is designed to make cycling accessible, safe, and comfortable and make bicycling a viable mode of transportation. Improving road conditions for people on bikes is often part of a broader strategy, such as Complete Streets, designed to reclaim space from cars and make roads safer for all users, including the most vulnerable.

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide compiles detailed best practices for designing bike infrastructure, but cautions that projects must be tailored to the unique characteristics and needs of each city. The guide offers a section aimed at design for all ages and abilities, which highlights how bicycle facilities can serve a broader range of users. A Dutch design manual emphasizes five key principles for safe bike infrastructure: Cohesion, Directness, Safety, Comfort and Attractiveness. The manual emphasizes the need for a cohesive bike network that lets people reach as many destinations as possible, direct and efficient routes, safety, comfort, and a pleasant and aesthetically pleasing cycling experience. Well-used biking facilities tend to be ones that provide well-maintained pavement and signage, good lighting, physical separation from cars, and trees and green space.

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Traffic garden opens in Winterville to teach safety rules
Courtesy of

By Ariyanna Smith

NORTH CAROLINA - The town of Winterville held a dedication ceremony over the weekend to celebrate the opening of the first traffic garden in eastern North Carolina at Hillcrest Park.

The bike and pedestrian safety skills project was created in partnership with BikeWalk NC, AARP, Pitt County Parks and Recreation, ECU Health and other community groups. The dedication took place during the 11th annual NC BikeWalk Transportation Summit, a conference at the ECU Heart Institute focused on discussing ways to improve roadway safety.

The traffic garden is an educational resource that features scaled-down roadway elements like crosswalks, bike lanes, railroad crossings and more, officials said, to help everyone learn traffic rules.

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Getting and Keeping K-12 Girls in Sports and Physical Activity
Courtesy of NRPA

“Over a six-month period, a research team from the Departments of Kinesiology at California State East Bay and Saint Mary’s College of California, with support from the Positive Coaching Alliance Gender Equity Initiative, examined best practices and breakthroughs for getting girls into the game and advancing gender equity in youth sports programming. These top 10 evidence-based tips summarize the findings to empower youth sports coaches, families, school staff, community leaders, and all stakeholders to level the playing field for girls and women in sports.”

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Skate Parks Benefit All
Courtesy of NRPA

By Heidi Lemmon

When Skate Park Association International was founded in 1996, the profile of the average skater was 12 to 14 years old, male and a street skater. There was only one public skate park at the time that featured obstacles as tall as 18 inches (all others had a lower height restriction), and as a result, kids were riding in the streets, illegally in most cities.

The profile of the average skater today is much different; it includes people ages 2 to 60 and older; males and females; individuals with disabilities; and skateboarders, bicycle motocrossers (BMXers), scooterers, wheelchair users, and inline and roller skaters. How can a city accommodate all these users?

Free public skate parks provide a place for all levels of skaters, from beginner to advanced level. All skaters can make friends and have a sense of community and belonging that transfers to any park they visit, worldwide.

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In the News 

Urban Forest School brings nature-based education to Detroit’s kids of color
Courtesy of Planet Detroit

By Rukiya Colvin

Erin Preston-Johnson Bevel always loved being in nature. So she wanted to find a way to incorporate those benefits into her child’s education.

She looked into Montessori and Waldorf, some of the most common teaching styles that allow for student-directed learning, but found that those options are often inaccessible or unaffordable for those in low-income areas.

So she started researching forest schools. An education concept with roots in Scandinavia and the U.K. as far back as the 19th century, forest schools began to gain a following in the 1990s in response to outcome-based education. But in searching for a local forest school, Erin found local options were predominantly white-led. She hoped to find something that centered around African politics and spirituality.

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The internet is still missing the mark on accessibility
Courtesy of Fast Company

By David Flink

Like many Americans, I like to consume news first thing in the morning. After my wife and I prepare breakfast, we open our phones and catch up on the day’s headlines. But while my wife has finished the article and is ready to discuss it, I’m still working on the third paragraph. My wife likes to read with her eyes, but as a person with dyslexia, I like to read with my ears, something that is not always offered as a form of accessibility for written content.

This is my reality—and the reality of those with learning disabilities like dyslexia and ADHD. We live in a society with seemingly limitless technology and options, yet 98% of the world’s top one million websites don’t have a fully accessible experience for those with learning disabilities or visual and hearing impairments.

When major news sites don’t offer simple text-to-speech options for their articles, they make it that much harder for people like me to use their products. They also make it that much easier for the one in five with learning disabilities to find alternatives by using competitors’ products.

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Outdoor Inclusion Coalition aims to make parks more accessible for all
Courtesy of Next Pittsburgh

By Ethan Woodfill

PENNSYLVANIA - People come to Pittsburgh for its three rivers, parks and outdoor recreation — it’s part of what makes Pittsburgh one of the nation’s most livable cities. But the Outdoor Inclusion Coalition wants the region’s recreational amenities to be more accessible, inclusive and useful to all.

Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Marcus Shoffner grew up camping and spending time on the water. After moving to Pittsburgh, and working for Venture Outdoors, Shoffner saw disparities in park spaces and the ability of people of color to use them.

“From our regional parks like Frick, Schenley, Highland and Riverview to our local parks that are in Black and Brown neighborhoods like McKinley Park to the Hazelwood Greenway — there’s such a disparity between how these parks are being invested in,” Shoffner says.

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Chaffee County signs on with Hipcamp private camping reservation site
Courtesy of

COLORADO - If you’ve found it increasingly difficult to snag camping reservations on Colorado’s public lands because so many people have beaten you to it, there is an alternative with a growing following.

Recently Hipcamp collaborated with Chaffee County, a recreation mecca in the high country of central Colorado, to develop regulations and pass an ordinance allowing camping on private land there.

Campsite reservations in national parks and national forests are made through performs the same service for reservations on private land.

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Event Management School
Courtesy of NRPA

Over time, events have changed from informal affairs to spectacular productions, demanding extensive skills and experience. As a result, the International Festivals & Events Association and NRPA have partnered to create this two-year professional development program geared toward event management staff. Event Management School takes place January 15-20, 2023, at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia, in partnership with the National Training Center at Oglebay.

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Revenue Development and Management School
Courtesy of NRPA

Revenue Development and Management School is a comprehensive and unique professional development program focusing on proven revenue management and development techniques. It’s targeted toward agencies that rely wholly or in part on generating revenues, such as organizations associated with state or local parks, recreation, leisure services, military recreation and other nonprofits. Registration is now open for Revenue Development and Management School, which takes place March 12-17, 2023.

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Webinar: The African American Heritage Water Trail - Connecting Communities to the Little Calumet River
Courtesy of the River Management Society

November 22 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Laura Barghusen, and Lillian Holden of Openlands will discuss the African American Heritage Water Trail, which flows through 180 years of African American History, engaging communities and connecting them to the river by elevating and honoring this history.

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Upcoming Webinars from American Trails
Courtesy of American Trails

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

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Webinar: Breaking Down the 2021 Outdoor Recreation Economy Release with Federal and State Partners
Courtesy of the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

November 30, 2022 12:00-1:00 PT

Chris Perkins, Senior Director at the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, will unpack the huge resurgence of the outdoor recreation economy in 2021 and key segments to watch moving forward. He will be joined by Katherine Andrews, Arkansas State Director of Outdoor Recreation, and Jenny Kordick, Executive Director at Maine Outdoor Brands, to spotlight increases at the state level and the role of State Offices of Outdoor Recreation and State Outdoor Business Alliances in moving the outdoor recreation economy forward.

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