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Programming for Success in Parks and Recreation

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Parks and Recreation programs are one of the key ways of delivering service to thousands of community members every year. In this conversation, Becky sits down with Chris Bass (Parks & Recreation Director, City of Douglasville) to discuss the in’s and out’s of programming for success.

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Navigating Your Career in Parks and Recreation

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Choosing a job in Parks and Recreation is incredibly rewarding, yet is faced with a number of challenges. There are many jobs you can choose from when it comes to Parks and Recreation – aquatics, camps, facilities, maintenance. What does a job in Parks and Recreation look like?

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Parks and Recreation Workforce Development Trends and Opportunities — February Bonus Episode

Open Space Radio: Parks and Recreation Trends

The February issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of the podcast, we’ll be diving deeper into one of this month’s feature stories, “ Workforce Development Trends and Opportunities in Parks and Recreation.”

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Building Belonging: Neurodivergent Perspectives in Parks and Recreation (Part 2) — Episode 154

Open Space Radio: Parks and Recreation Trends

As you may recall, our final episode of 2023 was part one of our conversation around neurodiversity and parks and recreation. The inspiration for these episodes came from a 2023 NRPA Annual Conference session, “Neurodiversity and Inclusive Workplaces: Insights from Park and Recreation Professionals.” Share it with us !

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What It’s Like to Be a Parks and Recreation Director

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– San VanRoenn, Parks & Recreation Director for the Town of Meeker, Colorado. I believe we will see more and more Millennials choose careers in parks and recreation. There is an opportunity cost for where you spend the majority of your time. My dream career (right now) is to become a parks and rec director.

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Let’s Be Honest: A Time for Transparency in Parks and Recreation

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One blessing the COVID-19 pandemic has given the field of Parks and Recreation is opening the door to new ideas and ways of thinking. I’m fortunate that I work for a park district that takes its employees’ needs into consideration when making these kinds of decisions. I had to ask myself “Am I stressed?

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Building Belonging: Neurodivergent Perspectives in Parks and Recreation (Part I) — Episode 148

Open Space Radio: Parks and Recreation Trends

The session, “Neurodiversity and Inclusive Workplaces: Insights from Park and Recreation Professionals,” explored the individual strengths neurodiverse professionals bring to their work and the strategies and accommodations that have helped them succeed, as well as ways to find workplace champions and allies.