Good News: In Parks!™ is a live interactive Zoom show for parks professionals by parks professionals. Twice a month we welcome guest panelists who are experts in parks and recreation to discuss what matters most right now, to share big ideas, and discuss best practices. Register to watch the next live show, watch this episode on YouTube, or subscribe to our podcast.
Good News: In Parks!™ 004
A Plan For Progress
Sponsored by GameTime and PlayCore
Ideas and Best Practices Shared on This Episode
- Use park facilities as alternative learning sites for community schools with supervised learning, WiFi, and other resources for students
- Provide day care and childcare at recreation centers in vulnerable neighborhoods
- Provide daily meals for children and families, safe spaces for indigent citizens
- Create virtual content for people who aren't yet comfortable with in-person recreation
- Use parks as community gardens and farms to produce food for families in need
- Invest in technology and train staff members to utilize virtual learning tools so they can teach parents and children, as well
- Partner with neighboring communities to create a task force to plan for schools, parks, city services in a unified way
- Expand community outreach to better understand the diverse and changing needs of families
- Plan to use virtual meetings in the future to gain more input from the community now and after the pandemic is over
- Develop a parks and recreation app for contactless government- communicate more effectively, receive feedback, provide online registrations, etc.
- Work with all levels of government to leverage resources efficiently, seek out additional funding, coordinate efforts at local, state, and federal levels
- Partner with foundations and local businesses to provide offsite recreation, e-learning, and camp programs
- Identify and communicate needs so local residents can help with donations, volunteer time, and durable goods
- Explore ways to combine positions, increase volunteer opportunities to maintain staffing and provide consistent services
If you are interested in any of the ideas discussed on this episode and would like to implement them in your parks and recreation programs, contact the GameTime parks expert in your neighborhood.