Magazine article Parks & Recreation

What Innovative Ideas Are You Incorporating into Your Programming This Year?

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

What Innovative Ideas Are You Incorporating into Your Programming This Year?

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SOME OF OUR MOST INNOVATIVE ideas are coming from a collaboration of programmers from recreation, senior center, library, community policing, and human services. This group has been meeting monthly for about two years and has developed many ideas and been instrumental in increasing program opportunities for teens.

One of their greatest successes is a summer teen concert series at a local beach. We solicit teen bands to perform for their peers and "audition" them using submitted CDs or Web sites. On concert nights, all we do is provide a few staff members and a sound system. We have two or three bands plug in and play while other teens listen, play beach volleyball, or just hang out. We don't pay the bands, and there are no admission fees.

In addition to the concert series, the group is also currently working with a diverse group to develop a community garden.

Jerry Lokken, CPRP

Manager of Recreation Services

Groton Parks and Recreation

Groton, Connecticut

AS IS THE CASE WITH MANY large agencies, the city of Las Vegas is responding to the impact that significant economic downturns have had on agency programming.

With this in mind, individuals and families will not see many new programs but rather reinventions of our existing and successful programs. While currently in the process of determining which programs will be offered and which will be dropped, Las Vegas is looking at what can be implemented with lesser financial contribution from the city. For instance, our agency once paid for every aspect of a program--from marketing to trophies to sports officials' salaries and maintenance. Now we're considering the feasibility of having consumers pay registration and officials fees. We save money by lowering program expenses and the indirect administrative costs of creating purchase orders and processing receipts. …

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