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Silver & Fit/Silver Sneakers 2 S. Clayton We work with another vendor in our agency to provide SilverSneakers for our clients, so they do all the tracking and reporting back to Healthways, the holder of the SilverSneakers designation. It's a lot of tracking and reporting. Myra AustinSenior Centers AdministratorOrange County Department on
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Booking Agents 1 J. Dunkley Jennifer,We do use booking agents for our leagues in Tarboro. The fee is generally $30-33 dollars a team and then we pay them for the cost of officials for the season at the rate agreed upon. We also have a $100 league booking fee.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Restroom Vandalism 0 P. Duffy We have a Community Center and Park that is attached to a High School. We are having a problem with students skipping class and vandalizing the restrooms/shelters at our park. We cannot close the restrooms because we have walkers/joggers who use the park throughout the day. We have reached out to the school but they are no real help. Short of staffing the park while school is in session and calling the police when we see them outside the school during class hours, I am at a loss on what to do. Any ideas are welcomed... technology, cameras, different lock ideas, etc... Thanks for your help and ideas. Patrick Duffy
by P. Duffy
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Summer Daycamp 0 J. Dunkley If your Department offers a Summer Day Camp do you have a Lead Counselor and if so what is your current pay for that position?
by J. Dunkley
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Co-ed Coach Pitch Baseball 0 Siler City Parks and Recreation In years past the department has offered 8U Coach Pitch Softball and 8U Coach Pitch Baseball.  In doing this we were never able to have enough teams to have a league of our own.  We were forced to play in other leagues throughout our county. Our goal is to bring our 8U leagues back in house and run our own league in Siler City.  We were able to accomplish this in Basketball by combining our girls and boys in 8U.  Our numbers in basketball actually went up by doing this.  We went from 1 girls team and 2 boys team to 6 co-ed teams.  Now that spring is around the corner, we have structured our 8U Coach Pitch to be Co-ed as well with hopes of the same success that we had in Basketball.  However, the department is getting a lot of negative feedback regarding this change.  Many participants have called and said they would play somewhere else to allow their daughter to play softball or allow their son to play with only boys.  How many departments run Co-ed Coach Pitch?  Any suggestions on how to make this transition smoother for our participants and gain the registration numbers needed to accomplish our goal?    
by Siler City Parks and Recreation
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Open Gym Policy 0 S. Aloisa I'm looking to create an open gym policy. Does anyone have a policy they are currently using that I could use as a reference? I would appreciate any tips, tricks, or words of wisdom regarding the topic.    Please email me at     Thank you!
by S. Aloisa
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
July 4th Entertainment 0 A. Somers Lillington Parks and Recreation is currently looking for some ideas for non-music entertainment for kids at a reasonable price. Do any of you have any suggestions for things you do at some of your events that are a really big hit for kids and families?    Please email Amy Somers at if you have any ideas or suggestions.
by A. Somers
Monday, February 5, 2018
Baseball Facility Renovation 0 T. Clark Has anyone completed a renovation of a baseball facility. We are looking at replacing the entire fencing, dugouts, lighting of an old baseball field. Wanted to see if anyone had costs on what this has been like for them. Thanks  
by T. Clark
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Community Center Design 0 Pinehurst Parks and Recreation   We are currently in the design phase for an 18,000 sq. ft. Community Center here in Pinehurst, NC and we would like to tour facilities of similar sizes in the coming weeks.  If you have a facility in the 15,000 – 25,000 sq. ft. range and would be willing to let our design team tour your facility and have some time for questions and answers, please contact Mark Wagner, Pinehurst Parks and Recreation Director at  We will not have any aquatic amenities in our facility so that is not a feature we would need to visit as part of a tour.  Thank you for your assistance.”   Mark Wagner Parks & Recreation Director, Village of Pinehurst
by Pinehurst Parks and Recreation
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Fundraisers Rentals 0 V. MCKIVER   We have people who would like to rent our centers to do fundraisers.  I want to know if there are any departments that rents to fundraisers.  If you do what are your guidelines and how much do you charge?  Do you require them to be a nonprofit organization with a 501(c) (3) certification?.  Vickie McKiver Recreation Director Thomasville Parks & Recreation
Thursday, January 25, 2018
CMR Inquiry 0 Davie County Recreation & Parks   Fellow Park and Recreation Professionals,   I am looking for any NC Park and Recreation agency that has used CMR (Construction Manager at Risk) to complete construction of a park project within the last five (5) years.  I would particularly like to see any RFQ/RFP’s that were used, as well as the pro’s and con’s that you experienced using this process.  Please email your examples and experiences to   Thank you in advance for your assistance.   Paul A. Moore, CPRP Recreation and Parks Director County of Davie, Recreation and Parks    
by Davie County Recreation & Parks
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan 0 Lincolnton Recreation & Parks   Our department is looking to update our Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  Has any other department recently completed this process?   If a RFQ was completed, could you please share the information from that process?  Any information you could share about your experience in this process would be greatly appreciated.  Nathan Eurey, Director City of Lincolnton Parks and Recreation  
by Lincolnton Recreation & Parks
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Picnic Shelter Design Ideas 0 Clinton Recreation and Parks Our department has been approached about building an enclosed picnic shelter area. The main concerns with this type of shelter is air flow, vandalism, and safety. Any materials placed at this park will need to be very tough. We would like some type of material that will allow some natural light into the structure. The group that approached us about this mentioned the possibility of garage type doors that would lend the possibility of being open during events while still providing some privacy and shielded during cooler fall days. I am aware of this type, but it would have to be some type of smoky glass or smoky plastic type of windows. Those that I am aware of are intended more for community center type of facilities. Does anyone have this type of picnic shelter or have any suggestions?  We are looking at something at least 20' x 20' and I would like to know a turnkey price for this (prep work (grading - very little should be needed), full installation (electrical, concrete pad, and shelter)). Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks for your help and have a great day. Jonathan Allen, Director City of Clinton Recreation & Parks Department 
by Clinton Recreation and Parks
Monday, January 22, 2018
Corporate Sponsorships 0 P. Christie   We are looking  into corporate sponsorship for building new facilities.  Can anyone share the pros (and cons) of going this route?  Any info you care to share would be helpful. Thank you! Pat Christie Parks and Recreation Director Town of Mills River
by P. Christie
Friday, January 19, 2018
Partnership Agreements 0 C. SCHMIDT   I am looking for contracts used between your agency and an outside partner allowing them to use your facility for a program they will facilitate. In this case, specifically summer day camp with a YMCA, but any similar partnership agreements to view would be appreciated. Thank you, Chris Schmidt Lake Royale POA
Friday, January 12, 2018
Various Listserv Questions 0 R. JONES 1.)     Our department operates an 80,000 sq. ft. Aquatics and Fitness Center and would like to compare our full-time staff salaries with other comparable facilities managed by Recreation Departments.  If your dept. operates a similar facility and would not mind sharing this information could you please provide your contact information? 2.)    Our department has seen an increase in requests from 501c3 non profit entities for usage of municipal parks for special events.  Does anyone have any policies referencing the municipality’s role in “in kind” donations that include park space or any policy addressing partnership with and sponsorship of events with a non profit organization? 3.)    Does anyone have any policy or procedure that addresses donation of items in memoriam?  Thanks! Ryan Jones City of Monroe Program Director, Parks and Recreation
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Dance Decorations - Making your gym look less like a gym 0 J. Moon At the Joint Conference, in one of the sessions, there was a lot of talk about a Father Daughter Dance or Sweetheart Ball. These seemed to be classy events. Do any of you have any pictures of how you decorated your gym for these events? How did you make a gym classy? We are trying to figure out what we will need for our 2018/2019 budget. Visual aids and/or cost would be greatly appreciated. Please send to   HAPPY NEW YEAR
by J. Moon
Friday, December 29, 2017
Ordinance - Smoke Free Parks 0 E. JOHNSTON The Town of Winterville Parks & Recreation Department is interested in obtaining smoke free park ordinances (including e-cigarettes) from other jurisdictions. Would also be interested in pictures of signage.   Any assistance is appreciated. Thank you in advance!   Evan Johnston Director, Parks & Recreation Town of Winterville, NC
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Girls Basketball 0 Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks would like to ask if there are any other departments that offer a girls 10-14 age group.  We are looking for games.  Thanks Steven W. Osborne Henderson-Vance Recreation Program Superintendent Aycock Recreation Center
by Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Programming for Girls Leagues 0 Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks We would like to see how many departments are programming for Girls Leagues and what age groups.  We usually register anywhere between 2-3 girls teams for volleyball, and basketball.  We are constantly looking for other teams to play.  If you offer girls teams and have enough to field 1 team or more please let us know. Thanks Steven W. Osborne Henderson-Vance Recreation Program Superintendent Aycock Recreation Center
by Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks
Tuesday, December 19, 2017