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The " Day of Hope " program
organized by the Peoria Park District
reaches 400 kids throughout central
Illinois every year.

to p five o bver lo o k ed bes t p rac t ices

Risk Management

1. Don't assume you " know " someone - because you really don't. There may be something in their background that would
disqualify their application to serve as paid or unpaid staff.

2. Make certain that any person who will be granted the privilege of working with children, youth, persons with a disability, or
the elderly can pass the parks and recreation industry expectation for " due diligence " background checks, defined in the NRPA
Recommended Guidelines for Credentialing. Approximately 5 percent of the current volunteer workforce will not pass this screening.

3. Take the initiative to really know what each volunteer wants and expects, as well as the specific skill set they
can bring to the volunteer experience, and use that information to assign the " right " volunteer to the right position.
4. Invest the resources necessary to train and condition staff
and volunteers in managing potential risks. Properly prepare them to represent your agency, never compromise safety, and deliver to the visitors and participants what they expect.

5. Transform your volunteer asset into a powerful advocacy group for
safe and enjoyable parks, recreation, and conservation experiences.
BY Randy Rodebaugh, President
of Southeastern Security
Consultants, Marietta, Georgia

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be both an opportunity and challenge for agencies working on improving their best practices.
The Gurnee Park District serves tech-savvy customers who are accustomed to using technology
but as a smaller agency, it finds it difficult to locate
software that meets the needs and expectations of
the community. " The challenge is allocating the
right amount of resources and making sure we
have the right people working on that to take us to
the level we need to reach, " Kuruvilla says. Finding and tweaking the right financial, registration,
and scheduling software will be a major focus for
the next two years, she says.
In Fairfax County, it's not just the virtual landscape
but the actual landscape that is changing, with rapid
urbanization of a once rural and later suburban community. However, the county park authority is well prepared with best practices already in place.
" We looked at practices across the country in urban areas and we looked at what our needs assessment indicated was important, " says Sandra Stallman,
manager of the Park Planning Branch, who has helped
develop an Urban Parks Framework for the parks authority. " We're seeing redevelopment where new
transit is going to be located. These traditionally have
been our commercial areas, and very few parks were
developed in these commercial areas. Now they're
envisioned to be transit-oriented, they're envisioned
to be a mix of uses, and they're envisioned to support
a live-work-play paradigm. And parks play a big role
in creating those new places. "
The new urban parks will not just offer green
space but will be integrated into a mix of uses and
provide a sense of place as well. Developers now
have comprehensive planning language and urban
park standards that reflect community values, which
has bolstered the position that parks are a valuable
part of community developments and hence are a
good investment, Stallman adds.
These new best practices for 21st century parks
are out there, if park and recreation agencies will
take the time to share them, Ramsey exhorts. The
ways to share practices have increased tremendously, but park professionals need to evaluate them
and think for themselves, he says.
" Both the providers and users of information are
overwhelmed, " Ramsey says. " But you've got to
take time to do it...to probe your way through the
minefield. That's your best chance of surviving....If
we work together to share those experiences, and
you've got somebody who's already been through
it, learn from them! " 
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