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If you, as a citizen, lack an organized
and effective friends group in your comunity, today would be a perfect time to
build one. Below are some basic guidelines to assist you in your efforts:

Step 1: Invite Others to Join the

Step 3: Introduce Yourself
■■  Contact

Important People- Make

sure to let everyone know about your
group-local elected officials, the mom
and pop store across the street, and
other groups in the community. Before

others can help you, they have to know
that you exist.
■■  Meet

with the Parks Department-

From the beginning, friends groups
and parks and recreation departments
should be in close contact. Reach out to

Cause

a Core Group- In the early
stages, most of the work of establishing a park " friends group " is done by
a handful of dedicated people. This
group, or steering committee, should
reflect the diversity of the community,
meet often, organize effectively, and
then report on their progress and get
feedback from stakeholders.

■■  Create

■■  Hold

a General Interest Meeting-

In order to find people who care about
parks, schedule a meeting in a public
space, invite everyone you know, post
flyers in your neighborhood, and place
notices in neighborhood newsletters.
Use the meeting as an open forum to
discuss your parks and what people
want done there.
■■  Keep on Recruiting-Take every op-

portunity to bring more people into both
the general and core groups. There is
always power in numbers. Give people a reason to feel invested in their local parks.

Step 2: Set Your Goals

as a Group- Decide together what " helping the park " means. It
is important to get the buy-in of everyone involved.

■■  Decide

Realistic-You can't completely
renovate your playground area next
week, but you can host a work day
to begin the process. Start small and
build, otherwise you'll get frustrated
and burn out.

■■  Be

■■  Be Specific-If you clearly define your

mission, it will be easier to convince
others to help you because they will
know exactly what you're about. Make
sure to discuss advocacy as one of the
most valuable contributions you can
make as a group.
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