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Becky Talks Parks: Parks & Recreation Podcast for Passionate Professionals

Author: Becky Dunlap

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Stories with incredible Parks and Recreation Professionals who are raising the bar to improve the programs, parks, and community services that enhance the quality of life of everyone around them.
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Staying Relevant: What does it take? w/ Chris Nunes
Staying Relevant in Parks and Recreation is no easy task.  Technology is moving at a rapid pace.  Trends seem to change daily.  What, then, does it mean for agencies to stay relevant? How do we decide when to compete, collaborate, or step back?  In this episode, I talk to Chris Nunes from the Woodlands Township to hear his perspective on what it means to stay relevant in today's world!  Chris Nunes, CPRE is the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas.  In that position, a $22 million operational budget,  a $4-5 million  yearly capital improvement program and is accountable for the management of 140 parks, 15 swimming pools and aquatic facilities, 220 miles of pathways, and 200 miles of streetscape.He speaks around the country (over 300+ times) on topics including: business plans, contracting, creative programming, marketing, external funding, communication, leadership and succession planning.  In 2012, Chris was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administrators and in 2015 he received the National Distinguished Professional Award from NRPA and in 2016-2017 he is the President of the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administrators.  Remember...If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review.   Find More Info at beckytalksparks.com/podcast/S2E3Connect w/ me on LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap  
Emerging Trends In Parks & Playgrounds With Dustin Graham
What does the future of parks look like?  What happens when cookie cutter playgrounds get replaced by unique, creative, and imaginative structures?  In this episode, Dustin Graham talks about trends in parks and playground design.  We get deep into how playgrounds are the foundation for skill building and risk taking.Dustin Graham, a Designer and Territory Manager, for Great Southern Recreation, has been working in the parks and recreation industry for 15 years. Dustin’s eclectic recreation experience has lead him to the wonderful world of play space design and construction. Dustin services East Tennessee and East Georgia providing design/build services in the playground and splash pad space. Dustin is Raising the Bar By: Creating spaces that impact our communities beyond the park Advocating for risky elements in playgrounds for the benefit of child development Asking the big questions like…“How do we make our communities say, ‘I love my park system’?”   Things you’ll learn in this episode: Trends in parks and playground design; The rise of splash pads (less maintenance, less staff, and less insurance!); How topographic challenges won’t limit a playground, but will actually be an advantage The potential of using old inhabitable places and transforming them to new gems What to say when someone remarks, “That’s dangerous!!” to a new piece of playground equipment The new features that make playgrounds come alive:How technology can impact the way kids interact with natureFuture use of QR codes and augmented reality App-based social fitness challenges How sound and light features will become integrated in parks in conjunction with smart phone technology (similar idea w/ Disney lights –>  watch video )“Playgrounds are great natural classrooms for kids to learn about themselves” – Dustin GrahamResources:Gametime Fitness Challenge Course (must watch video!) Beltline Park in Atlanta Great Southern Rec   Remember...If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review.   Find More Info at beckytalksparks.com/podcast/S1E9Connect w/ me on LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap  
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