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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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If you've ever wondered how your parks and recreation agency could strengthen your current brand, or rebrand all together... Listen to this episode!
In this episode, I talk to Gabe Castillo who is with the Belvidere Park District in Illinois.  We walk through the different stages of finding your program idea from community feedback, to then marketing and evaluating that program over time.  Remember...If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review.    Find More Info at beckytalksparks.com/podcast/S3E1 Connect w/ me on LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap   
 What do you do once you figure out that you want to in parks and Recreation?   This is the question that Deona and I started with in this conversation.  Deona reached out to me as a current student in the parks and recreation field.I definitely see her as an up-and-coming leader in our field, and I am excited to hear what she has to say!  We talked about how to choose your degree, the right school, the right classes, and then how to get your foot in the door.  She has some really useful tips around volunteering, researching your dream job, and reaching out to other professionals.Deona is working on an app to help people experience parks in new ways. If you’d like to be involved, or perhaps know someone with the technical expertise to help her, please reach out to her at deonamicheli@gmail.com  Remember...If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review.   Find More Info at beckytalksparks.com/podcast/S2E6Connect w/ me on LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap  
 Today I have got a great interview for you!  I am talking to Craig Bouck from BRS Associates about future trends in recreation centers, including aquatics, operations, planning, and design. BRS is a planning and design firm that focuses primarily on community and recreation design.  They work around the country to provide bring a lot of these trends we are about to talk about to LIFE.  They like to focus primarily on recreation centers, because they say that this is the one architecture that at some point really touches everybody in the community. Craig is the CEO of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture. An extremely talented and creative designer, he has a quick intellect and discerning eye. He brings his expertise to all aspects of the practice, from project management to graphic design. Craig is a frequent speaker and author in the recreation, active aging and aquatic facility design industry.   Remember...If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review.   Find More Info at beckytalksparks.com/podcast/S2E5Connect w/ me on LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap  
 Pat O'Toole Pat brings over 25 years of management planning for parks and recreation agencies and has been leading projects for GreenPlay since 2003. Prior to joining GreenPlay, Pat was President of OATS LLC, a private consulting firm. Before that he worked for many years as a Principal for another parks planning firm, and he was previously a director and assistant director for several agencies in four different states. Pat has extensive expertise in budgeting, operational pro-formas, cost recovery and activity-based costing, efficiencies, public process, and all other facets of leading agencies. He is skilled at leading forward focused projects and teams, specifically related to creating vision and implementation. · Remember...If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review.   · Find More Info at beckytalksparks.com/podcast/S2E4· Connect w/ me on LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap  
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  
Jason Hendrix is a local government professional with 15 years of government experience and is currently a Community Services Supervisor with the City of Menifee. Jason is extremely passionate about the Parks & Recreation industry and has coordinated or supervised numerous program areas including: youth sports, special events, after school programs and now also supervises the Park Ranger Program and Homeless Task Force.Jason holds an AA from the University of Phoenix and holds several Park & Rec certifications including being a certified trainer of trainers for alifornia School Age Consortium, and a certified youth and adult sports official. Jason has served as Vice President on the California Parks & Recreation District 11 board and has held the office of President of the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation on two separate occasions.  In his spare time, Jason can be found cheering on his beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish, recording his ‘Dos Leprechauns’ podcast with his son, or training for 5k’s. Jason lives in Riverside with his wife. Remember...If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review.   Find More Info at beckytalksparks.com/podcast/S2E2Connect w/ me on LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap  
NRPA 2018 is almost here!  In this episode, I give you a rundown of my top 5 favorite tips for the National Recreation and Parks Association Conference.  Hope these come in handy and get you excited for the event! Remember...If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review.   Find More Info at beckytalksparks.com/podcast/S2E1Connect w/ me on LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap  
 A LOT is changing in the world of parks and recreation. I had the privledge of sitting down with Arthur Graham Thatcher to talk about the ways the young professionals are changing the face of recreation.   Today we talk about Entrepreneurship of millennials in our field and beyond; The specialization of parks and rec career paths; The changing on-demand nature of programs;How social media and connectivity will impact our field; The need for flexible work places and schedules    Remember...If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review.   Find More Info at beckytalksparks.com/podcast/S1E11Connect w/ me on LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap  
 Keri Konold joined me for another episode on the podcast this week to talk about public engagement in relation to conservation and recreation.  It can be difficult to achieve a balance between conservation and recreation; they seem like opposing sides, and yet one in the same.  Keri talks about using the SHIFT principles to reframe the conversation to make progress.  We also dive into her philosophy behind public engagement and some of the ways she has found success when talking to communities, large or small.   Keri is currently the Community Relations Officer at City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, in addition to being a Project Consultant for GreenPlay, LLC.    “I encourage professionals to not be daunted by public engagement, but rather embrace it and leverage it to provide a better product so our communities whom we serve can go out and have the experiences that they value.”  Remember...If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review.   Find More Info at beckytalksparks.com/podcast/S1E10Connect w/ me on LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap  
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