Building a healthier community is the ultimate goal for a parks and recreation agency. But in the past few years, budget and staff cuts have made it harder to focus on that goal given the time spent on day-to-day rec management. However, technology can help parks and recreation agencies manage processes better, faster, and easier: Continue reading →
Over the past few years, parks and recreation agencies have been squeezed with revenue, staff, and time. To save time and money with fewer resources, P&R agencies are using rec software to run more efficiently and offer better citizen service. Here are five cities that are benefiting in five different ways by implementing recreation software: Continue reading →
The City of San Diego is making it easier for citizens to get active. By partnering with Active Network, Communities the city has decided to automate its parks and recreation operations to help P & R staff save time and make it easier for people to register online. From facility reservations and park permitting to payment processing and e-commerce, San Diego has decided to manage its operations through parks and recreation software.
There is a boatload of info on the internet about social media. But how many tangible examples have you been able to find for organizations like yours? Today, we’re going to cover two YMCAs and two parks and recreation agencies who are using social media to effectively engage with the community and drive registrations. Continue reading →
The Panorama Recreation Center in British Columbia, Canada has been facing issues that may sound familiar. “We’re growing but we’re operating with fewer resources,” said Lisa Sneek, Marketing Coordinator for Panorama Recreation. “For example, we recently enhanced our aquatics center, which is great, but we haven’t increased our program and management staff.” Continue reading →
Congratulations to our customer, SELCRA (Southeastern Livingston County Recreation Authority) and its director, Derek Smith, for winning two awards at the MRPA (Michigan Recreation and Park Association) Conference and Tradeshow this week! MRPA awards exemplary parks and recreation professionals and organizations who inspire others and fulfill the core values of the profession.
MRPA Design Award (SELRCA.com): This award is given to the organization that demonstrates its website as “a critical way to communicate with residents and nonresidents alike. How well they function in serving a community is of utmost importance.” The judging criteria consisted of four categories: site functionality, ease of use, design, and content. Continue reading →
This is the second guest post (see his first here) from Jason Little, recreation manager for the City of Cottonwood. Jason has over thirteen years administrative experience in municipal government operations with an emphasis in parks and recreation. He has spent his entire career with the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department; an agency that has grown exponentially in the last eight years. The Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department considers recreation to be an essential service and strives to “make the good life better” for the citizens. __________ Continue reading →
We’d like to welcome the Chicago Park District to Active Network as a client! Full disclosure: it’s pretty exciting. Chicago Park District is the largest municipal park manager in the nation and is moving online for its staff and citizens. Here is what they manage:
This is a guest post from Jason Little, recreation manager for the City of Cottonwood. Jason has over thirteen years administrative experience in municipal government operations with an emphasis in parks and recreation. He has spent his entire career with the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department; an agency that has grown exponentially in the last eight years. The Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department considers recreation to be an essential service and strives to “make the good life better” for the citizens. __________ Continue reading →
Prior to 2010, the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) offered its 16,000 students access to more than 200 physical activities, recreations, and sports with a pen, piece of paper, a small system for registrations, and some Excel sheets.