florida-events-recreation-parks-2013-schedule2013 Southeast Region Vendor Expo

WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2013

WHERE: Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Complex
3000 NW 199 Street
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
(786) 279-1222

FREE Admission to Parks and Recreation Professionals

****Door Prizes****
Including a FREE 2013 Conference Registration

Welcome new ideas and opportunities for all your Parks and Recreation needs… It’s all here for you!

If you are getting ready to plan your summer recreation, build or open a new facility, need lighting or parks items, looking for aquatic and/or fitness equipment…the vendor expo is the place to be!

Visit www.frpa.org for 2013 Calendar and online registration.

The Southeast Region
Education Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2013

WHERE: Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Complex
3000 NW 199 Street
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
(786) 279-1222

Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
Project Management for the Parks and Recreation Professional: The Accidental Project Manager
Jim Barnes, Director of Operations, Wellington Parks and Recreation
‘Project Manager’ may or may not be your title, but everyone should build skills for getting things done. In this session, you’ll learn the difference between an assignment/program and a project, then get tips and tools for bringing projects to successful completion.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will understand and recognize the elements that make up a project.
2. Participants will understand a framework for addressing projects.
3. Participants will focus on project requirements and understand the importance of project teams.
0.1 CEUs

9:35 a.m. –9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. –10:55 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

It Starts In Parks-Tips, Tools and Tactics to implement the Refreshed Marketing Program!

Jim Barnes, Director of Operations, Wellington Parks and Recreation All brands must change and evolve. Marketing methods have changed since the It Starts In Parks program was introduced. With the influx of social media usage, messages must be clear and concise. FRPA has rolled out a refreshed ISIP program. Learn about its development and how you can hit the ground running with the tools and tips we offer in this session.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will become familiar with the new ISIP logos and messages.
2. Participants will know what tools are available to them to implement the program.
3. Participants will understand the importance of branding in marketing.
0.1 CEUS

Summer Camp –Ask US!

Michelle Zimmer, Recreation Superintendent, Tamarac Parks and Recreation
Susan Riestra, Recreation Programmer II, Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation
This panel session will focus on camps around the tri-county area. Logistics, forms, policies, procedures…and also a little fun! Bring your own forms to share!

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will be able to establish new policies for their summer camp program.
2. Participants will acquire a list of resources to assist with summer camp at their agency.
3. Participants will be able to revise procedures for their summer camp program.
0.1 CEUs

10:55 a.m. –11:05 a.m. Break
11:05 a.m. –12:05 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

PLAY! Playground Design and Maintenance with Both Children and Staff in Mind

Vivian Figueroa, Playground Consultant, Kompan, Inc.

For a playground to thrive, good maintenance is essential. In this session, you will learn how to maximize your agency’s playground maintenance efforts by properly identifying equipment that requires less maintenance and is more durable in the tough environment we all as the playground. This session will help you define your maintenance needs as a key to protecting your investment, managing risk, improving children’s play experiences, promoting community values, and controlling expenses as well as discuss innovations in playground design, equipment, and materials that consider both users of the equipment as well as the staff that maintains the equipment.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will define the importance of playground maintenance as a key to maximizing playground value.
2. Participants will identify potentially hazardous conditions and describe solutions to correct these problems to ensure a safer play environment.
3. Participants will develop standard requirements for playground equipment and surfacing for sustainable playground maintenance.
0.1 CEUs

Successful Seasons Start Here! – Making Youth Sports Parents Your Partners

Kate Dilworth, Marketing Director, National Alliance for Youth Sports

All too often a negative light is cast on youth sports parents. Yelling form the stands, fights, threats, and gambling, we have heard it all! Setting expectations, keeping open communication, and empowering parents will ensure that instead of being problems, parents serve as essential partners in your youth sports program.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will strategize for a successful season by setting expectations and attaining feedback.
2. Participants will assess reactive vs. proactive measures of managing parents.
3. Participants will understand the mind-set of the youth sports parent and how to meet their needs.
0.1 CEUs

***No Lunch is included in Meeting Fee***
Bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic in the park before going to the Vendor Expo
Also the concession by Miami Gardens will by open onsite
Or there is a number of fast food restaurants located on NW 27th Ave., only a mile away

1:00 p.m. Vendor Expo Starts

Many local and area vendors will be available to book and plan your summer recreation field trips, entertainment, arts and crafts projects, events and many more.