DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS: COMMUNITY COUNCILS
The Department’s ability to provide high-quality service is inextricably linked to efforts to significantly increase the number of volunteers who support its full time staff.
Establish community recreation and parks councils to recruit volunteers and support the efforts of Departmental staff.
Organizational, Service Improvement
Estimated Annual Impact:
Cannot be Estimated
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Recreation center staff may feel their leadership is being usurped by the volunteer community councils. As a result, there needs to be strong support for volunteerism from the proposed Children and Youth Cabinet.
This should be one of the first items to be implemented once the proposed Children and Youth Cabinet is formed.
Identify areas where local councils are needed and actively recruit members.
Based on the project team’s site visits, it appeared that recreation centers with local councils tended to have more programs and better-utilized facilities. Local councils could be partially responsible for recruiting volunteers from the community, spearheading new fundraising initiatives, and serving as a conduit for the public’s input regarding the programs offered at respective facilities. Ideally, these local councils would meet between four and six times per year.