DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS: COMMUNITY COUNCILS

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DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS: COMMUNITY COUNCILS

Problem Identification:
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.

Recommended Action:
Establish community recreation and parks councils to recruit volunteers and support the efforts of Departmental staff.

Classification:
Organizational, Service Improvement

Functional/Operational Area:
Recreation

Estimated Annual Impact:
Cannot be Estimated

Estimated Implementation Costs:
None

Barriers to Implementation:
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.

Projected Implementation:
This should be one of the first items to be implemented once the proposed Children and Youth Cabinet is formed.

Next Steps:
Identify areas where local councils are needed and actively recruit members.

Analysis:
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.