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10 Community Engagement: A Smart Fit for Parks & Recreation 13 From the IPRA Foundation President

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IPRA Board of Directors Congratulations to Our 2017 IPRA Board

2016 Board of Directors

Co-Presidents Will Lacey Dansville Parks & Recreation wlacey@danvilleindiana.org

Aquatics Chair Terese McAninch Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation tmcaninch@carmelclayparks.com

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Dan McGuire Valparaiso Parks & Recreation dmcguire@valpo.us

Recreation & Programming Chair Robert Greathouse Indy Parks & Recreation robert.greathouse@indy.gov

President-Elect Mike Hoffmeister Noblesville Parks & Recreation mhoffmeister@noblesville.in.us Past President Becky Barrick-Higgins Bloomington Parks & Recreation barrickb@bloomington.in.gov Treasurer Chris Stice Hamilton County Parks & Recreation chris.stice@hamiltoncounty.in.gov Northern District Representatives Mike Clendenen New Haven-Adams Township Parks & Recreation mclendenen@newhavenin.org Kathy Pargmann Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation kathy.pargmann@cityoffortwayne.org Southern District Representatives Dominic Cornett Indy Parks & Recreation dominic.cornett@indy.gov

Young Professional Representative Nichole Haberlin Noblesville Parks & Recreation nhaberlin@noblesville.in.us Corporate Representative Austin Hochstetler PROS Consulting austin.hochstetler@prosconsulting.com Elected / Appointed Official Matthew Snyder Clay Township msnyder@claytwp.org Ex-Officio Member Lisa D. Nye Indiana Park & Recreation Association lnye@inpra.org IPRA Staff Chelsea Courtney Indiana Park & Recreation Association chelsea@inpra.org

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From the Executive Director

Greetings IPRA members! The seasons have changed and Fall is now upon us, which means the annual IPRA Conference & Expo is just around the corner! Registration for our largest professional development event is now open, and I encourage you to sign up soon because you will not want to miss all of the great things the Conference Committee has put together. Here is a preview of what’s new at the 2017 conference: • Pre-Conference Department Directors’ Summit Whether you are a seasoned veteran or are a new department director, you won’t want to miss this peer-to-peer forum. Led by a panel of directors with varying years of experience, this highly interactive and confidential discussion will provide you with the opportunity to freely exchange ideas and problem solve your greatest challenges. • Tour de Indy Before conference is in full swing, join us for some fun and enlightening tours

of unique places in the host city of Indianapolis! Tour the Indianapolis Zoo or the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Tuesday, January 17, and visit Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center on Wednesday, January 18. • Career Hub A place for prospective employees and employers to connect, the new career hub will provide an opportunity for you to post your open positions and internships and interact with potential job candidates, including leisure studies students. • Mini Sessions New to the 2017 conference, mini sessions are short, informative presentations that provide practical, easy-to-implement solutions to the challenges facing today’s parks professional. • Education Sessions More than 80% of the speaker’s at the 2017 conference will be new to the event! Hailing from 10 different states, this year’s speakers come from city, county, state, and federal park agencies as well as a variety of recreation

businesses such as equipment vendors, consultants, planners, and more. • Tailgate Tuesday Social Relax and enjoy downtown Indy at our new pre-conference social - Tailgate Tuesday! Held at Tow Yard Brewing, this meetup is a great chance to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones before conference begins. Don’t forget to wear your favorite team jersey! • District Games Join us for the first ever District Games! During conference, the Northern and Southern districts will play several Minute to Win It style games to compete for the coveted District Cup. The Games will conclude on Thursday night at the IPRA Social where the districts will participate in a “Family Feud” type final competition that you won’t want to miss! As you can see, there is a lot to look forward to this coming January! More information about the 2017 IPRA Conference & Expo can be found in this issue including education session descriptions, the schedule of events, a list of exhibitors, and more, and registration can be completed at www.inpra.org/ conference. I would also like to congratulate our incoming 2017 IPRA Board of Directors. IPRA is excited to work with these individuals in the coming year, and we appreciate their willingness to serve. I hope you all have a great remainder of the year; I look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis in January! Lisa D. Nye Executive Director Indiana Park & Recreation Association

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From the President

Happy Fall, Everyone!

I must confess, here and now. I am one of those crazed pumpkineverything people. I get Fall Fever. On October 1 I begin playing Van Morrison’s “Moondance” every single day for the entire month. I can’t stop myself from converging on the Farmers’ Market every Saturday to acquire more pumpkins for my collection. My goal each week is to find that one pumpkin that is perfect in every way: size, shape, color, and, most importantly … stem. There is even a vendor at the Market who knows about my pumpkin obsession and who holds back for me the perfect one. He never disappoints! My front porch is a testament to pumpkin perfection, and a diorama devoted to everything fall: pumpkins, scarecrows, mums, oh my! I have always had a deep and abiding love for this season. I grew up watching Linus and his annual vigil in the pumpkin patch. I hoped each year that, somehow, the story would be different; that the Great Pumpkin would indeed rise out of the pumpkin patch, and that Charlie Brown would get more than a rock from trick-or-treating.

characters who never find more than a rock in their trick-or-treat sacks, IPRA has a cauldron full of resources like Insights to keep members up-to-date with what is happening in the parks and recreation field across the state. Numerous committees continue to conjure up fun and educational activities for the upcoming January state conference, and I hope you plan to attend to take advantage of all the opportunities this annual event has to offer. Speaking of conferences, we are just beginning the planning process for the National Recreation and Park Association conference that will be held in Indianapolis in 2018. NRPA brings a new level of education and information to parks and recreation professionals, and there is still time to get involved through one of IPRA’s many planning committees. Call the IPRA office and let us know you want to be a part of the team! The annual membership retreat was held just prior to the onset of fall, in September in the way-cool Hamilton County Parks Koteewi facility. We tried out both the aerial adventure course and the archery range, and still found time to learn about event safety and creating positive organizational cultures. We extend a big thank you to the retreat sponsors, including

Miracle Midwest, Pros Consulting, Edge Adventures, and Hamilton County Parks and Recreation. IPRA held a successful election of officers, and I am proud of how focused our IPRA office and board of directors has been on listening to what our members are saying, and to making IPRA more relevant to departments throughout the state. Leadership opportunities are always available through IPRA, and I encourage you to bring your best ideas and positive energy to take part in moving IPRA into the future. In “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, Linus said of the Great Pumpkin: “He’ll come here because I have the most sincere pumpkin patch and he respects sincerity.” I respect the commitment each IPRA member has to bringing parks and recreation expertise and opportunities to the entire Hoosier state. I hope that all of you enjoy the season! Take time to breathe the crisp fall air, watch brilliant autumn leaves dance and float to the ground, put on a sweatshirt, build a fire, roast marshmallows, and drink hot apple cider. All ‘neath the cover of October skies … Becky Barrick-Higgins 2016 IPRA President barrickb@bloomington.in.gov

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Community Engagement: A Smart Fit for Parks & Recreation

By Dan Domsic, Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator and Tony Elliot, Director

Not so long ago, Fishers, Indiana, was a blinking light at an intersection 10 minutes north of Indianapolis. After all, the suburb’s population amounted to about 7,000 in the early 1990s. Now a little over 25 years later, Fishers has traded its one-stoplighttown-dotted-with-farms persona for that of a community that grew up with great schools.

share the Town’s story while fact finding and trying to understand the story of the community’s many stakeholders–was a task that staff took up.

And the mantle of the fifth largest city in the state of Indiana.

Since then, the Town of Fishers received a Second Class City designation as the result of a referendum, and its first Mayor has been elected–both occurring during the genesis of an ambitious redevelopment project of Fishers’ downtown area. Mayor Scott Fadness’ vision for a smart, vibrant, entrepreneurial community would soon envelop the City staff’s efforts.

And challenges that have amounted from exponential growth occurring during simultaneous generational changes in the state and the nation.

A connector for the public and staff, the Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator, has been a full-time role in its Parks & Recreation Department since 2013.

With the reputation of the local school district, Hamilton Southeastern Schools, driving people to the area, a business community grew. People found ways to get involved, whether that was making a difference with the local Rotary Club (which at one point was meeting out of a Pizza Hut) or helping build the Fourth of July celebration, the Fishers Freedom Festival.

In a City known for its meteoric boom, community engagement–bringing people and stakeholders to the metaphoric table– is more important now than ever, and the whole department plays a role in making it happen. A Parks & Recreation department can help a booming community connect and feel smaller–and this is how.

And a population of almost 90,000 people.

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Parks & Recreation can help activate redevelopment. In 2013, construction fencing heralded the beginning of a vision of a walkable

downtown in suburban Fishers–the Nickel Plate District. Millions of dollars in public and private investment made the steel and concrete for new mixed-use development go vertical, but the City’s leadership knew that redevelopment’s success hinged on people breathing new life and personality into the district. Fishers Parks & Recreation embedded itself in the redevelopment as a new outdoor amphitheater took shape in the local municipal complex residing in the district. Packing people into the area for quality entertainment and community events became part of the mission–a mission that the private sector was not active in. Thousands have packed the amphitheater for local and national music acts, with different organizations using the space for events and performances. Additionally, the Parks & Recreation department built a stable of events to serve as new traditions and expectations for residents. You can now bring the kids out for safe Trick or Treating at Boo Bash or even for a dance party complete with glow in the dark paint, as well as expect a soulful experience at our Blues Festival every year. Continued on page 11


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We worked to help kick start the area by delivering products–experiences–to residents that they can’t get anywhere else within the sprawling community’s borders.

Parks & Recreation can bring important social groups and organizations to the same table. When a community grows by about 80,000 residents in a quarter of a century, growing pains are involved. Some of those pains simply come from the good nature of wanting to be involved or do some good. Fishers grew so fast, staff found that people wanted to get involved or had ideas for the community, but did not know how to make it happen or that another group was already doing the same thing. Fishers Parks & Recreation created multiple groups to work on solving this issue. The Fishers Civic Coalition brought social/service clubs to the table, as well as select nonprofits, for better communication and sometimes collaboration. Two business councils later coalesced with the help of the local chamber of commerce and other departments. The Nickel Plate Business Council, specifically for the newly minted downtown district, meets to get information from the city, collaborate, and encourage exploration of the area. In collaboration with the Fishers Arts Council and Parks, these local businesses have been a major part of new events–including an Arts Crawl–that breathe life into an area poised for much more growth.

While these bigger groups maintained by the Parks & Recreation Department forge ahead, the Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator works to field questions from the public and match needs with community stakeholders that

can make a difference–a task that is aided by cultivating these relationships in several different sectors of Fishers.

Parks & Recreation can help create new partnerships for efficiency and innovation.

By continuing the City Government Academy, we keep the doors open for interested local people to get involved, serve the community, and provide the opportunity for mutually beneficial interaction and innovation.

Working in a fast-growing community, Fishers staff follow a mantra that isn’t about maintaining the status quo or an industry standard. It’s about understanding those paradigms and working with the community to craft solutions that may deviate from them to fit and work with the citizens here. By building and working on relationships, costsaving initiatives can be crafted, helping taxpayers, staff, and the community at-large all at once. On a small scale, an example would be how a great relationship with the Rotary Club of Fishers led to the service club contracting parking services and other event needs for our seven-week long Summer Concert Series, as well as a couple of other events. By partnering, staffing costs were reduced by about 50 percent, and the Rotary had a new fundraising source, which ultimately benefits people locally and globally. On a larger scale, one of the City’s most lauded economic initiatives stemmed from a relationship built in a program now housed in the Parks & Recreation department. Fishers hosts the City Government Academy twice per year, giving residents an inside look at how their local government operates. Through this program, a relationship was built with a local entrepreneur, which later served as the genesis for Launch Fishers, a coworking space that provides 21st Century infrastructure to entrepreneurs and small businesses as they grow. This serves as a physical part of an ecosystem that encourages entrepreneurship and enables businesses to grow right in Fishers, an economic development tool that is a far cry from classic business recruitment and retention.

Parks & Recreation can play a major role in city-wide initiatives to benefit all departments. Community engagement is at its best when the lines between various city departments are flexible. Parks & Recreation plays a role in many different operations, using its network of people to benefit the entire organization when possible. A volunteer is looking for an opportunity besides helping with Parks programs? Community Development needs assistance tracking trails usage? Public relations needs to get information about a new program in front of neighborhood contacts? Parks & Recreation plays a role in all of those tasks, steeping it in the many, many functions of the city, which ultimately strengthens what the department can offer residents: a place to easily get information and navigate the organization, as well as a sounding board for concerns. Community engagement can be as complex or simple as a staff’s and elected official’s vision calls for. It’s an opportunity to invest time and energy into people that care about community. Like any initiative or policy, it can have its challenges, but when a municipality invests in relationships and its own people, the potential benefit is immeasurable.

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From the IPRA Foundation President Hello IPRA Members, 2016 is wrapping up, but it certainly isn’t winding down! With the 2017 IPRA Conference & Expo coming up, I wanted to remind everyone about some great opportunities offered by the Indiana Parks & Recreation Foundation and some ways you can become involved in IPRF’s purpose of promoting parks, recreation, and leisure services throughout Indiana. IPRF scholarship and grant applications are now open, and I encourage you to take a look! The Professional Development Grant is open to parks professionals to be used to further their education, including at the 2017 IPRA Conference. The Leisure Studies Grant is available for Indiana students studying to become park professionals like ourselves. And finally, the Scholarship for Children of IPRA Members is offered to our members’ children that are currently enrolled in their undergraduate education. Applications can be found at: www.inpra.org/foundation-scholarships. The deadline to apply is December 9, 2016. The Foundation will also soon begin collecting items for our Silent Auction held during the IPRA Conference & Expo in January of 2017. This is your chance to assist your fellow professionals as all proceeds raised go directly to the Indiana Parks & Recreation Foundation Scholarship Fund. Keep an eye out for more information regarding how to submit a donation item and get ready to bid on some great items at conference! I wish you all a wonderful remainder of the year, and thank you for your continued support of both IPRA & IPRF. Susan O’Connor IPRF President

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am - 9:00 am 8:00 am - 11:00 am 9:00 am - 10:15 am 10:15 am - 10:45 am 10:45 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm 11:00 pm

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Registration Open Tour de Indy • Indianapolis Zoo • Indianapolis Museum of Art Dinner on your own Tailgate Tuesday - Social / Meetup Tow Yard Brewing Registration Open Tour de Indy • Lucas Oil Stadium • Indiana Convention Center Pre-Conference Session & Department Directors’ Summit Expo Hall Open Career Hub Grand Opening New Member Reception Board of Directors and Executive Committee Meeting Annual Meeting Keynote Address Expo Hall Open Expo Hall Break Education Sessions/ Roundtable Expo Hall Break Education Sessions/ Mini Sessions Vendor Hall Opening Reception Awards Banquet Cocktail Hour Awards Banquet Hospitality Room Offsite Meetup Conference Registration Expo Hall Breakfast Expo Hall Open Education Sessions/Roundtable Break Education Sessions/Mini Sessions Expo hall CLOSED - Lunch served to exhibitors Lunch in the Expo Hall Education Sessions/Mini Sessions Expo Hall activities and Networking Break Education Sessions/Roundtable Networking Activity in Expo Hall Expo Hall Closes Dinner on your own Evening Social at the Iron Horse Pub After Hours Meetup at Howl at the Moon Conference Registration Education Sessions Break Education Sessions See you next year!


Conference Education Sessions Wednesday, January 18

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Drive a Culture of Communication & Self-Development in Your Agency Today

Denise Barreto, Relationships Matter Now Communication and leader development are key competencies for leaders in parks and recreation agencies today yet many leaders still lack tools and skills in these areas. Become better equipped to build an environment of open communication where self-development is expected and learn actionable techniques to improve your own communication and selfdevelopment as well as ways to drive it on your team.

Facility Improvement: Reaching for New-Users by Offering More Value at Less Cost

Daniel Atilano, Dewberry and Alex Brown, Highland Parks & Recreation Join us for three fast moving, memorable, and enlightening real-life facility improvement stories. Agencies are facing increasing competition, reduced budgets, aging facilities, and changing societal needs. Many lack the ability to take a systematic approach to tailor the facilities to meet these challenging needs. Come learn innovative ideas of how agencies have tailored their facility improvements to reach beyond their existing users and attract non-users while offering more value at a lower cost.

Park Foundations - What Are They? How Do You Work With Them?

Lori Hazlett, Indianapolis Parks Foundation; Don Colvin, Indianapolis Parks & Recreation; and Ian Proud, Playworld The successful industry-leading partnership between Indy Parks Foundation and Indy Parks & Recreation will be discussed. Best practices for partnering will be highlighted and examples of the results of this collaboration will be shared. The history of park foundations will be reviewed as well.

Time Management for People Who Do Not Have Time to Take a Time Management Course

Michael Brandwein, Speaker, Educator, & Author This is a no-nonsense alternative to ‘time management’ seminars that propose detailed plans that you never seem to use after the second day. It demonstrates six groups of useful tools that have been acclaimed by extremely busy people for their flexibility, practicality, and ease of use. You don’t have to use all of the techniques every day – just when you need them. They can be applied quickly and are easy to remember. The best thing is that they can be tailored to your individual needs and work habits. Get more done with greater efficiency and organization and less stress and learn how to never have a day when you got “nothing done.”

Women in Leisure Services

Carrie Fullerton, Bloomingdale, IL Park District; and Jan Peterson Hincapie, Retired - Lincolnwood, IL Parks & Recreation Do you struggle keeping all of the balls in the air? Are you a working mom with colliding commitments in your professional and personal life? Join us for some humorous tales and helpful tips to better manage your life. Walk away with a renewed sense of self and a fresh outlook.

Wednesday, January 18

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Pre-Conference Sessions Wednesday, January 18 9:00 am -11:00 am NEW! - Department Directors’ Summit

A Panel of Current IPRA Member Directors - Facilitated by Will Lacey, Danville Parks Whether you are a seasoned veteran or are a new department director, you won’t want to miss this peer-to-peer forum. Led by a panel of directors with varying years of experience, this highly interactive and confidential discussion will provide you with the opportunity to freely exchange ideas and problem solve your greatest challenges. Participants are encouraged to share questions, concerns, ideas, and sensitive issues with fellow directors while gaining new perspectives and strategies from others’ experiences.

Recognize & Manage Your Unconscious Bias Denise Barreto, Relationships Matter Now

This interactive work session will take an in-depth look at Unconscious Bias (aka Implicit or Hidden Bias) and suggest ways to better manage how it impacts work in a parks and recreation setting. Through facilitated discussions and prepared content, you will leave the session with a better understanding of unconscious bias and how you can recognize and mitigate its effect on your work in parks and recreation.

Addressing Park Construction Projects Full Circle: Consider the Operational, Legal, Community, Construction & Political Aspects

Tricia Leminger, Frost Brown Todd, LLC A full circle approach to park construction projects will be discussed. With press and community focus on the expenditure of tax dollars and other public funds, it is critical as part of any planning of park improvements to consider multiple aspects (operational, legal, community, construction, and political) surrounding the construction and planning for these projects. Gain tips and guidelines to maneuver through all of these aspects of a new park improvement project and learn guidelines in terms of planning and communications with community and political leaders. Indiana Park & Recreation Association

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Conference Education Sessions See What’s New! Tour de Indy

Before conference is in full swing, join us for some fun and enlightening tours of unique places in the host city of Indianapolis! Tour the Indianapolis Zoo or the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Tuesday, January 17, and visit Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center on Wednesday, January 18.

Education Sessions

More than 80% of the speaker’s at the 2017 conference will be new to the event! Hailing from 10 different states, this year’s speakers come from city, county, state, and federal park agencies as well as a variety of recreation businesses such as equipment vendors, consultants, planners, and more.

Department Directors’ Summit

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or are a new department director, you won’t want to miss this peer-to-peer forum. Led by a panel of directors with varying years of experience, this highly interactive and confidential discussion will provide you with the opportunity to freely exchange ideas and problem solve your greatest challenges.

Wednesday, January 18

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

An Ounce of Prevention: Justifying Your Maintenance Funding

Patrick Hoagland, Brandstetter Carroll Inc. In this uncertain economy, park and recreation departments struggle to maintain budgets that support their facilities. Initially, communities cut capital projects, but now budget cuts have impacted departments’ abilities to perform routine maintenance. These cuts and delays in routine maintenance over the long term will result in the need to completely replace facilities and infrastructure at a much higher cost to the taxpayers. In the short term, these cuts are severely impacting the recreation experience of our constituents. In the never-ending budget battle, Park and Recreation Professionals need tools to take to their governing bodies to illustrate how the short term cuts will cost them in the long run.

Great Games: Fun & Creative Instant-Set-Up Games Every Youth Leader Should Know

Michael Brandwein, Speaker, Educator, & Author Young people can learn a great deal from play. Come learn outstanding games and activities that require no or virtually no set up, are lots of fun, and also teach important life skills like teamwork, respect, problem-solving, and more to bring out the best in young people. You will not only learn the games, but also the secrets of great game leadership. Grab attention, motivate and maximize participation, build respectful behavior, and boost creativity and flexibility.

Making Parks Relevant

Ian Proud, Playworld In a sedentary, indoor, social media-connect world, how might we improve the value of parks and outdoor spaces? What does it take to attract Millennials to parks? Come explore the answers to these and other important questions involved in making parks relevant to today’s society.

Seeding Natives for Monarchs & Pollinators

Mark O’Brien, Cardno Native Plant Nursery Join us for a lively discussion that details all the steps needed to have a successful establishment of native perennial species that will benefit monarchs and pollinators. It starts with site selection and ends with the critical maintenance needed to prevent exotic weeds from taking over. What species to use and how to order them, planting windows, what to expect the first few seasons, and the budget needed will all be reviewed. The most common issues associated with native plantings and how to avoid them will also be discussed.

Thursday, January 19

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Data Driven Decisions: Using Trends & Demographics to Understand Your Market

Jeff Bransford & Nick Deardorf, PROS Consulting As park and recreation professionals, it is important to stay abreast of emerging trends to create effective and meaningful programs and services that resonate with the community. The latest recreation participation trends will be reviewed in order to highlight how the industry is evolving and identify specific activities that are on the rise. How to obtain and use market data to track changes within a service area and make informed programming decisions will also be discussed.

Exploding Revenues! Renovation Options for Your Outdated Pool

Patrick Hoagland, Brandstetter Carroll Inc. Communities are experiencing decreased revenues from their old, outdated municipal pools. See case studies illustrating how several communities have turned their operating deficits into break even or positive cash flow through reconstruction, renovation, and rebranding of their old pools into family oriented aquatic centers and community pools.

Social Media Training for Seniors: The Silver Surfers Approach

André Pichly, City of Tracy, CA Parks & Recreation Department Come learn how parks & recreation agencies can use social media training for seniors as a way to help them develop new skills, foster new relationships, and reconnect with family and friends far and wide, all while reducing their fears about technology in a fun and engaging atmosphere. 18 theProfile


Conference Education Sessions Thursday, January 19

9:00 am - 10:15 am

The Value of Quality Customer Service in Informal Interpretation/Visitor Contact

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Nona Henderson & Kate Wiltz, Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands; Indiana University Mike Capps, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Explore the relationship between effective customer service and informal interpretation, also referred to as informal visitor contact. Providing personalized, visitor-centered service at a site gives the visitors exactly what they need, when they need it. In this way, interpreters (and other staff) can provide excellent customer service and facilitate enjoyable visitor experiences. While visitors may receive orientation, information, and interpretation in different settings, it is only through the informal visitor contact that they receive individualized attention tailored to their needs. Based on the visitors’ questions, cues, and responses, staff can assess the visitors’ needs and choose between alternative responses.

Willful Ignorance

Jamie Sabbach, 110% Inc. Let’s not kid ourselves with the mirage that many see. You know the one I’m referring to the one that includes a pot full of tax money and a bright, shiny new recreation center in the middle of a growing community. Remember, resources are finite, the recreation center will eventually become old and tired, and the community will stop growing having placed significant demands, expectations and impacts on water, roads, and your organization’s resources, too. Ask yourself, “when this all happens and the mirage fades away, will you have the resources to sustain what you’ve created?

Thursday, January 19

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Creative Play Environments: Education in the Outdoors

Andy Howard, Hitchcock Design Group; and Heather Maurer, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Learn about the processes that were used to create or transform outdoor spaces at multiple sites that serve as educational tools for children. Concepts such as adaptability, interaction and immersion will also be covered during the session and research that illustrates how establishing connections with nature benefits children in all areas of growth will be presented. Gain practical information and ideas on how to change or create outdoor spaces to provide children with opportunities to actively engage in environments that were built with natural materials while creating connections with nature.

Making Your Citizen Opinions Matter

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Ron Vine, Ron Vine and Associates Learn how to unleash the full-power of your citizens’ voices in developing, financing, and sustaining a park system that is truly reflective of their vision. The strengths and weaknesses of traditional public involvement processes (mail/phone surveys, focus groups, public meetings) will be discussed. Ways to make your current public involvement processes better, as well as developing new emerging citizen input tools (web surveys, e-mail blasts, etc.) will be shared. Learn how to stay connected to your residents 24/7. Most importantly, learn the difference between making your citizen opinions matter and just conducting public involvement efforts.

Take some time to relax at one of the socials or meetups we have planned. Join us for a new pre-conference social, Tailgate Tuesday, at Tow Yard Brewing on Tuesday night, the Thursday night evening social at the historic Iron Horse Pub, or the after hours meetup at Howl at the Moon.

Roundtables & Mini Sessions

Roundtables provide you with the chance to have an open discussion with your peers about the issues that are important to you. New to the 2017 conference, mini sessions are short, informative presentations that provide practical, easyto-implement solutions to the challenges facing today’s parks professional. Session topics coming soon!

Career Hub

The Career Hub is designed to increase development of young professionals, create a space to establish mentoring relationships, assist departments with summer hiring opportunities as well as fill full time positions. Come prepared to network and attend the grand opening on the morning of Wednesday, January 18!

More People are Using Instagram... Get the Picture?

André Pichly, City of Tracy, CA Parks & Recreation Department The days of using stock photos and clipart for activity guides, web pages, and social media are passé. Come learn about best practices for taking pictures, smartphones apps (like Instagram) that can be used, and ideas for getting staff and participants involved in providing compelling images for use by their agency. Bring your smart phone as this is a truly hands-on educational session. Indiana Park & Recreation Association

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Conference Education Sessions Thursday, January 19

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

The Master Planning Tool Box: System Master Plans That Get Implemented

Patrick Hoagland, Brandstetter Carroll Inc. Successful park and recreation system master plans require community consensus to be embraced and implemented. Join us for a discussion about a process which leads to master plans that get implemented. The process develops a clear vision for the future and a detailed action plan. Plans must be based upon a consensus built and realistic vision for the future that comes from the community to be successfully implemented and embraced by the community, staff, and elected officials. The methods used to build consensus as an integral part of the master plan process will be illustrated. You are encouraged to share your success stories. A Master Plan Tool Box which can be used to start the process in your communities will be shared. The Tool Box includes samples of: request for proposals, steering committee invitation letters, public workshop announcements, stakeholder group questions, and much more that professionals can use immediately.

The Parks, Trails & Health Workbook: A New Tool to Create Healthy Communities

Pete Fritz, Indiana State Department of Health; and Kim Irwin, Health By Design The newly released Parks, Trails and Health Workbook is a tool for planners, parks and recreation professionals and health practitioners that was prepared by the National Park Service and the CDC. Learn how this tool can be used to create new partnerships between public health and park and recreation professionals as a means to use parks and trails to create better community health outcomes. Also, gain a better understanding of how to use the workbook in your local community, including stakeholder involvement and collaboration, data collection, assessing community health needs and suggested approaches for planning and evaluation.

Thursday, January 19

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Event Management

Lora Lacey, Washington Township Parks Come learn about the important topic of event management in parks and recreation, including how to get started, knowing your city/ town, program development, volunteer management, risk management, logistics, budgeting, marketing, sponsorship, and evaluations. Included is a group exercise with real-life scenarios that could happen at events.

Having Influence & Making Things Happen

Jamie Sabbach, 110%, Inc. If you’re like most, you probably wish you had more influence. It seems that the vast majority stop trying to make change happen because we believe we have little to no control. What results is that we learn to live with and accept things as they are rather than putting our energy into what can be done to improve conditions. Join us on a brief journey as we discuss what it takes to gain more influence, lead change and make things happen.

Nature: There’s an App for That!

Will Schaust, Indianapolis Parks & Recreation; Eagle Creek Park For many years now, there seems to be an ever growing gap between the natural world and modern society. Dive into the relationship between mobile technology and our outdoor experiences to see how our both park staff and park visitor’s experiences can be enhanced with some of these new technologies.

Parks & Recreation of Tomorrow: Realizing Your Department’s GIS Potential

Kevin Barnard, Geographic Technologies Group Despite recent improvements to GIS programs, parks and recreation agencies throughout the United States are deficient in the utilization and integration of GIS. GIS is perfectly suited for parks and recreation for several reasons, including management of asset inventories (benches, trails, sports fields, etc.), external database integration to provide insights about park use, and development of applications for public use that promote the parks system. Ongoing utilization of a GIS solution provides positive ROI for parks and recreation departments and reduces resources spent on asset management. Together, these benefits could free up capital to be applied to park expansion/upgrades or recreation programs.

Utilizing Parks & Recreation Policies, Programming, & Facilities to Impact Community Health

Alison Miller, Bloomington Parks & Recreation Parks and Recreation has a vital role to play in the well-being of our communities. Through intentional policies, creative programming, and inclusive facilities, we can impact health outcomes. Explore further infusing of health and wellness into strategic planning and how to utilize local and national health data in your community. 20 theProfile


Conference Education Sessions Thursday, January 19

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Ethical Management

Michael Kirschman, Mecklenburg County, NC Parks & Recreation Ethical decisions are not always clear nor are they easy to resolve. Learn to recognize the implications of ethical problems when they arise. Through the utilization of real-life examples encountered in the Parks and Recreation field, you will learn steps to objectively resolve personal and professional ethical issues and dilemmas.

Indiana’s New 2016-2020 SCORP Plan

Greg Beilfuss, IN Dept. of Natural Resources; Division of Outdoor Recreation A new Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) has been published for 2016 to 2020. Come learn about observed trends, statistics, statewide survey data, and outdoor recreation priorities in Indiana for the next 5 years.

LED Sports Lighting Technology

Doug Miller & Chad Richmond, Musco Lighting The light-emitting diode is a hot topic, so join us as we dive into the key questions on sports lighting applications. Will LED work for my sports fields? What are the advantages of using an LED light source? How do I evaluate LED lighting systems? Come gain the answer to these questions as well as an understanding of sports lighting system approaches, controls, and long term warranties.

Reconnecting Kids & Nature: A Focus for the Next Century

Melissa Moran, The Nature Conservancy of Indiana; and Warren Gartner, IN Dept. of Natural Resources; Division of Fish & Wildlife Children who spend time outside are healthier, better problem solvers, more confident, and less stressed! To foster healthy kids and future conservationists, several Indiana organizations are collaborating to re-connect kids and nature. Come learn about plans to enhance children’s experiences in nature and participate in nature-based activities for all ages of children.

Training for the Ages: Creating a Culture of Cooperation

Lori Hoffner, Supporting CommUnity, Inc. Do you ever find yourself shaking your head in wonder at your younger employees? Are there times you wish you could get your “traditionalist” staff on board with a new way of doing things? Join us to better understand generational differences and learn how to guide staff in supporting each other while also gaining insight on behavior. You will also learn to identify ways to encourage support for the internal atmosphere that gets projected to the outside customers.

Friday, January 20

9:00 am - 10:15 am

A New Division of Parks & Recreation - Community Engagement

Tony Elliot & Dan Domsic, Fishers Parks & Recreation As 21st century municipal organizations evolve, parks departments must also adapt to changing social, cultural, and economic forces in our cities and towns. Parks and recreation departments can serve as the cultural “hub” of communities. Community engagement, as a division, can provide unique opportunities to connect with residents and provide meaningful, sustaining interactions with a multitude of constituents.

All in a Day’s Work

Michael Kirschman, Mecklenburg County, NC Parks & Recreation Sometimes we all need a little reminder about how and why what we do is important. Addressing pressing issues such as social inequity, health and obesity, crime and safety, and protecting our natural resources may seem like an impossible job for anyone, but the reality is YOU do it every day. Yes, your daily actions save lives. Yes, your work decreases health care costs and improves fitness. Yes, you create a safer community. You do it every day and even the smallest of tasks combine to create incredible outcomes. While the public sometimes doesn’t even realize it, ironically sometimes even P&R professionals forget it! Celebrate the importance of parks and recreation and its professionals like you!

2017 Exhibitors Partial List

Academy of Model Aeronautics American Clean & Seal American Ramp Company Anchor Audio ANP Lighting Big Bounce Fun House Rentals Blonde Entertainment Bobrick Washroom Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Buddenbaum & Moore Butler Fairman & Seufert Cardno Context Design Countryside Play Structures County Materials Corporation Cripe Davey Resource Group Direct Fitness Solutions DLZ EZ-Dock of Mid-America Finn All Seasons ForeverLawn Central Indiana GARED Gold Medal Products Indiana Gyms for Dogs Hitchcock Design Group HWC Engineering Indiana DNR - Division of Outdoor Recreation InterDesign Architects Jambette Playgrounds J&D Turf Jones Fish & Lake Management Kenney Machinery Corporation Kinetic Play Surfaces MartinRiley Meyer Najem Miracle Midwest Musco Sports Lighting The Nature Conservancy Norwalk Concrete Industries NuToys Leisure Products Nuvo Iron Parkreation Playworld Midstates Polly Products Public Restroom Company RATIO Recreation inSites RenoSys Corporation Rundell Ernstberger Associates The Schneider Corporation Security Pros Sinclair Recreation SlideRenu Snider Recreation Spear Corporation Tyler Technologies Unilock USTA/Midwest Vermont Systems Vortex Midwest Willoughby Industries Indiana Park & Recreation Association

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Conference Education Sessions Friday, January 20

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Are Your Athletic Fields Safe?

Dan Gamble, Kenney Machinery Corporation Come learn about and discuss the current report on the 7 million sports and recreation injuries that occur in the US each year and the best ways to prevent the most common ones.

Friday, January 20

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Designing Sustainable Splash Pads

Cory Anderson, Vortex Aquatic Structures International The popularity of splash pads installed in community parks, urban areas and public plazas continues to increase. As the demands for this type of amenity grows, more and more design professionals need to be equipped with the knowledge to be able to design sustainable and state-of-the art zero-depth solutions. Learn about the latest innovations on how to design environmentally responsible spray parks. Important factors such as site topography and product selection (material, nozzles, controller, etc.) are an integral part of the design process. However, the most important consideration when designing or building a sustainable splash pad still remains the water management system. New technology has been developed to maximize the use of water while minimizing environmental impact. The newest advancement in that domain, the capture and repurpose system, as well as more traditional water management strategies available in the market today will be discussed.

Get Social, Outside

Casey Cawthon, City of Fishers Prior to 2013, Fishers Parks & Recreation communicated with the public primarily through print collateral. Yet, as our residents began turning to social media to communicate and request information, it was clear our tactics had to shift with our technology-savvy public. Since 2013, our presence and the public’s engagement on Facebook and Twitter have both grown tremendously. Come explore the education and efforts needed to engage your audience and help them get social, outside.

Purpose Based Recognition: Recognizing, Rewarding & Retraining Staff

Lori Hoffner, Supporting CommUnity Inc. By implementing a Purposed Based Recognition program you reduce turnover, gain buy-in of your organization by employees, and create an environment of support and enthusiasm. Goals and responsibilities of leadership for staff recognition will be identified to help you retain your most important asset; your employees.

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Discovering A Natural Hendricks County By Eric Ivie, Communications & Marketing

Located just west of Indianapolis, Hendricks County is home to three facilities operated by Hendricks County Parks & Recreation: McCloud Nature Park, Sodalis Nature Park, and the AmoCoatesville section of the Vandalia Trail. Nearly 150,000 visitors enjoy these parks each year. Hendricks County Parks & Recreation is a relatively young department, but its facilities boast a rich history, robust programming and plentiful opportunities today, and a bright future ahead.

McCloud Nature Park

In the very rural northwest corner of Hendricks County, just south of the town of North Salem, lies a diverse area of land that includes woods, glacial ravines, prairie and the Big Walnut Creek. Robert Franklin Davidson–a prominent attorney who grew up in North Salem and graduated from Butler College in the late 1800s–started buying property on both sides of the Hendricks/Putnam County line in the 1930s. He built a summer home on a site that became popularly known as McCloud Park. In addition to his own residence, Davidson added trails, a tennis court, picnic areas, a golf driving range, and a sunken garden to the land. He invited the public to visit his attraction, and it became a popular place for parties, reunions, club meetings, scouting, and more. By 1939, thousands of visitors had enjoyed McCloud Park. Davidson died in 1951, and the property passed into other hands. Nearly 50 years 24 theProfile

later, in March of 2000, the Hendricks County Council created the Hendricks County Department of Parks & Recreation, and in January of the following year, the Park Board began the process of purchasing part of what was once Davidson’s land from its owners at the time. In 2003, McCloud Nature Park opened, resurrecting Davidson’s dream for today’s nature lovers. Thirteen years later, McCloud Nature Park is a 232-acre facility that boasts 6.5 miles of trails, opportunities to fish, wade, kayak and canoe in Big Walnut Creek, a picnic pavilion with tables, modern restrooms, and a beautifully restored iron truss bridge that is more than a century old. Additionally, the McCloud Park Nature Center offers interactive exhibits, animal specimens, a resource library, a bird-viewing room, a greenhouse, and rotating exhibits from local artists. Despite its rural isolation, McCloud Nature Park now welcomes over 36,000 visitors per year and is host to the annual Maple “Syrup” Days, an annual fall festival, 5K and one-mile runs, a monthly astronomy program, an annual prairie maze in the fall, school field trips and scouting programs, as well as weekly family nature programs and summer nature day camps for children.

Vandalia Trail

In 1847, the Terre Haute and Richmond Rail Road was chartered, and construction began in the southwest portion of Hendricks County in 1850. The entire line was completed by 1853. The railroad later went by the names of the Terre Haute and Indianapolis Rail Road, the Vandalia Rail Road, and the Pennsylvania Rail Road, and it was an important transit line passing through the current towns of Coatesville, Amo, Clayton and Plainfield. Today, the Vandalia Trail follows what used to be the railroad. From Coatesville to Amo, the 4.5-mile section of what will eventually become a statewide trail network stretching from the Illinois border to the Ohio border provides a scenic adventure for hikers and bicyclists. For 11 years, this section of the Vandalia Trail was operated by The Friends of the Vandalia Trail, a group of dedicated volunteers. Hendricks County Parks & Recreation helped maintain the trail for eight years until March of 2016, when the department officially acquired that section of the trail, establishing it as a county park. The Friends of the Vandalia Trail still serve as advisors, and they continue to help maintain the trail.

Sodalis Nature Park

In the southeastern corner of Hendricks County, just outside of Plainfield, lies Sodalis Nature Park, which opened in May of 2011. The facility is named for the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) that inhabits the wooded areas in and around the park, and it serves as an area to preserve and protect the bats’ habitat. Sodalis Nature Park is a partnership with the Indianapolis Airport Authority and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and it boasts 210 acres of mature woodlands and reforestation areas that are home to a wide variety of Indiana wildlife. In 2015, over 112,000 visitors enjoyed 3.5 miles of nature trails, a 5.5-acre pond, a wildlife viewing platform, a large pavilion, an ADA-accessible fishing pier, and an ADA-accessible picnic area. Sodalis also Continued on page 25


educational opportunity. The Arboretum is scheduled to open in 2017. Later this year, the Vandalia Trail will add a 10-foot-wide paved bicycle path for the entire 4.5 miles between Coatesville and Amo. Interpretive and wayfinding signage will be improved, plus quality trailheads and public restrooms will be added on each end of the trail.

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Moving Forward

Hendricks County Parks & Recreation continues to grow by leaps and bounds and has exciting plans for the future. In 2010, the county acquired 146 acres of land near the Town of Avon, close to the center of Hendricks County, that will be developed as the W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park. In 2013, a lengthy community planning process culminated in a Master Plan for the park, which includes building trails, gardens, an orchard, an adventure and ropes course, a bicycle adventure

course, a disc golf course, a celebration barn, a pavilion and shelters, and more. At McCloud Nature Park, construction is underway on a wetlands mitigation project, stabilizing the streambank to improve the Big Walnut Watershed, creating native aquatic plant and animal habitat, and enhancing educational opportunities for all park visitors. This project is scheduled to be completed and opened to the public in 2017. Additionally, construction has begun on an Arboretum at McCloud, where a diverse array of trees, shrubs and flowers will grow in four sections, representing Indiana ecosystems: forest wetland, oak savanna, forest succession, and temperate broadleaf and mixed forest. Interpretive signage and walkways will also be installed for an easily-accessible

At Sodalis Nature Park, Hendricks County Parks & Recreation is working with the Indianapolis Airport Authority and the Town of Plainfield to acquire an additional 2,000 acres of protected conservation area. Hendricks County Parks & Recreation encourages everyone to connect with us online at our website (hendrickscountyparks.org), on Facebook (facebook.com/HCPandR), on Twitter (@hcparks) and on Instagram (hendrickscoparks). Then make plans to visit us in person at McCloud Nature Park, Sodalis Nature Park, and the Vandalia Trail to experience first-hand the beauty of a natural Hendricks County. Thank you to Paul Miner, Jim Holtsclaw, Linda Brunner, and Superintendent Jeremy Weber for their contributions to this article.

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Nourishing Bodies and Enriching Lives at the Banneker Community Center By Julie Ramey, Community Relations Manager

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is redefining the role of recreation programming with an innovative summer program designed to nourish children’s bodies and minds.

The Banneker Summer Program was launched at the City of Bloomington Banneker Community Center nearly a decade ago with one simple goal: To provide healthy meals for children who, when out of school with no access to school lunch programs, might not have enough to eat. Known at first as the Summer Food Service Program, the program included several satellite sites. Parks and Recreation staff picked up healthy, nutritionally balanced, pre-prepared food 26 theProfile

and delivered the “brown bag” meals to a neighborhood park or community center where the meals were distributed to children at no cost. As the word about the Summer Food Service Program spread, more and more children began to attend. Logistically, coordinators found the program challenging with inconsistent numbers of children attending on a day-to-day basis. Coordinators also recognized the need for on-site, structured recreation programs that would engage children being served through the food program. By the summer of 2016, the Banneker Summer Program had evolved considerably from the first days of being centered around merely providing food and games. The Banneker Summer Program last summer served as many as 80 children per week, in a day-camp style program that ran from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each weekday. Parents or caregivers were required to register their children to attend the program with a registration fee of $1 per day; children who registered for the program, but who did not attend, were moved to the bottom of the registration list since the program often ran at capacity. The $1 per day registration cost supports the cost of providing the program, but according to coordinator Leslie Brinson, the nominal fee is intended to encourage

parents to follow through on a commitment to send or bring their children to the program. “A dollar a day doesn’t seem particularly demanding, but paying this fee often makes families take the program more seriously than if we were to make the registration free of charge,” Brinson said. “It’s a more fair way to run the program, and keeps us from having to turn families away only to have registered students not show up.” For their $1 per day, children attending the program received breakfast and lunch, plus the opportunity to go on local field trips and take part in a number of clubs, sports, and games. Organized trips to the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department’s nearby outdoor pool, and to local parks and playgrounds, keep the program participants physically active. Dante, a program participant who insisted on noting his age as “eight and a quarter years old”, was preparing for a trip to Mills Pool on a program day in June. He said, “I come here ‘cause all my friends are here and it’s fun, but I gotta go, my group is lining up and we’re going to the pool today. I don’t want to make Ally (the group leader and part time staff member) late!” Continued on page 27


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Special interest clubs created for program participants, including Running Club, Walking Club, Nature Club, and Cooking Club, introduced children to new skills both practical and social. Education programs added in cooperation with the neighborhood’s elementary school, located just three blocks away, included reading time and basic school-age mathematics reviews. This whole-person approach to the summer program resulted in students who were more prepared for the new school year, with less “brain drain” than if they had no opportunities to review school lessons. Banneker Community Center also houses the Evans-Porter Memorial Library, which offers fiction and nonfiction books, encyclopedias, and other reference materials. Staff member Jennifer Perry, a former librarian, supervised the library and reading time at the Banneker Summer Program.

“Banneker has a lot of influence on the community, and there is a need for a library in this area,” Perry said. “If students or adults can’t make it to the main branch library downtown, this is where they go. I enjoy being able to use my skills to help them.” A fourth-grader participating in the program, who asked not to be identified, said, “I like coming here because my friends are here and reading time is awesome because I can read whatever I want. Right now I’ve read like 10 books, but there are so many more to read.” Through the Banneker Summer Program, the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department’s role as the primary provider of recreation services in the Bloomington community continues to grow. The Banneker Community Center will continue to provide the successful Banneker Summer Program as it works to identify community partners with similar goals to expand and enhance the program and increase the number of children served.

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All About Jasper Park and Recreation Department By Ken Buck, Park Director and Janessa Wolf, Recreation Director

As the years come and go, the Jasper Park Department continues to grow tremendously. In the last 10-15 years, the department has added the following: a 2.1 mile walking path along the Patoka River with the availability to rent 4 different shelter houses, the Jasper City Mill, Jasper Train Depot, Spirit of Jasper train, Jasper Youth Sports Complex with 11 fields, Jasper Youth Soccer Schroeder Complex with 20 fields, Youth Football Complex with 2 fields, Arnold F. Habig Community Center/ Older Americans Center/ Park Department offices, Central Green Splash Park and Pooch’s Playground Dog Park. The 2.1 mile walking path along the Patoka River was 1 million dollar project donated to the Park Department by Dave Buehler. Along the path you will find the Schaefer Barn, originally built in 1845 by the Schaefer Family. In 2006, it was relocated by a group of volunteers and donated to the Park Department. Also along the path you will find the labyrinth, which was constructed and donated by private donors in 2016. The Jasper City Mill was reconstructed from the old Eckert Mill in 2008. It was a 1.5 million dollar project funded by a grant the City applied for. After construction was completed, the Park Department took over ownership. Stone grinding takes place daily, which is then made into cornmeal. A gift shop is available with a variety of items for sale.

The Jasper Train Depot was rebuilt in 2006 in replica of the old train depot. It is used for the train season as a waiting room with a ticket booth for passengers. It can rented for parties, meetings and other events. The Spirit of Jasper train has been up and running for 6 years. The train features 3 luxurious passenger cars which were renovated by local businesses. The train season runs from June to the end of October. You can have your choice of three different excursions which include a 2 ½ hour Ride and Dine, 3 ½ hour Fall Foliage Ride and Dine, or 50 mile roundtrip to French Lick. Private trips are also available along with stationary car rentals. The Jasper Youth Sports Complex is located south of town on 80 acres of land. It contains 11 lighted ballfields for Little League, Babe Ruth and softball. Many tournaments are held during the spring and summer months with a tremendous draw to the City of Jasper. The Jasper Youth Soccer Schroeder Complex contains 20 lighted fields for all ages. The fields are heavily used for the fall rec league and spring travel soccer. The Jasper Youth Football Complex consists of 2 lighted fields. They are used for grades 2-6, with over 200 participants. The Arnold F. Habig Community Center was the home of the late Arnold F. and Barbara Habig. The home and 12 acres were donated to the City of Jasper and the Park Department to be used for Older American

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activities and Park and Rec offices. A spacious banquet room is available for public rental. The Older Americans Center allows seniors to have the opportunity to improve their quality of life through organized activities, special events, socialization and educational programs. The center also includes an exercise facility and a one-third mile outdoor walking path. In the summer months, the center hosts the Park and Rec Kamp for Kids (preschool camp) and our special needs Camp C.A.R.E. (Campers Are Really Exceptional). It is a great interaction for seniors and the youth.

Central Green Splash Park was donated by the Seger family and opened in the summer of 2011. It is a passive park with a beautiful splash pad. Numerous picnic tables and park benches surround the area. The park is used by many in the hot summer months. Pooch’s Playground Dog Park opened in 2015. It is located at Gutzweiler Park, on the east side of Jasper. A ¾-acre fenced in dog park allows dogs to run leash-free. Current memberships include roughly 150 dogs. The Jasper Park and Recreation Department also operates two golf courses Continued on page 29


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in the city. Buffalo Trace Golf Course is a challenging 18 hole course that has been an important part of Jasper’s activity program since 1970. The course plays 5,895 yards, with a par 71. The name was changed from Jasper Municipal Golf Course in 2013. Many tournaments and leagues are held at this course. Alvin C. Ruxer Golf Course was opened in 1993 with land donated from the late Alvin C. Ruxer. It features four par 4’s and five par 3’s along with a lighted driving range and a large practice green area. Lessons are available at this course. The department also operates an Olympic size swimming pool, Jasper Municipal Pool. Swimming lessons and pool parties are held throughout the summer months. Park and Recreation operates Beaver Dam Lake, a 205-acre facility 5 miles east of Jasper. Boat permits, dock permits and lots are leased at this facility. Fishing and many boating activities are held throughout the year. In addition, there is

Camp Carnes. It is a 40-acre wooded area, located 3 miles east of Jasper. An indoor shelter is available for public rental along with walking paths through the wooded area. The Park and Recreation offers summer youth programs and events. All events are free to the youth. Some of the programs consist of basketball, kickball, frisbee, cornhole, homerun contests and many more.

2016 has been a successful year and we look forward to upcoming park projects in 2017. The biggest park project in park department history will take place in the next couple of years. It is a 75-acre nature park, called The Parklands, which is located in the center of Jasper. This area will have a nature theme. Plans are still being made which could include a 2 mile 10 foot wide walking/biking path around the perimeter of the park, 3 lakes in the center of the park with a signature bridge, pavilion overlooking one the lakes, rock spray pad, 4 fitness pods, 2 adventure playgrounds and parking. Hopefully this park will be constructed in 2017 with grand opening in 2018. The 6 million dollar park is being constructed with 2 million dollars in private donations and 4 million dollars from edit money.

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Moving Forward in Morgan County

park and recreation opportunities in Morgan County. Burkhart Creek

Morgan County Parks and Recreation has a short, but interesting and exciting history. And…it’s about to get even more exciting and interesting. But before we let you in our secret, let’s start at the beginning. Centrally nestled in our state, Morgan County is diversely rich in land and Indiana history. The terrain of the county is widely varied ranging from the level, fertile land in the northern townships that are suitable for agriculture, to the rugged, heavily wooded areas in the south. Until 2005 our county did not offer parks and recreation facilities. However, several other agencies including Indiana University’s Bradford Woods and Goethe Link Observatory managed parklands and designed programs. Although these lands offered rich resources of information and experiential outdoor learning, our county residents did not have open access and could come only during scheduled activities. With over 5,300 acres in Morgan County, Morgan-Monroe State Forest is also available for our county residents. This forest offers opportunities for hiking, primitive camping, picnicking, fishing, and hunting. The primary motivation for the formation of the Morgan County Parks and Recreation Board was a response to the deficiencies noted and the desire by the Morgan County Board of County Commissioners to respond to the need for additional 30 theProfile

distributed throughout 1.5 miles of stone and asphalt trails that traverse wetland, prairie, and upland forest.

In 2004, the first meeting of the Morgan County Parks and Recreation Board (MCPRB) was held. The first agenda item of business was to establish a budget and to create a Five Year Master Plan of action based on detailed facility and program inventory, public input, budget and organizational review, and an analysis of specific challenges and opportunities in Morgan County.

Our new destination stop in Morgan County is located in the flood plains of the White River Valley. The White River Valley meanders through the northern boundary of Morgan County to the southeastern corner near Martinsville. This water system bisecting the county has impacted lowlying areas with flooding. The 55-acre Old Town Waverly Park in Waverly, Indiana, is located in the northeastern corner of the county. This town has a historic past dating from the pioneer days.

Now in our third cycle of Master Plans, the MCPRB’s mission continues to create a county-wide system of parks, open space, and cultural resources. All decisions made for monies spent, land acquired, and facilities being developed continue to be anchored in our current Five Year Master Plan.

The site’s history includes a bid at being the state capitol, a high point when the canal located at Waverly fed three different mills, and a low point in 2008 when flooding destroyed the last community to call historic Waverly home. It aims to restore the functions of the floodplain, protect the remaining historic resources, and create abiding features that will remind us of what has come to pass on this site.

The first park developed by MCPRB was Burkhart Creek Morgan County Park located in the southwest corner of Morgan County. In 2007, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) donated an 83acre parcel of land with deed restrictions that essentially require the Burkhart Creek County Park to be used as a natural, low impact park for county residents. Development of Burkhart Creek County Waverly Bank Park was completed in 2012 using outside resources including Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and funds provided by the IDNR. This park includes a paved parking lot and portable restrooms, two shelters with picnic tables and grills, benches

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the remaining structures uninhabitable. In the wake of this disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided Morgan County with grant funds to clear the site of unusable structures and to prepare it for future use as a public park. Also, the county was able to direct riverboat tax funds toward the acquisition of property on the historic site. These funds set the stage for the planning process to begin in earnest in 2013. The planning process for the development of Old Town Waverly Park was guided by input from the public and the public officials who reviewed the project. The park’s master plan identified four focus elements: 1) green infrastructure for flood control; 2) a “living museum” of the area’s history dating back to pioneer and Native American eras and new uses for the three remaining historic buildings: 1890 Waverly United Methodist Church, 1890

Delaney home (former church parsonage), and 1918 bank; 3) flexible site usage that can accommodate gatherings of various sizes; and 4) new structures to remember those that have disappeared Old Town Waverly Park is an officially endorsed Legacy Project for Indiana’s Bicentennial YearLong Celebration. On September 24 and 25, we will hold the Grand Opening of Old Town Waverly Park. Old Town Waverly Park in Morgan County serves to educate about our built and natural worlds, and it is a place for the community to connect to the environments of the past, present and future.

Waverly Church So now the secret is out. Why not come and join us this Fall? We’ll have antique tractor displays, music, local arts, crafts, food vendors, activities for kids, time period re-enactments, and encampments.

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Warsaw Provides Parks & More By Heather Frazier, Administrative Assistant

Although located along the historic Lincoln Highway and known as the “World’s Orthopedic Capital” Warsaw, IN, has not lost its small town ambiance. While being surrounded by 4 large lakes leaves residents with numerous water sport activities to engage in, others may desire more friendly leisure activities, which is where the City of Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department comes into play. With over 18 parks and 80 acres to maintain, Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department is able to meet the needs of the 14,000 people living in Warsaw. As a Stellar Community finalist, Warsaw hopes to not only improve the quality of life for its residents but also hopes to improve the overall park atmosphere as a whole. At the beginning of each year, the Parks Department strategically plans activities and recreation opportunities for the following year, ensuring that community needs and wants continue to be met. While doing this allows for proper funding and budget planning, it also gives the community an opportunity to voice their concerns, desires, and alternatives they may seek to be incorporated. After all activities have been planned, the Recreation Director will have approximately 13,000 recreation guides printed, that is almost one for each resident within Warsaw’s corporate limits! These guides are a huge impact for our parks department as they inform the public on all the events we have, the cost 32 theProfile

of them, and the location of all 18 of our parks. Due to a tremendous community and their leaders, grants, and donations, the parks and recreation department is able to provide most programs at either a reduced rate or free. In fact, we are able to offer 16 programs that are free to all attending as well as 16 other programs where the fee is only to cover materials provided. In addition to our ever growing list of activities and events, we have our 9 concert series concerts and 3 major concerts, all free of charge. Our concerts are 100% corporately funded by donations and the annual park budget, which gives us a huge opportunity by allowing us to provide these concerts completely free of charge! This year our Rock Concert consisted of DOKKEN and Jack Russell’s Great White, our Blues and BBQ Concert was Jennie DeVoe and Larry Garner, and our Country Concert was Ruthie Collins and Tracy Lawrence. This is a great opportunity for the community as whole, where everyone can enjoy the entertainment no matter their socioeconomic status. Each of our 18 parks have their own charm, from a more rustic atmosphere to ones that fully encourage community relationships and integration. As numerous residents have voiced their concerns about a water feature, we are looking to incorporate this in one of our parks within the next year. To help incorporate a more family friendly environment, we are also

looking at providing multiple play areas for specific age groups that are close in proximity so if an individual takes multiple kids of varying ages to the park, they can safely monitor them all from one convenient location. This year we are also updating our playground and exercise equipment to keep this cohesiveness by allowing a parent/guardian to safely monitor the child while they are able to exercise, relax, or even enjoy the park. As the City of Warsaw’s population continues to grow, the parks department is continuously making changes and improvements to help encourage healthy lifestyles, community development, and help retain and attract residents. When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, not only limited to that of physical fitness, it is also important to make sure that an individual’s surrounding is safe and free of objects, which could negatively impact their quality of health. As an added effort to maintain clean beaches and prevent E. coli contamination, this year the parks department purchased a Barber Surf Rake. This beach cleaning machine was manufactured by H. Barber & Sons, Inc., and is effective in removing beach pollution including seaweed, dead fish, glass, syringes, trash debris, and animal droppings. Every morning we use the Barber Surf Rake to clean our beaches, giving all beach goers the Continued on page 33


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ideal location to relax and enjoy family time without worrying about stepping on something sharp or coming into contact with animal droppings. Not only has the Surf Rake helped us maintain a clean beach but it has assisted with maintaining paths and trails throughout our parks.

Shoreline stabilization is extremely important to the community and because of this, the parks department will be implementing the Pike Lake Shoreline Stabilization Project. The objective of this project is to both design and implement a bioengineered stabilization technique for

the purpose of reducing sedimentation along with preventing the delivery of these materials into the lake. This will also give the parks department an opportunity to preserve the shoreline as well as improve some areas around Pike Lake, to make it more enjoyable for those looking to fish or even just relax at the park. As an additional effort to educate the public about the importance of water quality and increase their awareness on the importance of keeping Warsaw City’s storm drains clean from grass clippings, chemicals, trash and numerous other pollutants, the parks and recreation department was the first to implement the Clean Water Art Project. This project consists of a painting near the storm drain in front of our Central Park Pavilion along with some information about the project and its purpose. Being the first to set the standard, the City of Warsaw has decided to incorporate another 15 storm drain paintings in the downtown area. While integrating a healthy lifestyle and opportunities to help encourage it are an important aspect of the parks and recreation department, so is encouraging creative thinking and incorporating art programs. In addition to the Clean

Water Art Project, the parks department has also joined with the City of Warsaw, ArtFully Warsaw Fund, also known as the Warsaw Public Arts Commission, and American Sculptor, Seward Johnson, to place two life-size bronze sculptures in the park, also known as the Walk –n-Wander. These sculptures are extremely life-like Continued on page 34

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and portray people engaged in everyday activities. There are 20 sculptures total throughout the City of Warsaw. While overall park safety, water preservation, shoreline education and stabilization, and the integration of art programs are important aspects of the parks and recreation department, just as important is improving community relations and helping with youth engagement. Our recreation department is able to host numerous events, programs, and activities for both children and adults at either an extremely low participation fee or completely free. These programs vary from family movie nights, arts and crafts camps, family carnivals, fishing derbies, dances, junior golf tours and even science camps. All programs offer participants a chance to interact with others with similar interests and ages, while also helping encourage effective communication, healthy lifestyle choices, and building friendships. The recreation department staff help assist with both canoe and paddle board

clinics and community rental opportunities. During the clinics and for a small fee, those who register receive instructional tips on how to properly use the paddle boards as well as tricks to help make the experience a more enjoyable time. An added perk to being surrounded by lakes, gives the parks department an opportunity to offer swim lessons to all age groups at various times throughout the day, absolutely free of charge! These lessons are taught by water front certified lifeguards to help ensure that all participants receive the best instructions during their swim lessons. Another alternative for children and young adults is the use of our Mantis Skate Park, which is the only fully supervised facility in Northern Indiana, which maintains a family-friendly environment. The skate park provides a safe environment for all participants, where they are able to skate or skateboard without the fear of vehicles, debris in their path, or other circumstances which could cause an injury. Recently completely renovated with a new Rhino ramp system, the skate park offers skaters and skate boards numerous opportunities to enjoy, no matter their level of experience.

To end each year, every holiday season for the last 21 years, the parks department has decorated Central Park with over 200,000 holiday lights, displays, and figurines. These lights are officially turned on the beginning of December and turned off after the first of the year. It takes several months for the department to get all the lights assembled, put in the proper locations, secured, and to make sure all lights are working properly! This is free to the public who have the opportunity to either walk or drive through the park and enjoy the lights. This was made possible by donations, grants, and the hard work from the parks department. The ultimate goal of the City of Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department is to provide accessible, wholesome leisure opportunities that promote social, mental and physical well-being through effective services, diverse programming and quality park facilities. We pride ourselves on being able to both maintain and surpass community expectations on a daily basis.

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Building Character in Porter County: Anti-Bullying & Team Building Program Shows Positive Results By Walter Lenckos, Superintendent Last winter, the Porter County Parks Department shared with its colleagues at the annual IPRA Conference an exciting new program venture, the delivery of antibullying and team building activities to area middle school students.

We trained our staff to facilitate and debrief experiential programs using team building principles. And we worked with partners to construct a low ropes course at our signature facility, Sunset Hill Farm County Park.

While this is not always an area of expertise for county park departments, our community leaders and partners felt it was critical for us to play a role. Recent headlines have reaffirmed that intolerance, prejudice and racism continue to plague our communities.

The department’s initial efforts in delivering this program yielded strikingly positive results. Sixth graders reported that they believed that, “there is a special person who is around when I am in need” and that “I have a special person who is a real source of comfort to me.” This is significant because having a person to talk to or someone to share concerns with is a recognized factor in preventing and combating bullying.

Our agency recently took the cue and began to address these issues head on with a program designed to help students realize that they do have members of their community that will stand with them and for them when needed. We vetted a number of different ways to discuss, mitigate and educate our youth on the dangers, repercussions and ways to deal with bullying. We acquired a top notch curriculum with a history of positive results.

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Older participants had results that were even more positive. Eighth graders reported that they, “Can count on my friends when things go wrong, can talk about my problems with my family, have friends with whom I can

share my joys and sorrows, and there is a special person in my life who cares about my feelings.” These are all incredibly significant because as our children get older the risk of being negatively impacted by bullying increases accordingly. The power of this program and the impact that it is having on the community is clear and the Department was humbled by two gifts this spring from local community organizations, Porter-Starke Services and Porter County United Way Power of Youth Council. Both organizations made gifts allowing us to serve hundreds more students this year at no cost to the students, schools, or families.


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