Thursday Educational Sessions


Thursday Educational Sessions

9:45 - 10:45

Banish Burnout: Move from Stress to Success
Janice Litvin
It has been well-documented that stress is plaguing the American workforce to the tune of $125 - $190 billion in healthcare costs. In a recent Gallup report Employee Burnout: Causes and Cures, "employee burnout is a symptom of modern workplaces that are increasingly fast-paced, complex and demanding.

Data-Driven Park Planning
Clement Lau
There are over 3,000 parks in Los Angeles County. Some are managed by the County’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Others are run by the 88 cities within the county's 4,084 square miles. But some communities are critically lacking in parks. A few years ago, DPR launched a sustainability-focused master planning effort for a slice of that underserved group, creating plans for six of its most park-poor unincorporated communities. That effort set the stage for much bigger things, including the County's first ever Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment, the passage of a funding measure that generates $90 million annually, and successful applications for State grant funds to implement much-needed park projects in underserved communities. Plans that sit on shelves have no use. Come and be inspired to do purpose-driven park planning that produces tangible results and improves the quality of life for the residents you serve.

Think Outside the Tank! Ways to Enhance Programming and User Enjoyment
Matt Freeby
Whether you want to find new ideas to use existing aquatic space or you are considering building new, there are many factors to consider for programming your space. We will identify challenges and opportunities to increase awareness and revenue of an aquatic facility. Discussion will include relevant examples of challenges such as Depth, Storage, and Space Requirement and how to efficiently Staff a pool while also considering Risk Assessment, Portability, and Value. During this session, we will also cover what you can offer guests to have fun while they improve their mental and physical health through Fitness, Skill improvement, Competition, Adventure, and even just the chance to Socialize with peers. We will discuss opportunities that dry areas such as Classrooms, Cabanas, Shade areas, Food and Concessions offer to enhance the overall experience and how Events make the pool a community.


12:15 - 1:15

Great Expectations: Can Revenue Goals and Equity Co-Exist?
Chris Nunes
The roots of the Recreation Profession lie in the Playground Movement of the 1880's.  We were a social service created to keep children safe, but today we are asked to be a service that recovers all or part of its costs, while still providing a level of social services. Can these expectations co-exist???  In this session, we will review how to identify and address community needs, address cost recovery goals and meet the mandate for equity in services.  These two mandates can co-exist if a relevant service is provided based on planning, market segmentation, competition analysis and financial performance monitoring.

How Can Parks and Libraries be Partners?
Clement Lau, Mark Glassock
In the comedy series Parks and Recreation, parks and libraries staff are portrayed as arch enemies competing for resources and recognition. In reality, the opposite is happening in Los Angeles County. Opened to the public in late 2019, Woodcrest Play Park in Westmont, CA is an example of how Los Angeles County Library and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation collaborated to transform a previously underutilized space at Woodcrest Library into a vibrant public space. The park consists of a children’s play area with book-themed elements, a seating area with USB and laptop charging stations, an outdoor fitness zone with exercise equipment, and over 1,500 new drought-tolerant plants. In this session, you will hear the story of this innovative project, from its conception through a park planning process to its implementation, and lessons learned. Come and be inspired to carry out transformative partnerships and projects to improve park access in your communities.

Summer Camping in a Pandemic
Shaunte Hardy
Summer Camping in a Pandemic is an educational session focused on preparing recreation professionals for the challenges of planning summer camp, while navigating the realities of COVID-19. During the session, we will explore the steps to planning a successful program, how to implement protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases, and the importance of evaluating the effectiveness of your program.

Teambuilding in the Virtual World
Keith Fulthorp  
Facilitating impactful teambuilding activities is challenging enough in person, making genuine attempts at online teambuilding a significant challenge. This session presents three activities and two virtual platforms that can assist you in efforts to foster teamwork in remote work setting.