2017 Midwest Regional Conference
April 23-25 in Lawrence, KS
Registration is now open for the 2017 Midwest Regional Conference. The conference will be held on April 23-25 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Lawrence, KS. Keynote Speaker will be Bill Self, University of Kansas Head Basketball Coach.
Sunday, April 23
11-4 p.m. Golf Tournament
Noon-4 p.m. Exhibitor Check-in
2-6 p.m. Registration/ Check-in
4-7 p.m. Exhibitors Open and Dinner
7-8:15 p.m. Welcome and Keynote
8:15-11 p.m. Social at Hotel Bar
Monday, April 24
8:30-9:30 a.m. Community Coalitions: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back – Why Coalitions Work and How to Sustain Them (Panel Discussion)
Session Description: A panel discussion of continuing the momentum of your community coalition; how do you lead/structure a coalition for effectiveness; recruiting young professionals to meet changing demographics of a community and provide diversity; creating advocates for health and wellness in your community.
8:30-9:30 a.m. Teaching Customer Service To Your Sports Officials
Session Description: Your sports officials have a huge influence on the perception of your program and agency for participants and families. For adult sports programs, officials most often have, by far, the BIGGEST impact on the perception of your program. They are your game and program ambassadors, and as such, it is IMPERATIVE that you play a role in how your officials are trained, supervised, evaluated and re-trained.
8:30-9:30 a.m. Restoring Habitats For Monarchs and Pollinators: A Role For Parks
Session Description: An introduction to Monarch Watch, an outreach program focused on education, research and conservation relative to monarch butterflies. Monarch Watch has enlisted the help of volunteers to tag monarchs during the fall migration, assisted citizens to plant habitat restoration for migration and provided milkweed plants for conservation restoration. The program has provided great understanding of the monarch migration.
8:30-9:30 a.m. Tennis Court Maintenance 101 & USTA Facilities Grants
Session Description: This session is directed for park maintenance workers and recreation supervisors that work with tennis programming of facilities. Questions like: “How often do we need to resurface our courts?” “What is causing these cracks on the courts and how do we remedy them?” “What are the common maintenance concerns regarding tennis courts?” “What type of playing surface should we go with considering our playing population?” “What resources are available to help me rebuild our tennis courts?” will all be answered. The audience will learn from the experts in the field and review Tennis Courts – A Construction and Maintenance Manual.
9:30-10 a.m. Break and Exhibitors
10-11 a.m. Everything you wanted to know about Your Event/Tournament’s Impact on the Economy
Session Description: Learn how to measure the economic value of an event or tournament and calculate its return on investment in local taxes. Learn about the DMAI Event Impact Calculator and how it can help tell your story, as well as the partnerships that can be formed in your community to help track the impact your events are having on the local economy.
10-11 a.m. Mediating Between Parks and Recreation Departments and Swim Clubs (Panel Discussion)
Session Description: Mediating between parks and recreation departments and swim clubs in the current political climate requires tactics suitable to individual communities. The panel of experts bring more than 49 years of professional experience dealing with the most challenging topics in aquatics. The panel will discuss issues in the field by addressing billing and fees, expectations from both sides as far as staff, equipment, facility usage, city staff and club staff interactions/relationships, communication and protocol for contact, agreements versus contracts, politics, parents versus recreation owned versus privately owned swim teams and differences in philosophies in running our business versus service in our industry.
10-11 a.m. GIS and Recreation
Session Description: Micah will discuss the beneficial relationship between Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and parks and recreation departments. How can GIS enhance customer service for patrons, park services and facilities? How can GIS contribute to better management of resources? Examples of current practices and descriptions of the latest trends in GIS will be presented.
10-11 a.m. Gaining Progressive Fitness Applications TBD
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Exhibitors
12:30-1:30 p.m. The Power of Social Media – A Sales Tax Success Story
Session Description: On August 2, 2016, the citizens of Lee’s Summit, Mo., overwhelmingly (78% passed a 15 year, ¼ of a cent sales tax extension to support the continued efforts of LSPR. The educational campaign utilized social media to compliment traditional educational efforts and the local advocacy group used social media almost exclusively to share the “Vote Yes” message.
12:30-1:30 p.m. Grant Opportunities with a 501C3
12:30-1:30 p.m. Promoting Health and Quality of Life through Nature-based Recreation
Session Description: Discussion will present the significant importance of health and quality of life with nature-based recreation/outdoor recreation. From theoretical foundation and practical implementation, the presenters will share the current research trends in studying the linkage between nature-based recreation and individuals’ physical and psychological health and using outdoor recreation to enhance quality of life for all ages. The presenters will also present a study to demonstrate how to use a simple research project for communicating with the public about the importance of natural environment, green open spaces, and recreation opportunities for our society and future generations. Finally, the presentation will include practical tips and ideas to promote nature-based recreation for developing a healthy lifestyle and healthy community.
12:30-1:30 p.m. Bicycling In Your Community
Session Description: TBD
11 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Tour of University of Kansas’ Jayhawk Boulevard: Integration of Historic Preservation, Sustainability and Multi-Modal Transit; Lawrence Visitors Center and Garden and Children’s Mercy Park Stadium, Kansas City, Kan.
Session Description: (Box Lunch Provided). Tour will include Jayhawk Boulevard Phase 2 landscape master plan, historic preservation at Lawrence Visitors Center and Gardens and a behind-the-scenes tour of stadium used by Sporting Kansas City, the MLS team in Kansas City.
1:30-2 p.m. Break and Exhibitors
2-3 p.m. The Journey From PRORAGIS To Park Metrics: With Some Benchmarks Of Value To You
Session Description: In 2007-08 Dr. Stevenson published the KS RecFinder. This comprehensive geodatabase contained all of the state’s known parks, facilities and trails. It was the most comprehensive statewide data set in the country at that time. He subsequently worked with NRPA in getting PRORAGIS (now PARK METRICS) up and running and the fact that it looked a lot like RecFinder was not coincidental. This dataset was analyzed for comparables, not unlike what Park Metrics does…but we took it to another level and developed a KS City and County level PARKSCORE approach that I believe you will find interesting. Documenting access proximity for health, outdoor and economic benefits will also be a highlight.
2- 3 p.m. How Does Mental Health Impact Those Around Us?
Session Description: This session will give a brief overview of the signs and symptoms of mental health and how to utilize this information in day-to-day operations. It will provide direction on how to interact with someone having a mental health problem or crisis, as well as how to connect to resources. This session will provide information on the benefits of taking Mental Health First Aid as a certified course.
2 -3 p.m. Conversation of Tennis and Pickleball
Session Description: TBD
2-3 p.m. Survive and Advance: Tips and Tools to Make Parks and Recreation a Lasting Career
Session Description: A session geared for new professionals that will provide insight into navigating the way to a long-lasting career in the profession of Parks and Recreation.
4 – 8 p.m. Social- KU Booth Museum/DeBruce Center Naismith original rules
Liberty Hall - Dinner and Show
9 p.m. - ? Downtown Lawrence- Pub Crawl
8:30-9:30 a.m. Understanding Social Equity: Three Ways to Create and Engage an Inclusive Culture
Session Description: Service is the key differentiator between good customer experiences in a culture when customers have little need to leave their home and physically visit a local park or a recreation facility. While we in the community parks and recreation business compete with large “box” concepts, many guests still enjoy visiting in person, especially if the experience trumps convenience. Those who create warm, caring, and inclusive environments that best serves the guests are the key drivers of customer experience and are directly tied to the growth and increased attendance at our facilities. This session will highlight three of the most important customer service indicators that should teach us a lot about social equity in our business.
8:30-9:30 a.m. From Best Practices To Next Practices
Session Description: Best practices allow you to do what you are currently doing a little better, but next practices increase your organization’s capability to do things it has never done before.
8:30 -9:45 a.m. Modern City & Campus Arboretums Trekking, Treesand QR Technology (Panel Discussion)
Session Description: The City of Olathe and Kansas State University have taken steps to add interactive QR technology to Arboretums to encourage citizens and students to walk arboretum paths and learn about trees. Both entities have qualified for Tree City USA awards.
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Training With A Twist: How to Develop a Comprehensive Employee Handbook and Training Manual for your Organization
Session Description: “I can’t wait for our next employee training meeting!” Said no employee ever. But we all know how important good training is to everyone who works for our recreation organization. At Emporia Recreation Center, we decided to tackle the issue of consistent, cohesive staff training by creating our employee handbook and training manual. Learn how we divide training into six categories given every other month to ALL staff working in our building. The training instructors are our supervisors and the burden of training is divided equally among them, so that no one supervisor is overwhelmed with the job. We will also discuss the employee handbook and how it covers the basic details of behavioral standards, conduct and operational policies for all employees. Our goal is to give you all the tools you need to write your own comprehensive handbook and training manual.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10-11 a.m. POUND Fitness Demo
Session Description: TBD
10-11 a.m. The Value of Sponsorships – Are They Worth it? (Panel Discussion)
10-11 a.m. Using Native Plants in Parks and Landscapes: Opportunities and Challenges
Session Description: TBD
10 -11 a.m. Afterschool Programming (Panel Discussion)
Session Description: A panel discussion of effective afterschool programming.
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Awards Luncheon
1:15 - 4:30 p.m. Offsite Tours – Rock Chalk Park | Sports Pavilion Lawrence | Indoor Aquatic Center
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Cancellation Policy: No refunds, substitutions allowed.
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