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2016 Program Ideas and Activities

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Happy Tuesday,

As we get closer to the beginning of 2016, it is a great time to start brainstorming new programs and activities for the upcoming year! This blog will discuss five activities for adults, children, and families, as well as healthy concession and vending opportunities.

1.    NCRPA has been promoting run/walk groups lately! That is because it is a program that can be catered toward any age group in your community, with little-to-no equipment. It is a great way to continue to use park systems, greenways & trails, as well as bringing together a group with the common goal of enhancing getting active and outdoors. Listen to Scott Knox’s, Morrisville Parks and Recreation, webinar regarding the top of run/walk groups that can be implemented in your community. Link:


2.    Even though we are in the middle of winter, it is never too soon to start thinking about activities that take place outdoors. Outdoor bootcamp or yoga classes can be very popular within the community. The getting outside will add a new twist to any class, as well as increasing the aesthetics of the workout. Once again, this type of activity can adjusted for seniors, adults, and children! Both bootcamp and yoga classes offer participants a chance to increase their strength and endurance while in a socially interactive class environment.


3.    Bring the family together for a family game night! Plan activities for either an indoor gym space or outdoors on warner days. Some popular games that be played both indoors or outdoors include: capture the flag, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, flag football, or a healthy picnic. A family game night is a great way to encourage family bonding and being involved in the community.


4.    Lastly, remember to always think about healthy snacks, concessions and vending options. It is an alternative way to encourage healthy habits in your department and community. Listen to Aaron Davis, Graham Recreation and Parks, discuss nutritional options for vending machines and concession stands. Link:

For more information and ideas for program opportunities during 2016 please listen to our NCRPA 8 Program Ideas webinar from last January:

Please note our Wellness Webinars is taking a break for the month of December. Our January Wellness Webinar will be hosted by Greg Walker, Fletcher Parks and Recreation, and Mark Scott, owner of Fleet Fee Sports in Asheville. The webinar will focus on organizing a 5k run/walk in your own community, as well as discussing benefits of partnering with a corporate partner for a race. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, January 12 at 1:00pm. To register please click the link:

If you’re not aware yet, this coming April 2016, NCRPA is hosting the first ever statewide 5k! If you have never organized a 5k race in your community, then participating in the 5k Webinar will be extremely useful information! For more information on how to get your department involved in our NC Recre8 5k race, visit the race page:, or contact myself ( ) or matt (

If you have any new program ideas or activities please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,


Tags:  Active Programs  Healthy Living  NCRPA Wellness  Smart Living 

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