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From the President

I know everyone has been glad to finally see the weather break and the sun come out so we can all get back outside for some spring activities.  It was about time is all I can say.  I don’t know about your house but in my household my two boys have been bouncing off the walls to get to some outdoor activities.  Yeah, Wii baseball and tennis are fun but there is no substitute for the real thing.  There has been some serious damage to the upstairs playroom during heated battles on the Wii this winter and I am glad they can get back outside before my house comes tumbling down.             

On the professional front spring also brings a certain favorite job responsibility to all of us.  Preparing your budget.  Man, what a good time.  I just look forward to getting that packet every year and combing through it.  It doesn’t get much more entertaining in my opinion.  All those numbers, expenditures, and line items.  It is just about as much fun as edging the yard with shorts on and every stick, rock or clog of dirt keeps hitting you in the shin.  This year has been especially challenging for municipal and county governments as we are finally being hit by the economic downfall from a few years ago.  The last couple of years have been tough but it doesn’t look like they even come close to comparing to this year.  I sincerely hope that everybody has been pushing the importance of a quality parks and recreation department to its council or board and its people through the years.   Here are a couple of ideas that may help your department this budget year. 

  • Use specific examples of quality of life in your community. 
  • Show the economic impact of your special events or athletic tournaments. 
  • Encourage your recreation commission to remain active and vocal and make sure they get a chance to sit down with your elected officials to help defend your department and its resources.  

Basically, it is time to get out there, show our worth, and brag about our accomplishments.  Imagine a spring with no baseball, soccer, or swimming.  It’s not a lot of fun to think about.

On the positive side, how about the new website NCRPA has put together.  Now, I am by no means a computer genius or website connoisseur but I am going to have to give them a big thumbs up on the website.  I’d like to take some credit for having the idea for all of this but I just can’t say that I did.  (For the record, it wasn’t Mike either no matter what he says.)  Once again, it is just another way NCRPA is working to serve its members quicker and more efficiently than ever.  Like my grandmother used to say, “If you aren’t moving forward, you might as well be backing up.”

Hang in there,

David Lee
NCRPA President