Project Supercharged!!! Update

You all rocked the Project Supercharged!!! Engagement Survey with 469 completed surveys. An outstanding response! Following the completion of the survey, we hosted 6 focus groups around the state and we have one online focus group scheduled for May 13th. Some preliminary results to share:

1. Professional development and continuing education through the Annual Conference, workshops and seminars along with professional assistance are the most valued benefits.

2. Park & recreation promotion and marketing was seen as the greatest need for the profession.

3. 76% of respondents rate benefits provided by NCRPA as somewhat or significantly above average.

Our last 6 winners in the drawing for $50 were: Pam Kelly, Hendersonville; Brandy McCandless, Burlington; Joel Dunn, Rocky Mount; Judi Nicholson, Clinton; Laura Crumpler, Smithfield; and Susan Baptist, Jacksonville.

So what’s next for Project Supercharged!!!? PROS Consulting will be conducting a visioning session with your Board of Directors on May 20th to review the results and determine the priorities moving forward. We appreciate all of those who have participated and we look forward to sharing more with you in the near future.

Keep Swiping!

We recently received our 3rd check from the LGFCU with a contribution to NCRPA resulting from members and volunteers using our NCRPA Visa Debit Card. Since its introduction in July 2013, we have received almost $1500. Many thanks for each of you that have the card and are using it. Are you a member of LGFCU and don’t have the card, call 888.732.8562 and request it. If you a not yet a member of LGFCU, download the voucher and visit your local branch to open an account and get your card. Stay tuned to how the first funds from this program will be used.

Events for Students & Young Professionals take off!

On Monday April 28 in Boone, NCRPA President Stephen Poulos hosted a Region 6 High Country Social with the help of students from Appalachian State’s Recreation Management program. More than 10 professionals met to participate in a programming workshop led by Dr. Melissa Weddell of Appalachian State University and there was a great showing from students as more than 40 showed up for an awesome networking opportunity and to eat great BBQ from Woodland’s BBQ. The professionals and students enjoyed the evening and expressed interest in making this an annual event. Thanks to Southern Ag and Dianne Davant Interiors who sponsored the event.

Additional Young Professional and Student events have been held in Charlotte and Apex. Attendees used the opportunity to network and meet their peers who work in parks and recreation

NCRPA Members network at Taco Mac in Charlotte.

More to come!

This month the series will continue in Raleigh and we hope you will join fellow park and recreation young professionals on Tuesday May 20th from 5:00pm-7:30pm at the Village Draft House in Raleigh. More info

Wellness Update
The month of May is full of opportunities to learn more about promoting wellness in your community! As part of the Wellness Initiative, NCRPA is hosting free Healthy Food Workshops in locations around the state the week of May 12th. The workshops will cover nutrition guidelines, food safety considerations in sourcing and preparing produce, working with donated food, and resources for produce in your area. Register for one of the following dates:

Mooresville: Monday, May 12, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Asheville: Tuesday, May 13, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Greenville: Thursday, May 15, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

If you are interested in adding healthier food into your programs, this is a great opportunity to discover resources that will help you implement your idea!

In addition to the workshops, the next Wellness Webinar is coming up soon. The topic is Bike and Pedestrian Access to Parks, and Matt Hayes from Alta Planning will be leading the presentation. Register now, and join us Tuesday, May 22, at 1:30PM to find out ways you can increase your users’ physical activity by promoting active transportation to your facilities. Future Wellness Webinar dates, as well as recordings from past webinars, can be found in the Wellness Toolkit at

Contact Erin at with if you have any questions about the Wellness Initiative or would like assistance with a wellness project. And if you’ve done something to promote wellness in your community,
tell us about it!
We will share the best projects on social media, in the Wellness Toolkit, and in the NCRPA Wellness Bulletin.

Upcoming Events

Healthy Eating Workshops
5.12 -15.14 | Statewide

Region 2 Maintenance Workshop
5.15.14 | Jacksonville

Programmer's Workshop

5.20.14 | Raleigh

Young Professional Meetup
5.20.14 | Raleigh
Info and RSVP

Annual Conference
9.21-23-14 | Wilmington

Athletic Directors Workshop
11.11-13/14 | Winston Salem

RRS Educational Events Info

NRPA Educational Events Info

Career Connection
Visit the Career Connection to see the details on open jobs and internships in the field of parks and recreation from member agencies.

Young Professional Network

Connecting young professionals and students who work or are interested in a career in parks and recreation in North Carolina!

The Young Professional Network will host meetups and events around the state. Although these events are geared towards young professionals (35 & under) we invite all NCRPA members and recreation professionals to attend.

If you are interested in being part of our leadership team email

Join our LinkedIn Network


Continued Conversation
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Discount Tickets!
NCRPA has once again partnered with both of these parks to offer discounted admission tickets. Find out all the details and purchase your tickets from NCRPA. If you need to purchase a large group of tickets, please contact Wanda Parmlee at or 919.832.5868

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