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The Florida Recreation and Park Association has adopted a unique Strategic Plan to be implemented over the next 2-5 years. This plan encompasses the areas of health, environment, community building and economic impact. Different committees have been formed for each pillar and are working together to situate FRPA as a leader in these areas.
The mission of the Florida Recreation and Park Association clearly defines what the Strategic Plan hopes to accomplish:
To establish parks and recreation as a cornerstone of health, economic development, environmental sustainability and community throughout the state of Florida.
Through the actions of engaging, educating, advocating and sustaining, FRPA will equip local departments with the tools necessary to advance parks and recreation in these areas.
1) identifying agencies that worked with health department officials and Department of Agriculture during COVID for feeding/testing so that we can create some messaging around this that can be used for advocacy purposes, and so we can identify future partnerships with those agencies that might result from this interaction,
2) exploring what would be required for certain parks and recreation agencies to qualify so that participants can be eligible for insurance reimbursements for health insurance, and
3) exploring the convening of a Post Pandemic Placemaking Summit (similar to our health summit that we did a few years ago) with the intent of bringing together those in the planning, design and health areas to discuss post COVID how should spaces be designed for the next pandemic – allowing for physical distancing, low touch, etc.
Focus will be on maintaining the Calculator and gaining more users.
1) Provide membership with best practices in the area of environmental stewardship and resiliency. (Workgroup to identify 3-5 topic areas that are actually helpful; assign workgroup members to each area to compile. Set a goal of review every other year for relevancy.)
2) Create/cultivate relationships with community groups to explore how they can help with environmental stewardship. (Identify top 2-3 external audiences to inform and influence. Establish why we want to reach them and with what do we want to reach them. Consider what environmental stewardship means across differing cultures.)
3) Identify and support funding opportunities to benefit environmental stewardship, sustainability and resiliency. (Identify unmet needs that agencies have in the area of funding for environmental projects. Research untapped resources for specific needs.)
1) defining desired outcomes from park and recreation relationships with public safety organizations and then addressing the means to make these connections
2) establishing a way to communicate with internal and external audiences on the importance of parks and recreation programs in community building *to include equity and inclusion factors,
3) tapping into advocacy groups on all ends of the age spectrum, potentially training professionals on how to develop these advocates, and
4) support efforts to develop an agency audit/assessment to gauge level of community inclusion.
Click on the buttons below to begin exploring each pillar.
To get involved with a particular pillar or for more information, contact the people below:
Health: Michael Jones
Environment: Leigh Davis
Community Building: Sarah Good
Economic Impact: Bryan Nipe