603 – "One Room Wonders": Staying Competitive as Small and Special-Use Facilities
Dan Reamer, Physical Instructor, Chicago Park District; Jennifer Cronin, Park Supervisor of Recreation, Chicago Park District; Heather Smith-Umrani, Playground Supervisor, Chicago Park District
This session will focus on small and special-use facilities and how they can be innovative and strategic to compete with larger, state-of-the-art facilities. Background will be given on presenters’ experience working in small and special-use facilities and what types of programming can be held in these facilities. Strategies of creatively using small facilities will also be shared. Small activities and discussions will be conducted in the live chat box. A debrief and Q & A will help facilitate peer learning and as a way to discover different strategies among a diverse group of recreation professionals.
Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to:
- Implement successful programming for small and special-use facilities.
- Discover niches in small and special-use and exploit them to compete with large and multi-purpose facilities.