The city of Las Vegas Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department (PRNS) has been selected by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) as a leader in using best practices. Only 10 park departments nationally were chosen. As a result, the department was invited to participate in a best practices roundtable in Chattanooga, Tennessee taking place this week, hosted by PlayCore, a leading provider of play and recreation research, programming and products. The roundtable is exploring partnerships in detail, to more fully understand how park and recreation organizations throughout the country can continue to make a meaningful difference to their respective communities.
The roundtable members are discussing national survey results and best practices that will help communities across the country develop, implement and replicate a variety of partnership models. The information compiled during the roundtable will be a part of the organization’s national conference this fall in Anaheim, California. PlayCore will document and disseminate a final report/guidebook utilizing the data contributed by the roundtable’s participants and the national survey, to be released this fall. The resource will help other communities to approach and to develop meaningful partnerships.
All travel expenses and associated costs for this roundtable are being underwritten by PlayCore for the benefit of NRPA. Two other cities selected to participate include Portland, Oregon and Henderson, Nevada.
PRNS has a number of successful children’s play and recreation partnerships, including:
• Batteries Included Youth Initiative -- A collaboration with the Clark County School District and Nevada Partners to provide access to after-school educational activities and opportunities for youth engagement, including the Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program (YNAPP).
• Safekey -- A partnership with the Southern Nevada Health District to include the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Kids Club to promote behaviors that assist in developing and maintaining health in school-age children.
• Adaptive/Inclusion Recreation – the community partners include Paralyzed Veterans of America, Disability Resource Center, UNLV, Invacare, Better Life Mobility Center and Ability Center.
• Community Recreational Centers -- A partnership with YMCA to operate the Centennial Hills and Durango Hills community centers.
Well beyond the area of children’s play and recreation partnerships, PRNS has a high success rate with collaboration and partnerships that focus on the senior population, neighborhood involvement and specialty services, including:
• Open Doors/Open Schools -- A partnership between the Clark County School District and city of Las Vegas to access facilities for community and neighborhood meetings, events and activities.
• Senior Center Community Gardens -- A partnership with the UNR Cooperative Extension to maintain gardens, teach classes and host special events.
• Homeless and Human Services -- A collaboration with Clark County, the cities of North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City as well as local non-profit homeless providers.
• Aquatics -- A partnership with Senior Dimensions Fit for Life Club to provide water walking and water exercise at the Municipal Pool.
• Neighborhood Engagement -- Partnerships/collaborations with neighborhood associations, homeowners associations, business associations/groups and faith-based organizations, including the Neighborhood Partnership Fund (NPF).
Ms. Jodie Adams, president of NRPA, said, “I hope you realize that the city of Las Vegas is a leader and trend setter for the future of park and recreation departments across the country. We are so excited to have you participate, particularly with your forward thinking to re-invent your department that encompasses both recreational/leisure activities with the neighborhood/community services component, which promotes partnerships in order to sustain community programs.”
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