C. Facilitated session led by Suzanne Montgomery, Montgomery, Copely & Associates, Inc. Suzanne led the group in a facilitated session discussing citizen involvement in parks, funding our parks, parks governance, and parks leadership.
Comments regarding citizen involvement included the need to integrate parks into neighborhoods, to develop stewardship for parks, to train the on-site park workers in customer service techniques, to set up an advisory board with community representation to oversee the Parks Department, to work with not-for-profit organizations in relation to fundraising and with volunteer organizations for field and office support work, to ensure community buy-in through marketing and above methods, and to ensure involvement from non-park users as well.
Comments regarding governance and structure centered on teh sentiment that a unified system would allow for balanced usage of all parklands, ball fields and preservation lands alike. The Task Force made a decision that they would recommend to the Mayor that a unified park governance system (one Parks Department) with a strong governing board be the governance model to implement.
Comments regarding leadership focused on the recommendation of the Task Force to conduct a nation-wide search for leadership of the newly formed, unified Parks Department.
D. Subcommittees were set:
Vision / Mission Statement Subcommittee
Goal is to pre-organize ideas for August meeting
Derek Rowan = Chair
Goal is to research and organize information/ findings for August meeting
T.R. Hainline = Chair
Governance/ Structure Subcommittee
Goal is to take Task Force decision to develop a unified department with strong Board of Trustees and to fill in the details with specific recommendations for August meeting
Lanny Russell = Chair