COMMUNITY GROUP PARTICIPATION
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PAB MEMBER?
Download and complete the PAB Interest Form and mail it directly to your facility of interest. Please feel free to use our facility locator to get the center's mailing address and/or to locate the recreation facility nearest you. Thank you.
PARK ADVISORY BOARD HISTORY
The Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) observed the need for a formal method of incorporating community input on decisions affecting communities and initiated the development of Center Service Associations or CSA’s in the 1970’s. CSA's led the way to the establishment and formalization of what we now recognize as Park Advisory Boards or PAB's since May of 1998.
Park Advisory Boards (PAB) are essential to the overall operation of a recreation facility. The Department believes that the partnership between staff and the community is of primary importance in identifying and meeting the recreational needs of the community. A Park Advisory Board works to make facilities safe, clean, and hospitable while offering advice on programming and assistance in fundraising.
A Park Advisory Board member is a community stakeholder and understands the community’s needs and interests. Members work with the Department on issues involving neighborhood parks, community events, fundraising projects, existing and proposed recreation, and educational programs along with a variety of other issues important to your facility and to your community.
Today’s social, economic, and political climate demand that decisions concerning the expenditure of public resources are fair, equitable and reflective of the communities and people they impact. This is true of all essential services but especially for services that fall into this category. A Park Advisory Board provides valuable assistance in this area for the City.
A Park Advisory Board:
- Enhances Department resources and creates a positive relationship between the Department and its citizens through mutual collaboration, decision-making, and problem solving;
- Provides additional resources and talent to enhance the abilities of Department staff;
- Expands, extends, and enriches the recreation and community services programs, increase the services of the Department;
- Provides citizens with the opportunity to help their local recreation center;
- Understands the needs and desires of the residents, and conversely helps citizens develop a working knowledge and understanding of how the Department functions and operates;
- Provides an opportunity for residents to improve communication skills and knowledge and expand recreation interests;
- Increases status and prestige, and brings satisfaction to those who serve on the Park Advisory Board, that they are truly making a difference in their community.