37 Parks & Recreation Goals to Keep in Mind

No matter what field you are in, sometimes your job simply gets in the way of your job. All of the day-to-day tasks or paperwork can blind you from your ultimate goals or mission. It’s the same at a parks and recreation agency. Managing programs, parks, facilities, memberships, child care programs and a lot more takes a ton of time and effort. We work with hundreds of P&R organizations who deal with this balance every day – managing the day-to-day while keeping the mission in mind.

Today is a refresher. For this post, we’ve compiled 37 real goals from tons of parks and recreation agencies across North America (some may sound very familiar). Take a look, incorporate some at your organization, and most of all, make sure you’re not letting your job…get in the way of your job:  Continue reading

15 Campus Recreation Departments Move to the Cloud

Source: utrecsports.org

Source: utrecsports.org

Campus recreation departments run the fitness facilities around campus, offer programs and training sessions, put on intramurals, and a lot more. But behind all that comes a ton of management time for staff members. That’s why we’ve seen a trend in recent years around the campus recreation industry: departments are moving to ‘the cloud’ (also known as Software as a Service) to manage all parts of their business without the IT infrastructure.   Continue reading

4 Ways to Connect at YMCA General Assembly

The anticipation isn’t quite as strong as the Olympics or the World Cup, but it is the YMCA General Assembly. And it only comes around once every 3 years. In about 10 days, we’ll be heading out to Philadelphia for General Assembly and we’re excited to network, learn, and have a little fun. Will you be there?

On top of all the great events and programs, we have a few other ways to connect. Check out a few ways we can meet up at GA:  Continue reading

We’re Giving Away $500 at General Assembly for YMCAs

General Assembly for YMCAs is just two weeks away! Are you heading out to Philly for the exhibition? A few of us from ACTIVE Network will be there and we’re excited for the networking, sessions, tradeshow, socializing, and more. We’re also giving away $500 to one lucky YMCA through a random drawing at booth #834. Be sure to stop by, look for the sign you see to the left, and enter your YMCA into the drawing!

We’ve done this $500 giveaway at each of the last two NAYDO Conferences and are proud to share with you how the donation money was spent. Here’s how the last two YMCA winners used to donation:  Continue reading

Top 10 Social Media Statistics in 2013

Social media changes everyday. When you start to master Twitter, Pinterest pops up. And when you finally see some real results from Facebook, they change their entire advertising platform. So is the speed of social media.

Today, we want to highlight the size and impact of social media across the world. Without further ado, here are the top 10 social media statistics you need to know for the rest of the year. The numbers are mind blowing and should show you the power of social a whole (click here to see how these have changed since last year):  Continue reading

State of the YMCA Industry: Post-NAYDO 2013

We’re smack dab in the middle of two big YMCA events – NAYDO 2013 Conference back in April and General Assembly coming up in July. So as we travel mentally and physically from Vancouver to Philadelphia, let’s take a look back at some trends and happenings from NAYDO:

Top trends for YMCAs in 2013

1. How mobile can help YMCAs engage their members - About 80% (informal poll) of the YMCAs we spoke to at NAYDO are focusing on providing their members with some sort of mobile app or mobile site. These organizations are focusing on providing mobile access to programs, particularly group fitness classes

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2. Understanding donor history and needs - YMCAs want data on their donors and easier access to it. They want to be able to look at donation history and target emails to the individual rather than spray messages to a huge list.  Continue reading

Canton Commits to Community Wellness with ’100 Days to Health’ (GUEST POST)

31052956This is a guest post from Jessica Levine, Marketing Coordinator at Canton Leisure Services in Canton, Michigan.
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The figures are staggering: More than one-third of American adults and children are obese,  resulting in conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Canton Leisure Services (CLS), ACTIVE Network customer and winner of the National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal Award, is helping to relieve this epidemic on a local level through its four-month ’100 Days to Health’ program.

Supported by a strong partnership with Southeast Michigan’s Oakwood Healthcare System, 100 Days annually begins in January and wraps up in late April at the popular Summit on the Park community center located in Canton, Michigan.  Continue reading

3 Negative Trends to Reverse in Your Community

In recent years, humans (and particularly kids) have become increasingly sedentary. This trend is affecting mental and physical health as well as healthcare costs. But a few weeks ago, ACTIVE customers from parks and rec agencies, collegiate rec departments, YMCAs and other community organizations gathered at our user conference to discuss these issues.  Continue reading

Welcome to the ACTIVE World Live Stream

ACTIVE World is officially underway and we’re happy to be hanging out with over 300 customers from our Communities market. It’s a beautiful day on San Diego harbor, Juke Box and DJ Recipe are jamming out on stage, and Keynote speakers Tim Sanders (Author and People-centric Business Expert) and Matt Landa (CEO of ACTIVE Network) are about to take the stage.

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