2016 GRD Update

Posted on January 20th, 2016 by Lara

Success is in the Details – Director’s Message

Much of 2015 was consumed by transition. For the first time since the GRD’s creation, we have no “founding father” serving in the role of Trustee. We launched an internal maintenance division which in-cluded purchasing equipment and hiring a Maintenance Director. The GRD hired a new Youth Sport Supervisor to continue the growth of our robust youth sport curriculum. New leadership, new staff and new programs all take time to integrate. While the process can be slow and cumbersome, it certainly forces you examine what you do and how you do it. I feel strongly that this kind of turnover is healthy for an organi-zation such as the GRD. From a maintenance perspective the net result has been extremely positive. We are experiencing a better product and receiving a savings from past years. I believe we will experience similar positive outcomes from our youth sports transition in 2016.

As we begin to plan for 2016, and emerge from a year of transition, we need to consider the small things that separate a good public parks department and a great public parks department. With a emphasis on small logistical items such as increased communication standards, strong volunteer guidelines, clear and consistent policies and procedures, efficient acquisition and distribution of program supplies and comprehensive parent meetings. Those improvements will allow more time for major initiatives such as a promotional campaign on sportsmanship, the development of organizational values and principals and some critical strategic planning, which will raise the trajectory of this award winning organization. With greater attention to the finer points and Granville’s commitment to community, the sky is the limit!

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