News & Notes
1. City of Fort Worth – Park Planner Position Opening!
Pay Range From: $54,384 Pay Range To: $70,700
Closing Date: 10/19/17 Requisition Number: 25592
Department: Park and Recreation
The City of Fort Worth is seeking to hire a Park Planner for the Trades Division of the Park & Recreation Department. Specific duties will include administration of design and construction contracts, review of consultant prepared plans and specifications, preparation of construction documents for park facilities, management of project schedules and budgets and facilitation of public meetings for Small Capital Projects typically <$250,000; other duties and responsibilities as assigned. Small capital park facilities may include but are not limited to: Playgrounds, shelters, trails, seating, drinking fountains, lighting, memorials, etc.
2. City of Rockwall: Andy Hesser named as the Director of Parks and Recreation!
Congratulations to Andy Hesser on his recent promotion to Director of Parks and Recreation, in the City of Rockwall! Very well deserved and we look forward to seeing the department evolve under his leadership. Congratulations Andy and the Rockwall Parks and Recreation Department!
3. Congratulations & Thank You from DFW Director’s Association & 6 Pack Committee!
On September 8th , The DFW Director’s Association and the City of Grand Prairie hosted the 4th Annual DFW Director’s 6 Pack Competition. With new games, more than 22 teams registered and a record number of participants (450+), it was truly a successful event. The Committee raised over $14,000 for scholarships. Thank you to the cities who entered, all 2017 sponsors and vendors, and of course to those who helped make this the best year yet. Congratulations to the City of Grand Prairie for taking first place! We look forward to seeing you all in The Colony for the next two years!
4. City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department takes the Gold Medal & CAPRA Accreditation!
Congratulations to the City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department for receiving the NRPA Gold Medal, at last week’s National Congress. In addition to becoming a Gold Medal Department they also received their CAPRA Accreditation. Congratulations to the City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department on their win!
5. The 2017 TRAPS North Conference, in Denton, Texas!
Registration is now open for the TRAPS North Conference. The North Region Conference provides educational and networking opportunities for TRAPS members and related professionals. Conference attendance exceeds 500 professionals and provides ample opportunities for vendors to promote their products and build relationships. The 2017 TRAPS North Conference will be at the University of North Texas, Student Union, on Friday, November 3rd, 2017. Thank you to the City of Denton and the University of North Texas for hosting this year’s event. For more information in regards to this year’s conference, visit the website at www.trapsnorth.org. Registration is now open!
6. The 2017 TRAPS North Maintenance Rodeo, NEXT WEEK!
The TRAPS North Maintenance Rodeo allows teams from the Region to compete in a variety of maintenance competitions. This fun and educational event is attended by more than 200 Maintenance Staff and Managers. The 2017 TRAPS North Maintenance Rodeo will be hosted by City of Grapevine, on Wednesday, October 11th at Oak Grove Park. Deadline for registration is this evening.
7. The 2017 TRAPS North Golf Tournament Returns to Dallas Cowboys Golf Course!
The TRAPS North Regional Golf Tournament is one of the highlights of the year! Over 140 professionals converge in one location for golf, networking, and fun. Many municipal Directors and Managers play in this event. The 2017 TRAPS Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, October 20th and will return to the Dallas Cowboys Golf Course. Please contact Trent Kelley or Erin Hart for more detailed information and ways to register.
8. Words from Dr. KAZ ; The Queen of Questions!
“Greetings fellow conference attendees. I can’t believe how close November is and as many of you plan to attend the conference, we have so much planned for the 3rd. Our morning session with Dr KAZ plans to be both eye opening and thought provoking as she shares how understanding our brain language and others impacts every area in our centers and our lives. She is known for her very informative, active and downright fun sessions that will invigorate, inspire, and ignite everyone who attends. And to get you ready for her “team competition” she’s asked us to complete two simple surveys that will give you more insight into her topic. Once completed just put the scores in your phone on November 3rd and get ready! One will have and A score/V score/K score and the other will be a number between -50 and 150.” –Dr. KAZ
9. Want to Volunteer at the TRAPS North Conference?
Listed below is a direct link for those of you who are interested, or have staff interested in volunteering at this year’s conference. Should you have further questions or concerns, please contact Walter Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Interested in Sponsoring, Partnering or Becoming an Exhibitor at any of the TRAPS North Events?
It is that time of year where we are planning for a variety of events, networking opportunities and outlets for our TRAPS North professionals, members, students, volunteers and more importantly YOU! The TRAPS North Planning Committee is preparing for a great year of functions and we hope to share the excitement with each of you and your respective businesses. I have taken the liberty of attaching this year’s Partnership Packet for all TRAPS North Region events and hope you will take the time to review and commit to a sponsorship. Additionally, the TRAPS State Office is always looking for partners and sponsors within the entire organization, that will in turn help with funds for the State Conference, in Waco, Texas. Below is the link to access partnerships with the state office. http://traps.org/traps-champion-catalog-now-available-new-sponsorships/.
11. TRAPS North Conference Host Hotel Information
For those of you traveling from a long distance, the TRAPS North Planning Committee has secured a room block at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Denton, Texas. The rooms are held under TRAPS, until October 12, 2017. If you are interested in a room, please contact the hotel at (940) 891-4700.
12. EPIC News from Grand Prairie, Texas!
Congratulations to both Amanda Alms and Brian Chapin, for their recent hires with the City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Dept. Amanda will lead the facility as the General Manager and Brian as the Assistant General Manager. Congratulations to you both! If you or anyone you know is interested in a future position with The Epic, please be sure to visit www.JointheEpic.com for job announcements and updates. Both facilities are soon to open, with tentative opening dates, such as: Epic Waters- December 15, 2017 & The Epic- February 1, 2018. It’s going to be Epic!