The maintenance operating budget can be a very useful tool for getting insights about emerging trends or conditions affecting your department. Examining the current operating budget can help develop more accurate future budgets and suggest changes to inefficient or undesirable workflow.
One of the best ways to make sure your crew stays on schedule is by ensuring everything works properly. Vehicles, building systems, tools, and other equipment need to be inspected and maintained routinely to ensure they work when you need them.
As you tweak your system to prioritize and schedule tasks, you’re going to want to find the best way to assign those tasks to your crew. Of course, this comes with its own set of nuances and challenges. Ultimately, you want to match the workload with the workforce. Simple enough…at least in theory.
Well-maintained parks and recreational facilities don’t happen by accident. Developing a system to ensure all necessary maintenance tasks are completed in a timely manner allows your team to know exactly when and where something needs to get done. This three-part series will highlight some of the best practices for job and task scheduling. In part 1, we’re going to talk about the basic aspects of planning and job scheduling.

In our final installment of our three-part series (see Part 1 and Part 2) on maintaining outdoor surfaces we are going to discuss trail maintenance. There are many trail maintenance requirements to think about, and they vary based on the type of trail involved. For example, a hiking trail requires different maintenance processes from a skateboarding trail. Here are some things to remember when dealing with all types of trail maintenance.


Roads and parking lots play a large part in recreation. Visitors must travel on roads to get to their favorite picnic and hiking spots or other venues. They also need clean, safe places to leave their vehicles while they enjoy the amenities those venues have to offer. Therefore, paved surfaces like roads and parking lots are the backbones of such locales.

When working in the Parks and Recreation industry, there are many tasks you and your team must perform. Of course, one of the most important is maintaining outdoor surfaces. In this three-part series, we will discuss several aspects of outdoor surface maintenance. We will begin with information on maintaining outdoor recreation surfaces, such as tennis courts.
In the previous two installments of this three-part series we discussed soil care and turf selection. For the final installment of the series, let's examine what you need to know about caring for specialized Parks and Recreation areas. We will also touch upon the modern technology that can help you maintain all of the spaces for which you are responsible.
In part one of this three-part series we covered the portion of turf management relating to soil care. In this second installment we will look at the importance of proper turf selection. We will also examine best practices to follow when planting and maintaining turf.

In the parks and recreation industry, turf management is a major component. The word “turf” encompasses plant materials like trees and shrubs, as well as grass, golf greens etc. When considering turf maintenance, you must think about where certain turf is located and how it is used. For example, a picnic area might have a lot of traffic. Therefore it might need more intensive and more frequent maintenance than areas with less activity. This three-part series will cover many aspects of turf management. We will begin with soil care.


This is the final installment of a three-part series (see part one and part two). In this article, we are going to examine the pros, cons, dos, and don'ts of outsourced maintenance.

This week we continue a three-part series elaborating on various aspects of Parks and Recreation maintenance task assignment and staff structuring. In this second installment of our three-part series, let's take a look at the best uses for specialized maintenance unit crews.
Unit maintenance is employing self-contained maintenance crews to manage specific locations. For example, you might designate a particular crew to maintain a park. That team must maintain the entire park. Here are some pros and cons of using the unit maintenance method.


The use of Dashboarding software use in the Parks and Recreation field has risen sharply over the last several years. If you aren’t familiar with dashboarding software, it is software that can present numerous data points at once in a single display. You can think of it as being similar to the dashboard in a vehicle, which displays such important points as the speed at which the car is traveling, how much gas is in the tank and so forth. In the Parks and Recreation field, dashboarding software can be particularly helpful. However, it also has potential pitfalls.


There are many different issues and tasks to juggle in the Parks and Recreation industry. Working in the field does not simply require a love of the outdoors or ability to relate well to people. You also need to constantly stay informed and on top of the upkeep and management of whatever properties or facilities are in your care. One way you can do that is by consistently keeping track of your asset loads.


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