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Park Maintenance Shop Talk

The Pennsylvania Park Maintenance Institute has developed Shop Talk as a safe space for professionals to share ideas openly, provide insights, and draw upon the collective knowledge and experience of our industry.
The Pennsylvania Park Maintenance Institute has developed Shop Talk as a safe space for professionals to share ideas openly, provide insights, and draw upon the collective knowledge and experience of our industry. << Show Less
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Shop Talk - Playground Surfacing Considerations and Comparisons There is a need to educate playground owners of important safety considerations and highlight seasonal maintenance tasks for each type of surfacing, including accessibility when planning the project, that should be put into place for routine and periodic safety inspections.
For this session of Shop Talk, we invited Kevin Umbreit, VP and District Sales Representative from Recreation Resource USA, to share his expertise regarding resilient playground safety surfaces. Attendees will learn about the pros/cons of each type of surface, costs, and ongoing maintenance issues.
Participants will:
1. Learn about each type of playground surface
2. Learn about costs associated with each type of playground surface
3. Be provided with details about why it is important to maintain your playground surfaces
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Park Maintenance Roundtable Discussions Open discussions surrounding the challenges and solutions within daily operations found by park maintenance professionals. Park Maintenance Shop Talk
Park Maintenance Shop Talk - Season 1 A collection of our Shop Talk sessions from 2020 Park Maintenance Shop Talk
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Shop Talk - Playground Surfacing Considerations and Comparisons There is a need to educate playground owners of important safety considerations and highlight seasonal maintenance tasks for each type of surfacing, including accessibility when planning the project, that should be put into place for routine and periodic safety inspections.
For this session of Shop Talk, we invited Kevin Umbreit, VP and District Sales Representative from Recreation Resource USA, to share his expertise regarding resilient playground safety surfaces. Attendees will learn about the pros/cons of each type of surface, costs, and ongoing maintenance issues.
Participants will:
1. Learn about each type of playground surface
2. Learn about costs associated with each type of playground surface
3. Be provided with details about why it is important to maintain your playground surfaces
Shop Talk - Proper Tree Pruning for Health, Structure and Form Trees are long-lived woody plants that provide so much to our communities and park settings. Proper tree maintenance and pruning in our landscapes can improve safety, reduce storm damage, prevent the spread of decay, and extend the life of the tree. Without an understanding of tree biology and proper pruning, trees are often severely damaged, leading to unsafe, decaying trees.
For this Shop Talk, we have invited an expert from Penn State University Extension to introduce us to the fundamentals of tree pruning. We will learn pruning theory, terminology, pruning cuts, and plant biological response. This session will focus on pruning objectives, timing, applying cuts, improving structure and safety, common pruning mistakes, important tools and techniques for working safely.
Learning objectives for this session are:
1. to gain an understanding of woody plant response to pruning/wound closure/sprouting/compartmentalization of decay.
2. to learn the 3 types of pruning cuts, how they are applied, and their impact.
3. to learn how tree structure can be improved through proper pruning.
4. to learn about tree pruning tools and safe use.
Shop Talk - Overview of iMapInvasives For this session of Shop Talk, we invited administrators of the Pennsylvania iMapInvasives program to provide an overview of this unique and resourceful platform. Our presenters will cover topics including data entry (using both the online interface, mobile app, and Survey123), creation of email alerts, and custom reports. This event with highlight the power and utility of knowledge at our fingertips. We will be shown how to query for data in the database, and will be encouraged to set up our own free iMapInvasives account at the conclusion of the training so we can become part of the solution to an increasing challenge that we all face in our communities and surrounding natural environments.
Our learning objectives for this session are:
1. to become more aware of the importance of knowing about and looking for invasive species within our park boundaries and open spaces
2. to gain a better understanding for the value of reporting our findings of invasive species to a publicly-accessible online platform such as iMapInvasive.
3. to learn how to make use of the many functions and tools available within the iMapInvasive database and mobile application.
Shop Talk - Spring Seasonal Sport Field Maintenance In this edition of Shop Talk, Jeff Fowler, Sr. Extension Educator of Horticulture specializing in turf management for Penn State Extension, will talk about prepping spring sports fields as well as what should be done throughout the summer to ensure the playing surfaces are safe for the fall sports.
Participants will:
1. Learn about spring field preparation techniques
2. Learn about agronomic practices for fall sports fields
3. Review field care processes through the spring season and into the summer
Shop Talk - Overview of Common and Early Detection Invasive Species Join us as we invite botanical experts from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, who will provide details on several common and early detection invasive species, common to Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Tips will be provided on how to identify these species and information will be covered regarding on their current distribution in Pennsylvania.
Participants will:
1. Learn how to identify a sampling of invasive species.
2. Be made aware of the importance of knowing about and looking for invasive species.
3. Become aware of the need to report their findings of invasive species to a publicly-accessible online platform such as iMapInvasives.
Shop Talk - Regular Rail Trail Maintenance Costs and Considerations There is a need to create a common language among trail managers in order to better define the concept of “routine” maintenance so we can begin to consider the actual cost breakdown. This session of Shop Talk involves Tom Sexton from the Rails to Trails Conservancy and a panel of experienced trail managers from across the state of Pennsylvania.
The discussion will outline Tom's research with the concept of investigating what is “routine trail maintenance” and outlining the actual costs involved in maintaining public rail trails. This session is intended for all trail managers, including park supervisors, public works directors, volunteer managers and municipal committees.
Participants will:
1. Define what are the tasks involved in “routine maintenance” for rail trail management
2.Investigate some of the variables that drastically impact trail maintenance needs
3. Learn how to breakdown and calculate the average costs across surface types
Shop Talk - Parks Asset Management Asset management is not only for the manufacturing, public works, communication or transportation industries. It is an essential process that drives efficiencies. There is a need for parks and recreation professionals to have a deep understanding of what management tools are required to develop a portfolio of built and natural assets.
What is asset management? How can parks and recreation organizations apply it to improve lasting performance? This webinar will cut through the jargon to provide practical understanding of the tools many industries and organizations apply…and why
For this Shop Talk, we have invited Chris Silkie, Program Manager in Asset Management from Portland Parks and Recreation to share his expertise working within multiple industries and explain how to apply it to our parks.
Participants will:
1. Gain a better understanding why organizations pursue asset management
2. Learn some of the technical tools which for part of this practice
3. Identify the next steps for them, in their role, in their organization, if they wanted to advance their practice of asset management
KAFMO Konversations - February 19, 2021 Join hosts Dan Douglas, Keystone Athletic Field Managers Organization president, and BK Koehler, Director of the PA Parks Maintenance Institute, as they dialogue with sports turf practitioners, researchers and athletic field experts.
Discussions include:
George Toma – Legendary Groundskeeper - for a chat about the life of the "Sodfather"
Dr. Andy McNitt – Professor of Soil Science at Penn State - for a chat about everything sports turf
Matt Kerns – Grounds Supervisor at the Episcopal Academy - for a chat about a video case study with the PA Parks Maintenance Institute
Rob Guthrie – Turf and Grounds Keeper for Little League International - for a chat about the 2021 Little League World Series
Nicole Sherry – Director, Field Operations for the Baltimore Orioles - for a chat about MASTMA and STMA
Evan Mascitti – PhD candidate in Soil Science at Penn State - for a chat about infield materials
Tanner Delvalle – Extension Educator for Penn State - for a chat about Bluemuda - this will be especially interesting for those using primarily Bermuda grass on fields living in transition zones
Dr. Doug Linde – Professor of Turf Management at Delaware Valley University - for a chat about employee relations
Shop Talk - Measuring Organizational Performance There is an increasing need for essential service providers to learn how to use a data-driven approach to make strategic decisions, calculate value, and communicate return on investment to the public. For this Shop Talk, we have invited Barbara Heller, Manager and Practice Lead for Parks and Recreation and Jesse Myott, Senior Consultant with BerryDunn to share their expertise consulting organizations and municipalities.
Participants will:
1. Discuss the definitions of performance measurement
2. Identify common barriers and examples of success in measuring organizational performance
3. Learn common metrics used to measure organizational performance in parks and recreation agencies
4. Identify cultural elements needed to successfully measure organizational performance
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