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2/1/2018 to 2/2/2018
When: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Where: Edventure Children's Museum Canal Room
211 Gervais St
Columbia, South Carolina  29201
United States

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27th Annual Southern Leisure Management & Trends Institute

February 1 & 2, 2018 Columbia, SC

Sponsored in part by City of Columbia and Landscape Structures  


All educational sessions are located in the EdVenture’s Canal Room.  
Hotel accommodations are at the Aloft Hotel in the Vista.


Come learn in a relaxed atmosphere with your fellow directors
and upper level management

Learn, Share and Grow

Thursday, February 1st


Welcome & Registration    10:00 AM


Session I                               10:30 – 11:45                      Park Rx America – Prescription for Parks

Dr. Robert Zarr, MD, MPH Founder & Medical Director Park Rx and Pediatrician, Unity Health Care, Inc

SCRPA and Park Rx America are partnering in Greenville County. Here what the process will look like from the Doctors side and what our profession needs to do.  Dr. Zarr is one of the leading proponents of the simple mantra that exercise not drugs is a cure for many of our societal issues. 


Session II                              11:45 – 1:00 PM                  Knox County TN

Doug Bataille, Director Parks and Recreation Knox County, TN



Lunch                                    1:00 - 1:30


Session III                             1:30 – 2:45           Implementing a 1992 Law in 2018!  
John McGovern, President The W-T Group, LLC

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became effective for South Carolina units of local government on January 26, 1992.  The initial ADA requirements were light on parks and recreation references.  Things have changed since then, and in 2010 the US Department of Justice published guidance regarding park assets.  More work occurred to develop guidance about other assets, such as trails and campsites.  Today though, the new Administration has taken a different view of enforcement of this and other civil rights laws.  What does this mean for South Carolina agencies?  Is the ADA being retooled?  Will guidance on trails be issued...or not?  Is US DOT really going to tell SC DOT that cities and counties with no ADA transition plan get no federal road funds?  What should agencies do to minimize risk here?  Answers to these questions and more will be provided in this interactive session.


Speed sessions                  3:00 – 3:30                           Speed sessions

SC DHEC will come in and give quit hitting updates and what are new regulations concerning

Concession stands policy  and   Open use agreements vs Joint use agreements concerning school districts


Session IV                            3:30– 4:15                            Political Climate in Columbia - Speaker TBD


Check in Aloft Hotel            5:15 - 5:35  

Social in Aloft Hotel            5:30 - 6:30

Dinner in the Vista               7:00 - 9:00                             Sponsored in part by Cunningham Recreation


Friday, February 2nd


Breakfast (at the Hotel)      7:00 – 8:00 AM  


Session V                             8:15 – 9:30                           The ADA Inclusion Mandate: Implications in South Carolina

John McGovern, President The W-T Group, LLC

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that cities and counties provide recreation programs and services in the most integrated setting.  What does that mean?  Is our Therapeutic Recreation Program the same as the most integrated setting?  Have you heard about the eight-step inclusion process (invite, register, assess, and more)?  Have you made clear to staffs what kinds of supports you will provide, and won’t provide, and do those lists match ADA requirements?  What are the trends in enforcement here?  Answers to these questions and more will be provided in this interactive session.


Session VI                            9:45 – 11:00                         Developing your agency leadership at all levels   

Doug Bataille, Director Parks and Recreation Knox County, TN

Learn ways to develop leadership at all levels within your agency.  From the Park Maintenance to recreation programmers see how you and your agency can help develop a team without the high cost of a Meyers Briggs study.  



Session VIII                          11:00 – 12:00                      SC PRT update and session. 

Phil Gaines - SC State Park Service Director
Phil will discuss the future of our profession as well as what’s happening in state parks, grant programs and current trends within PRT.  


Lunch & Evaluation             12:00 – 1:00                         Lunch/Evaluation and departure  

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