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Parks and Recreation Technical Assistance Service

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The Recreation Resources Planning Section is responsible for maintaining Tennessee’s eligibility to receive federal LWCF funds and for enhancing state and local recreation planning efforts. The section develops the Statewide Recreation Plan, which is designed to be a framework for recreation planning at all levels of government. The plan requires diversified public input and an advisory committee for the enhancement of Tennessee’s recreation delivery systems.

The Recreation Planning staff assists REC and the Grants Section with data, on-site planning assistance, maps, assessment of demands for recreation activity, special needs requirements and other related items. The section also serves as the focal point for the recreation Geographic Information System program as it coordinates, collects, records, and distributes information regarding recreation services available to the public.

Parks and Recreation Department Benchmarking Program

How does your department compare with others in the state? Want direction in improving the quality and effectiveness of your department? The RES Benchmarking Program can answer these questions and more. Benchmarking is a process used in management and particularly strategic management, in which organizations evaluate various aspects of their processes in relation to best practice with the goal of increasing efficiency and quality of products and services, while reducing costs.

RES recognizes the importance benchmarking can have on the quality of local leisure services provided in the State of Tennessee and has incorporated it in the 2008 LPRF/LWCF grant cycle. We developed a benchmarking guide and application that can lead any size department and community through the process in the links below. The application deadlines are May 31 and November 30 annually. Contact your regional PARTAS Consultant for assistance with our Parks and Recreation Benchmarking Program.