Getting your Playground Committee Started

Who should be a part of your playground committee?

Having a diverse set of networks and skill sets on your committee will set up your playground for success. A few of the skills you may want to consider are fundraising, event planning, gardening and maintenance, and scheduling.

Stewardship ButtonA Guide to Getting Your Playground Committee Started: 

  1. Brainstorm partners! Using the resources below, make a list of your stakeholders such as your principal, community members, parents, elected officials, community organizations, local places of worship and hospitals.
  2. Outreach, Outreach, Outreach! Reach out to your stakeholders and ask them to assist in identifying the needs of the community. Use this opportunity to build relationships while also collecting information.
  3. Cultivate excitement! Collect your findings and present it to your stakeholders. Tap enthusiastic participants to join your playground committee.

Harvest 7.17 (1)Once You Have A Committee: A Guide to Stewarding

  1. Meet Regularly! Meeting regularly is a crucial part of keeping the momentum of your committee in motion. Depending on your agenda once every two months is usually a good place to start. It’s better to set a realistic goal than to have to cancel and reschedule meetings.
  2. Set Goals! It’s important to connect your larger mission to clear and achievable tasks. Short range goals should be simple and achievable; long range goals can be more abstract.  Short range examples : Removing graffiti and trash, planting flowers. Long-Range Goals: Attract regular programming by local or citywide organizations, Creating a citizens’ safety patrol.

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