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.
A Guide to Getting Your Playground Committee Started:
- 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.
- 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.
- Cultivate excitement! Collect your findings and present it to your stakeholders. Tap enthusiastic participants to join your playground committee.
Once You Have A Committee: A Guide to Stewarding
- 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.
- 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.