Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Special Park Districts

The January 2011 issue of Park & Recreation Magazine has an article written by me on how to set up a Special Park District and what are the issues a local park agency might want to consider before seeking to be an independent park agency. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrpa/201101/#/26

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is in a class of park agencies called "Special Park Districts." What makes them "special" is that they are not owned by a state or local government, but are independent. They are much like port or airport authorities. These are special purposes governmental agencies that are authorized by a state government.

In the fall I gave a presentation on this with two others (Tom O'Rourke from Charleston County Park District, and Larry Blackstad from Three Rivers Park District) at the National Recreation and Park Association's annual Congress. Many local agencies were interested in exploring this option, and the article grew out of that presentation.
Park & Recreation Magazine

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