It Starts in Parks...What Is It?

It Starts In Parks is an initiative of the Florida Recreation and Park Association intended to better position parks and recreation in the future to be recognized and supported for the important benefits and services provided by the profession, to citizens of and visitors to the state of Florida.  The intended outcome of the initiative is that people in the state of Florida will know, value and support the profession of parks and recreation.

Who are the people?  The people of the "It Starts in Parks" initiative are decision makers at the city, county, state levels; related professions including health, public safety, planning, law enforcement, etc.; current and perspective professionals including full time staff, part time staff, potential professionals, and valued volunteers; and the public including citizen advocates, civic and service organizations.

The It Starts in Parks initiative is in its second rendering.  The refreshed graphics demonstrate that "It Starts in Parks - Coaching, Connecting, Community".  The program has graphic material available to those wishing to utilize the material to assist in promoting the value of parks and recreation.

How Do I Get Started?

Whether you are an individual or an agency you can be involved in the It Starts in Parks program.  A large compilation of graphic materials are available for downloading from the It Starts In Parks resource page of the FRPA website. 

As an agency, you have the opportunity to instill in your community a true understanding of and value for what you make happen every day of the year.  Schedule trainings with your staff so they can embrace the ISIP philosophy.  Train your citizen support groups and boards so that they can assist you in spreading the word about parks and recreation.  Schedule an orientation with your city or county commission to assure they understand the returns for your community when they choose to invest in parks and recreation.

As an individual, review the resource material and decide what you are able to implement in your personal setting.

Why Become A Part of the It Starts in Parks Initiative

Which one of us has more support than we could ever need from decision makers and the public?  Which one of us has never encountered a challenge when communicating the value of what parks and recreation professionals make happen every day in their communities?  Parks and recreation is at a critical crossroads and the timing is perfect for us to educate, and make aware members of the public who participate in, fund, and benefit from our services.


Logo Style Guide

A Style Guide will assist you in  utilizing the It Starts in Parks logo.  It is recommended that anyone wishing to utilize the logo read this document first so that you assure you comply with the guidelines established.  These guidelines will assure that a standard and consistent message and graphic will be communicated and seen by those who are exposed to the logo.

Complimenting the It Starts in Parks logo is the tree/cursor that can be used as a "bullet point" in programs and printed material that you may create when developing training materials and presentations. This is available in a jpg
and png format.

Graphics and Images

A thumb drive with all of the It Starts in Parks images and graphics can be purchased from the FRPA Executive Office for $25.  The drive would include both graphic files and native files which allow you to add your own photographs.