Rockford Park District will present a workshop about Making Rockford a Better Place to Live, Work & Play, featuring Dr. John L. Crompton. The event will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Radisson Hotel, 270 S. Bell School Rd., Rockford. The event is free, but registration is required.
Traditionally, park and recreation services have been viewed as relatively discretionary, said Crompton, as nice to have if we can afford it after the more important life and safety services have been paid for. This workshop will suggest this perspective substantially underestimates the contribution of parks, recreation and leisure services play in the attractiveness of a community like Rockford. These are core issues to the community-economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and alleviating social problems.
Dr. John L. Crompton holds the rank of Distinguished Professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A & M University. Dr. Comptons primary interests are in the areas of marketing and financing public leisure and tourism services. He is author or co-author of 14 books and a substantial number of articles published in the recreation, tourism, sports and marketing fields. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Crompton has also lectured or conducted workshops in the U.S. and in a number of foreign countries. He has delivered keynote addresses at the World Leisure Congress and at annual National Park and Recreation Conferences in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Japan.
The workshop includes a full breakfast buffet from 8 to 8:30 a.m. This event is ideal for elected officials, area business leaders, Realtors, government and nonprofit partners, recreation providers and tourism operators. The event is sponsored by the Rockford Park District and the Rockford Park District Foundation. To register for this free event, call 987-1626 no later than Jan. 19.
From the Jan. 10-16, 2007, issue