Tools for Parks & Recreation Professionals

Stay on top of your game with the latest tools in the field.

The number of tools and technology in the field of parks and recreation keeps growing and growing.  To help you stay on top of your game, we’re bringing you a comprehensive list of software, tools, and websites that can help you get more done and keep costs low.  Navigate using the sidebar over here 👉.

Not every tool will be a good fit for your agency.  Your agency size, budget, and jurisdiction size will determine which tool might be best for you.  

Use your best judgment and consult with your IT department if you have questions.  Some links on this page are affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. 

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Social Media Tools

Canva

Create beautiful designs with your team. Use Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and layouts to design, share and print business cards, logos, presentations and more.

Later

Later helps small businesses, social media managers, and creators harness the power of marketing strategy, social media scheduling, and a custom link in bio – all in one platform.

ShortStack
Create online contests, hashtag giveaways, landing pages, websites & emails.

Social Graphics & Photos

Creative Market
Discover more than 4 million quality resources created by artists in over 190 countries around the world.
Pexels

An entire searchable library of photos and videos, completely free to use, download, and promote in your marketing materials. 

Adobe Stock

With new content added daily, Adobe Stock is powered by creatives, for creatives. Search and license millions of high-quality assets right inside your Adobe Creative Cloud apps.

Task Management

Trello

Trello is the easy, free, flexible, and visual way to manage your projects and organize anything, trusted by millions of people from all over the world.

Asana

From the small stuff to the big picture, Asana organizes work so teams know what to do, why it matters, and how to get it done.

Notion

Notion is an application that provides components such as notes, databases, kanban boards, wikis, calendars and reminders. Users can connect these components to create their own systems for knowledge management, note taking, data management, project management, among others.

Project Management

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a proprietary business communication platform developed by Microsoft, as part of the Microsoft 365 family of products. Teams primarily competes with the similar service Slack, offering workspace chat and videoconferencing, file storage, and application integration

Monday.com

Monday.com is a Cloud-based platform that allows companies to create their own applications and work management software.

Wrike

A recruitment tool  that expands your reach for potential applicants by streamlining the application, interview, and onboarding process.

Online Onboarding

Process.St
Process Street is a simple, free and powerful way to manage your team’s recurring checklists and procedures. The simplest way to manage recurring workflows for your team.
Trainual

With Trainual, document every process and policy for every role and responsibility in your business so you can onboard, train, and scale faster.

Recreation Software

RecDesk
RecDesk is cloud-based recreation software that radically simplifies the way recreation organizations
work with and manage the information that is important to them.
Community Pass

An innovative software program that enables individuals and families to access registration to all of the participating organizations in town through a single account on one website.

Rec1 by Civic Rec

Turn registrations into revenue
with efficient and configurable recreation management software.

Active.net

A fully-integrated solution to manage your department, designed to serve your community and staff.

SmartRec by Amilia

SmartRec is an eCommerce platform for activities and recreation. Amilia helps you deliver an accessible, seamless digital experience to your residents and staff.​

 
Perfect Mind
Attract, connect and retain your members through our powerful cloud-based member management, online scheduling, and marketing solution for parks and recreation centers
MyRec
MyRec.com recreation software helps departments operate more efficiently with tools like online registration, leading to savings in service delivery, operations, and business planning.

Form Management

WorkBright

If you’re considering making the switch to online onboarding, then handling paperwork virtually is an essential step.  WorkBright reduces paperwork and makes the onboarding process seamless.

ePact
ePACT makes it easy for rec leaders to collect, manage and access health & emergency information, waivers and consent forms – all in one secure, compliant platform. We take care of the paperwork, so you can focus on your participants.
CampDoc

Designed by camp doctors, nurses and directors, our secure, easy-to-use web-based solution manages health forms, allergies, medications and illness/injury tracking for your camp throughout the summer. 

Park Maintenance

Productive Parks

Productive Parks software has been designed specifically for the Parks and Recreation field.
Their integrated feature set allows for seamless workflow from task creation to completion. Use Productive Parks to automate your work plan, perform inspections in the field, track your inventory and report on all of it.

Facility Dude

Simplify your maintenance, assets, energy, events and expenditures with Facility Dude’s easy-to-use, cloud-based membership software solutions

Cartegraph

Cartegraph is a solution that streamlines day-to-day maintenance and allows you to track your park infrastructure.

Staff Scheduling

When2Work

When2Work is an online app and interface for scheduling employees.  Take control of your employee schedule and get back time!

WhenIWork

Employee scheduling and time tracking software for the modern workforce. Desktop and mobile apps give everyone the access they need.

Timeclock Systems

Simplify payroll with our online punch clock. Easily track employee time, no matter where they are working.
Time Clock Plus

Time Clock Plus is a robust suite of solutions that work seamlessly together to automate time keeping and labor related processes, control costs, manage risk and ensure your people operate productively.

Sling

Build your employees’ schedules in minutes and manage time off, availability and shift trade requests. Track employee hours, avoid exceeding budgets and scheduling overtime, reduce absenteeism and late arrivals, and handle unexpected changes without stress.

Podcasting

Anchor

Elementor is the page builder that I use to create this website. I love the flexibility and freedom that I have to create any design I come up with!

Headliner

A recruitment tool  that expands your reach for potential applicants by streamlining the application, interview, and onboarding process.

Restream
Restream allows you to broadcast live video to 30+ social networks at the same time.

Online Learning Software

Teachery
Teachery is an online course platform that allows you to create trainings and courses for your customers or employees.
 
Thinkific

A recruitment tool  that expands your reach for potential applicants by streamlining the application, interview, and onboarding process.

Tools I Built for this Website

BlueHost

If you are looking to host a website for your small business, Bluehost is a web hosting provider that offers a variety of hosting services to suit your needs

Elementor

Build and customize every part of your website intuitively with Elementor’s visual builder. Zero coding required.

Canva

Canva is a graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content. The app includes templates for users to use. The platform is free to use and offers paid subscriptions like Canva Pro and Canva for Enterprise for additional functionality.

Other Useful Tools

JotForm
JotForm is used for building online forms, but can do so much more. Its users can create forms using drag and drop form objects and/or complete templates that require no special technical knowledge.
Grammarly

Grammarly is a cloud-based writing assistant that reviews spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, engagement, and delivery mistakes. It uses AI to identify and search for an appropriate replacement for the mistake it locates.