APRA Conference & Trade Show - Maintenance Day Too

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2012
  • 7:30 AM
  • Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Indian Bend Scottsdale, AZ 85256
  • 5


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Maintenance day includes workshops, lunch and access to the exhibit hall.
  • Maintenance day includes workshops, lunch and access to the exhibit hall.

Registration is closed
The 62nd Annual Conference and Trade Show Maintenance Day Too will be held at Talking Stick Resort.  An additional track has been developed to accommodate the huge response from the maintenance professionals.

The day starts with excellent educational sessions by Dr. Kopec, University of Arizona.  After lunch and visiting the Exhibit Hall, the educational sessions will continue with Steve Plumb, Grandview Recreation Services.  Take this opportunity to network with other professionals throughout Arizona and visit the Conference Exhibit Hall.

The Parks Maintenance Day is an instructional program especially designed for park, grounds, and landscape personnel who manage park and recreation maintenance programs. Parks Maintenance professionals will gain valuable hands-on information to take back and put into practice.  

7:30 AM: Check-in at the Talking Stick Resort Conference Center (Salt River room #8)

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Soil Tests for Turfgrass
Dr. David Kopec, University of Arizona
• What items can be tested on soils for turf agronomy
• Important issues and items on basic soils tests for turfgrass management
• Units of measurement on soil test reports (and their interpretation)

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Basic Fertilization for Sports Turf 
Dr. David Kopec, University of Arizona
• Important fertilizer elements for turf
• How to interpret a fertilizer label
• General guidelines for Sports Turf fertility (fertilizer amounts for maintenance and reconditioning)
• Role of soil in fertilizer application amounts, timing and nutrient selection
• Popular terms in Fertilizer lingo
• How to use the “basic fertilizer equation” for turf fertilizer requirements

11:00 AM: Lunch & Exhibit Hall

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM: Planning and Organizing the Maintenance Program - Part 1
Steve Plumb, President - Grandview Recreation Services

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM: Planning and Organizing the Maintenance Program - Part 2
Steve Plumb, President - Grandview Recreation Services
In the parks and recreation profession, it is axiomatic that one never has enough money, personnel, or resources to accomplish everything that is necessary. Precisely because the workload frequently exceeds the capability to get the job done, maintenance managers cannot afford to operate “by the seat of the pants” or from crisis to crisis. As a result, they must continually seek new ways to maintain areas and facilities more efficiently and effectively. In order to operate more efficiently and effectively, a systematic approach to the maintenance program is essential. During this two-hour session, participants will gain an understanding of the necessity for, and how to implement a systematic approach to the Park Maintenance Management Program.
  1. Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Participants will learn what a “Park Maintenance Management System” is and what the benefits, challenges, advantages, and disadvantages are of implementation.
  2. Participants will learn the universally applicable steps involved in developing a Park Maintenance Management System.
  3. Attendees will learn to identify and develop maintenance standards.
  4. Attendees will learn new reporting techniques and see potential reports and historical data that can be generated.
5:00 PM: Day concludes at Conference Center

Participants can earn 0.4 CEUs for the day.

For more information or questions, contact Chris Walsh, Scottsdale Parks & Recreation at cwalsh@scottsdaleaz.gov or 480-312-7522.

To sponsor or volunteer for the Maintenance Day, contact Chris Walsh.

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