Montgomery Bell State Park

Montgomery Bell State Park





15th – 17th, 2014

Montgomery Bell State Park


Process Overview * Needs Assessment * Public Input

Buy-In from your Leadership * Funding * Planning and Design

Approvals * Project Management

Take a comprehensive and individualized view of your capital projects with a panel of recognized experts across the state. You will learn from proven park professionals, brainstorm innovative ideas with your peers, and “pick the brains” of park design professionals. We’re digging deeper than a lecture and working harder than a passive learning session. Bring your own projects – seriously, bring maps, plans, photos, & challenges – and we will work to make your wish list a reality. We’ll guide you to the ideas, knowledge, and resources to renovate, build, energize, revitalize and capitalize your capital projects!

Monday, 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Turning Ideas into Action

BANG! You are off to the races with a new Capital Project; WHAT NOW? Mark Tummons and Lanny Goodwin will get your minds spinning with all kinds of thoughts and ideas that will give you the direction and information to create, fund, and complete successful Capital Projects. We’re digging into the crowd here – as we mentioned before, this isn’t passive learning, this is an interactive approach. The customization of YOUR park consultation starts here. Mark Tummons, Director of Clarksville Parks and Recreation, and Lanny Goodwin, Director of Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation, have a combined level of capital project experience of a bazillion kilowatts.

Tuesday, 8: 30 am - 12 noon

The Process, Part I*

Should I pick door # 1 or door #2? Developing Capital Projects can have many challenges with decisions that could cost you in time and money if not planned and sequenced properly. Put your plans to the test with our panel of experts and experience an A to Z review process with professional feedback that will let you pick the right door at decision time. The tables are turned around this morning: you’ll see what a Needs Assessments needs to be, what public input looks like, how to grow your leadership for buy-in and approval, plus a behind-the-scenes perspective for planning, design, and project management.

Tuesday 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Funding Power

Getting support and obtaining funding for parks and recreation capital development is not easy. There is power behind the parks and facilities that residents desire and companies seek that can be harnessed with the involvement of community leaders who share your vision. It begins with a community vision that focuses on the assets of a community and the importance of bringing Quality of Life improvements to the forefront. Larry Zehnder, CPRP, will share the story of one of America’s most transformed cities, the power source behind the change, and the economic development impact that has resulted. We’ll also explore challenges, ideas and successes across the state, sharing the secrets of finding the gold egg that is the perfect fit for your Capital Project.

Wednesday, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon

The Process, Part II*

Thought Part I was good? Just wait until you get to part II! You will be running out the door when it is over driving home with so many thoughts and ideas you may just bust before you get home. Part II, expands the panel of experts and includes professionals in the field with years of success in Capital Projects. This is an individualized consultation with design professionals that would cost you thousands of dollars, meeting with you with a priceless perspective on your park system, engaging you in BEST PRACTICES TECHNIQUES to win when it comes to CAPITALIZING ON CAPITAL PROJECTS.

*“The Process” will bring expertise and leadership from design professionals at Lose and Associates – David Lose, Lee Davidson, and Chris Camp, as well as Kyle Dunn and Jim Gilliam of Hart Freeland Roberts Design. Also leading us through the process is Simon Bradbury, Assistant Director of Pigeon Forge Parks and Recreation, and YOU, the participant.

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, September 15th 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Registration

2:00 pm – 5:30 pmEducational Sessions [.3 CEUs tbd]

6:00 pm – 7:00 pmDinner at the Inn

8:00 pm – 11:00 pmSocial and Networking Opportunities

Tuesday, September 16th 8:30 am – 12:00 pmEducational Sessions [.3 CEUs tbd]

12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch

1:30 pm – 5:00 pmEducational Sessions [.3 CEUs tbd]

6:00 pm – 10:00 pmDinner/Networking

Wednesday, Sept. 17th 8:30 am – 12:00 pmEducational Sessions [.3 CEUs tbd]

Hotel Information

The Inn at Montgomery Bell State Park will be our home for this event. With room rates at $84.00 plus tax per night (single or double) and the beautiful surroundings, you won’t want to miss this event. To make reservations, please call 1-800-250-8613 and request the TRPA room block. Contact TRPA Office if you have questions at 615-790-0041.

Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association

2014 MPI Registration Form

September 15-17, 2014

To register go to and click on the registration link or complete the form below. Please note credit card payments must be made through the on-line system.

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RegistrationBy 9/03/2014After 9/03/2014

Full registration includes 2 dinners, 1 lunch, all materials, and sessions

Full TRPA Member$145$175

Full Non-TRPA Member$195$235

Daily TRPA Member$80$100

Daily Non-TRPA Member$99$120

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Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing by 5pm Central Time September 3, 2014; refunds will be processed less a $50 administrative fee. No refunds will be approved after September 3, 2014 or for no-shows.

TRPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service in its’ policies, admission or access to employment, programs, services or activities. TRPA complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If accommodations are needed, call 615-790-0041 two weeks before the event.