Parks professionals to gather in Clovis

Courtesy photo Nick Ogilvie showcases his artificial landscape work in Clovis. Ogilvie is one of the session speakers for the annual New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association conference. The conference starts Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center.

Benna Sayyed

A host of parks and recreation professionals from New Mexico will gather this week at the Clovis Civic Center to share emerging ideas and trends in the field.

Carrying the slogan “Doing the Usual Unusually Well” this year, the New Mexico Recreation and Park Association 2011 state Conference will offer at least 20 speakers from around the country.

The convention, expected to draw 150 to 200 participants, according to the state recreation and parks website, runs today through Friday,

Topics covered in the convention will include:

• playground safety

• artificial landscapes

• fall height issues

• creation of walking trails

• playground equipment

• splash parks

• promoting a healthier lifestyle through outdoor activities.

National Recreation and Park Association Board of Directors Chair, Janna S. Rankin, will deliver the keynote address.

Nick Ogilvie, owner of Nick’s Landscape Solutions in Clovis, will speak on artificial landscaping.

“I’m pretty excited about it. I know that there are a lot of plans to expand on parks and rec here in Clovis. Information from the convention will help Clovis with its plans,” said Ogilvie.

“We really want the community to know about products like artificial turf and artificial mulch.”

He said he’s seen more conversion from real grass to artificial turf in Clovis due to water issues.

“I look forward to meeting with people and getting their opinions, and I hope that we work together to create a healthier community for all,” said Ogilvie.

The NMRPA conference is held every year in September to make parks and recreation experts from various regions of the state aware of changes and new options in the field.