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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Plant City Courier

Recreation and parks tapping into social media

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PLANT CITY – When dads and daughters attended an annual dance sponsored by the city recreation department, moms and other family members didn’t have to wait for photos from the evening.

Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, they could see shots of the event from start to finish.

“We tweeted and posted photos on Facebook live all night long,” Recreation Supervisor Jason Hargrove said. “We know there were a lot of people who wanted to be there but couldn’t. This was the next best thing.”

The Plant City Recreation and Parks Department in recent months got into social media in a big way with a Facebook page and Twitter account. Both are updated regularly with photos and information.

Recent postings include a plea for volunteer soccer coaches, sports league signup info and photos from the annual youth fishing derby.

As of last week, the department’s Facebook page had about 190 “likes” and its Twitter account had about 30 followers.

“We’ve found that Facebook and Twitter are the best way to communicate and receive input directly from the public,” Hargrove said. “We know a lot of people come home from work and the first thing they do is to look at Facebook.”

The department’s first special event that it promoted via Facebook and Twitter was the fifth annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Feb. 22. The department posted dozens of photos of girls spending the evening with their fathers, grandfathers and other father figures.

The feedback was all positive, Hargrove said.

On Facebook, search Plant City Recreation & Parks and on Twitter, @PCRecandParks. The department still has its webpage at www.plantcitygov.com

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