Always Check the Flyer Racks – By Jason Shriner

If you've been checking the flyer racks, you'll have noticed a new program called Volleyball Lite coming up
If you’ve been checking the flyer racks, you’ll have noticed a new program called Volleyball Lite coming up

As a frequent guest of the Manassas Park Community Center, I’m sure you’ve seen the flyer racks on either side of the Front Desk. Those flyer racks are handled by my Division, which is the Marketing Division. The flyers we place there are usually for programs that need a little extra boost in exposure, ones that are popular and people want information to take home, upcoming special events, or new programs that may not have made it into the MOSAIC.

That’s right. Every once in a while you’ll see a flyer for a program that’s super new. Two recent examples are the Volleyball Lite drop-in program (ages 10-18, $2 drop-in each session, Wednesdays, 6/25-8/1, 6:30pm-8:30pm) and the SIT Fit group x class (Fridays, 9:00am-9:50am). Every time you walk in, make sure you take a peek at the flyer racks and see if you notice a new program coming up.

The bottom row of each rack is our dedicated space for partner programs and events. Community partners include the Prince William County Community Services Board, the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, SPAN, Leadership Prince William, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, the Independence Empowerment Center, the Virginia Cooperative Extension, PRTC, and many more. These flyers typically advertise programs that may or may not be held at the Community Center and are usually free. Our community partners will often offer unique programs that we lack expertise in offering such as the Fall Risk Assessments by Project Mend-a-House or the Safe Driving as You Age workshop offered by NV Rides. The next community partner program is the Container Gardening Workshop offered by the Virginia Cooperative Extension on 6/16 from 10am-12pm at the Manassas Park Community Center.

Since you’re here, I’ll tell you a little secret that might make the flyer racks more fun for you to check out. I typically stack unique flyers two or three deep in order to keep the flyer racks looking fresh and to have the next program flyer ready to roll. That way when a program has already occurred I can just take off the first set of flyers and reveal the ones behind – rather than rushing around last minute to update the flyers. Take a peek through the stacks to see if I’ve hidden anything behind them. This is also a great way to see the next monthly special we’re offering a few days ahead of the next month.

The next time you come to take Zumba or go for a swim, make sure to stop by and browse the flyer racks! You never know what might catch your eye.

Jason Shriner is the Marketing Manager for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. He can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at J.Shriner@manassasparkva.gov.

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