In an effort to better communicate with residents and obtain feedback, the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department has launched its own Facebook page.

In an effort to better communicate with residents and obtain feedback, the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department has launched its own Facebook page.

Director Jason Shamblin said the move was made to take advantage of the popularity of social media.

"We've seen that move traditionally throughout the state and nationally, where it's being utilized to share information about programs, activities and events in the community," Shamblin said. "At the end of the day, we're just trying to evolve with the times like everybody else.

"It's been one of our goals this year to move forward and embrace some ways of communicating better with our residents."

The page was launched last week. It can be found by logging on to Facebook.com and typing in "Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department" in the search field.

Shamblin said the page will be kept up-to-date with events, activities and photos. Community members can also comment and chat directly with parks and recreation staff members, he said.

Using Facebook will increase efficiency and provide quick feedback on programs, times, changes and cancellations, Shamblin said.

One major advantage of using social media over email is that updates or new program postings can potentially be viewed instantly by many individuals, he said. Another advantage is the ability to receive immediate notice about program due cancellations to weather, or any changes in programs that might arise.

The page has attracted close to 200 members so far and is growing, Shamblin said.

"People are so connected now with their different electronic devices, it's almost easier that they check this than they call a phone number, so we're just trying to provide a better service for everyone," Shamblin said. "We will still continue to use all of our other outlets to communicate with our residents, but this is just one more way we felt would be low cost, and that much easier for them to get information."

Another goal for the department this year is to conduct an online survey for all program participants and establishing an online registration resource for department programs, he said.