I met yesterday with the managers of Ruthven Park to discuss placing a cache on their property. The meeting went really well. I think it went well because I was prepared for the meeting.
Here’s how I prepared for the meeting:
- I brought along the cache I was going to place so they could see the cache and the contents. They weren’t sure what would be found inside but seeing it helped them understand that better.
- I thoroughly read their website to learn what their mission was and how geocaching could help them with that.
- I had an idea of where I wanted to put the cache and why.
- I had examples of cache listing pages with me.
I first contacted the park via email and I could tell from the reply that they were open to the idea. I found out during my visit that they had contacted other facilities that have geocaches on their property to find out if it was a problem. They had their own concerns and asked me to address them. Their concerns were as follows:
- Can we tell people where to park? Yes, I’ll add a child waypoint for that.
- Are we responsible for the cache? No, all you are doing is giving me permission to place it, I’m responsible for it.
- What will people leave in the cache? I showed them examples.
This was the first time I’ve met with a property owner directly. I hope all meetings go as well as yesterday. I’ve submitted the listing for review. I need to wait to see if it is approved. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be.