Parks & Recreation

A journal devoted to parks and recreation management and design, including grounds maintenance, guidelines to purchasing equipment, facility planning and design. Features articles, commentary, legislation, notes from the field for members of the National

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 7, July

Board of Trustees Tackle Tough Issues
At the Board of Trustees meeting this past May in Bismarck, N.D., members made some big decisions that will affect NRPA in the coming year. After a productive weekend, several new objectives were passed that will not only help NRPA grow into a better...
Board of Trustees Tackle Tough Issues
At the Board of Trustees meeting this past May in Bismarck, N.D., members made some big decisions that will aOcct NKPA in the coming year. After a productive weekend, several new objectives were passed that will not only help NKPA grow into a better...
Celebrate Recreation and Parks Month in July
Now is the time to spread the message of parks and recreation.NRPA's celebration of "July is Recreation and Parks Month" is in its 10th year. NRPA's own tagline, "Healthy Life-styles, Livable Communities ... It Starts in Parks" speaks to the breadth...
Celebrate Recreation and Parks Month in July: Now Is the Time to Spread the Message of Parks and Recreation
NRPA's celebration of "July is Recreation and Parks Month" is in its 10th year. NRPA's own tagline, "Healthy Lifestyles, Livable Communities ... It Starts in Parks" speaks to the breadth of benefits that parks and recreation deliver, and we encourage...
Celebrating 50 Years of Community Sports with Sports Illustrated AND NRPA
Here are this month's Sportstowns! These towns have been chosen by NRPA and Sports Illustrated as some of the best in the U.S. at enhancing the quality of sport through parks and recreation. Keep reading to learn how these Sportstowns improve community...
Health Assessments: The Key to Unlocking Funds?
How to use health assessments to push for increased local funding and federal support.Your park and recreation department could And the key to unlocking the tight budgets of your community by making a few phone calls. Today, many local health departments...
Health Assessments: The Key to Unlocking Funds? How to Use Health Assessments to Push for Increased Local Funding and Federal Support
Your park and recreation department could find the key to unlocking the tight budgets of your community by making a few phone calls. Today, many local health departments are evaluating their communities' quality of life related to health, through assessments....
Helping Hands
Handball is a cost-effective way for park and recreation departments to reach out to at-risk youth.Bare-handed handball. One man's obsession with it is delivering the world's oldest hall game into the hands of urban youth in Tncson, Ariz. No longer confined...
Helping Hands: Handball Is a Cost-Effective Way for Park and Recreation Departments to Reach out to At-Risk Youth
Bare-handed handball. One man's obsession with it is delivering the world's oldest ball game into the hands of urban youth in Tucson, Ariz. No longer confined to indoor courts at fitness centers, handball will soon be played on public courts in Tucson...
High Performance Boards
Luck of the draw or by design?There are literally thousands of park and recreation boards and commissions operating in advisory and administrative capacities for their respective communities. Their performance is critical to the success of their departments...
High Performance Boards: Luck of the Draw or by Design?
There are literally thousands of park and recreation boards and commissions operating in advisory and administrative capacities for their respective communities. Their performance is critical to the success of their departments locally, and to the...
Homebound for Hugs
Most Marines are more than excited to come home to an open pair of welcoming arms ... but what happens if they return to a base with no family and friends nearby? That's where the "Official Huggers" come in. Alisa Hertzler, Single Marine Program...
Homebound for Hugs
Most Marines arc more than excited to come home to an open pair of welcoming arms ... but what happens if they return to a base witi) no family and friends nearby? That's where the "Official Huggers" come in.Alisa Hcrtzler, Single Marine Program (SMP)...
Lifting the Weight off Municipal Fitness Facilities
How your fitness facility can compete with private gyms.More than 1,000 citizens of Carrollton, Texas, attended the grand opening of the 20,000 square-foot expansion at the popular Rosemeade Recreation Center in May 2003. The expansion included a second...
Lifting the Weight off Municipal Fitness Facilities: How Your Fitness Facility Can Complete with Private Gyms
More than 1,000 citizens of Carrollton, Texas, attended the grand opening of the 20,000 square-foot expansion at the popular Rosemeade Recreation Center in May 2003, The expansion included a second gym, new customer service desk, a 3,800 square-foot...
Maryland: TWO PROGRAMS HELP PARENTS
The Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) is partnering with other groups to provide programming for parents who want to learn about health, or that want their children to learn healthy living. The iirst program, "Ready for Life" is designed...
NRPA Annual Fund 2004: Donors through June 18, 2004
The Annual Fund is an invaluable source of financial support upon which NRPA relies to meet its objectives and responsibilities as a national association. This year NRPA has set an ambitious goal of $100,000 for its 2004 Annual Fund. Thank you to all...
Passion for Excellence
There is a Swahili saying that states, "The community teaches the child." Most park and recreational professionals have picked their professions to do just that. And the vision of the city of Las Cruces exemplifies this statement, with the constant...
Playgrounds for Pups
When doggie bogs and fenced-in dirt just aren't enough.Typical items for a dog park may include doggie dishes and plastie baggies, but some communities take their obsession with their animals to new levels, creating veritable theme parks. These parks...
Playgrounds for Pups: When Doggie Bags and Fenced-In Dirt Just Aren't Enough
Typical items for a dog park may include doggie dishes and plastic baggies, but some communities take their obsession with their animals to new levels, creating veritable theme parks. These parks may not be the norm, but there's no question that they...
Pool Payoff
Should you pay for your lifeguard's swimsuits?Does your department pay 100 percent of swimsuit and warm-up cost or do you request the guard staff to pay some portion of the suits? That was a recent question from Kettering, Ohio, on NRPA's forum, eCommunities....
Pool Payoff: Should You Pay for Your Lifeguard's Swimsuits?
Does your department pay 100 percent of swimsuit and warm-up cost or do you request the guard staff to pay some portion of the suits? That was a recent question from Kettering, Ohio, on NRPA's forum, eCommunities. For information on how to join the...
Power Play: Preserving Parks
Isabella Rossellini speaks candidly on fitness, wildlife and her role on ABCs "Alias."New York City's landmark Central Park play ? host to one of the country's largest !>K races, the annual Revlon Run/Walk for Women. On May 1, thousands of people...
Preserving Parks: Isabella Rossellini Speaks Candidly on Fitness, Wildlife and Her Role on ABC's "Alias."
New York City's landmark Central Park plays host to one of the country's largest 5K races, the annual Revlon Run/Walk for Women. On May 1, thousands of people participated in the event, which raises awareness for women's health and fitness. Isabella...
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Religion Finds A Place in Holiday Display
A church fights the county for not allowing it to participate in a Christmas light show.In the case of Calvary Chapel Church, Inc. v. Broward County, 299 F.Supp.2d 1295 (So.Dist FIa. 2003), the County excluded "all overtly religious, overtly political...
Repositioning for Resources
Unlock the key to effectively implementing the benefits approach to secure more funds for your agency.Academic researchers, a legion of public park and recreation advocates across North America, and NRPA continue to document and espouse the need to "discover...
Repositioning for Resources: Unlock the Key to Effectively Implementing the Benefits Approach to Secure More Funds for Your Agency
Academic researchers, a legion of public park and recreation advocates across North America, and NRPA continue to document and espouse the need to "discover the benefits" that our programs and facilities can confer on a community. However, to compete...
Small Town Shows Big Support
With a population of only about 8,000 citizens, Petal, Miss. may be considered small by many standards, but not in the area of recreation. After recently being named the state's Sportstown, Recreation Director Tom Hardges says he's still shocked at...
Taking Sound Steps
A community partners to promote walking among older adults.Physical activity provides significant health benefits to older adults, and walking is by far the most accessible and popular form of activity. Promoting walking can be a challenge, however,...
Taking Sound Steps: A Community Partners to Promote Walking among Older Adults
Physical activity provides significant health benefits to older adults, and walking is by far the most accessible and popular form of activity. Promoting walking can be a challenge, however, and effective programs can require the collaboration of multiple,...
There's More Than Mines in the Big Sky State
The town of Colstrip, Mont., has a history rich in coal mining, power generation and a "can-do attitude." The Colstrip Park and Recreation District also has a history full of change and achievements. The Park District started out as a volunteer organization...
Town's Facilities Shine through the Midwest
Located halfway between two big cities--Denver, Col. and Omaha, Neb.--North Platte, Neb. is making its own name for itself as a Sportstown. With a budget that most big cities dream of at $1.1 million for parks and $1.17 million for recreation, North...
USA Team Tennis Makes a Racket
Taking the team approach in tennis brings kids back to the courts.It's time to talk tennis-did you ever wonder where the majority of children first learned to play the game? If you were like me, the answer would be a park court somewhere in your neighborhood....
USA Team Tennis Makes a Racket; Taking the Team Approach in Tennis Brings Kids Back to the Courts
It's time to talk tennis--did you ever wonder where the majority of children first learned to play the game? If you were like me, the answer would be a park court somewhere in your neighborhood. And chances are, you learned the few rules from a friend...
Valuing Sportsmanship above All Else
Lakewood, Calif., has been committed to quality sports programs from the beginning. When the first baseball program was organized, the recreation administrators were caught by surprise by the overwhelming response from the community. Undaunted, they...
Wrestling Wetlands
Secrets unlocked to creating these lush and verdant lands.Most of us agree that the goal of parks is providing and managing outdoor spaces for public benefit. There are parks for active sports, passive recreation, natural area conservation, as well as...
Wrestling Wetlands: Secrets Unlocked to Creating These Lush and Verdant Lands
Most of us agree that the goal of parks is providing and managing outdoor spaces for public benefit. There are parks for active sports, passive recreation, natural area conservation, as well as urban parks, rural parks, suburban parks, linear parks...