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. 40, No. 8, August

After-School Programs Alter Lives of At-Risk Youth
Park and recreation department-sponsored programming is effective in reducing crime and educating children.School typically lets out around 3 p.m. But most children's parents do not get home from work until 6 p.m. or later. What do children do during...
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After-School Programs Alter Lives of At-Risk Youth: Park and Recreation Department-Sponsored Programming Is Effective in Reducing Crime and Educating Children
School typically lets out around 3 p.m. But most children's parents do not get home from work until 6 p.m. or later. What do children do during these crucial late afternoon hours? Across the country, local park and recreation departments operate after-school...
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A New Perspective on Urban Spaces
Urban sprawl, new urbanism and the role of the park and recreation field.Eric Bogosian's play, "Suburbia," which is set in a 7-11 parking lot, depicts what happens when an environment lacks decent public gathering places, with the kids in the play getting...
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A New Perspective on Urban Spaces: Urban Sprawl, New Urbanism and the Role of the Park and Recreation Field
Eric Bogosian's play, "Suburbia," which is set in a 7-11 parking lot, depicts what happens when an environment lacks decent public gathering places, with the kids in the play getting into a wide range of troubles. In an interview about the story, Bogosian...
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Anniversary Wishes
Members send their thoughts of NRPA's contributions to the park and recreation field. "Even in my retirement, the association provides a way for me to stay abreast of what is happening in the field. Should it continue to grow and prosper, [NRPA]...
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Boundaries Need Not Apply
Playgrounds are exceeding the Americans with Disabilities Act's guidelines on accessibility.bound.less (adj.): having no boundaries or limits; vast; infinite.It was a typical day at the playground by most accounts-kids were swinging, playing and happy...
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Boundaries Need Not Apply: Playgrounds Are Exceeding the Americans with Disabilities Act's Guidelines on Accessibility
bound*less (adj.): having no boundaries or limits; vast; infinite. It was a typical day at the playground by most accounts--kids were swinging, playing and happy to have something new to try out. Parents Amy and Peter Barzach watched their two young...
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Citizens Rally Round the Field
Former racetrack finds new tread as an athletic field.Sixty-eight-year-old Howard Vincent will soon see baseball games at night for the first time in Manchester, Vt. This summer will mark the end of the renovation phase of what will become Applejack...
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Citizens Rally Round the Field: Former Racetrack Finds New Tread as an Athletic Field
Sixty-eight-year-old Howard Vincent will soon see baseball games at night for the first time in Manchester, Vt. This summer will mark the end of the renovation phase of what will become Applejack Field. The four-year project began in 2002, when...
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Flight of Fancy
Kitesurfing is about to land in your waterfront area.Will you be ready to catch the wave?Researching and preparing for trendy sports can sometimes seem like a daunting task for many park and recreation professionals. Some activities may seem like fads,...
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Flight of Fancy: Kitesurfing Is about to Land in Your Waterfront Area. Will You Be Ready to Catch the Wave?
Researching and preparing for trendy sports can sometimes seem like a daunting task for many park and recreation professionals. Some activities may seem like fads, but, given time to develop, eventually impact our daily operations. Remember skateboarding...
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From the Editor
I've always been a big birthday person--I love the cake, the candles and the party that is likely to occur. But it's more than just fun and frosting. It's also the one time of year that we are reminded of how far we've come in our lifetime. And...
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History in the Making
Urban park agenda launched at NRPA headquarters.On June 16, I had the privilege to witness what may turn out to be one of the most significant days in the history of parks and recreation. On that day, 24 directors, superintendents and CEOs of departments...
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History in the Making: Urban Park Agenda Launched at NRPA Headquarters
On June 16, I had the privilege to witness what may turn out to be one of the most significant days in the history of parks and recreation. On that day, 24 directors, superintendents and CEOs of departments and districts from America's largest cities...
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Homeless and Hopeless in the Park
Parks are salvation for the weary.For the past seven decades I have, for brief intervals, known homelessness-but thankfully hopelessness remains a stranger. Not everyone knows that America's public parks have a long tradition of providing remedies for...
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Homeless and Hopeless in the Park: Parks Are Salvation for the Weary
For the past seven decades I have, for brief intervals, known homelessness--but thankfully hopelessness remains a stranger. Not everyone knows that America's public parks have a long tradition of providing remedies for both. During a recent visit to...
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Nrpa Turns 40: Anniversary Wishes
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the association that supports parks and recreation.Members send their thoughts of NRPA's contributions to the park and recreation field.Forty years ago in August 1965, members of the American Institute of Park Executives,...
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Parks and Physical Activity
Although a proven relationship exists between parks and recreation and physical activity, additional measurements are needed.Park and recreation professionals are aware of the relationships between health and physical activity. This awareness was further...
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Parks and Physical Activity: Although a Proven Relationship Exists between Parks and Recreation and Physical Activity, Additional Measurements Are Needed
Park and recreation professionals are aware of the relationships between health and physical activity. This awareness was further heightened with the publishing of Healthy People 2010 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). This report...
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Risking Everything
Betty van der Smissen's contributions have influenced outdoor programming, legal liability, research and the accreditation fields.For the past 50 years, Betty van der Smissen has blazed her own path. She entered the legal profession at a time when women...
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Risking Everything: Betty Van der Smissen's Contributions Have Influenced Outdoor Programming, Legal Liability, Research and the Accreditation Fields
For the past 50 years, Betty van der Smissen has blazed her own path. She entered the legal profession at a time when women were the exception. She continued as a leader through her career-long involvement in revising and developing national accreditation...
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Roll to Skatepark Design Success
Building the perfect skatepark is harder than landing a tweaked frontside grabber-trust us, it's one tough trick.Your problems arc over-your community finally approved the construction of a new skatepark. After all the budget meetings, you can now just...
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Roll to Skatepark Design Success: Building the Perfect Skatepark Is Harder Than Landing a Tweaked Frontside Grabber-Trust Us, It's One Tough Trick
Your problems are over--your community finally approved the construction of a new skatepark. After all the budget meetings, you can now just find a company to design and build it. But if you threw out your aspirin thinking all your headaches were over,...
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Summit Convenes to Create Urban Agenda
Park and recreation leaders from America's largest cities met to discuss urban issues.To most, it might have seemed like an ordinary meeting at NRPA headquarters in Ashburn, Va. But those that were in the conference room on June 16 felt a noticeable...
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Summit Convenes to Create Urban Agenda: Park and Recreation Leaders from America's Largest Cities Met to Discuss Urban Issues
To most, it might have seemed like an ordinary meeting at NRPA headquarters in Ashburn, Va. But those that were in the conference room on June 16 felt a noticeable energy among this meeting's participants. The group was comprised of 24 park and...
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The Economics of Urban Park Planning
Urban park planning through strategic land use can lead to increased value for the community.Trails, parks and playgrounds are among the five most important community amenities considered when selecting a home, according to 2,000 recent homebuyers surveyed...
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The Economics of Urban Park Planning: Urban Park Planning through Strategic Land Use Can Lead to Increased Value for the Community
Trails, parks and playgrounds are among the five most important community amenities considered when selecting a home, according to 2,000 recent homebuyers surveyed in 2002 by the National Association of Home Builders and National Association of Realtors....
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Unguarded Beach Appears to Be Designated Swimming Area
Although a city may not designate an area open for swimming, it is held responsible if the public is led to believe it is run by the municipality.In determining landowner liability for drownings in a natural or manmade body of water, the applicable legal...
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Washington: Coffee Company Commits to Parks
Now when residents in Washington State buy caramel lattes, they're helping to satisfy more than just a caffeine buzz--Starbucks Coffee Company announced in January that it will commit $1 million in 2005 for the improvement of parks in King, Pierce...
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Washington: Coffee Company Commits to Parks
Now when residents in Washington State buy caramel lattes, they're helping to satisfy more than just a caffeine buzz-Starbucks Coffee Company announced in January that it will commit $1 million in 2005 for the improvement of parks in King, Pierce and...
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