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. 44, No. 10, October

A Brief History of International Actions
FOR MANY YEARS, the National Recreation Association (the predecessor to NRPA) was active in promoting the importance of recreation on a world stage. In 1911, C. M. Goethe, a member of the Board of Directors, journeyed around the world to help establish...
A Call to Service
NRPA'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS NEEDS YOU! Here is your opportunity to help lead the association dedicated to advancing parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. NRPA is currently seeking potential...
A Call to Service
NRPA'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS NEEDS YOU! Here is your opportunity to help lead the association dedicated to advancing parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. NRPA is currently seeking potential...
A Congressional Champion of Parks Recreation
DURING THE AUGUST RECESS, Parks & Recreation had the opportunity to interview Representative James P. McGovern (D-HA), the 2005 NRPA Congressional Award winner and Keynote Speaker of the 2006 NRPA Legislative Forum. Since Rep. McGovern arrived...
Adrian Benepe and NYC Parks & Recreation
For this city native, NYC Parks and Recreation has been practically a life-long pursuitBenepe started his career in 1973 as a teenaged seasonal helper in Manhattan's East River Park.ADRIAN BENEPE'S WORLD S VAST ON MANY LEVELS. As Commissioner of New...
AON Offers Best Practice Tips for Certificates of Insurance and Contracts
THROUGH THE COURSE of team and league play, your organization may be asked to supply a certificate of insurance to a venue. The venue will typically request this from your organization to ensure your organization has adequate general liability insurance...
AON Offers Best Practice Tips for Certificates of Insurance and Contracts
THROUGH THE COURSE of team and league play, your organization may be asked to supply a certificate of insurance to a venue. The venue will typically request this from your organization to ensure your organization has adequate general liability insurance...
A Safer Place to Play
Comprehensive background checks demonstrate the commitment of park and recreation agencies to their communities.THE AVERAGE CHILD MOLESTER VICTIMIZES OVER 120 TIMES. One out of every 20 potential volunteers cannot pass a comprehensive background check....
A Safer Place to Play: Comprehensive Background Checks Demonstrate the Commitment of Park and Recreation Agencies to Their Communities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE AVERAGE CHILD MOLESTER VICTIMIZES OVER 120 TIMES. One out of every 20 potential volunteers cannot pass a comprehensive background check. And 9.5 percent of volunteers have criminal histories. It is these types of statistics...
Change We Can Believe In
AS I WRITE THIS in anticipation of the 2009 NRPA Congress and Exposition in Salt Lake City, the theme of this year's meeting, "Prepare For The Future Today", resonates in my mind, it is not only applicable to our largest annual event, the NRPA Congress,...
City of Parks
New York City's parks and recreation system is already one of the best in the nation, has a plan to take it even further.WHEN THE FIRST SECTION OF THE HIGH LINE DEBUTED in New York City's Meatpacking District in June, it was more than a basic park opening....
City of Parks: New York City's Parks and Recreation System Is Already One of the Best in the Nation, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg Has a Plan to Take It Even Further
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN THE FIRST SECTION OF THE HIGH LINE DEBUTED in New York City s Meatpacking District in June, it was more than a basic park opening. The conversion of the deteriorated overhead railway platform into a mile and a half long...
Green Giant
Erie Kirkwood can tell you. Throughout her nearly 30 years at St. Joseph County Parks, Indiana, Kirkwood has become a bit of a local celebrity and go-to-person when it comes to educating residents about natural areas and the plants and animals living...
GREEN GIANT: Evelyn Kirkwood
IS THAT BIRD INDIGENOUS TO SOUTH BEND? Evie Kirkwood can tell you. Throughout her nearly 30 years at St. Joseph County Parks, Indiana, Kirkwood has become a bit of a local celebrity and go-to-person when it comes to educating residents about natural...
Health and the Outdoors
Exploring the mechanics behind a generally held belief: Play in the out of doors is a good thing.SOME STATEMENTS ARE open to interpretation. For instance, the 1961 New York Yankees are the best baseball team of all time. Or, Miles Davis is the handsdown,...
Health and the Outdoors: Exploring the Mechanics Behind a Generally Held Belief: Play in the out of Doors Is a Good Thing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SOME STATEMENTS ARE open to interpretation. For instance, the 1961 New York Yankees are the best baseball team of all time. Or, Miles Davis is the hands-down, best-ever jazz trumpeter. Others, less so. For example: Outdoor...
International Flair
U.S. park and recreation departments realize it really is a small world after all.LETS FACE IT:For the United States, most of the last decade was spent in a fairly isolationist frame of mind. We did our thing, the rest of the world did its. Not a whole...
International Flair: U.S. Park and Recreation Departments Realize It Really Is a Small World after All
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LET'S FACE IT: For the United States, most of the last decade was spent in a fairly isolationist frame of mind. We did our thing, the rest of the world did its. Not a whole lot of cross-continent collaboration. But that...
Into the Woods
An outdoors mentoring program helps urban youth find their confidence- and adult volunteers their resolve."At first I didn't want to come; now I don't want to leave."This simple yet profound quote from one young participant in the Denver-based Big City...
Into the Woods: An Outdoors Mentoring Program Helps Urban Youth Find Their Confidence-And Adult Volunteers Their Resolve
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "At first I didn't want to come; now I don't want to leave." This simple yet profound quote from one young participant in the Denver-based Big City Mountaineers program shows the breadth of experience--from troubled urban...
It's Time to Play!
IT SEEMS OBVIOUS THAT PLAY and playfulness contribute to happier, more joyful lives. What may not be as apparent is that play also contributes to greater physical and emotional health, increased productivity in the workplace, better ability to learn,...
It's Time to Play!
IT SEEMS OBVIOUS THAT PLAY and playfulness contribute to happier, more joyful lives. What may not be as apparent is that play also contributes to greater physical and emotional health, increased productivity in the workplace, better ability to learn,...
Keeping Fitness Fun
You can send video on your phone. Download movies from your computer. Even watch cable TV while flying the friendly skies. So why shouldn't recreation center customers stay connected while they burn calories?THE NEWEST TREND IN FITNESS FACILITY EQUIPMENT...
Keeping Fitness Fun: You Can Send Video on Your Phone. Download Movies from Your Computer. Even Watch Cable TV While Flying the Friendly Skies. So Why Shouldn't Recreation Center Customers Stay Connected While They Burn Calories?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE NEWEST TREND IN FITNESS FACILITY EQUIPMENT is mixing entertainment with exercise. Participants are no longer satisfied to just run or bike to keep in shape--they are looking to get their minds off everyday life. [ILLUSTRATION...
Operation: Safe Volunteers
AS KRISTIN MENSON FROM BREC mentions, there are many companies that provide background checks and volunteer management systems for park and recreation agencies. However, many are finding all that their community needs with their professional association...
Political Reversal on National Park Gun Ban
ACCORDING TO SENATOR TOM COBURN (R-OK), the "existence of different laws relating to the transportation and possession of firearms at different units of the National Park System and the National Wildlife Refuge System [has] entrapped law-abiding gun...
Product Roundup
Bring Under Deck Space AliveGameTimes new Nature Discovery Table is more than just a picnic table. Added to your playground, it gives kids a place to be creative and learn. With fun animal graphics, the raised edges can be used to make "rubbings" of...
Profile: David Stringer
At age 15, the entire world changed for NRPA member David Stringer. As a result of a freak diving accident, Stringer went from being an able-bodied teen to a wheelchair-bound paraplegic. The accident would influence Stringer's life--not just his mobility,...
PROFILE: David Stringer
At age 15, the entire world changed for NRPA member David Stringer. As a result of a freak diving accident, Stringer went from being an able-bodied teen to a wheelchair-bound paraplegic. The accident would influence Stringer's life- not just his mobility,...
Transforming the Business of Parks & Recreation from Provider to Facilitator
FOR MOST PARK AND RECREATION AGENCIES throughout the country, life during the late 1990s through mid-2000s was good--very good. These were the high times of economic prosperity, particularly as it related to the "boom" years of property tax growth,...
USTA Honors Jodie Adams with 2009 President's Award
NRPA PRESIDENT, JODIE ADAMS, has been honored with the 2009 United States Tennis Association's President's Award. She was presented with the award during the US Open in New York last week. The President's Award annually honors an individual who...
USTA Honors Jodie Adams with 2009 President's Award
NRPA PRESIDENT. JODIE ADAMS, has been honored with the 2009 United States Tennis Associations President's Award. She was presented with the award during the US Open in New York last week.The President's Award annually honors an individual who has given...