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. 33, No. 12, December

1998 ANNUAL REPORT: National Recreation and Park Association
A MESSAGE FROM NRPA For the National Recreation and Park Association, 1998 was a year of historical significance and profound reflection. It was a year of challenges met and new dreams unearthed. Above all else, it was a call for soulful celebration....
A Message from NRPA
For the National Recreation and Park Association, 1998 was a year of historical significance and profound reflection. It was a year of challenges met and new dreams unearthed. Above all else, it was a call for soulful celebration. For 1998 marked the...
Annual Fund Report
National Recreation and Park Association Dear Members and Friends: The inaugural Annual Fund has just been completed, and I am proud to report that we were successful in raising $100,000 since last October: a truly outstanding accomplishment! A total...
Appointments
Michael A. Kane has been appointed deputy director of the Fairfax County (Va.) Park Authority. A longtime member of the FCPA, Kane began his tenure in 1978. He served as assistant manager and manager of various FCPA facilities until 1981 when he was...
Awards
The town of Perinton (N.Y.) recently received a KUDOS Award from the National Recreation and Park Association in the category of Best Web Site Promoting Recreation (Class I). The town's site (www.perinton. org) was completely designed, serviced, and...
Body of Knowledge
NRPA Internet Resources Since the arrival of NRPA's home page (www.nrpa.org) on the Internet's World Wide Web in November 1995, it has received hundreds of thousands of visits. Currently, the Web site receives approximately 34,000 unique accesses per...
In over Your Head
For six years, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton has introduced the underwater world to hundreds of patrons. If you can imagine being weightless in an undersea adventure, you have taken the first step toward scuba diving. This dream can become a reality...
Lake Havasu's Cottage Industry
The Morale, Welfare and Recreation directorate at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, has opened eight vacation cottages on Lake Havasu, Arizona. Located just three hours from the combat center on the California-Arizona...
L.A. Youth at Work Is Up to Par
Golf's powers-that-be cannot beat the youth drum hard enough these days. Every few weeks, another news conference is held to announce the industry's latest attempt to woo today's lo- to 15-year-olds onto the golf courses of America. What with 300-odd...
Lifeguards Had No Training or Policy for Dialing 911
As a general rule, lifeguards owe a two-fold legal duty of care to (1) observe for swimmers in distress, and (2) when distress is observed, attempt a reasonable rescue. As illustrated by the Cater decision described herein, glare conditions in a swimming...
Mcas Miramar Is off and Running
A 5K run at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is more than a mere dash for the finish line. As the Marine Corps is constantly focused on fitness as an element of military readiness, marines pack the fitness center and the running course daily. So, when...
MCAS Yuma Shoots for the Moon
In the hot, arid desert of the Southwest, where temperatures in the summertime can reach 116 degrees, you would think most people would bark at the idea of a five-miLe run/ three-mile walk. Yet, twice a year, the Recreation Department of MoraLe, WeLfare...
Meeting the Leisure Needs of Families
The topic of family leisure has attracted a great deal of attention from researchers in recent years. In 1995, the NRPA Leisure Research Symposium issued a special call for papers on family and leisure. Two years later, the Journal of Leisure Research...
MWR: Unique Professionals
In many ways, the role of the "peacekeeping" Armed Forces, with their deployments throughout the world, has created unusual and unique challenges for Morale, Welfare and Recreation professionals. These dedicated professionals are providing recreation...
National Awards
The National Distinguished Professional Award The profession's most coveted honor was bestowed upon Ronald H. Dodd, CLP, executive director of the Joliet (IL) Park District, and Kenneth S. Kutska, CLP, CPSI, superintendent of parks and planning for the...
National Programs
NRPA continued to expand its scope of national programs by outlining a core commitment to secure national partnerships that result in additional resources to help local park and recreation agencies serve the public. All NRPA national programs are designed...
New Products
A sampler of the wide array of new products for the park and recreation field. See the latest technology applied in unique and innovative ways -- all of which help make your department or agency run more effectively. RIDING MOWERS Encore's Prowler...
Product Roundup
MILITARY RECREATION A sampler of products relating to this month's focus. Here are products that have been custom-designed to fulfill specific functions. If this month's focus is for you, this department will be a valuable resource. SAFETY SURFACING...
Professional Development
Annual Congress NRPA's Congress & Exposition is the world's largest conference and trade show in the park and recreation profession. The Congress is an opportunity for park and recreation professionals to exchange new ideas, learn about new programs,...
P&r This Month
"I'm really pleased to say that recreation is alive and well on our military bases," says Nancy Moon, guest editor of this month's issue of Parks & Recreation magazine. "There is a group of professionals out there working hard to show you the benefits...
Public Policy
In the past year, the National Recreation and Park Association has played a significant role in several successful legislative and policy activities that will aid the conservation and use of parks and enhance recreation experiences. Aggressive advocacy...
Quantico Teens Rolling on the River
The Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department staff at Marine Corps Base Quantico has tailored a summer camp that is challenging and attractive to 12- to 15-year-old students. Steadily growing each year, the Teen Sailing Camp graduated 37 new...
Recreational Sport: Making the Grade on College Campuses
GROWTH IN SPORTS PROGRAMMING CONTINUES IN MOST SERVICE SETTINGS, BUT ONE OF THE MOST PROLIFIC GROWTH AREAS IS FOUND AMONG THE NATION'S COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. Leisure professionals understand that most Americans possess at least a casual interest...
Recreation Downrange: Army MWR Delivers
I magine this. Your job sends you to live in a foreign country where the peopLe speak little or no English, where you're housed on a five-acre plot of ground surrounded by concertina wire, living with hundreds of others like yourseLf in rows of dormitory-style...
Research into Action: We Are Family
Introduction This month's "Research Update" wrestles with the current research discussion that questions family leisure as positive. It is offered that at least part of the problem with divergent findings about family leisure stems from differences...
Research into Action: We Are Family
Introduction This month's "Research Update" wrestles with the current research discussion that questions family leisure as positive. It is offered that at least part of the problem with divergent findings about family leisure stems from differences in...
Start Smart Popular on Military Bases Worldwide
The U.S. Air Force, and Army have been using the START SMART Sports Development Program with overwhelming success on their bases worldwide. Now the Marine Corps too. The Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina, became the first...
Survival of the Fittest
WHAT'S WHAT IN FITNESS & STRENGTH-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT Although fitness equipment manufacturers provide an excellent array of strength, endurance, and cardiorespiratory systems, MedX has introduced a new focus on the importance of flexibility...
Survival of the Fittest
WHAT'S WHAT IN FITNESS & STRENGTHCONDITIONING EQUIPMENT Although fitness equipment manufacturers provide an excellent array of strength, endurance, and cardiorespiratory systems, MedX has introduced a new focus on the importance of flexibility training...
Sweet Home Iwakuni
For the 9,000 military and civilian personnel and their families stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, leisure time in this beautifully scenic country is easy to fill. Located in the western part of the Japanese archipelago's main island...
Yuma's Martinez Lake Inspires Marines' Fond Memories
Creating the right environment to promote a high quality of life for U.S. Marines has been an increasingly important mission for the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. As the busiest air station...