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. 38, No. 6, June

A Marriage of Recreation and Technology
Husband and wife head for the high-tech future.These days, staff members at Pennsylvania's West Shore Recreation Commission spend their time planning promotions and creating new programs to increase participation. Administration is automated, and registration...
A Marriage of Recreation and Technology: Husband and Wife Head for the High-Tech Future
These days, staff members at Pennsylvania's West Shore Recreation Commission spend their time planning promotions and creating new programs to increase participation. Administration is automated, and registration days are no longer spent racing from...
Ban Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park
Let me say at the outset that I'm not a fan of snowmobiles. I prefer cross-country skis or, better yet, snowshoes. I prefer peace and quiet to the whine of a snowmobile engine. I prefer plodding along at a snail's pace to being propelled over the snow...
Ban Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park-Why It's the Right Thing to Do
Let me say at the outset that I'm not a fan of snowmobiles. I prefer cross-country skis or, better yet, snowshoes. I prefer peace and quiet to the whine of a snowmobile engine. I prefer plodding along at a snail's pace to being propelled over the snow...
Buyer's Guide
Academy Skatepark Design, Inc. 2700 N. Hayden Road, Suite 3105 Scottsdale, AZ 85257 480-450-5611 www.academyskate.com mark@academyskate.com Action Park Alliance 15131 Clark Avenue, Unit B City of Industry, CA 91745 877-487-3539...
Calendar of Events
Extend the core knowledge of parks and recreation and professionals. The most up-to-date listing of national, state and local conferences and workshops is available online at www.nrpa.org. To ensure a listing in Parks & Recreation's Calendar of...
Catch 22: How to Get Recreation Experience When You Don't Have Recreation Experience
What's the first thing I look for when reviewing a student's job application? Related experience. As I turn away yet another student whose only experience is mowing lawns or working at a local restaurant, I think, "Where"s the meat?" Perhaps working...
Catch 22: How to Get Recreation Experience When You Don't Have Recreation Experience. (National Student Branch)
What's the first thing I look for when reviewing a student's job application? Related experience. As I turn away yet another student whose only experience is mowing lawns or working at a local restaurant, I think, "Where's the meat?" Perhaps working...
Come in We're Open: Open for Business: Operational Items to Consider Once Your Skateparks Is in Use
Planning, financing and building your skatepark is just the beginning. As with any other sort of park, operations and maintenance are vital to the park's success and value to the community. Here's some advice about some of the main issues you'll encounter...
Drive for Success
GOLF LEARNING CENTERS HELP DUFFERS...AND YOUR BOTTOM LINE.Simulators that let golfers "play" a number of championship courses. Automated tees that serve up golf balls mechanically. Enclosed and heated hitting stalls. Bunkers, fairways and greens that...
Drive for Success: Golf Learning Centers Help Duffers ... and Your Bottom Line
Simulators that let golfers "play" a number of championship courses. Automated tees that serve up golf balls mechanically. Enclosed and heated hitting stalls. Bunkers, fairways and greens that mimic actual course conditions. These are just some...
From Sidewalks to Skateparks: Creativity and Perserverance Are Key to Financing a World-Class Skatepark
As the popularity of skateboarding among kids has grown, the perception among adults that skateboarders are "vandalizing misfits" has made a radical shift. Skateboarding has achieved recognition as a legitimate sport with its own set of professional...
Get the Site Right: Site Selection Is the Key to Building a Successful Skatepark
The pressure to build skateparks has grown dramatically over the last five years, as this underserved and rapidly growing market has captured the public's eye. Skaters and their parents have learned how to access public officials, which has led to...
Glossary
Amenities: Restrooms, public transportation, access for emergency vehicles, pay phones, parking, lighting, fencing, water fountains and spectator benches are a minimum checklist for a skatepark facility. BMX freestyle: BMX, or Bicycle Moto-Cross,...
Gold Medal Finalists Named
Finalists for the 2003 National Gold Medal & State Park Awards program have been announced by the National Sporting Goods Association Sports Foundation. The awards are presented annually to communities throughout the U.S. for excellence in park and...
Great Lakes Region. (Regional Reports)
Great Lakes Regional Council recently elected Fred Hohnke as the Citizen Board of Trustee and Steve Hartman as the Professional Board of Trustee. Both will be serving three-year terms and currently serve as members of the NRPA Board of Trustees representing...
Hanover Helps Hearts
Hanover, Pa., kicked off its Hearts N' Parks summer program on May 24 with a Family Fun Day. Organizers passed out questionnaires to residents, testing their knowledge of heart health. At the end of the summer-long program, the participants will retake...
Leave It Better Than You Found It
North Boulder Recreation Center, Boulder, Colo.North Boulder Recreation Center was one of the first municipal recreation centers in the U.S. to go through the arduous process of being LEED-certified. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)...
Material Goods: Factors to Consider When Deciding on a Material for Your Skatepark
So the time has finally come for your community to get a skatepark. And not just any skatepark, but the biggest and the best skatepark. A skatepark for all ages and abilities. A skatepark that flows. A skatepark that's durable, impervious to wind,...
Meeting the Need: Successful Skatepark Designs Start with Knowing What Users Will Want Down the Line
What makes a terrible skatepark? This improbable question may be the best first question for a local planner to ask. The world of skatepark design can be a contentious and confusing one, and it may be best to know first what to avoid. It's nearly...
Net More Adults
Using tennis trimatches to build recreation programs.A major challenge facing many recreation programs face is increasing adult participation. Unfortunately, the adult programs run by many recreation departments not only don't attract a large number...
Net More Adults: Using Tennis Trimatches to Build Recreation Programs
A major challenge facing many recreation programs face is increasing adult participation. Unfortunately, the adult programs run by many recreation departments not only don't attract a large number of participants, but also have difficulty finding funding...
North Boulder Recreation Center, Boulder, Colo.: Leave It Better Than You Found It
North Boulder Recreation Center was one of the first municipal recreation centers in the U.S. to go through the arduous process of being LEED-certified. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards encourage design and construction...
Northeast Region. (Regional Reports)
On his way home from receiving a 200s Excellence in Aquatics Award at the NRPA National Aquatics Conference in Albuquerque, Rob Romancier found out that because of budget constraints, the Albany School District had recommended not renewing the contract...
NRPA Fights Bill That Would Close Municipal Facilities. (Advocacy Update)
NRPA Opposes Pennsylvania "Unfair Competition" Bill NRPA is working against a Pennsylvania bill that would severely restrict the ability of park and recreation departments to operate fitness facilities. The bill would limit the activity of public...
NRPA Opposes Pennsylvania "Unfair Competition" Bill
NRPA Fights Bill That Would Close Municipal FacilitiesNRPA is working against a Pennsylvania bill that would severely restrict the ability of park and recreation departments to operate fitness facilities. The bill would limit the activity of public agencies...
On the Ball
In the case of Thurmond v. Prince William Baseball Club, INC., No. 020116 (Va. 1/10/2003) the Virginia state supreme court was asked whether a spectator at a minor league baseball game assumed the risk of being struck by a batted foul ball. In resolving...
On the Ball: Does a Baseball Spectator Assume a Normal Risk of Injury by a Foul Ball? (NRPA Law Review)
In the case of Thurmond v. Prince William Baseball Club, INC., No. 020116 (Va. 1/10/2003) the Virginia state supreme court was asked whether a spectator at a minor league baseball game assumed the risk of being struck by a batted foul ball. In resolving...
Pacific Region. (Regional Reports)
NRPA President Jonathan Korfhage, CPRP, has been supporting parks in recreation professionals in his home state for years. Now that he's NRPA president, he's been attending meetings with a new NRPA hat. Over the last few months he installed the officers...
Partnerships Help Transportation Impact
Notional Society for Parks and RecreationIt's an age-old issue for park resource professionals: you want people to come to your park, but you don't want them to harm the ecosystem. Zion National Park, in Utah, had that issue as its popularity increased...
Partnerships Help Transportation Impact. (National Society for Parks and Recreation)
It's an age-old issue for park resource professionals: you want people to come to your park, but you don't want them to harm the ecosystem. Zion National Park, in Utah, had that issue as its popularity increased and its canyon road became a popular...
Prescription for Senior Health: Recreation
A managed, health care company offers parks and recreation opportunities as part of its benefits package.Most seniors looking for health insurance search for the richest benefits package: good prescription plan, low-cost hospitalization, reasonable co-pays...
Prescription for Senior Health: Recreation: A Managed Health Care Company Offers Parks and Recreation Opportunities as Part of Its Benefits Package
Most seniors looking for health insurance search for the richest benefits package: good prescription plan, low-cost hospitalization, reasonable co-pays or the option to stay with their current provider. For the seniors enrolled in Senior Dimensions,...
Regional Reports
GREAT LAKES REGIONGreat Lakes Regional Council recently elected Fred Hohnke as the Citizen Board of Trustee and Steve Hartman as the Professional Board of Trustee. Both will be serving three-year terms and currently serve as members of the NRPA Board...
Show Me the Money! (National Student Branch)
It's called being between a rock and a hard place. You need to further your education so that you can get a great job, but you need a job to pay for that education. NRPA feels the pain of students (and their parents) nationwide, and has come up with...
South Dakota Conference a Success
National Therapeutic Recreation SocietyPaul Lowrie, author of The Conversation Piece and other best-selling books, gave a great session on using creative questions to build better rapport with patients at the spring conference of the South Dakota Therapeutic...
South Dakota Conference a Success. (National Therapeutic Recreation Society)
Paul Lowrie, author of The Conversation Piece and other best-selling books, gave a great session on using creative questions to build better rapport with patients at the spring conference of the South Dakota Therapeutic Recreation Society, a branch...
Southeast Region. (Regional Reports)
"With the world events, we would like to give folks a rest from thinking about that for a while," says Para Rudd, activities supervisor at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Recreation Department, about April's Pennyrile Senior Games. Along with the...
Steps in the Right Direction
The consensus among researchers investigating physical activity as a key component of healthy lifestyles is that physical activity should be moderate, frequent and maintained for life (USDHHS 1996). Unfortunately, technological developments provide labor-saving...
Steps in the Right Direction: Lessons from Europe on Encouraging Cycling and Walking. (Research Update)
"In order to improve public health, national governments should develop and implement strategies to stimulate daily cycling: It is the most effective way to save billions of funds in the health sector and solve traffic and environmental problems at...
Suits Pushing Playgrounds
Citizen-Board Member BranchCan you picture business leaders lobbying for more state spending on early care and education? Sound unlikely? That's why it's effective, say children's advocates who have been working to enlist these unlikely allies. Last...
Suits Pushing Playgrounds. (Citizen-Board Member Branch)
Can you picture business leaders lobbying for more state spending on early care and education? Sound unlikely? That's why it's effective, say children's advocates who have been working to enlist these unlikely allies. Last spring, Kinko's founder Paul...
The Short List: The Following Is a List of Ideas and Resources to Help Community Volunteers with the Task of Public Relations and Fundraising
The Internet: This is the best first stop to make on your way to building a skatepark. Queries of "fundraising," "build a skatepark," "grants," "community action" and "skatepark planning" will deliver nearly limitless Links to information. The Plan:...
Toward a Bright Future
As I write this in late May, the spring meeting of NRPA's Board of Trustees has just concluded, and I'm excited to report that it was a tremendous success. My thanks to all who helped make it possible, especially NRPA staff, the 46 trustees who took...
Toward a Bright Future. (NRPA Perspectives)
As I write this in late May, the spring meeting of NRPA's Board of Trustees has just concluded, and I'm excited to report that it was a tremendous success. My thanks to all who helped make it possible, especially NRPA staff, the 46 trustees who took...
Up by the Riverside
The Corvallis (Ore.) Riverfront Commemorative Pork is the centerpiece of a riverside revival.Area farmers driving trucks stacked with organically grown eggplant, tomatoes, herbs and produce of all varieties arrive at the new Corvallis (Ore.) Commemorative...
Up by the Riverside: The Corvallis (Ore.) Riverfront Commemorative Park Is the Centerpiece of a Riverside Revival. (Great Parks: The Corvallis Commemorative Riverfront Park)
Area farmers driving trucks stacked with organically grown eggplant, tomatoes, herbs and produce of all varieties arrive at the new Corvallis (Ore.) Commemorative Riverfront Park by 6:00 a.m. each Saturday. Vendors set up booths near Jackson Plaza...
USA Team Tennis Hits the Court at America's Public Parks
USA Team Tennis is the fastest growing of the United States Tennis Association's community tennis programs, with nearly 350,000 youth participating in 2002, an increase of more than 80 percent since 1998. People of all abilities and backgrounds around...
USA Team Tennis Hits the Court at America's Public Parks. (Tip-Off)
USA Team Tennis is the fastest growing of the United States Tennis Association's community tennis programs, with nearly 350,000 youth participating in 2002, an increase of more than 80 percent since 1998. People of all abilities and backgrounds around...
Ward Burton, NASCAR Champion
Ward Burton is no stranger to the fast lane, but he's also a huge advocate of unhurried recreation in parks.Since February, the 2002 Daytona 500 champion has been a spokesperson for Virginia State Parks. Burton's public service spots run on more than...
Ward Burton, NASCAR Champion. (Power Play)
Ward Burton is no stranger to the fast lane, but he's also a huge advocate of unhurried recreation in parks. Since February, the 2002 Daytona 500 champion has been a spokesperson for Virginia State Parks. Burton's public service spots run on more...
Western Region. (Regional Reports)
Fifty youth from primarily low-income neighborhoods participated in Houston's first Sprockids Clinic, and they came away smiling. Sprockids is a youth program created by the International Mountain Biking Association. The Greater Houston Off Road Biking...
Winners' Club
Success stories from public golf course renovationsAmerica's turn-of-the-century golf course building boom appears to have subsided for the moment. After having witnessed an average of 300 new courses open for play in each of the previous 10 years, owners...
Winners' Club: Success Stories from Public Golf Course Renovations
America's turn-of-the-century golf course building boom appears to have subsided for the moment. After having witnessed an average of 300 new courses open for play in each of the previous 10 years, owners and operators of existing facilities--municipal...