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. 41, No. 1, January

Advocacy Update: Top Ten Reasons Parks Are Important
The values of public parks and recreation in America.Public park and recreation facilities and programs offer countless values to our citizens and to our country. As advocates and supporters of parks and recreation who live these values every day, we...
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Advocacy Update: Top Ten Reasons Parks Are Important: The Values of Public Parks and Recreation in America
Public park and recreation facilities and programs offer countless values to our citizens and to our country. As advocates and supporters of parks and recreation who live these values every day, we may sometimes take the uncounted benefits of parks...
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A Winning Recipe for Volunteerism
A program in North Carolina takes college students, mixes in individuals with disabilities and adds park staff support to create a winning combination.How many hours did your staff spend spreading mulch or pine needles? Does your agency need to m clear...
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A Winning Recipe for Volunteerism: A Program in North Carolina Takes College Students, Mixes in Individuals with Disabilities and Adds Park Staff Support to Create a Winning Combination
How many hours did your staff spend spreading mulch or pine needles? Does your agency need to clear a new trail, but lack the staff time to get it accomplished? Are citizens asking to volunteer in your park, but you lack the resources to effectively...
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Expanding NRPA's Network
ASSOCIATION NEWSAs with any membership organization, it is important that NRPA continue to retain and diversity our current membership. This will enable us to grow exponentially, both in size and expertise. Beginning in October 2005, NRPA embarked on...
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From Animal Advocates to Allies
How to remove the bite from the bark of a dogpark advocacy group.If you've ever been lobbied directly by a dogpark advocacy group, then you know first hand that tenaciousness is a trait that doesn't belong only to terriers.But if you take the time to...
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Illinois: New Department to Oversee Natural Resources
The Bolingbrook Park District in Illinois recently hired Alice Eastman as its first superintendent of natural resources. Eastman comes to Bolingbrook from the Downers Grove Park District where she served as manager of Natural Resources and Interpretive...
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Illinois: New Department to Oversee Natural Resources
The Bolingbrook Park District in Illinois recently hired Alice Eastman as its first superintendent of natural resources. Eastman comes to Bolingbrook from the Downers Grove Park District where she served as manager of Natural Resources and Interpretive...
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Labor of Love
Despite its rank as the second biggest expense next to food, labor management is often the most misunderstood facet of the F/B business. Usually the first obstacle to be attacked when cost-cutting is in order, it deserves more attention in the early...
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Law Review: Spectator Injury outside the Stands
The court decides that the business invitee rule applies, rather than the limited duty rule.Under the traditional rule of law, baseball stadium owners or operators owe spectators a "limited duty" of care. For example, many stadiums have a screened area...
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Looking through a New Lens: How to Find Leisure Programming Success with the Baby Boomer Generation
Baby boomers born in the United States, specifically between 1946 and 1964, represent a generation that consists of nearly 76 million people. Boomers are a cohort of individuals who have marked their path through life unlike any group before them and...
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Making CONCESSIONS
Creating a successful concessions business at your park means more than just selling hot dogs and soda.Food and beverage (F/B) doesn't have to be a riddle or "necessary evil" at your park. There is a fine line that separates maximizing profits and affecting...
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Making Concessions: Creating a Successful Concessions Business at Your Park Means More Than Just Selling Hot Dogs and Soda
Food and beverage (F/B) doesn't have to be a riddle or "necessary evil" at your park. There is a fine line that separates maximizing profits and affecting the customer/guest experience, and that line is always moving. It is up to the manager to watch...
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No Walk in the Park
Fire ants march through park land, wreaking havoc on children and pets.As spring approaches most people are anxious to beat their cabin fever and get outside to enjoy the weather. It's often a time to recreate and relax outside. But for those living...
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No Walk in the Park: Fire Ants March through Park Land, Wreaking Havoc on Children and Pets
As spring approaches most people are anxious to beat their cabin fever and get outside to enjoy the weather. It's often a time to recreate and relax outside. But for those living in the southern United States, spring also means the emergence of the...
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Perspectives: Citizens Are Strong Members of NRPA
More than ever, NRPA and the field of parks and recreation needs to hear citizen voices of support.NRPA was created in 1965 by the merger of five major national park and recreation organizations-the American Institute of Park Executives (established...
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Perspectives: Citizens Are Strong Members of NRPA: More Than Ever, NRPA and the Field of Parks and Recreation Needs to Hear Citizen Voices of Support
NRPA was created in 1965 by the merger of five major national park and recreation organizations--the American Institute of Park Executives, established in 1898), the National Recreation Association (established in 1906), the American Recreation Society...
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Playbook: Making an Impression
Learn how to create a press release that will shine to the media, as well as what is considered newsworthy.There are many misconceptions about press releases and their use and effectiveness. When to issue a release versus a media alert? What should a...
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Playbook: Making an Impression: Learn How to Create a Press Release That Will Shine to the Media, as Well as What Is Considered Newsworthy
There are many misconceptions about press releases and their use and effectiveness. When to issue a release versus a media alert? What should a release say? Who is the appropriate media contact? Generally speaking, these questions are easy to answer--sometimes...
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Product Roundup
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FROM SUPPLIERSKeeping Comfort in MindCorona Clipper has greatly expanded its product offerings with the addition of 31 landscape and irrigation tools. Corona now offers a complete line of hand tools-including an innovative utility...
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Research Update: Components of Urban Park Systems
Although oceans apart, the United States and Hong Kong display similar urban park characteristics.Urban parks have played a unique and indispensable role in providing recreation opportunities and functions to urban populations. As a result of population...
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Research Update: Components of Urban Park Systems: Although Oceans Apart, the United States and Hong Kong Display Similar Urban Park Characteristics
Urban parks have played a unique and indispensable role in providing recreation opportunities and functions to urban populations. As a result of population growth and density, the sustainability of urban parks is a challenging management task. There...
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Trailblazers: Southern Leisure and Recreation
After his department is hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, George DeCoux shifts gears.Name: George DeCouxTitle: Recently retired Director of Leisure Services for the city of Gulfport, Miss.Member since: 1986George DeCoux retired his post of director of Leisure...
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Trailblazers: Southern Leisure and Recreation: After His Department Is Hit Hard by Hurricane Katrina, George DeCoux Shifts Gears
George DeCoux retired his post of director of Leisure Services for the city of Gulfport, Miss., on Dec. 1, 2005, after a long career contributing to parks and recreation on a local, regional and national level. DeCoux served on the NRPA Board of Trustees,...
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