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. 8, August

Earth Force Youth Decide to "Get out Spoke'n"
Earth Force, a national nonprofit youth organization, has announced the launch of "Get Out Spoke'n," a two-year national campaign designed to make America more bike-friendly. The issue was recently selected by the 12 members of the Earth Force Youth...
Giving Kids a Leg Up
your little customers. Balloons and a colorful, crayon like sign complete the area. The Kids' Registration Area was the idea of Ron Dodd, executive director of the Joliet Park District. Always on the lookout for a new idea, this creative concept caught...
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: The Politics of Environmental Preservation
At first the terrain is open and undulating, but as we work our way into the gulch the walls begin to close in and tower above us. It is as though with each stride we are going farther and farther back into time and deeper and deeper into geologic history....
Just the Facts: Answering the Critics of Local Government Park and Recreation Services
Answering the Critics of Local Government Park and Recreation Services There are many myths that surround local government park and recreation services in both the United States and Canada. Most of these myths have developed because, until recently,...
Managing Stress through Outdoor Recreation
To be alive means to experience stress; it is a normal and natural part of life. Learning to live and get ahead today involves some level of stress, and the costs of stress and stress-related illnesses are now estimated to exceed $100 billion annually....
Physical Activity: How Much Is Enough?
Regular physical activity is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. It offers protection against coronary heart disease (CHD), adult-onset diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers, osteoporosis, and depression (American College of Sports Medicine...
Providing Adequate Protection for Hockey Fans
Negligence liability presupposes a defendant knew of an unreasonable risk of injury that was not apparent to the injured plaintiff through the reasonable use of his or her own senses. Conversely, negligence liability is less likely when the risk of injury...
Reflections on an Outdoor Recreation Experience
In the spring and summer of 1997, I lived an adventure that changed the lives of some 10,000 people. Those lives are richer and deeper because of one intense experience. The impact of this event has caused me to reflect at length on the nature of...
Research into Action: Let's Get Physical
Introduction Regular physical activity is an important protection against coronary heart disease, adultonset diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers, osteoporosis, and depression. While we have known this for decades, health and fitness research has...
Saving the Earth.One Can at a Time
It's in the cars and campers that families drive to the park. It's in the bicycles that mountain bikers ride on the trails and the swing sets where children play. Recycled steel is everywhere. And that's important when you consider that making products...
The Benefits Go on and On
The National Recreation and Park Association's Benefits effort has gained tremendous momentum in the park and recreation field because it has been so enthusiastically accepted by NRPA members across the country. The program has been growing as the...
The Great Outdoors
With the end of summer approaching and Labor Day right around the corner, we will soon be focusing on the traditional fall activities what I call the "back-to-school" mentality. New school year, new clothes, new teachers, new friends, and new recreation...
Volunteer-Based Recreation Land Management
Monitoring land use in parks is a concern for resource managers. Faced with limited budgets, management efforts concentrate on the areas with the heaviest use, while the "back 40" is untouched. Park managers have often solicited the help of quasi-public...
What's Gone Amok in Outdoor Recreation?
The late 1960s and '70s were the "good ol' days" of outdoor recreation, a time when interest was high, federal funding was abundant for land acquisition, jobs were plentiful, and university curricula in outdoor recreation were springing up all over...