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. 36, No. 2, February

Adventure Recreation: What's New for Resource Managers, Public Policy Analysts, and Recreation Providers
In 1996, people in many countries were riveted to televisions, Internet sites, radios or other forms of media trying to piece together information on an unfolding tragedy on the world's highest peak -- Mt. Everest. It was in this year that a sudden...
Appointments
Marvin F. Billups, Jr. became the City of Baltimore's new director of recreation and parks on November 15, 2000. With a $20.7 million operating budget, the Department of Recreation and Parks Agency consists of 350 employees and provides services, leisure,...
Aquatic Programming: A D.C. Urban Experience
As a youth growing up in the nation's capital of Washington D.C., one thing was for sure, there were lots of swimming pools to go around. Between our Department of Parks and Recreation city-run and public school-based facilities, there were over 46...
Baccalaureate Programs in Recreation, Park Resources, and Leisure Services
The National Recreation and Park Association in cooperation with the American Association of Leisure and Recreation now accredits one hundred academic programs in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and the province of Ontario. Currently, three more...
Baltimore City's Municipal Swimming Pools: The Coolest Game in Town on a Hot Summer Day
Amidst the backdrop of an urban landscape -- skyscrapers, row houses, sirens from fire engines/ police cars, and the bustling sounds of traffic you will find the "coolest game in Baltimore City" on a hot summers day.... municipal swimming pools. In...
Center of Attention: Southwest Community Center Portland Parks and Recreation Portland, Oregon
Portland's new Southwest Community Center provides an aquatics center complemented by a mix of other recreational facilities and programs. The center appeals to a wide range of age groups. An interactive public process was critical to the building's...
Lifeguard Training for Minorities
For a minority teen to be a positive role model is a very gratifying experience, one that should be encouraged and fostered by all of us! My name is Theodore E. Dowie and I have been involved in Aquatics for 23 years. During that time, I have taught...
Lifeguard Training for Minorities
For a minority teen to be a positive role model is a very gratifying experience, one that should be encouraged and fostered by all of us! My name is Theodore E. Dowie and I have been involved in Aquatics for 23 years. During that time, I have taught...
Managing Lifeguards Effectively
The initial period of a lifeguard's employment at an aquatic facility often serves to set the tone for their entire experience. Effective lifeguards are the cornerstones to a successful risk management program at any aquatic facility. Properly functioning...
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Implications for Seasonal Lifeguards
It was a pleasant summer day. The outdoor pool, a fairly large facility with 6-8 guard stations, was open. In the middle of open swim, a situation develops which causes lifeguards to jump from their stations into the water, submerge themselves on the...
Recreation Access Groups Win Legal Fight
On December 22, 2000, a federal judge gave pro-access recreation advocates a stunning victory when he ruled against a national preservationist group's legal effort to ban off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on millions of acres in Utah. After listening...
Recreation Access Groups Win Legal Fight
In December 22, 2000, a federal judge gave pro-access recreation advocates a stunning victory when he ruled against a national preservationist group's legal effort to ban off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on millions of acres in Utah. After listening to...
Recreation as Hope in the War on Drugs
I recently attended the movie Traffic, a film that juxtaposes three different story lines about illegal drugs and why they are so prevalent today. While certainly most films take liberties and tend to be more melodramatic than real life, the underlying...
There's No Such Thing as Recreational Drugs
I recently received a letter from Ms. Nina Roberts, a longtime member of NRPA and a Research Associate at the Student Conservation Association. She was sharing with me her disappointment in a recent TIME magazine article (January 15, 2001) entitled...
The Right Partner Can Cure the Winter Tennis Blues
Freezing temperatures and accumulations of snow do not have to mean hibernation for park and recreation tennis programs. In fact, it can be a bit counterproductive to enroll people in beginning tennis programs such as USA Tennis 1-2-3 only to have...
Toy Beach Buckets Entice Children to Play in Hazardous Surf
The Pacheo opinion described herein illustrates some basic principles of landowner liability for negligence. Negligence liability generally presupposes an unreasonably dangerous condition on the premises which is known to the landowner, but not known...