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. 2, February

50 Ways to Celebrate July Is Recreation & Parks Month
Join NRPA AND SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in celebrating July is Recreation & Parks Month. In honor of Sports Illustrated's 50th Anniversary, here are 50 ways to celebrate July is Recreation & Parks Month. Be sure to JOIN THE NRPA SPORTS NETWORK to...
ARPA Announces Youth Summer Fun Softball Partnership
National Programs "We must make softball safe, affordable and enjoyable for our players." Those were the words of Frank Taylor, Amateur Softball Association president, at the 2002 ASA Annual Council Meeting in Reno, Nev. A youth slow-pitch softball partnership...
Art Monk, Football Legend. (Power Play)
Art Monk was a first-round draft choice of the Washington Redskins in 1980, and wasted little time in establishing himself as a premier wide receiver in the National Football League. Nine times during his 16-season career with the Redskins, New York...
Be Heard in Washington!
There's still time to register for NRPA's legislative conference. Face-to-face advocacy is the most effective way to change public policy. That's why all NRPA members are urged to attend NRPAs 2003 Legislative Forum on Parks & Recreation, to be held...
Be Heard in Washington! There's Still Time to Register for NRPA's Legislative Conference. (Advocacy Update)
Face-to-face advocacy is the most effective way to change public policy. That's why all NRPA members are urged to attend NRPA's 2003 Legislative Forum on Parks & Recreation, to be held Feb. 26-March 1, in Washington, D.C. The conference coincides...
Calendar of Events
Extend the core knowledge of parks and recreation 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 Events,...
Effective Aquatic Risk Management
Seven steps to lowering your liability. Aquatic liability is approaching a paradigm shift, making it necessary for aquatic professionals employed at all levels to have knowledge about the principles of risk management. This need is for several reasons....
Effective Aquatic Risk Management: Seven Steps to Lowering Your Liability
Aquatic liability is approaching a paradigm shift, making it necessary for aquatic professionals employed at all levels to have knowledge about the principles of risk management. This need is for several reasons. First, there's an increasing threat...
Enjoyment and the Good Life
Research Update The less-- advertised benefits of parks and recreation. One of the unique qualities of parks and recreation services is its goal of bringing about enjoyment and the good life. Since the origins of public recreation and parks in the U.S.,...
Enjoyment and the Good Life: The Less-Advertised Benefits of Parks and Recreation. (Research Update)
One of the unique qualities of parks and recreation services is its goal of bringing about enjoyment and the good life. Since the origins of public recreation and parks in the U.S., the charge has been, in part, to provide for Americans' pursuit of...
Great Lakes Region. (Regional Reports)
What a good friend! Arthur Nielsen delivered his irrevocable pledge to the Winnetka (Ill.) Park District in 1961 to donate the entire cost of the design, engineering, financing and construction of an indoor tennis court building in an amount not to...
Join the Celebration! This Year, NRPA Has Teamed with Sports Illustrated to Mark July Is Recreation & Parks Month. Here's How You Can Get Involved
The 2003 July is Recreation & Parks Month theme is Community Sports and Health. Join with other departments throughout the country in heightening the awareness of the importance of parks, recreation and leisure by showing off the quality sports...
Leadership for the Future
NRPA Perspectives Choosing a new executive director as one NRPA. Recently, some members have voiced concerns that the missions of particular branches might somehow become diluted through the One NRPA initiative. We value the contributions of all our...
Leadership for the Future: Choosing a New Executive Director as One NRPA. (NRPA Perspectives)
Recently, some members have voiced concerns that the missions of particular branches might somehow become diluted through the One NRPA initiative. We value the contributions of all our branches and are sensitive to these concerns. However, it's our...
Leadership Succesion: Dilemma or Opportunity for the Future
@ Issue There's a significant graying of directors, superintendents, managers and supervisors in the parks and recreation field. In addition to planned retirements, there will be turnover resulting from career changes, illness, death and performance-related...
Leadership Succession: Dilemma or Opportunity for the Future. (@ Issue)
There's a significant graying of directors, superintendents, managers and supervisors in the parks and recreation field. In addition to planned retirements, there will be turnover resulting from career changes, illness, death and performance-related...
Making Surfacing a Play Asset
Considerations for truly integrated play structures. When children of all abilities are given the opportunity to engage in true play, they play with purpose. With the right types of playground structures, one of those purposes can be learning important...
Making Surfacing a Play Asset: Considerations for Truly Integrated Play Structures
When children of all abilities are given the opportunity to engage in true play, they play with purpose. With the right types of playground structures, one of those purposes can be learning important developmental skills. True play is independent...
Northeast Region. (Regional Reports)
Joseph Stout, CPRP, a parks professional for almost 25 years, was recently named the new commissioner of Parks, Rec-Recreation and Conservation in Westchester County, N.Y. Stout, an NRPA member for more than two decades, took over the post in November,...
NRPA and UPARR
History: UPARR at 25 How NRPA helped to bring about the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program (UPARR). Throughout the year, Parks & Recreation...
NRPA and UPARR: How NRPA Helped to Bring about the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program. (History: UPARR at 25)
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program (UPARR). Throughout the year, Parks & Recreation will highlight the history and accomplishments, and look at the future, of this crucial program....
NRPA Announces Youth Summer Fun Softball Partnership. (National Programs)
"We must make softball safe, affordable and enjoyable for our players." Those were the words of Frank Taylor, Amateur Softball Association president, at the 2002 ASA Annual Council Meeting in Reno, Nev. A youth slow-pitch softball partnership among...
NRPA Enters Landmark Partnership with Sports Illustrated. (Tip-Off)
Park, and recreation professionals and citizen advocates have longed for the day when the National Recreation and Park Association would deliver a national visibility strategy. Well, this is the year! Just imagine--a national media icon deciding,...
Pacific Region. (Regional Reports)
Past president of NRPA's Student Branch, Katie Lillo, is working for Los Angeles as a legislative deputy for the City Council. "It's not exactly the direction that most recreation administration graduates take," says Lillo, "but it actually has been...
Parks and Birders: A Natural Pair
Why parks should work to attract birding enthusiasts. Birding, the most accessible form of wildlife watching, continues to be the fastest growing outdoor recreational activity in the U.S., according to the National Survey on Recreation and the Environment....
Parks and Birders: A Natural Pair: Why Parks Should Work to Attract Birding Enthusiasts
Birding, the most accessible form of wildlife watching, continues to be the fastest growing outdoor recreational activity in the U.S., according to the National Survey on Recreation and the Environment. The 1st century version of "birdwatching," birding...
Pointing You in the Direction of Albuquerque. (National Aquatic Branch)
There's still time to sign up for the 18th Annual National Aquatic Conference, to be held March 6-11 in Albuquerque, N.M. Register now to attend the most comprehensive aquatic education and training event available. The educational sessions include...
Power Play: Art Monk, Football Legend
Art Monk was a first-round draft choice of the Washington Redskins in 1980, and wasted little time in establishing himself as a premier wide receiver in the National Football League. Nine times during his 16-season career with the Redskins, New York...
Preparing to Shine
Tips for achieving agency accreditation. This is the third in a series offour articles concerning the agency accreditation process for public recreation and park departments in the U.S. This article concentrates on how an agency can prepare for the accreditation...
Preparing to Shine: Tips for Achieving Agency Accreditation
This is the third in a series of four articles concerning the agency accreditation process for public recreation and park departments in the U.S. This article concentrates on how an agency can prepare for the accreditation visit. This article provides...
Regional Reports
Great Lakes Service Center Walter Johnson, CPRP Regional Director 615 Cambridge Lane Hoffman Estates, IL 60195 Phone: 847-843-7529 Fax: 847-843-3058 aqnrpaCaol.com Northeast Service Center Shawn DeRosa, J.D., EMT Regional Director 590 Washington Street,...
Resource Management
Great Parks: Lee County Department of Parks & Recreation Lee County's Parks & Recreation Department turns donated supplies into service. In one of the fastest-growing areas of the U.S., the Lee County, Fla., Department of Parks & Recreation...
Resource Management: Lee County's Parks & Recreation Department Turns Donated Supplies into Service. (Great Parks: Lee County Department of Parks & Recreation)
In one of the fastest-growing areas of the U.S., the Lee County, Fla., Department, of Parks & Recreation provides a variety of activities and programs for the community, their guests and visitors. Anchored by the two cities of Fort Myers and Cape...
Southeast Region. (Regional Reports)
With an increasing number of retiring recreation professionals, NRPA's Office of Youth Services realizes the need to introduce and recruit youth to the fields of recreation, parks and conservation. To properly expose the youth to recreation opportunities,...
Tahoe Tests Takings Clause
NRPA Law Review Lake Tahoe development moratorium passes constitutional test. The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment forbids taking private property for public use without just compensation. As characterized by the Supreme Court of the United States,...
Tattoos, Body Art and Piercing
American Park and Recreation Society What's the number one concern regarding tattoos, body art and piercing? The safety for both the participant and employees should be the utmost concern, according to Mike Moran, superintendent of recreation in Iowa...
Tattoos, Body Art and Piercing. (American Park and Recreation Society)
What's the number one concern regarding tattoos, body art and piercing? The safety for both the participant and employees should be the utmost concern, according to Mike Moran, superintendent of recreation in Iowa City. Risk managers everywhere will...
The Fates of Parks in Modern America
Five trends that will shape our future. Following is the text of the Crawford Lecture, delivered by the author at NRPA's 2002 National Congress & Exposition, in Tampa, Fla. As the 21st century begins, the issues surrounding parks and open space in...
The Fates of Parks in Modern America: Five Trends That Will Shape Our Future
Following is the text of the Crawford Lecture, delivered by the author at NRPA's 2002 National Congress & Exposition, in Tampa, Fla. As the 21st century begins, the issues surrounding parks and open space in the U.S. shift largely from allocation...
Western Region. (Regional Reports)
The NRPA Combined MW/SW Regional Leadership and Professional Training Institute, to be held at the Pueblo (Colo.) Marriott and Convention Center April 11-14, will host both Midwest and Southwest Regional Council meetings. Pre-institute workshops will...