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. 43, No. 10, October

Advocacy Update: Promoting a Higher Standard
NRPA calls for a new level of non-discrimination for persons with disabilities.The Department of Justice issued a long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking this summer regarding non-discrimination on the basis of disability in state and local government...
Advocacy Update: Promoting a Higher Standard: NRPA Calls for a New Level of Non-Discrimination for Persons with Disabilities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Department of Justice issued a long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking this summer regarding non-discrimination on the basis of disability in state and local government services. The new regulations will make the provisions...
A New Breed of Limelight
Sports field lighting goes green.The city of Naples, Fla., will save an estimated $1.14 million in energy and routine maintenance costs with its new energy-efficient lighting.Do you remember attending night baseball games as a kid? You probably remember...
A New Breed of Limelight: Sports Field Lighting Goes Green; the City of Naples, Fla., Will Save an Estimated $1.14 Million in Energy and Routine Maintenance Costs with Its New Energy-Efficient Lighting
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Do you remember attending night baseball games as a kid? You probably remember the thrill of a home run or the crack of the bat signaling a pop-up. But you probably didn't notice light spilling onto adjacent properties, creating...
Association News
ASSOCIATION NEWS AND NOTESHershey's Track & Field Games Engages Youth in Local CommunitiesThe Hershey's Track & Field Games North American Finals competition was held Aug. 1 in Hershey, Pa. NRPA Partnership Manager Resa Kierstein and former Chief...
Cool Job Profiles
We've all got to work, right? So we figure if you have to put in your 9-to-5, it might as well be at a cool place doing a cool job. Take a gander at the profiles we've put together across the next few pages, from surf instructor to nature writer to small-town...
FirstPerson: The Allure of Local
Can we buy our way out of the growthobsessed world we've created? Likely not, says author Bill McKibben.Bill McKibben is an environmentalist with something to say. Quite a lot to say, actually.Global warming, overpopulation, corporate greed, the loss...
Firstperson: The Allure of Local: Can We Buy Our Way out of the Growth-Obsessed World We've Created? Likely Not, Says Author Bill McKibben
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Bill McKibben is an environmentalist with something to say. Quite a lot to say, actually. Global warming, over population, corporate greed, the loss of spirituality, genetic engineering. McKibben, a prolific writer with...
Fitness MADE FUNCTIONAL
When designing or renovating a fitness center, if s all about what's new, what's not, and what keeps customers coming back.The shelf life of a fitness center's newness runs somewhere between the latest doeverything cell phone and classic blue jeans....
Fitness Made Functional: When Designing or Renovating a Fitness Center, It's All about What's New, What's Not, and What Keeps Customers Coming Back
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The shelf life of a fitness center's newness runs somewhere between the latest do-everything cell phone and classic blue jeans. What's hot in fitness today is less so in a year or two--and likely out of date in five. Some...
Get to Work
You've just graduated with a degree in parks and recreation. Now what?An estimated 1.5 million students will enter the American workforce this year, as recent college graduates and others will be seeking their first professional jobs.Sure, you've held...
Get to Work: You've Just Graduated with a Degree in Parks and Recreation. Now What?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An estimated 1.5 million students will enter the American workforce this year, as recent college graduates and others will be seeking their first professional jobs. Sure, you've held summer jobs and intern ships, perhaps...
How I Did It: A Tale of Fitness
A unique literacy-and-exercise program in Vermont tells a story of active lifestyles."I know you planned this for little kids, but I'm 55 and you just made this big kid's day."This quote is typical of the feedback that StoryWalk has generated in Vermont...
How I Did It; a Tale of Fitness: A Unique Literacy-and-Exercise Program in Vermont Tells a Story of Active Lifestyles
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I know you planned this for little kids, but I'm 55 and you just made this big kid's day." This quote is typical of the feedback that StoryWalk has generated in Vermont since its creation one year ago. The idea for...
Law Review: Obesity Impairment Must Be Physiological
Court draws fine line between harassment and disability discrimination in case against employer.Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers are prohibited from discriminating against any qualified "individual with a disability." The ADA defines...
Leading Green
Across the country, mayors are taking their cities in a pro-environment direction.Green is the theme. With eco-friendly products, hybrid cars, and energycutting appliances and light bulbs, we're bombarded with new choices as consumers and citizens. But...
Leading Green: Across the Country, Mayors Are Taking Their Cities in a Pro-Environment Direction
Green is the theme. With eco-friendly products, hybrid cars, and energy-cutting appliances and light bulbs, we're bombarded with new choices as consumers and citizens. But what's not as heavily advertised are the goings-on in city halls nationwide...
Member News
Dock Jackson Retires From City of Elgin as Park and Recreation DirectorDock Jackson, Elgin's (Ill.) first park and recreation director, resigned at the end of August. Jackson was hired by former Elgin City Manager Jim Dunaway in 2000 to begin the Parks,...
Mountain Climbing
In Aspen, Colo., a community embraces climbing and makes it part of daily life.At first glance, it may seem superfluous to have two indoor climbing areas in the city of Aspen, a community of just 5,000 residents surrounded by some of Colorado's best...
Mountain Climbing: In Aspen, Colo., a Community Embraces Climbing and Makes It Part of Daily Life
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At first glance, it may seem superfluous to have two indoor climbing areas in the city of Aspen, a community of just 5,000 residents surrounded by some of Colorado's best natural climbing spots. "We have a lot of easy access...
Parks and Recreation: The Value Proposition
Involving citizens is key, but what motivates them? Two NRPA studies dig deep to find out.Our community has a long history of outreach to the American public to drive awareness of the importance of public parks and recreation opportunities and generate...
Parks and Recreation: The Value Proposition: Involving Citizens Is Key, but What Motivates Them? Two NRPA Studies Dig Deep to Find Out
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Our community has a long history of outreach to the American public to drive awareness of the importance of public parks and recreation opportunities and generate support at the local level. Until recently, efforts have been...
Perspectives: A Journey Just Begun
In anticipation of opportunities to come, NRPAs outgoing president reflects upon a year of inspired achievements.As the 2008 NRPA Congress & Exposition and conclusion of my term as your president approach, I can't help but reflect on a year of many...
Perspectives: A Journey Just Begun: In Anticipation of Opportunities to Come, NRPA's Outgoing President Reflects upon a Year of Inspired Achievements
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the 2008 NRPA Congress & Exposition and conclusion of my term as your president approach, I can't help but reflect on a year of many highlights: the successful National Summit on Environmental Stewardship, an exceptional...
Playbook: Cracking the Personality Code
Discover the key to enhancing your interpersonal communications.A client made an interesting comment once about interpersonal communication: "It's not what you say; it's what they heard." In the world of parks and recreation, how you communicate and...
Playbook: Cracking the Personality Code: Discover the Key to Enhancing Your Interpersonal Communications
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A client made an interesting comment once about interpersonal communication: "It's not what you say; it's what they heard." In the world of parks and recreation, how you communicate and how it is heard can make a huge impact...
Product Roundup
NEWS FROM OUR SUPPLIERSCompaction, Separation, and RecyclingSolar-powered BigBelly, with optional integrated recycling units, is the world's only system that provides on-site compaction of solid waste and separation of recyclables anywhere the public...
Research Update: Vying for Volunteers
Simple strategies can acquire and retain valuable help.By better understanding the current trends in recruitment and retention of volunteers, recreation and park organizations can further extend their reach and increase their institutional capacity....
Research Update: Vying for Volunteers: Simple Strategies Can Acquire and Retain Valuable Help
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] By better understanding the current trends in recruitment and retention of volunteers, recreation and park organizations can further extend their reach and increase their institutional capacity. Along with examining the insight...
Sound Off
If your agency allows community organizations to solicit advertisements at your public fields, do they pay a fee for usage or maintenance?The economic downturn has forced the city of Las Vegas to take a closer look at all of our operations in the form...
Sound Off: If Your Agency Allows Community Organizations to Solicit Advertisements at Your Public Fields, Do They Pay a Fee for Usage or Maintenance?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The economic downturn has forced the city of Las Vegas to take a closer look at all of our operations in the form of a fundamental review. The city currently does not have a policy regulating [this type of] advertising, and...
Take It Inside
A pair of privately owned and managed recreation facilities breathe new life into one city. By Meredith NowlinFor Teri Austin, it's the kids' excitement and their simple desire to have fun that makes her job worthwhile. "Children remind us of the joy...
Take It Inside: A Pair of Privately Owned and Managed Recreation Facilities Breathe New Life into One City
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For Teri Austin, it's the kids' excitement and their simple desire to have fun that makes her job worthwhile. "Children remind us of the joy and gratification physical activity offers us and how this positive energy feeds...
UpFront: If Not Now, When?
Americans love their parks but may need a bit of assistance in assigning appropriate value to them. Sounds like a job for NRPA.Two NRPA staffers, marketing senior director John Crosby, CAE, and citizen services manager Helen Rose, tackle an extremely...
Views from the Park Bench: A New Kind of Green Man
Inspired by the catalytic power of parks, one Washington, D.C., resident tackles community revitalization.The Watts Branch stream valley in far northeast Washington, D.C., just four miles from the National Mall, was until recently one of the most forgotten...
Views from the Park Bench: A New Kind of Green Man: Inspired by the Catalytic Power of Parks, One Washington, D.C., Resident Tackles Community Revitalization
The Watts Branch stream valley in far northeast Washington, D.C., just four miles from the National Mall, was until recently one of the most forgotten parts of the capital. The 1.6-mile park alongside the stream, recently renamed to honor native son...