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. 28, No. 11, November

A New Agenda for American Leisure
The graying of America challenges leisure professionals to correct the inequities that persist. The old gray mare ain't what she used to be to use a colloquialism. She's demanding much more than tokenism. As Professor Richard Kraus rightly points out,...
Community Aquatics Planning: The Family Recreation Center
The majority of community park and recreation programs generally consist of indoor and outdoor activities funded by tax dollars that often don't cover the cost, and most generally do not amortize capital costs. With declining funds from federal and...
Fifteen Years on the Edge: Hyland Hills Water World
Hyland Hills Water World, located in Federal Heights, CO, proudly celebrated its 15th anniversary this summer. In 1993 Water World became the largest family water park in North America, with 27 attractions on more than 50 acres including Calypso Cove,...
Lifeguard In-Service Training: Who Benefits?
Who will benefit from effective lifeguard in-service training? The answers seem simple and perhaps too obvious. Certainly anyone helped by a lifeguard will consider himself or herself the beneficiary of effective lifeguard in-service training. Our...
Rx for Boredom: Windsurfing
You've seen it in television commercials and you may have seen it in the Olympics, but did you know that windsurfing, through a variety of events, offers healthy fun and competition for men and women of all ages? Windsurfers have developed activities...
Social Marketing or Social Justice: A Dialogue on Access to Recreation for the Unemployed
In the spring of 1991, we collected data regarding recreational opportunities for the unemployed from a representative nationwide sample of 335 parks and recreation departments serving major metropolitan areas in the United States. Two hundred eighty...
Transition and Integration in Leisure for People with Disabilities
With new technological advances and disability legislation, people with disabilities are more interested in participating in community recreation programs than ever before. Many individuals, however, are unable to participate because of inadequate...
Understanding Your Consumers through Behavioral Mapping
Behavioral mapping or tracking means following people around during their routines, watching their various activities, and observing the other people with whom they interact. It is a special application of an observational technique concerned specifically...
Year-Round Schools: What Do They Mean for Parks and Recreation?
Recently, the State of Maryland began a Limited venture into year-round schooling. This concept generally includes the same number of school days per year, but includes more frequent and shorter breaks. I began to wonder how widespread this concept...