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. 40, No. 10, October

Accreditation Excellence: Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services
This is the second of a quarterly series spotlighting stories of achievement from accredited agencies. These spotlights will show the importance accreditation is making in many communities. For information on accreditation, contact Tara Fitzpatrick...
Advocacy Update: Reducing Obesity through Recreation
Park and recreation agencies need increased federal funding to support efforts to reduce health problems.NRPA has a long history of working with federal policymakers to devise strategies to prevent obesity and its resulting health consequences, and to...
Advocacy Update: Reducing Obesity through Recreation: Park and Recreation Agencies Need Increased Federal Funding to Support Efforts to Reduce Health Problems
NRPA has a long history of working with federal policymakers to devise strategies to prevent obesity and its resulting health consequences, and to help reverse the trend toward inactivity in the U.S. We have advocated for federal programs, developed...
Breaking New Ground
INDOOR CLIMBING AREAS CAN SIMULATE THE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE, ATTRACTING A WHOLE NEW CLIENTELE.The art of creating a simulated outdoor experience in an indoor environment is an cleverness. Without the birds chirping overhead, the perfect blue skies and...
Breaking New Ground: Indoor Climbing Areas Can Simulate the Outdoor Experience, Attracting a Whole New Clientele
The art of creating a simulated outdoor experience in an indoor environment is an adventure in creativity and cleverness. Without the birds chirping overhead, the perfect blue skies and the occasional wildlife sighting, indoor gyms need to come up...
Crawford Prize Awarded to Lott
The National Recreation Foundation (NRF) recognizes Ronnie Lott for his outstanding leadership for youth with the 2005 Robert W. Crawford Achievement Prize. The award is named in honor of Robert W. Crawford, longtime commissioner of recreation in Philadelphia,...
From the Editor: Stop by and Visit
Last year at NRPA's Congress and Exposition in Reno, Nev., I was a rookie staff member. Never having been to a convention of that size, I was immediately impressed with the grandness of the show. But even more impressive, were the people I met. ...
Group Asks NRPA Members to Sunset Midnight Basketball
The Association of Midnight Basketball League Programs, Inc., (AMBLP) contacted NRPA headquarters in early August asking our members to cease and desist on all uses of the term, "midnight basketball." The term had been trademarked by the non-profit...
Illinois: Seniorfest Fun for Young and Old
Every June, the Milwaukee Public Schools Division of Recreation and Community Services treats the city to Seniorfest, a day of interactive exhibits and entertainment for adults who are 55 and older. Milwaukee Recreation designed this event to educate...
Joining a Rec Club
Many students entering college have high hopes of meeting individuals of common interests. One of the best ways to do this outside of dorm assignments and the normal classroom setting is to join some sort of club. Universities will always have various...
Law Review: Reasonable Accommodations
A fitness club refuses to modify league rules for a competitor who is disabled.In the case of PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin, 532 U.S. 661,149 L. Ed. 2d 904,121 S. Ct. 1879(2001), the Supreme Court of the United States determined that the use of a golf cart...
Leave It Better: Farming out Fun
Historic farm transforms into an interactive educational facility for the community.Project:Bonner Heritage Farm, Lake County Forest Preserve District, IllinoisProblem:Ten years ago, a 153-year-old farm was sold to a homebuilder, but eight of the 319...
Leave It Better: Farming out Fun: Historic Farm Transforms into an Interactive Educational Facility for the Community
Project: Bonner Heritage Farm, Lake County Forest Preserve District, Illinois Problem: Ten years ago, a 153-year-old farm was sold to a homebuilder, but eight of the 319 acres plus the farm's historic buildings were donated to the Lake County...
Lighten Up
Design principles for inconspicuous lighting of public art.It is generally understood that public art is a free-standing and three-dimensional form, often site-specific and varying in size. Public art, in part, conveys our history. The resulting imagery,...
Lighten Up: Design Principles for Inconspicuous Lighting of Public Art
It is generally understood that public art is a free-standing and three-dimensional form, often site-specific and varying in size. Public art, in part, conveys our history. The resulting imagery, be it life-like or contemporary in appearance, is the...
Meet the Staff: Conferences and Education
The Conferences and Education staff not only planned this year's NRPA Congress in San Antonio, but are responsible for all schools and conferences during the year. Needless to say, this group is quite busy. They took a few moments out of their day...
Nrpa Spearheads National Relief Efforts
Within days after the initial impact of hurricane Katrina was realized, NRPA launched a national fundraising campaign-the Gulf Coast Park and Recreation Relief Fund, designed specifically to provide relief and recovery assistance to recreation and park...
Parks and Recreation Ravaged by Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast the morning of Aug. 29, cutting a destructive swath through the South. Katrina flattened much of the coast-line in Mississippi and Louisiana and damaged parts of Alabama. It also breached New Orleans' levee...
Perspectives: My First Year as Chairman
Looking back on this past year, the association has made great strides.It is difficult to find a way to best summarize the growth experienced by the association and the park and recreation field this past year.There have been numerous and notable successes....
Perspectives: My First Year as Chairman: Looking Back on This Past Year, the Association Has Made Great Strides
It is difficult to find a way to best summarize the growth experienced by the association and the park and recreation field this past year. There have been numerous and notable successes. In advocacy, momentum developed at the NRPA National Legislative...
PGA Partnership Gives Members Access to New Initiative
If you have watched ally golf on television in the past year, you are probably familiar with "Play Golf America," a growth of the game initiative spearheaded by The PGA of America and other leading golf organizations. The program has been extensively...
Playbook: Diversity in Action
Follow these steps to launch a diversity initiative in your organization.Park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates, . educators and students are increasingly called upon to step up diversity initiatives to address a multitude of targeted outcomes...
Playbook: Diversity in Action: Follow These Steps to Launch a Diversity Initiative in Your Organization
Park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates, educators and students are increasingly called upon to step up diversity initiatives to address a multitude of targeted outcomes in their respective organizations. With careful and deliberate planning,...
Promoting Play
How one park and recreation department used playtime to promote healthy lifestyles.On Wednesday, June 8, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (APARD) in Texas sponsored Play Day, a widespread fitness event where more than 700 children joined the...
Promoting Play: How One Park and Recreation Department Used Playtime to Promote Healthy Lifestyles
On Wednesday, June 8, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (APARD) in Texas sponsored Play Day, a widespread fitness event where more than 700 children joined the mayor of Austin in a one-mile walk along Austin's hike and bike trail. The walk...
Providing More for Older Adults
Older adults are discovering a new health resource-their local parks.The health value of local parks to older adults is increasingly being recognized. Those outside our field are quickly identifying parks as a strategic resource in the war against physical...
Providing More for Older Adults: Older Adults Are Discovering a New Health Resource-Their Local Parks
The health value of local parks to older adults is increasingly being recognized. Those outside our field are quickly identifying parks as a strategic resource in the war against physical inactivity. While parks contribute to public health in numerous...
Research into Action: Promoting Positive Emotion through Leisure Services
Help community constituents understand the research on the importance of positive emotion in the well-being of individuals and communities. Provide marketing and informational materials that inform consumers about the importance of positive emotion through...
Research Update: The Power of Positive Psychology
The paradigm shifts from problem-solving to optimism.The traditional focus of many professionals in health and human services is reducing problems within the community. Youth workers attempt to reduce the school drop-out rate, teen pregnancy and youth...
Research Update: The Power of Positive Psychology: The Paradigm Shifts from Problem-Solving to Optimism
The traditional focus of many professionals in health and human services is reducing problems within the community. Youth workers attempt to reduce the school drop-out rate, teen pregnancy and youth drug and alcohol abuse. Urban planners want to decrease...
Selling: New Opportunities for Public Parks and Recreation Surface with the Latest Round of Base Closures
Our Military Bases for Parkland The latest round of military base closures and realignments has created high anxiety in hundreds of communities across America. The economic benefits of a U.S. military installation in or near a community are huge,...
Selling Our Military Bases for Parkland
New opportunities for public parks and recreation surface with the latest round of base closures.The latest round of military base closures and realignments has created high anxiety in hundreds of communities across America. The economic benefits of...
The National and State Park Partnership
State parks create an enduring legacy within the national park system.For national park enthusiasts of the 21st century, it is interesting to speculate what Stephen Mather's reaction would be to today's national park system. It is safe to say that Mather,...
The National and State Park Partnership: State Parks Create an Enduring Legacy within the National Park System
For national park enthusiasts of the 21st century, it is interesting to speculate what Stephen Mather's reaction would be to today's national park system. It is safe to say that Mather, often referred to as the "father" and first director of the National...
The Write Stuff
RESEARCH UPDATE IMPORTANTI just read the Research Update titled "Under-represented Groups Need Physical Activity" [July issue], and I was very pleased to see that MS was mentioned. As a person with MS, I know how important it is to stay in shape; and...
Trailblazers: Milestone Man
Former deputy director of the National Park Service Ira Hutchison has a lot to be proud of, but he considers his service to NRPA to be the defining moment in his life.Name: Ira HutchisonTitle: Executive Director of Roundtable Associates; first African-American...
Trailblazers: Milestone Man: Former Deputy Director of the National Park Service Ira Hutchison Has a Lot to Be Proud of, but He Considers His Service to NRPA to Be the Defining Moment in His Life
Ira Hutchison's 55-year career in the park and recreation field is filled with many milestones. From entering the fledgling therapeutic recreation (TR) field as one of its first African-Americans in the 1950s, to becoming the first African-American...
Virginia: Trail Goes to the Birds
There's more to Virginia than Monticello, Civil War battlefields and colonial America museums. Virginia has a "wild side." And the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is helping visitors discover it. The VDGIF has created the...
Wheelchair Tennis Rolls into Communities
Wheelchair tennis, a sport that has flown under the radar for many years, is finally having its breakout year in 2005. Within a four-month span, players from the U.S. will have the chance to showcase their talent on a world-wide stage. In June,...
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