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. 42, No. 10, October

Advocacy Update: Including Everyone
Promote gender and disability equity in your recreational athletic programs.Providing equity in recreational athletic programs assures that everyone has an equal chance to participate and that no one is discriminated against for reasons such as gender,...
Analyzing Your Level of Service: Think Quality Rather Than Just Quantity When It Comes to Amenities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Time and technology are redefining level-of-service analysis in parks and recreation. Today, agencies need to measure quality in their analyses. Historically level of service (LOS) has been measured and assessed according...
Elegance Emerges from the Pits: A Former Mining Site Is Reclaimed by a California Community
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Project: Dos Lagos Heart, Corona, Calif. Problem: Beginning in the early 1900s, Corona, Calif., was the site of a large silica mine. Until the 1970s, the mine ran 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After mining operations...
Explosive Epidemic
Stumbling unaware onto a meth lab in your park is a deadly mistake.Before the paramedics reached the emergency room they knew "Dave" would be permanently blind. Charred skin hung from his arms, face and upper torso. An endotracheal tube used to open...
Explosive Epidemic: Stumbling Unaware onto a Meth Lab in Your Park Is a Deadly Mistake
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Before the paramedics reached the emergency room they knew "Dave" would be permanently blind. Charred skin hung from his arms, face and upper torso. An endotracheal tube used to open his airway protruded from between swollen...
Healing Growing Pains: Under Sharon Plunkett's Direction, an Atlanta Park District Has More Than Quadrupled in Size
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Name: Sharon Plunkett Title: Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, Director of Operations NRPA Member since: 1983 Director of operations is an understated title for...
Hershey's Track & Field Games Celebrate 30 Years
ASSOCIATION NEWSThe Hershey's Track and Field Games North American Final sports competition was held August 4, the 30-year anniversary of the games. NRPA National Partnerships Senior Manager Teresa Rodriguez, NRPA President Tom Farrell and former National...
Horse Play
Youngsters with disabilities can form special relationships with their horses that can boost self-esteem and lead to increased levels of patience and trust.Therapeutic horseback riding provides benefits to children with disabilities of all types. The...
Horse Play: Youngsters with Disabilities Can Form Special Relationships with Their Horses That Can Boost Self-Esteem and Lead to Increased Levels of Patience and Trust
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Therapeutic horseback riding provides benefits to children with disabilities of all types. The horse's soothing rhythm, which moves a rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, helps children with physical disabilities...
Improving the Public's Perception: How Do We Share the Importance of Parks and Recreation with the Nation?
I don't typically wake up to a flurry of high-profile press reports about parks and recreation. But one recent morning, I was bombarded by news of a recreation center closure in a major U.S. city, a serious playground injury to a two-year-old in another...
Including Everyone: Promote Gender and Disability Equity in Your Recreational Athletic Programs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Providing equity in recreational athletic programs assures that everyone has an equal chance to participate and that no one is discriminated against for reasons such as gender, race, disability, age, religious or political...
Law Review: Not Accountable for Hidden Defibrillator
A cardiac arrest victim assumed risks of playing hockey.In the event of an emergency, facility supervisors and operators owe their patrons or invitees a limited duty of reasonable care to promptly summon competent medical attention (e.g., calling 911)...
Leave It Better: Elegance Emerges from the Pits
A former mining site is reclaimed by a California community.Project:Dos Lagos Heart, Corona, Calif.Problem:Beginning in the early 1900s, Corona, Calif., was the site of a large silica mine. Until the 1970s, the mine ran 24 hours a day, seven days a week....
Let the Sun Shine In
Turn out the lights to reduce energy costs and improve moods.A basketball player sinks a shot from across the court. The gymnasium at the Southwest Community Center in Portland, Ore., has hardly a light turned on. But it's open hours at the center and...
Let the Sun Shine In: Turn out the Lights to Reduce Energy Costs and Improve Moods
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A basketball player sinks a shot from across the court. The gymnasium at the Southwest Community Center in Portland, Ore., has hardly a light turned on. But it's open hours at the center and the basketball player has no trouble...
Looking Up
Younger children are now climbing high on playgrounds.Twenty years ago, kids spent their weekends figuring out ways to climb that menacing tree in the neighborhoodthe one with all the scraggly branches that beckoned children with a challenge. Today,...
Looking Up: Younger Children Are Now Climbing High on Playgrounds
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Twenty years ago, kids spent their weekends figuring out ways to climb that menacing tree in the neighborhood-the one with all the scraggly branches that beckoned children with a challenge. Today, nothing has changed--kids...
NRPA Comments on Permissible Employment of 15-Year-Old Lifeguards
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed to revise child labor law provisions pertaining to the employment of 15-year-old lifeguards. NRPA commented in support of the changes, which provide that trained and certified 15-year-olds...
Perspectives: Improving the Public's Perception
How do we share the importance of parks and recreation with the nation?I don't typically wake up to a flurry of high-profile press reports about parks and recreation. But one recent morning, I was bombarded by news of a recreation center closure in a...
Playbook: Analyzing Your Level of Service
Think quality rather than just quantity when it comes to amenities.Time and technology are redefining level-of-service analysis in parks and recreation. Today, agencies need to measure quality in their analyses.Historically level of service (LOS) has...
Promoting Self-Efficacy through Play: Outdoor Play Experiences Help Children Believe in Themselves
Fly fishing, camping, rock-climbing, hiking and boating--these outdoor activities are enjoyable, but what are their extended benefits? People participate in outdoor recreational activities to get away from the daily grind. Just as people often cite...
Ramping Up Senior Fitness
Active older adults need programs and facilities designed with their needs in mind.Perhaps your facility is planning to launch a senior-specific exercise program. Or maybe you'd like to infuse new life into existing services to ensure their continued...
Ramping Up Senior Fitness: Active Older Adults Need Programs and Facilities Designed with Their Needs in Mind
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Perhaps your facility is planning to launch a senior-specific exercise program. Or maybe you'd like to infuse new life into existing services to ensure their continued success. Following are some suggestions on how to start...
Research Update: Promoting Self-Efficacy through Play
Outdoor play experiences help children believe in themselves.Fly fishing, camping, rockclimbing, hiking and boating-these outdoor activities are enjoyable, but what are their extended benefits? People participate in outdoor recreational activities to...
Trailblazers: Healing Growing Pains
Under Sharon Plunkett's direction, an Atlanta park district has more than quadrupled in size.Name: Sharon PlunkettTitle: Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, Director of OperationsNRPA Member since: 1983Director of operations is an understated title...
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