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. 1, January

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,...
Certifiably Worth It
THE BENEFITS OF CERTIFICATION ARE ENDLESS. "For me, earning the CPRP is mainly a way of continuing to learn about my profession, and is an indication to others that I care enough about what I do to continue trying to better myself I realize that no matter...
Certifiably Worth It: The Benefits of Certification Are Endless
The most vibrant individuals are never satisfied with their present level of knowledge. For park and recreation professionals, certification is an important part of that never-ending education. Certification is a self-imposed standard of achievement,...
Come Together: Park, Recreation and Open Space Cooperatives
@ Issue Come Together: Park, Recreation and Open Space Cooperatives Park and recreation professionals are hardly strangers at building broad-based coalitions. But today's unique conditions require looking past previous models if we're to conserve for...
Come Together: Park, Recreation and Open Space Cooperatives. (@ Issue)
Park and recreation professionals are hardly strangers at building broad-based coalitions. But today's unique conditions require looking past previous models if we're to conserve for the future. Increasingly, our profession needs to establish cooperatives,...
Communicable Diseases in the Recreation Community
How do you include HIV-positive participants in public sports? A three-year-old cuts himself in your public swimming pool. While the child receives treatment for the injury, his mother tells the lifeguard that the child, who was bleeding in the pool,...
Communicable Diseases in the Recreation Community: How Do You Include HIV-Positive Participants in Public Sports?
A three-year-old cuts himself in your public swimming pool. While the child receives treatment for the injury, his mother tells the lifeguard that the child, who was bleeding in the pool, is HIV-positive. A fight breaks out on the sidelines of your...
Evaluating Esprit De Corps
Research Update Jobs that have low motivating potential are often the result of poor job design. The challenge of motivating employees has long been recognized as an integral part of managing leisure-- service organizations. According to Edginton, Hudson...
Evaluating Esprit De Corps: Jobs That Have Low Motivating Potential Are Often the Result of Poor Job Design. (Research Update)
The challenge of motivating employees has long been recognized as an integral part of managing leisure-service organizations. According to Edginton, Hudson and Lankford (2001), motivation plays an exceedingly important role in moving an organization...
Federal Health and Youth Programs in Jeopardy
Before adjourning in November, Congress passed a continuing resolution that funds existing governmental programs at their current levels. The resolution freezes discretionary spending for most federal programs at Fiscal Year 2002 levels through Jan....
Federal Health and Youth Programs in Jeopardy. (Advocacy Update)
Before adjourning in November, Congress passed a continuing resolution that funds existing governmental programs at their current levels. The resolution freezes discretionary spending for most federal programs at Fiscal Year 2002 levels through Jan....
For the Children
NRPA Perspectives Youth development is a vital need for our country... and our profession. We need to emphasize efforts to create positive opportunities to develop the potential of all our youth. Although it's important to help "problem youth," this...
For the Children: Youth Development Is a Vital Need for Our Country ... and Our Profession. (NRPA Perspectives)
We need to emphasize efforts to create positive opportunities to develop the potential of all our youth. Although it's important to help "problem youth," this service can't be the entirety of our work. We need to nurture all Americans under the age...
Great Lakes Region. (Regional Reports)
Kent State University's Student Recreation and Wellness Center earned the Outstanding Sports Facility Award by the National Intramural and Recreation Services Association. NRPA Member Paul Milton is the director of recreation services at the center,...
Intergenerational Programs: Something for Everyone
American Society of Parks and Recreation Intergenerational programs are on the rise. By putting different generations together, new friendships develop, age differences disappear and a greater understanding of each generation can unfold. Consider what...
Intergenerational Programs: Something for Everyone. (American Society of Parks and Recreation)
Intergenerational programs are on the rise. By putting different generations together, new friendships develop, age differences disappear and a greater understanding of each generation can unfold. Consider what happened when the Golden Hours Senior...
Keeping Earth First
Environmental Issues and laws in grounds maintenance management. Maintenance operations for parks, colleges and commercial enterprises have missions to preserve the harmony between the natural and built environments. As they strive to keep facilities...
Keeping Earth First: Environmental Issues and Laws in Grounds Maintenance Management
Maintenance operations for parks, colleges and commercial enterprises have missions to preserve the harmony between the natural and built environments. As they strive to keep facilities and grounds in their original state, or as near as possible, maintenance...
Not Your Normal Beach Trip
Armed Forces Recreation Society Gloves and trash bags recently filled 21 Services Squadron volunteers' beach baskets during the 16th annual Coastal Cleanup. The volunteers split into two teams to comb six miles of north and south Bowers Beach and collected...
Not Your Normal Beach Trip. (Armed Forces Recreation Society)
Gloves and trash bags recently filled 21 Services Squadron volunteers' beach baskets during the 16th annual Coastal Cleanup. The volunteers split into two teams to comb six miles of north and south Bowers Beach and collected 45 bags of litter in two...
Pacific Region. (Regional Reports)
The goal of a new Web site, www.the adventurepages.com, is to provide easier access to worthwhile recreational opportunities in California. How do they do this? By linking to NRPA members! The site is looking to add more photos and text-based content....
Personal Cell Phone Use on Your Dime?
Tip-Off As cell phones become more and more enmeshed in how we conduct business, many park and recreation agencies are grappling with a thorny issue: What to do about employees' personal use of agency-- issued phones? That was a recent topic on NRPAnet,...
Personal Cell Phone Use on Your Dime? (Tip-Off)
As cell phones become more and more enmeshed in how we conduct business, many park and recreation agencies are grappling with a thorny issue: What to do about employees' personal use of agency-issued phones? That was a recent topic on NRPA-net,...
Polling Their Efforts
Great Parks: Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Thanks to a public-private partnership, Chicago's venerable Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is doing swimmingly. In 1942, Alfred Caldwell called the Lily Pool "a hidden garden for the people of Megalopolis," a place where...
Pooling Their Efforts: Thanks to a Public-Private Partnership Chicago's Venerable Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Is Doing Swimmingly. (Great Parks: Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool)
In 1942, Alfred Caldwell called the Lily Pool "a hidden garden for the people of Megalopolis," a place where people could leave behind the pressures of city life and re-create themselves. This special place has itself been re-created through an inspiring...
Preventing Child Abuse in Recreation
A Call for a Comprehensive Professional Response Child abuse and maltreatment in America has reached disquieting levels in recent years. Particularly frightful is the realization that the perpetrator is generally not the stereotypical creepy stranger...
Preventing Child Abuse in Recreation: A Call for a Comprehensive Professional Response
Child abuse and maltreatment in America has reached disquieting levels in recent years. Particularly frightful is the realization that the perpetrator is generally not-the stereotypical creepy stranger skulking in the shadows near the schoolyard. Today's...
Private Viewing
NRPA Law Review Is unauthorized use of a team photo an invasion of privacy? Recently, I received an inquiry regarding the unauthorized use of photographs as a basis for an invasion of privacy claim. As illustrated by the case of M.G. v. Time Warner,...
Regional Reports
GREATLAKES REGION Kent State University's Student Recreation and Wellness Center earned the Outstanding Sports Facility Award by the National Intramural and Recreation Services Association. NRPA Member Paul Milton is the director of recreation services...
Reimbursement Resources
Intergenerational programs are on the rise. By putting different generations together, new friendships develop, age differences disappear and a greater understanding of each generation can unfold. Consider what happened when the Golden Hours Senior Center...
Sen. Lincoln Chafee
Power Play Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) is a leading environmental advocate in the Senate. In recognition of Chafee's record of environmental stewardship, NRPA will present him with the National Congressional Award during the NRP,A Legislative Forum...
Sen. Lincoln Chafee. (Power Play)
Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) is a leading environmental advocate in the Senate. In recognition of Chafee's record of environmental stewardship, NRPA will present him with the National Congressional Award during the NRPA Legislative Forum on Parks &...
Southeast Region. (Regional Reports)
The 6th Annual National Prevention Through Recreation Services School will be held in the best mid-size city in America: Chattanooga! Mark your calendars for an exciting and interactive learning experience. Don't miss out as we hear the vision of NR,...
Soy What?
Soybeans provide an alternative, earth-friendly fuel source for park and recreation agencies. There's an underutilized wealth of resources in the brown, dry fields of soybeans so prevalent in the Midwest. Increasingly, the soybean is not just a source...
Soy What? Soybeans Provide an Alternative, Earth-Friendly Fuel Source for Park and Recreation Agencies
There's an underutilized wealth of resources in the brown, dry fields of soybeans so prevalent in the Midwest. Increasingly, the soybean is not just a source of protein in tofu and milk substitutes; it's also the basis of an alternative, renewable...
The ABCs Fo UPARR
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...
The ABCs of UPARR: The Nuts and Bolts of 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....
Uncle Sam's Allowances for Youth
Using federal funds to support the NRPA National Youth Congress Programs. Good youth-services programs in parks and recreation agencies are crucial to the vision of the National Recreation and Park Association. NRPA approaches the issue from two interconnected...
Uncle Sam's Allowances for Youth: Using Federal Funds to Support the NRPA National Youth Congress Program
Good youth-services programs in parks and recreation agencies are crucial to the vision of the National Recreation and Park Association. NRPA approaches the issue from two interconnected angles--programs and policy. In terms of programs, NRPA assists...
Violence Prevention: You Can Never Start Too Early
National Youth Services For years, Kathy Ross had been looking for a violence-- prevention program to use in her Morris County, N.J., child and family resources center. Most of the programs and curriculum she came across fell short in one important way-they...
Violence Prevention: You Can Never Start Too Early. (National Youth Services)
For years, Kathy Ross had been looking for a violence-prevention program to use in her Morris County, N.J., child and family resources center. Most of the programs and curriculum she came across fell short in one important way-they didn't focus on...
Western Region. (Regional Reports)
So you send out a program guide, have displays in your facilities and have pamphlets at the counter. Are they meeting your communication needs? More importantly, do your staff, customers and elected leadership understand what's going on? Do your communication...
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