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. 9, September

Advocacy Update: Legislative Victories for NRPA
NRPA members' advocacy efforts paid off.Last month, NRPA members, with the support of a national coalition of partners and other like-minded advocates, achieved two extremely important legislative victories: the reauthorization of the Transportation...
Advocacy Update: Legislative Victories for NRPA: NRPA Members' Advocacy Efforts Paid Off
Last month, NRPA members, with the support of a national coalition of partners and other like-minded advocates, achieved two extremely important legislative victories: the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act in a new six-year bill known...
Bringing Home the Gold
Discovering the value of winning a Gold Medal Award.While the Gold Medal awards attract considerable attention, the actual value of the awards to the winning agencies is not fully documented. Thus, during summer 2004, a survey was developed in cooperation...
Bringing Home the Gold: Discovering the Value of Winning a Gold Medal Award
While the Gold Medal awards attract considerable attention, the actual value of the awards to the winning agencies is not fully documented. Thus, during summer 2004, a survey was developed in cooperation with the American Academy for Park and Recreation...
Calling on the Creative Class
An emerging population is identified that could provide economic benefits to parks and recreation.We are fortunate if, during our lifetimes, we are exposed to the thoughts and perspectives of those individuals who take it upon themselves to analyze and...
Calling on the Creative Class: An Emerging Population Is Identified That Could Provide Economic Benefits to Parks and Recreation
We are fortunate if, during our lifetimes, we are exposed to the thoughts and perspectives of those individuals who take it upon themselves to analyze and explain the elements of life that contribute to our contemporary understanding of culture and...
Can We Play, Too?
How to develop a recreation activity program for homeschoolers.According to Dr. Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, there were between 1.5 to 1.9 million K-12 homeschooled students in the U.S. in 2000. His research...
Can We Play, Too? How to Develop a Recreation Activity Program for Homeschoolers
According to Dr. Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, there were between 1.5 to 1.9 million K-12 homeschooled students in the U.S. in 2000. His research shows that this number is growing at a rate of 15 percent each...
Conservation Easements Threatened
The Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina, and Idaho's Sawtooth National Recreation Area were two of the first public recreation resources to be protected by conservation easements. A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a...
Downtown San Antonio
Map Legend Official Board of Trustee Hotels BOT1. Marriott Rivercenter 101 Bowie BOT2. Marriott River Walk 711 E River Walk 1. AmeriSuites River Walk 601 S St Mary's Street 2. Clarion River Walk 110 Lexington Avenue 3....
Eat, for Recreation's Sake!
Have you ever loved to do something? I mean really loved some sort of hobby to the point that you had to share it with others so that they understood? For example, one of my favorite activities is back-country skiing. I would spend all day in the mountain...
Fiesta City Honors Its Past, Celebrate Its Future: San Antonio Invites New Visitors to Share in Its History
Walking the winding streets of downtown San Antonio, Texas, is like tracing America's historical entry into the Wild West. And just like the natural ebb and flow of the San Antonio River, so goes the city's turbulent past and future acceptance into...
Fiesta City Honors Its Past, Celebrates Its Future
San Antonio invites new visitors to share in its history.Walking the winding streets of downtown San Antonio, Texas, is like tracing America's historical entry into the Wild West. And just like the natural ebb and flow of the San Antonio River, so goes...
Fiesta Fun for All
In your spare time, enjoy the sights San Antonio has to offer.Although days at NRPA's Congress are filled with educational sessions, the exhibitor hall and governance meetings, take time at breaks and at night to visit the third-largest city in Texas....
Fiesta Fun for All: In Your Spare Time, Enjoy the Sightshas to Offer
Although days at NRPA's Congress are filled with educational sessions, the exhibitor hall and governance meetings, take time at breaks and at night to visit the third-largest city in Texas. The city is full of so many great places to see, we've helped...
Free to Change
In a correctional facility setting, recreation has the power to bring inmates into a social setting.In 1995, I was looking for a new job and wanted to get back to the Omaha, Neb., area. In the local paper, I saw an opening for a recreation specialist...
Free to Change: In a Correctional Facility Setting, Recreation Has the Power to Bring Inmates into a Social Setting
In 1995, I was looking for a new job and wanted to get back to the Omaha, Neb., area. In the local paper, I saw an opening for a recreation specialist at the Omaha Correctional Center. Even though I had never heard of correctional recreation, I applied...
From the Editor: P&R's New Look
Anyone who has watched television lately knows that reality TV has become a new genre of entertainment. Shows like "Survivor" are so popular because the audience knows that the decision of who wins $1 million is ultimately left to the ousted players...
Guide to Exhibitors
NRPA Congress and Exposition Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 19-21 EXHIBIT HALL HOURS Wednesday, Oct. 19 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 10 a.m.-2 p.m. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Hershey's Track and Field Crosses the Finish Line
Created in 1975, the Hershey's Track and Field Games is the largest youth sports program of its kind in the U.S. and Canada. Meets take place in every state and every province in North America, and the grand finale--the North American Final Meet--takes...
Law Review: Court Split on Religious Displays
The Supreme Court weighs in on public displays of the Ten Commandments in various settings.On June 27, the Supreme Court of the United States decided two cases involving a display of the Ten Commandments on public property. In the case of Van Orden v....
Learning Virtually Everything about Your Park
Cities need to take advantage of the opportunities the Web offers to reach residents.Do you need to disseminate information about your park system? Want to advertise where residents can take their dogs offleash or catch a game of chess during lunch hour?...
Learning Virtually Everything about Your Park: Cities Need to Take Advantage of the Opportunities the Web Offers to Reach Residents
Do you need to disseminate information about your park system? Want to advertise where residents can take their dogs off-leash or catch a game of chess during lunch hour? Need help getting people to join a greenway clean-up organization? Ten years...
Leave It Better: Tell-Tale Trail
An area once shunned by the community has now been embraced and thoroughly enjoyed as a multi-use trail.Project:The Gwynns Falls Trail, Baltimore, Md.Problem:Amid decades of neglect-to the point that this western Baltimore area succumbed to regular bouts...
Leave It Better: Tell-Tale Trail: An Area Once Shunned by the Community Has Now Been Embraced and Thoroughly Enjoyed as a Multi-Use Trail
Project: The Gwynns Falls Trail, Baltimore, Md. Problem: Amid decades of neglect--to the point that this western Baltimore area succumbed to regular bouts of prostitution, body dumping and other dubious activities--the Gwynns Falls Valley...
Little Village Lights Up San Antonio
Congress closing social site is rich with history.Just west of the Convention Center lies a cobblestone town that dates back to the 18th century. Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River, La Villita (or little village) was the city's first...
Little Village Lights Up San Antonio: Congress Closing Social Site Is Rich with History
Just west of the Convention Center lies a cobblestone town that dates back to the 18th century. Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River, La Villita (or little village) was the city's first neighborhood. Initially used by squatters who used...
Long Beach Helps Launch Good Sports
Long Beach, Calif., was the place for more than sun and sand--it was the site of the official launch of the Sports Illustrated Good Sports program presented by Dodge in partnership with NRPA. The festival was geared toward promoting a positive youth...
National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management
2005 Finalists Class I (Population More Than 250,000) City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, Long Beach, Calif. A Facility Use Agreement between the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Unified School District provides...
NFL Superstar Emmitt Smith as Keynote
In addition to his many football feats, he devotes much of his time to youth development.Superstar. Running back. Dallas Cowboys. Future Hall of Famer.These are just a few of the words you could use to describe Emmitt Smith. However, you would only be...
NFL Superstar Emmitt Smith as Keynote: In Addition to His Many Football Feats, He Devotes Much of His Time to Youth Development
Superstar. Running back. Dallas Cowboys. Future Hall of Famer. These are just a few of the words you could use to describe Emmitt Smith. However, you would only be telling half the story. You would also have to include these: Humanitarian. Recreation...
Perspectives: Learning Is a Life-Long Expedition
Expanding your knowledge is important on an individual, professional and association level.Education and training has been an important role of NRPA from its inception, and remains one of the association's highest priorities. Learning is life-long, and...
Perspectives: Learning Is a Life-Long Expedition: Expanding Your Knowledge Is Important on an Individual, Professional and Association Level
Education and training has been an important role of NRPA from its inception, and remains one of the association's highest priorities. Learning is life-long, and NRPA provides schools, institutes and conferences where the park and recreation community...
Playbook: Add Value to Your Budgeting Process
Try some nontraditional approaches to detailing expenses.With limited financial resources and rising expenses, budget time is often equated with gloom and doom. But with some value-adding resources, budgeting can be fun and exciting (or at least it can...
Playbook: Add Value to Your Budgeting Process: Try Some Nontraditional Approaches to Detailing Expenses
With limited financial resources and rising expenses, budget time is often equated with gloom and doom. But with some value-adding resources, budgeting can be fun and exciting (or at least it can be less painful). Creating traditional budgets are...
Research Update: Can Sports Promote Competence?
Coaches, parents and administrators need to foster emotional growth for youth through sports.Participating in sport provides many opportunities for enhancing psychosocial growth and development in children (Horn, 2002; Smith & Smoll, 1996). In fact,...
Research Update: Can Sports Promote Competence? Coaches, Parents and Administrators Need to Foster Emotional Growth for Youth through Sports
Participating in sport provides many opportunities for enhancing psychosocial growth and development in children (Horn, 2002; Smith & Smoll, 1996). In fact, sport can play an extensive role in determining if children will be lifelong participants,...
Simply the Best
Meet the 2005 Gold Medal Finalists-the nation's outstanding park and recreation agencies.On Oct. 19, 24 agencies from across the nation will assemble in San Antonio, Texas, for one of the most anticipated ceremonies of the year in the park and recreation...
Simply the Best: Meet the 2005 Gold Medal Finalists-The Nation's Outstanding Park and Recreation Agencies
On Oct. 19, 24 agencies from across the nation will assemble in San Antonio, Texas, for one of the most anticipated ceremonies of the year in the park and recreation field. These agencies, the finalists for the 2005 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence...
Squashing Stereo Types
Quad rugby is the coolest game you've never heard about.'Fiercely intense, highly driven, tough, competitive athletes engaged in a bone-jarring, hard-hitting, full-contact battle, fueled by only one desire-to win no matter what the cost." The definition...
Squashing Stereo Types: Quad Rugby Is the Coolest Game You've Never Heard About
"Fiercely intense, highly driven, tough, competitive athletes engaged in a bone-jarring, hard-hitting, full-contact battle, fueled by only one desire-to win no matter what the cost." The definition for football? Hockey? An ultimate fighting competition?...
The Write Stuff
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Trailblazers: Tindall Takes NRPA Issues to the Top
After years of fighting for funding on Capitol Hill, Barry Tindall retires.Editor's Note: After more than 35 years of advocating for parks and recreation, NRPA Public Policy Director Barry Twdall retired an June 30. In his role as director, Tindall represented...
Trailblazers: Tindall Takes NRPA Issues to the Top: After Years of Fighting for Funding on Capitol Hill, Barry Tindall Retires
Name: Barry Tindall Title: Recently retired director of NRPA's Public Policy Division Member since: 1965 Thirty-eight years ago, Barry Tindall joined NRPA as a coordinator of special projects. But he soon discovered the thrill of national...
Trash Nation
Learn how to prevent your public lands from being trashed.In recent years the nation has turned into a trash dump. It has become quite common to drive down the road, and see the person in a car in front of you throwing out a hamburger wrapper or other...
Trash Nation: Learn How to Prevent Your Public Lands from Being Trashed
In recent years the nation has turned into a trash dump. It has become quite common to drive down the road, and see the person in a car in front of you throwing out a hamburger wrapper or other debris. Each piece of trash contributes to the problem...
You Have to Experience This!
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