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. 8, August

Advice about Internships
Internships are an integral part of a student's career development. A good internship can prepare students for successful and fulfilling careers. If your school gives the option of doing an internship just do it. It may be tempting to take the easiest...
Bridging the Gap in Leadership
A tool for managing transitions in agency management.In recent years, several studies have predicted imminent mass retirement of public, park and recreation directors. Those retirements have started, and newly appointed directors are beginning to fill...
Bridging the Gap in Leadership: A Tool for Managing Transitions in Agency Management
In recent years, several studies have predicted imminent mass retirement of public park and recreation directors. Those retirements have started, and newly appointed directors are beginning to fill the vacancies. Each of these newly appointed leaders...
Citizens March for Parks
Citizen-Board MemberThe Richmond (Va.) community showed its support for parks and recreation with a March for Parks on June 21. Not only did community members get great exercise and wonderful exposure to Richmond, but the event also helped draw attention...
Commercial Recreation Salutes Our Military
Over the last few years the importance of our nation's military and the sacrifices their families make have become more evident to more people. Commercial recreation providers are among those eager to show their support and thanks tar the work these...
Commercial Recreation Salutes Our Military
Armed Forces Recreation SocietyOver the last few years the importance of our nation's military and the sacrifices their families make have become more evident to more people. Commercial recreation providers are among those eager to show their support...
Don't Tread on Me. Please?
HOW AGENCIES DEAL WITH OVERUSE OF SPORT FIELDS.Now that we're in the dog days of summer, parks and recreation agencies are again confronted with difficult choices regarding athletic field overuse and turf damage.Unfortunately, this year, the annual onslaught...
Don't Tread on Me. Please? How Agencies Deal with Overuse of Sport Fields
Now that we're in the dog days of summer, parks and recreation agencies are again confronted with difficult choices regarding athletic field overuse and turf damage. Unfortunately, this year, the annual onslaught coincides withith financial uncertainty...
Go with the Flow
How to help people have optimal recreation experiences."I am get totally into the music and not get self-conscious about dancing. I know that when I first start or if there is some distraction, or I'm conscious of the way I'm dancing, I don't dance as...
Go with the Flow: How to Help People Have Optimal Recreation Experiences
"I can get totally into the music and not get self-conscious about dancing. I know, that when I first start or if there is some distraction, or I'm conscious of the way I'm dancing, I don't dance as 'well as when I'm really totally into the music....
Great Lakes Region
Illinois communities can apply for a variety of outdoor recreation grants provided through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Grunt Administration. Local government units authorized by law to operate and maintain land for public...
Heard on NRPAnet: Supervision on Overnight Trips
How do you handle staffing on department-sponsored overnight trips arranged through tour companies, especially for trips involving senior citizens? That was a recent question on NRPA's listserv, NRPAnet. For information on how to join the discussion,...
Heard on NRPAnet: Supervision on Overnight Trips
How do you handle staffing on department-sponsored overnight trips arranged through tour companies, especially for trips involving senior citizens? That was a recent question on NRPA's listserv, NRPAnet. Kor information on how to join the discussion,...
It's a Job and an Adventure
When most students are looking for an internship, they look around their community to find the right fit. Some more adventurous students look to broaden their horizons by looking out of state. Then there are those students who want a unique experience...
It's a Job and an Adventure
Student BranchWhen most students are looking for an internship, they look around their community to find the right fit. Some more adventurous students look to broaden their horizons by looking out of state. Then there are those students who want a unique...
Jack Kemp, Football Legend and Public Servant
Jack Kemp is the chair of the board of directors of USA Football, a national advocacy organization representing all levels of amateur football. USA Football was created last year by the National Football League and NFL Players Association to collaborate...
Jack Kemp, Football Legend and Public Servant
discover the benefits (TM)Parks & Recreation: Both community recreation facilities and USA Football's program will help more kids participate in sports. Why is this important?Jack Kemp: We share a common need and desire to control our bodies. Recreation...
Legislation at Critical Juncture
Act now to keep key parks and recreation programs funded.As the summer winds down, action on federal legislation and appropriations heats up. Some of the most important bills affecting parks and recreation in years are being voted on by the U.S. Congress...
Legislation at Critical Juncture: Act Now to Keep Key Parks and Recreation Programs Funded
As the summer winds down, action on federal legislation and appropriations heats up. Some of the most important bills affecting parks and recreation in years are being voted on by the U.S. Congress this summer and fall. Information in this update is...
Measures of Success
Measuring park accessibility using GIS.Serving the public is fundamental to the mandate of municipal park and recreation departments. The ease with which city residents can reach services and facilities provided by such agencies is one key indicator...
Measures of Success: Measuring Park Accessibility Using GIS
Serving the public is fundamental to the mandate of municipal park and recreation departments. The ease with which city residents can reach services and facilities provided by such agencies is one key indicator of how successfully they are meeting...
Northeast Region
Exercise the Right Choice, an afterschool program held at a local middle school in New Britain, Conn., for middle school students operates Monday through Friday from 2:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The three components of the program are education, recreation...
NRPA Partnership with Sports Illustrated Launched with Media Blitz
NRPA was a major player as Newport, R.I., was announced as the first of 50 American Sportstowns last month at the kick-off of Sports Illustrated's 50th anniversary. Sports Illustrated chose NRPA to be its partner for the year-long celebration of "Enhancing...
Pacific Southwest Region
Project WRAP is a 21st Century After School program that operates in Long Beach, Calif., from 2:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m Mondays through Fridays. The initial focus is on completing homework. After homework completion, the participants are divided into four...
Parents, Kids Don't Perceive Obesity as a Health Problem
Most 'tweens--that is, children ages 8-12--give little thought to maintaining a healthy weight. Rather than recognizing its immediate benefits or its long-term importance for their health, they relate their weight to athletic performance and overall...
Parents, Kids Don't Perceive Obesity as a Health Problem
Most 'tweens-that is, children ages 8-12-give little thought to maintaining a healthy weight. Rather than recognizing its immediate benefits or its longterm importance for their health, they relate their weight to athletic performance and overall appearance,...
Parks and Recreation Enhance Quality Community Sports: Sportstowns USA
Through its partnership with Sports Illustrated, the National Recreation and Park Association will over the next year recognize outstanding communities that are the epitome of what's good about sports in America. Starting with this issue, Parks &...
Privatization of Military Housing
The impact on recreation at Fort Hood, Texas.Considerable shortages exist in adequate housing for military families. Of the more than 300,000 family homes the Department of Defense owns, more than 60 percent need repairs. To remedy this problem, privatization...
Privatization of Military Housing: The Impact on Recreation at Fort Hood, Texas
Considerable shortages exist in adequate housing for military families. Of the more than 300,000 family homes the Department of Defense owns, more than 60 percent need repairs. To remedy this problem, privatization of military housing was introduced...
Regional Reports
GREAT LAKES REGIONIllinois communities can apply for a variety of outdoor recreation grants provided through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Grant Administration. Local government units authorized by law to operate and maintain...
Southeast Region
"Park It Friday" was held at the Oldsmar (Fla.) Hearts N' Parks magnet center at the end of July for children. Tbev played CATCH games, were instructed in tennis and went on a fitness trail walk. There were also clowns, face painting, balloon animals...
Sportstowns USA
Through its partnership with Sports Illustrated, the National Recreation and Park Association will over the next year recognize outstanding communities that are the epitome of what's good about sports in America. Starting with this issue, Parks &...
Take the Heat.Seriously
With summer blazing ahead and temperatures shooting up throughout the country, the guidelines of a new consensus statement on heat-related illnesses from the Inter-Association Task Force on Exertional Heat Illnesses couldn't be more timely. Every year,...
The Future of Member Services
Why NRPA is centralizing its regional offices.As summer draws to a close, NKPA is reorganizing and reenergizing to deliver more value to our membership. We are committed to promoting public awareness and support for recreation, park and leisure services;...
The Future of Member Services: Why NRPA Is Centralizing Its Regional Offices
As summer draws to a close, NRPA is reorganizing and reenergizing to deliver more value to our membership. We are committed to promoting public awareness and support for recreation, park and leisure services; facilitating relevant public policy; enhancing...
The Supervision Solution
A public-private approach to skatepark management.A major shift has occurred in how cities think about skateparks. Communities once agonized over the cost and wisdom of building what they feared might become centers for juvenile delinquency or fads that...
The Supervision Solution: A Public-Private Approach to Skatepark Management
A major shifts has occurred in how cities think about skateparks. Communities once agonized over the cost and wisdom of building what they feared might become centers for juvenile deliquency or fads that might soon die out. Many of those same cities...
Western Region
The Middle School Sports Program, in Lakewood, Colo., is an after-school recreational sports programs operated at local middle schools. This strictly recreational program does not include team tryouts and maintains an equal play policy. The girls'...
What Is Unfair Competition?
State bills would ban public competition with private business.As characterized by one state supreme court, "[t]he argument that local governments may not operate enterprises unless it can be shown that private enterprise is 'unwilling or unable' to...
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