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. 1, January

ADA Spins Guidelines for Wheelchair Seating
In any public facility, people with disabilities must be given options of where to sit.When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990, Congress recognized that "historically, persons with disabilities have been relegated to separate...
Connecticut Court Bounces Back
Of course the Greater Stamford Tennis Association (GSTA) offers tennis lessons, but who knew it could teach a thing or two about finance management? The GSTA runs introductory tennis programming for all ages through Stamford Recreation Services...
Connecticut Court Bounces Back
Of course the Greater Stamford Tennis Association (GSTA) offers tennis lessons, but who knew it could teach a thing or two about finance management?The GSTA runs introductory tennis programming for all ages through Stamford Recreation Services out of...
De-Stress Your Staff with Hearts N Parks
The South Bend City Employee Hearts N' Parks program was implemented for the first time three years ago in our attempt to reach out to overworked and often "stressed out" city employees, who were in need of a healthy tune up. The city put together the...
De-Stress Your Staff with Hearts N' Parks
The South Bend City Employee Hearts N' Parks program was implemented for the first time three years ago in our attempt to reach out to overworked and often "stressed out" city employees, who were in need of a healthy tune up. The city put together...
Drinking to Your Health
Is your outside drinking fountain safe? Take a look at some of the issues involved with ground water contamination.If you use or install outside drinking fountains or yard hydrants, you might want to concern yourself with the inevitable possibility that...
Drinking to Your Health: Is Your outside Drinking Fountain Safe? Take a Look at Some of the Issues Involved with Ground Water Contamination
If you use or install outside drinking fountains or yard hydrants, you might want to concern yourself with the inevitable possibility that your potable water can become contaminated with harmful bacteria located in the soil. You hire the best contractors...
Fighting for Fido
Is there enough room for both dogs and children to enjoy the same part?It's been a frustrating three years for Susan Schwarten and her dogs. After scouting dozens of places in the hopes of establishing a dog area in her Ocean City community in Maryland,...
Flying Saucers
Disc golf can bring personal and community benefits to rural America.For the past decade, there has been an increase in rural populations in the United States that lias changed the character of these areas. Comprised of small, amenity-based communities...
Flying Saucers: Disc Golf Can Bring Personal and Community Benefits to Rural America
For the past decade, there has been an increase in rural populations in the United States that has changed the character of these areas. Comprised of small, amenity-based communities with a higher quality of life than its metropolitan counterparts,...
For the Love of the Game
First Black NHL Player Willie O'Ree sees more diversity in hockey's future.Canadian-born Willie O'Ree spent 21 years as a professional hockey player, making his debut with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey league, and then finishing up his career...
For the Love of the Game: First Black NHL Player Willie O'Ree Sees More Diversity in Hockey's Future
Canadian-born Willie O'Ree spent 21 years as a professional hockey player, making his debut with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League, and then finishing up his career on the West Coast with the Los Angeles Blades and the San Diego Gulls...
From the Editor
This time of year, most people like to make New Year's resolutions that may be ambitious, but they are hopeful they'll accomplish. Some of us say we will lose weight, or keep in touch with old friends, or even make more time to volunteer for various...
Lessons from the 2004 State and Local Elections
Election results show both positive and negative trends for parks and recreation nationwide.The outcome of the November elections was generally positive for parks and recreation across the United States, with a few notable exceptions as a state and local...
Lessons from the 2004 State and Local Elections: Election Results Show Both Positive and Negative Trends for Parks and Recreation Nationwide
The outcome of the November elections was generally positive for parks and recreation across the United States, with a few notable exceptions as a state and local analysis of the results indicates. National trends for local park and recreation ballot...
Meet Your Staff
Each month this year, the magazine will be introducing NRPA staff who work to serve the members of the association. This feature will be located in the NRPA In Action section, and we hope it will help familiarize members with the people behind the...
NSPR Bestows William P. Mott Jr. Awards
At NRPA's Congress in Reno, Nev., the National Society for Park Resources gave the William P. Mott Jr. Award to several deserving candidates. Formerly known as the NSPR Founders' Award, it recognizes outstanding service to the field of parks and recreation...
Paving the Way
Key to snow removal success is effective leadership.Learning about snow control and snow fighting equipment is just one aspect of winter management operations. Learning to be a successful leader with your management staff during winter carnivals, snowstorms...
Paving the Way: Key to Snow Removal Success Is Effective Leadership
Learning about snow control and snow fighting equipment is just one aspect of winter management operations. Learning to be a successful leader with your management staff during winter carnivals, snowstorms or daily snow removal can be tougher to manage....
Precor, Inc. Partners with NRPA to Open Headquarters Fitness Center
While the weather turns cold in Virginia, NRPA staff at headquarters in Ashburn is getting warmed up inside with the facility's new gym made possible by Precor, Inc. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 19, Executive Director John Thorner welcomed...
Remember the Regimen Basics
An estimated seven million Americans receive medical attention for sport- and recreation-related injuries each year, according to a 2003 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children ages 5 to 24 years old account for...
Research into Action: Prevention Programs for Youth at Risk
OverviewYouth at risk is a growing population. National organizations have focused on the development of prevention programs, or programs that seek to change behaviors that threaten the ability of youth to develop into healthy, productive adults (Satcher,...
Small Town Saves Ski Area
Thirty-year-old slopes revitalized through citizen efforts.When the Hlard'Ack Ski Area closed down in the mid-1990s due to a lawsuit, its community members worked together to save the old ski slope hidden in the hills of St. Albans, Vt.Initially used...
Small Town Saves Ski Area: Thirty-Year-Old Slopes Revitalized through Citizen Efforts
When the Hard'Ack Ski Area closed down in the mid-1990s due to a lawsuit, its community members worked together to save the old ski slope hidden in the hills of St. Albans, Vt. Initially used in the 1920s by residents during the snowy season, Hard'Ack...
Students Steady for Mid-Year
As the NRPA Congress wraps up another successful year, the Student Branch is setting its sights on raising student membership, with hopes that those students will carry their memberships over as professionals in the field for years to come. The...
The Rise of the Off-Leash Citizen Advisory Council
For years, in Charlotte, IM.C., dogs and their owners met at the park next to the Mint Museum to let their dogs play and catch up on neighborhood news. Stricter enforcement of leash laws led to the formation of a group called FiDO-Carolina (Fellowship...
Why Citizens Are Important to Advocacy
Now more thon ever, citizens need to make legislative contacts who will support parks and recreation.Greetings from Illinois! I have been puzzling over what a new Chairman would or could say in his first Perspectives article.Could it be a simple thank...
Why Citizens Are Important to Advocacy: Now More Than Ever, Citizens Need to Make Legislative Contacts Who Will Support Parks and Recreation
Greetings from Illinois! I have been puzzling over what a new Chairman would or could say in his first Perspectives article. Could it be a simple thank you? It just doesn't seem appropriate. There have been so many individuals that have helped form...
Youth at Risk: Recreation and Prevention
Park and recreation departments can positively benefit at-risk youth.Increasing numbers of youth are considered to be "at risk." The U.S. Census Bureau in 2000 reported the youth population was 71.6 million (Lugaila, 2003). Projections note that up to...
Youth at Risk: Recreation and Prevention: Park and Recreation Departments Can Positively Benefit At-Risk Youth
Increasing numbers of youth are considered to be "at risk." The U.S. Census Bureau in 2000 reported the youth population was 71.6 million (Lugaila, 2003). Projections note that up to 50 percent of the youth population is at risk (Dryfoos, 1990; Lugaila,...
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