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. 43, No. 7, July

Advocacy Update: A Centennial Achievement
The Department of the Interior plans a centennial birthday bash for our national parks.Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne took office two years ago with an overarching vision to lay the groundwork for a celebration worthy of the 100th anniversary...
Advocacy Update: A Centennial Achievement: The Department of the Interior Plans a Centennial Birthday Bash for Our National Parks
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne took office two years ago with an overarching vision to lay the groundwork for a celebration worthy of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. This grand park system,...
Brighter Days Ahead
In search of a new chief executive to guide the associations operations, NRPA identifies a leader capable of enhancing the critical role of public parks and recreation.(ProQuest: ... denotes text stops here in original.)At a time when rising fuel prices...
Brighter Days Ahead: In Search of a New Chief Executive to Guide the Association's Operations, NRPA Identifies a Leader Capable of Enhancing the Critical Role of Public Parks and Recreation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At a time when rising fuel prices threaten participation numbers and shrinking municipal budgets derail facility development and improvement, the country's preeminent advocacy group for public parks and recreation was searching...
Building Better ADULTS
Creating places, programs, and people that youth can depend on is key to keeping them engaged.Standing on an outcropping of rocks with 10 kids at the South Rim of Big Bend National Park in Texas, the adult leader of the group, Jason Bocarro, was goofing...
Building Better Adults: Creating Places, Programs, and People That Youth Can Depend on Is Key to Keeping Them Engaged
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Standing on an outcropping of rocks with 10 kids at the South Rim of Big Bend National Park in Texas, the adult leader of the group, Jason Bocarro, was goofing around and admiring the scenery. One of the kids, a 15-year-old...
Climbing-Wall Creative
Indoor climbing walls are no longer a recreation center oddity. Have your programming ideas kept pace with this ubiquitous amenity?Gone are the days of rock climbing where participants were either hardcore wall rats or adventure-sorts taking long expeditions...
Climbing-Wall Creative: Indoor Climbing Walls Are No Longer a Recreation Center Oddity. Have Your Programming Ideas Kept Pace with This Ubiquitous Amenity?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Gone are the days of rock climbing where participants were either hardcore wall rats or adventure-sorts taking long expeditions into the mountains. Even as toddlers, humans have an innate desire to climb. As the popularity...
FirstPerson: Changing of the Green Guard
Majora Carter's organization, Sustainable South Bronx, challenges residents to demand a higher quality of life. By extension, she is calling into question traditional approaches to environmentalism.In the late 1990s, Majora Carter learned of a plan to...
FirstPerson: Changing of the Green Guard: Majora Carter's Organization, Sustainable South Bronx, Challenges Residents to Demand a Higher Quality of Life. by Extension, She Is Calling into Question Traditional Approaches to Environmentalism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the late 1990s, Majora Carter learned of a plan to truck in nearly half of New York City's municipal waste through her South Bronx neighborhood, which was already choked with more than one-third of the city's construction...
From Vacant to Verdant: Rethinking the Shrinking City
Can public parks and green spaces help lift declining cities out of their downward spirals?If you thought that the City of Brotherly Love hadn't done anything particularly brotherly lately, think again. In keeping with the city's national reputation...
From Vacant to Verdant: Rethinking the Shrinking City: Can Public Parks and Green Spaces Help Lift Declining Cities out of Their Downward Spirals?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If you thought that the City of Brotherly Love hadn't done anything particularly brotherly lately, think again. In keeping with the city's national reputation as an urban parks leader, it has been spearheading pioneering greening...
Law Review: Safety Review Not Specified in Contract
A Texas case examines architects' duty to highlight safety hazards as part of a project review.In contracting for personal services, an architect's duty depends on the particular agreement entered into with his or her employer. In the Dukes case described...
Leave It Better: Pointing out a Pennsylvania Park
A Pittsburgh icon undergoes a multiple-year renovation for the city's 250th anniversary.ProjectPoint State Park, PittsburghHistoryPoint State Park marks the tip of Pittsburgh's "Golden Triangle," at the confluence of three rivers. The location made the...
Leave It Better: Pointing out a Pennsylvania Park: A Pittsburgh Icon Undergoes a Multiple-Year Renovation for the City's 250th Anniversary
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Project Point State Park, Pittsburgh History Point State Park marks the tip of Pittsburgh's "Golden Triangle," at the confluence of three rivers. The location made the spot a logical plot for forts during the French...
Park Goes Chemical-Free
Cathy Metz, the director of parks and recreation for the city of Durango, Colo., said that she was approached by a group of park users this spring with an unusual request--provide a park location that patrons could be sure was free of chemicals. ...
Perspectives: Summertime-And the Living Is Easy
What better time than summer to recognize-and celebrate-the many benefits inspired by public parks and recreation?It's that time of year.Schools have flung open their doors, releasing our nation's youth. Parents have lined up countless camps and activities...
Perspectives: Summertime-And the Living Is Easy: What Better Time Than Summer to Recognize-And Celebrate-The Many Benefits Inspired by Public Parks and Recreation?
It's that time of year. Schools have flung open their doors, releasing our nation's youth. Parents have lined up countless camps and activities for their kids. The call of adventure lures shoppers to purchase the latest, greatest gear for the outdoors....
Playbook: All Work and No Play
Discover how introducing a little fun into the workplace can make for happier employees-and healthier organizations.Thomas Jefferson once said, "A mind always employed is always happy." While it's a proclamation that's tough to refute, it certainly shouldn't...
Playbook: All Work and No Play: Discover How Introducing a Little Fun into the Workplace Can Make for Happier Employees-And Healthier Organizations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Thomas Jefferson once said, "A mind always employed is always happy." While it's a proclamation that's tough to refute, it certainly shouldn't be treated as a mandate that the workplace be devoid of fun and frivolity. That's...
Product Roundup
NEWS FROM OUR SUPPLIERSControl ConcreteQuaker Plastic Corporation is excited to now offer a patented Control Joint with a unique arrow-shape that presses easily into concrete. There are no channels to obstruct installation and the unit locks into the...
Research Update: Exercising after Class
After-school programs are essential to childhood physical activity.It is common knowledge that regular participation in physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is inversely associated with a number of cardiovascular...
Research Update: Exercising after Class: After-School Programs Are Essential to Childhood Physical Activity
It is common knowledge that regular participation in physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is inversely associated with a number of cardiovascular disease risk factors including elevated blood lipids,...
Speaking Sustainably
NRPA's National Summit on Environmental Stewardship provides a perfect convergence of public parks, environmental sustainability, and community advocacy.For three days in May, nearly 400 participants-leaders in public parks and recreation, conservationists,...
Speaking Sustainably: NRPA's National Summit on Environmental Stewardship Provides a Perfect Convergence of Public Parks, Environmental Sustainability, and Community Advocacy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For three days in May, nearly 400 participants--leaders in public parks and recreation, conservationists, land stewards, citizen advocates, and others--gathered in Portland, Ore., for NRPA's multi-day...
Surf's Up
Surfing makes a big splash at public beaches.Surfing is the sexiest of sports. Like movie stars and rock singers, surfers rank among the Beautiful People, captivating the American imagination with their sun-kissed features and ocean-hardened physiques....
Surf's Up for These Special Campers
In an effort to provide innovative recreation programming for children with disabilities, the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department conducted a weeklong special spring break surf camp earlier this year. The camp, which allowed youngsters with autism...
Surf's Up: Surfing Makes a Big Splash at Public Beaches
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Surfing is the sexiest of sports. Like movie stars and rock singers, surfers rank among the Beautiful People, captivating the American imagination with their sun-kissed features and ocean-hardened physiques. The surf lifestyle...
Water Dogs
Reaching out to furry family members breeds enthusiasm and community.Industry analysts project 2008 pet spending will top $43.4 billion, more than double what it was 10 years ago. With annual growth hovering between 5 percent and 10 percent, an American...
Water Dogs: Reaching out to Furry Family Members Breeds Enthusiasm and Community
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Industry analysts project 2008 pet spending will top $43.4 billion, more than double what it was 10 years ago. With annual growth hovering between 5 percent and 10 percent, an American Pet Products Manufacturers Association...
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