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. 42, No. 7, July

2007 National Gold Medal Finalists Announced
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with NRPA recently announced the finalists for the 2007 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The Gold Medal Awards honor communities...
Accessible Park Hits a Home Run: Surprise, Ariz., Brings Baseball and Soccer to Athletes of All Abilities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Project: DreamCatcher Park, Surprise, Ariz. Problem: The 2000 Census revealed a startling statistic to the city council of Surprise, Ariz.--more than a quarter of the population was composed of people with disabilities....
Advocacy Update: Returning to Nature
Agencies are up against a new generation of children reluctant to enjoy the outdoors.NRPA members and agencies have been increasingly engaged in the growing national movement to reconnect children with nature. While public park and recreation agencies...
California: San Francisco Makes Tennis Tops
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It all starts with an idea. When you add passion, organization and determination, even the most far-reaching goals are attainable. Just ask any member of the San Francisco Tennis Coalition. When a large contingent of the...
Engaging Youth: How to Keep Young People Returning to Your Programs
If you have worked with young people in any capacity--you know that it can be an extremely rewarding experience. You also probably know that it can be extremely frustrating. Whether you are a program director, intramural coach or art instructor,...
Florida Park and Recreation Agencies May Face Deep Budget Cuts
State lawmakers in Florida are debating property tax cuts that may have far-reaching effects in some counties' park and recreation systems, among other government services. The Republican chairmen of the Joint Legislative Committee on Property Taxes,...
Indianapolis Welcome to the Sites of Circle City: Check out Our Top Ten Things to Do in Indy!
Although Indianapolis may be famous for fast cars, visitors have to slow down to catch all it has to offer. It is a city rich in both recreation and culture, entertainment and art and is also the site of this year's NRPA Congress & Exposition....
Law Review: Banning Distribution of Literature
Town and city ordinances should have clear and specific language when regula ting free speech activities.In the absence of "narrow objective and definite standards to guide the licensing authority," laws and ordinances which impose a prior restraint...
Learning to Cope: Leisure and Recreation Can Improve the Life of People with Rheumatoid Arthritis
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As service providers to patrons young and old, park and recreation professionals are becoming more aware of the effects of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on their programming and facilities. Due to the prevalence of people with...
Leave It Better: Accessible Park Hits a Home Run
Surprise, Ariz., brings baseball and soccer to athletes of all abilities.Project:DreamCatcher Park, Surprise, Ariz.Problem:The 2000 Census revealed a startling statistic to the city council of Surprise, Ariz.-more than a quarter of the population was...
Life Trustee Chronicles NRPA's Past
NRPA Life Trustee Charlie Hartsoe has been hard at work during the past two years compiling NRPA's and the park and recreation field's history in two volumes. His books profile one of NRPA's predecessor organizations and the great leaders of our field....
Making a Difference Now: Become Involved on a National Level
If you are reading this article, you have a strong connection to parks and recreation. Whether you are a retired or working professional, an educator, vendor, volunteer, service provider or citizen advocate, you are an important connection and link...
NRPA, Partners Deliver Quality Event Focused on Public Parks and Health
It takes a healthy dialogue to move an agenda on healthy lifestyles.This was the energy behind NRPA's inaugural National ] Health and Livability Summit in Atlanta, April 17-19. In collaboration with high-impact organizations such as the Centers for Disease...
NRPA, Partners Deliver Quality Event Focused on Public Parks and Health: It Takes a Healthy Dialogue to Move an Agenda on Healthy Lifestyles
By Staff Reports [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This was the energy behind NRPA's inaugural National Health and Livability Summit in Atlanta, April 17-19. In collaboration with high impact organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
NSPR Reports Member Survey Findings
The Board of Directors of the National Society for Park Resources had been holding discussions of how better to serve the membership and the types of services to provide, but data gathered from previous surveys was several years old. Updated information...
Perspectives: Making a Difference Now
Become involved on a national level.By Ronald LehmanNRPA Chairman of the BoardIf you are reading this article, you have a strong connection to parks and recreation. Whether you are a retired or working professional, an educator, vendor, volunteer, service...
Playbook: Engaging Youth
How to keep young people returning to your programs.If you have worked with young people in any capacity-you know that it can be an extremely rewarding experience. You also probably know that it can be extremely frustrating.Whether you are a program...
Product Roundup
NEWS FROM OUR SUPPLIERSPod PlayAt GameTime, every aspect of a play structure is fun and exciting. And the new Inclined Mini Pod Links are no exception. This innovation allows for decks of different heights to be connected by a Pod Link system and gives...
Research Update: Learning to Cope
Leisure and recreation can improve the life of people with rheumatoid arthritis.As service providers to patrons young and old, park and recreation professionals are becoming more aware of the effects of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on their programming...
Returning to Nature: Agencies Are Up against a New Generation of Children Reluctant to Enjoy the Outdoors
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NRPA members and agencies have been increasingly engaged in the growing national movement to reconnect children with nature. While public park and recreation agencies have been in the forefront of providing access to nature...
Rock On
PLAYGROUNDS BRING BOULDERING TO YOUNG CLIMBERS.When the residents of the Crossroads neighborhood in Bellevue, Wash., submitted a request through the city's Neighborhood Enhancement Program to replace the tired and outdated equipment at Ivanhoe Park playground,...
Rock On: Playgrounds Bring Bouldering to Young Climbers
When the residents of the Crossroads neighborhood in Bellevue, Wash., submitted a request through the city's Neighborhood Enhancement Program to replace the tired and outdated equipment at Ivanhoe Park playground, the Bellevue Parks and Community Services...
Rules of the Game
Developing a set of coaching standards in your community spells victory for volunteer youth coaches.At a youth recreation basketball practice, one parent strikes up a conversation with another. "Look at those coaches. They are obviously untrained and...
Rules of the Game: Developing a Set of Coaching Standards in Your Community Spells Victory for Volunteer Youth Coaches
At a youth recreation basketball practice, one parent strikes up a conversation with another. "Look at those coaches. They are obviously untrained and unqualified. They can't even get the kids ready to play a simple game." The other parent responds,...
Secretary of the Interior Reports to President on National Park Service Centennial
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On May 31, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and National Park Service Director Mary Bomar submitted a report to President Bush outlining principles and broad themes that will guide the service as it prepares for its...
Shaping Recreation for Everyone: Dr. Anne Simonsen Has High Hopes for Recreation Diversity and Inclusion
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Name: Anne Simonsen, Ph.D. Title: Professor of recreation and leisure studies, Department of Physical Education and Recreation, Gallaudet University Member Since: 1973 Dr. Anne Simonsen lives what she teaches as a...
Showing Their Teeth
Dogpark managers often have to decide whether to restrict or segregate dogs at facilities based on breed, size and temperament.It's been bristling fur in nearly every part of the country.In Kansas City, Mo., the issue of breed-specific bans surfaced...
The Write Stuff
Parks & Recreation magazine welcomes your input on any topic. Please send e-mails to edit@nrpa.org, faxes to (703) 858-0794 or write to: Parks & Recreation, Letters to the Editor, 22377 Belmont Ridge Rd., Ashburn, VA 20148.Advocacy in ActionIt's...
Trailblazers: Shaping Recreation for Everyone
Dr. Anne Simonsen has high hopes for recreation diversity and inclusion.Name: Anne Simonsen, Ph.D.Title: Professor of recreation and leisure studies. Department of Physical Education and Recreation, Gallaudet UniversityMember Since: 1973Dr. Anne Simonsen...
Welcome to INDIANAPOLIS: The Sites of Circle City
Check out our top ten things to do in Indy!Although Indianapolis may be famous for fast cars, visitors have to slow down to catch all it has to offer. It is a city rich in both recreation and culture, entertainment and art and is also the site of this...
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