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. 7, July

A Break in the Action
A Break in the Action Generally, sport coaches and instructors owe a legal duty to exercise ordinary reasonable care to protect participants from unassumed, concealed or unreasonably increased risks. Participants, on the other hand, assume the risk of...
A Most Welcome Sign
Outdoor vertical banners can increase parks' attendance and funding.The Welcome" is the visual image and impression of your physical environment that a visitor or passerby receives and retains. Do people notice your location enough to ask themselves,...
A Most Welcome Sign: Outdoor Vertical Banners Can Increase Parks' Attendance and Funding
The Welcome" is the visual image and impression of your physical environment that a visitor or passerby receives and retains. Do people notice your location enough to ask themselves, "What is that place? What's going on here? Can I go there?" Sometimes...
An Extra Safe Guard
Is in-service training for lifeguards necessary?Do lifeguards really know how to save lives, or just get a good tan?Certified on-duty lifeguards are a must at the majority of public and quasi-public aquatic facilities. It's easy for aquatic supervisors...
An Extra Safe Guard: Is In-Service Training for Lifeguards Necessary?
Do lifeguards really know how to save lives, or just get a good tan? Certified on-duty lifeguards are a must at the majority of public and quasi-public aquatic facilities. It's easy for aquatic supervisors and managers to assume that if a guard...
A Slice of Paradise amid Sprawl
Great Parks:Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Leesburg, Va.The Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve offers respite in a fast-growing area of Virginia.Only 20 years ago, Loudoun County, Va., was considered to be outside of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area....
A Slice of Paradise amid Sprawl: The Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve Offers Respite in a Fast-Growing Area of Virginia
Only 20 years ago, Loudoun County, Va., was considered to be outside of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The landscape was full of trees and farmland, and there were but a few diehards who commuted the 30 or more miles to Washington and its...
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
Park and recreation agencies throughout the country are being acutely challenged by our economic situation. In the past, we've been known for being resourceful, creative and competent. Now isn't the time to change our image! While we can't provide miracles...
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs: Park and Recreation Agencies Need to Remind Everyone of Their Importance
Park and recreation agencies throughout the country are being acutely challenged by our economic situation. In the past, we've been known for being resourceful, creative and competent. Now isn't the time to change our image! While we can't provide...
David Robinson, NBA Legend
One of the top centers of all time, David "The Admiral" Robinson is a marvel of a basketball player and a respected figure off the court as well. He's the only male basketball player to represent the U.S. in three Olympics, and was chosen as one of...
Dogs Are Community Too!
Citizens throughout the U.S. are petitioning their councils or boards in increasing numbers to develop areas where they can exercise dogs off-leash. If you've been called upon to utilize portions of parkland for dogs, you've probably felt first-hand...
Great Lakes Region
The Lafayette (Ind.) Parks and Recreation Department decided that staff should take the lead and set an example for the planned Hearts N' Parks programs. At the annual Staff Team Day in March, a six-month park staff program was initiated. After a hearty...
Heard on NRPAnet: Outsourcing Programs
What has been your experience with outsourcing recreation programs? That was a topic recently on NRPA's listserv, NRPAnet. For information on how to join the discussion, select "NRPAnet" from the right-hand side of NRPA's Web site (www.nrpa.org) or e-mail...
Heard on NRPAnet: Outsourcing Programs. (Tip-Off)
What has been your experience with outsourcing recreation programs? That was a topic recently on NRPA's listserv, NRPAnet. For information on how to join the discussion, select "NRPAnet" from the right-hand side of NRPA's Web site (www.nrpa.org) or...
Hearts N' Parks, Year 2: Magnet Centers Moving from Discovering the Benefits to Delivering the Benefits
NRPA joins its partner, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, in commending the 50 Hearts N' Parks magnet centers as they complete the first of a three-year agreement to implement the Hearts N' Parks Community...
Hearts N' Park, Year 2
Magnet centers moving from discovering the benefits to delivering the benefits.NRFA joins its partner, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, in commending the 50 Hearts N' Parks magnet centers as they complete...
In Praise of Special Places
Imagine red and brown sandstone towers rising out of the desert floor. Imagine the sun setting with black silhouettes of ocotillo cacti vertically slicing the horizon. This describes Juniper Canyon in Texas' Big Bend National Park, which is a special...
In Praise of Special Places: What Do They Mean for Park and Recreation Professionals? (Research Update)
Imagine red and brown sandstone towers rising out of the desert floor. Imagine the sun setting with black silhouettes of ocotillo cacti vertically slicing the horizon. This describes Juniper Canyon in Texas' Big Bend National Park, which is a special...
National Recreation and Park Association Fighting for Park and Recreation Funding: State Conservation, Urban Park Funds at Risk without Your Help
NRPA is working hard to restore funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) state assistance and the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program (UPARR) for Fiscal Year 2004. As this issue of Parks & Recreation went to press, the House Subcommittee...
Northeast Region
Environmentalists, business leaders and state and local officials in New Jersey are working together to turn Hackensack Meadowlands from a polluted eyesore into ecological preserve covering 8,400 acres of protected wetlands, wildlife refuges, hiking...
Pacific Region
The League of American Bicyclists has designated the first recipients of its Bicycle-Friendly Community awards. Fourteen communities around the U.S. have been recognized for providing safe accommodation and facilities for bicyclists and encouraging...
Play for All Seasons
Helping people discover the benefits.In November, people prepare to be thankful, as their thoughts turn to turkey and cranberries. On Memorial Day, Americans get ready to celebrate the kick-off of the summer season, just as Labor Day signals the end...
Play for All Seasons: Helping People Discover the Benefits
In November, people prepare to be thankful, as their thoughts turn to turkey and cranberries. On Memorial Day, Americans get ready to celebrate the kick-off of the summer season, just as Labor Day signals the end of the summer and the start of another...
Regional Reports
GREAT LAKES REGIONThe Lafayette (Ind.) Parks and Recreation Department decided that staff should take the lead and set an example for the planned Hearts N' Parks programs. At the annual Staff Team Day in March, a six-month park staff program was initiated....
Sexual Harassment Training for Part-Time or Seasonal Staff. (Tip-Off)
What is sexual harassment, and how do we educate our younger part-time or seasonal staff members to recognize and handle sexual harassment in the workplace? Every organization and supervisor is at risk for a lawsuit when it comes to sexual harassment...
Sexually Harassment Training for Part-Time or Seasonal Staff
What is sexual harassment, and how do we educate our younger part-time or seasonal staff members to recognize and handle sexual harassment in the workplace? Every organization and supervisor is at risk for a lawsuit when it comes to sexual harassment...
Southeast Region
"Lunchtime Walking" was a Hearts N' Parks program started for Oldsmar, Fla., city employees in March. Participants were encouraged to initially walk two times per week and work up to two miles. Miles were tracked for each participant and recorded on...
Tennis in the Park Grant Award Winners
NRPA and its partner, the United States Tennis Association, have provided 50 grants in the amount of $5,000 each for local parks and recreation agencies to develop tennis programs utilizing certified instructors. The winners are: Birmingham (Ala.)...
Training Transforms
I attended the Pacific Southwest Maintenance Management School in 1999 and 2000; doing so changed my life While attending my first year, I met a professor from California State University, Hayward, who was also attending his first year. What I found...
Voices from the Field
Training TransformsI attended the Pacific Southwest Maintenance Management School in 1999 and 2000; doing so changed my life. While attending my first year, I met a professor from California State University, Hayward, who was also attending his first...
We Got Game
NRPA launches year-long celebration of sports via partnership with Sports Illustrated.July is Recreation & Parks Month, and hundreds of park and recreation agencies are celebrating the theme of "Enhancing the Quality of Sports through Parks and Recreation"...
We Got Game: NRPA [National Recreation and Park Association] Launches Year-Long Celebration of Sports Via Partnership with Sports Illustrated
July is Recreation & Parks Month, and hundreds of park and recreation agencies are celebrating the theme of "Enhancing the Quality of Sports through Parks and Recreation" along with NRPA and Sports Illustrated. NRPA is launching a year-long...
Western Region
The Hearts N' Parks program in Henderson, Nev., was one of the first organizations to receive a $10,000 General Mills Youth Nutrition and Fitness grant, which is given to encourage communities in the U.S. to improve the eating and physical activity...
Youth Football Brings Rural Communities Together
Sport and leisure are important for our well-being, social interaction and enjoyment. These are benefits that can be realized by all in our communities, both rural and urban. But when small county communities don't have a local recreation department,...
You've Signed Up and Shown Up. Now What's Up?
Have you ever attended a conference unsure of why you were there? Perhaps your city, agency, organization or corporation had registered you, but once you got there ... Not to worry if you're a citizen or board member attending NRPA's upcoming National...
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