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. 11, November

A New Leadership Year
Communication and commitment are keys to success.Timely, efficient and effective communications are key components to the success of any organization. As the new president of the National Recreation and Park Association, I have vowed to work with membership,...
A New Leadership Year: Communication and Commitment Are Keys to Success
Timely, efficient and effective communications are key components to the success of any organization. As the new president of the National Recreation and Park Association, I have vowed to work with membership, leadership and staff to improve and broaden...
ARLINGTON COUNTY, VA.: Teaming Up to Win
Nothing is left to guesswork, wishful thinking or pie-in-the-sky plans for the Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources (DRPRC). Staff and policies apply an unusual degree of mindfulness and commitment to the needs of...
BARTLETT, TENN.: Little City, Big Heart for Sports
Nestled in the southwest corner of Tennessee, Bartlett is a small suburban town of only 40,500 in the greater metropolitan area of Memphis. There's no chance, however, that Bartlett will be overshadowed by its bigger sister-city, at least not in its...
Calendar of Events
Extend the core knowledge of parks and recreation professionals. The most up-to-date listing of national, state and local conferences end workshops is available online at www.nrpa.org. To ensure a listing in Parks & Recreation's Calendar of Events,...
Celebratng 50 Years of Community with Sports Illustrated and NRPA
Here are this month's Sportstowns! These towns jave been chosen by NRPA and Sports Illustrated as some of th best in the U.S.at enhancing the quality of sport through parks and recreation. Keep reading to learn how these Sportstowns improve community...
Florida: Barracuda Bay Aquatic Center Opens
It was seven years in the making, but the city of Riviera Beach's Barracuda Bay Aquatic Center finally opened Aug. 30 to a capacity crowd on Florida's East Coast. The $4 million project replaced the aging four-lane lap pool that the city had previously...
Green Is Good
Establishing a green infrastructure can help protect an area''s natural waterways.A linked system of trails, greenways, parks and other open space areas makes any community a better place to live. Waterways in an area can become the foundation of a green...
Green Is Good: Establishing a Green Infrastructure Can Help Protect an Area's Natural Waterways
A linked system of trails, green ways, parks and other open space areas makes any community a better place to live. Waterways in an area can become the foundation of a green infrastructure in a community. Waterways provide enormous benefits to a community...
Heard on NRPAnet: Family Memberships
What policy is used at your facility to define family memberships? That was a recent question 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). Here...
Hiring for Dollars
Does your agency need a development director?As recreation and park administration continues to evolve and encompass broader aspects of life, financial concerns remain an issue for providers. In the past, various strategies have been used by park and...
Hiring for Dollars: Does Your Agency Need a Development Director?
As recreation and park administration continues to evolve and encompass broader aspects of life, financial concerns remain an issue for providers. In the past, various strategies have been used by park and recreation agencies to meet financial responsibilities....
HONOLULU, HAWAII: Most Valuable Player-The Pacific Ocean
The most important player on the Hawaiian sports scene is, of course, the ocean. What better setting for a sports enthusiast-year-round tropical weather, perfect water, perfect waves and a community of residents who have thrived on outdoor activities...
Making a Splash
Before adding a spray pool, park districts should consider a number of factors, says Rich Klarck, an aquatics engineer for PHN Architects who has helped to design stand-alone spray pools that are part of a larger aquatic facility.* What is the anticipated...
New Regional Reps Eager to Serve NRPA Members
Working from NRPA's headquarters in Ashburn. Va., four new, customer-service representatives are focusing on connecting NRPA's geographic regions to meet the needs of members. "By closing the offices and refocusing, I think what members are going...
No Playtime for Pedophile Clown
No Playtime for Pedophile ClownWhen public safety rules over First Amendment rights.In the case of Hobbs v. County of Westchester, No. 00 Civ. 8170 (S.D.N.Y. 8/13/2003), plaintiff Richard Hobbs was prohibited from performing his "busking act" at Playland,...
Power Play: Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wisc.), Transportation Enhancements Protector
On Sept. 24, the U.S. House of Representatives decided to reappropriate $375 billion for the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program, which would have lost its funding at the end of that month. The initiative was a bipartisan effort led by Tom Petri...
President Signs Short-Term Extension to Transportation Equity Act
Doubts persist that multi-year bill will be passed soon.On the heels of the historic vote to overturn an amendment that would have stripped some $600 million in guaranteed funding for the Transportation Enhancements program, actions now focus on the...
President Signs Short-Term Extension to Transportation Equity Act: Doubts Persist That Multi-Year Bill Will Be Passed Soon
On the heels of the historic vote to overturn an amendment that would have stripped some $600 million in guaranteed funding for the Transportation Enhancements program, actions now focus on the reauthorization process for the next cycle of the surface...
Recreation Programming Recognized for Encouraging Healthier Seniors
After completing a national competition to identify best practices in physical activity programming for older adults, The National Council on the Aging (NCOA) has selected 10 programs to receive a cash award and recognition out of the more than 1,100...
Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wisc.), Transportation Enhancements Protector
On Sept. 24, the U.S. House, of Representatives decided to reappropriate $376 billion for the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program, which would have lost its funding at the end of that month. The initiative was a bipartisan effort led by Tom Petri...
SALT LAKE COUNTY, UTAH: It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This
It's certainly no wonder that Salt Lake City was home to the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Salt Lake Valley is overflowing with great natural beauty; perfect weather for both summer and winter sports; access to five national parks (Arches, Bryce Canyon,...
Spray It Again
Spray pools are increasingly popular for a simple reason-they're fun.Thirty or 40 years ago, Chicago kids played on a concrete disk or circle, with water spraying from the disk's four corners. It's not much of a stretch to call that long-ago fun an early...
Spray It Again: Spray Pools Are Increasingly Popular for a Simple Reason-They're Fun
Thirty or 40 years ago, Chicago kids played on a concrete disk or circle, with water spraying from the disk's four corners. It's not much of a stretch to call that long-ago fun an early version of today's spray pool, now boasting brightly colored interactive...
Stretch Your Concept of "Fitness"
Like so many terms in the English language, "fitness" can mean many different things. It can be paired with words such as physical, emotional, psychological, mental and social to create one sort of meaning, while saying someone is "fit to serve" or...
Swatting Litter Bugs
What agencies can do to decrease depreciative visitor behavior.Among various types of visitor impacts to natural and cultural resources are those caused by litter bugs and other depreciative visitor behavior, whose activity continues to strain meager...
Swatting Litter Bugs: What Agencies Can Do to Decrease Depreciative Visitor Behavior
Among various types of visitor impacts to natural and cultural resources are those caused by litter bugs and other depreciative visitor behavior, whose activity continues to strain meager park management budgets (See Reid, 2000, in the list of references...
Theme Parks
Creating memorable playgrounds by building on a theme.On the night of May 6, 18,56, a steamboat named the Effie Afton was making its way up the Mississippi River from St. Louis when it hit the Rock Island Railroad Bridge, which linked Rock Island, III,...
Theme Parks: Creating Memorable Playgrounds by Building on a Theme
On the night of May 6, 1856, a steamboat named the Effie Afton was making its way up the Mississippi River from St. Louis when it hit the Rock Island Railroad Bridge, which linked Rock Island, Ill., and Davenport, Iowa. The Rock Island Bridge was the...
Thousands Flock to Sports Illustrated Tour
Thanks to The Toyota Presents Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Tour, thousands of Americans have gained a renewed appreciation of the work done by their local park and recreation agencies. The tour launched in July in Newport, R.I., and will...
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