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. 39, No. 11, November

A Garden by Any Other Name
Chicago Park District proves there is more to its gardens than petunias.It all started with a group of blue trees a couple of years ago. Hut the strange-colored bark soon sparked further creativity from the Chicago Park District. Within months, mounds...
A Garden by Any Other Name ... Chicago Park District Proves There Is More to Its Gardens Than Petunias
It all started with a group of blue trees a couple of years ago. But the strange-colored bark soon sparked further creativity from the Chicago Park District. Within months, mounds of multi-colored plants bordered roads, painted PVC pipes lined pink...
Citizen Branch Braces for Big Initiatives
For many years, Mary Garrison was involved at the grass roots level of recreational activities that involved her family. In 1991, these interests led her to become part of the local park and recreation organization, and today she is commissioner for...
Diary of a Mad Mini-Golfer
While on a family outing, this author takes a swing at mini-golf and finds the true charm of the sport.With a flipchart, pictures of the course, and a copy of Jack Nicklaus's Golf My Way, we review tomorrow's strategy one last time. Tomorrow we play...
Diary of a Mad Mini-Golfer: While on a Family Outing, This Author Takes a Swing at Mini-Golf and Finds the True Charm of the Sport
With a flipchart, pictures of the course, and a copy of Jack Nicklaus's Golf My Way, we review tomorrow's strategy one last time. Tomorrow we play the Anderson family. Beaten by them in bowling, basketball and Jai Lai, I felt confident our family could...
Holding COURT
Bringing baby boomers back to public tennis courts could be as easy as changing your surfacing.Remember back to the 1970s -when your tennis courts were overflowing with folks who wanted to join the hottest sport on the planet? When people would get up...
Holding Court: Bringing Baby Boomers Back to Public Tennis Courts Could Be as Easy as Changing Your Surfacing
Remember back to the 1970s--when your tennis courts were overflowing with folks who wanted to join the hottest sport on the planet? When people would get up at 5 a.m. to write their names oil the park court reservation list just to get a court later...
Keeping Fit in the Oval Office
Through the years, our presidents have sometimes had a hard time keeping fit. As a leader of our country, should our commander-in-chief also lead us in recreation? A look back at past presidents.Finding time to remain fit can be difficult-most people...
Keeping Fit in the Oval Office: Through the Years, Our Presidents Have Sometimes Had a Hard Time Keeping Fit. as a Leader of Our Country, Should Our Commander-in-Chief Also Lead Us in Recreation? A Look Back at Past Presidents
Finding time to remain fit can be difficult--most people have to juggle multiple tasks that always seem to get in the way. Dealing with jobs, planning family activities, taking care of day-to-day duties--they are all responsibilities that usually take...
Keys to Individual and Agency Success
Competent park and recreation departments need support from the entry level to upper management.Whether you are new to the field or aspiring to be promoted to the next level, the question is always asked, "What skills do I need to be successful in that...
Keys to Individual and Agency Success: Competent Park and Recreation Departments Need Support from the Entry Level to Upper Management
Whether you are new to the field or aspiring to be promoted to the next level, the question is always asked, "What skills do I need to be successful in that position?" This question can be addressed through the use of competencies and competency models....
Lasting Impressions
Introducing yourself to senators or representatives can seem intimidating, but it shouldn't be. Here are some helpful hints toward establishing good personal relationships to foster advocacy for parks and recreation.1. Team Up for a Unified Approach:...
Legislative Advocacy 101
Suggestions from the field on effective advocacy.Newport (R.I.) Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Susan Cooper started a relationship with Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee after he took over the unexpired term of his father, the late Sen. John...
Legislative Advocacy 101: Suggestions from the Field on Effective Advocacy
Newport (R.I.) Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Susan Cooper started a relationship with Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee after he took over the unexpired term of his father, the late Sen. John H. Chafee in November 1999. Through regular contact...
Looking into the Eye of the Storm
The town of Port Charlotte, Fla., rallies around parks, and learns some tough lessons after Hurricane Charley strikes.Picture this scenario: You live in Port Charlotte, Fla. Your home is adjacent to a saltwater canal that flows into Charlotte Harbor...
Looking into the Eye of the Storm: The Town of Port Charlotte, Fla., Rallies around Parks, and Learns Some Tough Lessons after Hurricane Charley Strikes
Picture this scenario: You live in Port Charlotte, Fla. Your home is adjacent to a saltwater canal that flows into Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Charley, a rapidly intensifying storm, is bearing down on you. Your house is seven...
Meet NRPA's New Leaders
Ron Lehman and Lori Daniel take over as chairman and president for the coming year.At NRPA's Annual Congress & Exposition in Reno, Nev., last month, new officers were installed into the positions of NRPA president and chairman of the board. Although...
Meet NRPA's New Leaders: Ron Lehman and Lori Daniel Take over as Chairman and President for the Coming Year
At NRPA's Annual Congress & Exposition in Reno, Nev., last month, new officers were installed into the positions of NRPA president and chairman of the board. Although filling huge shoes left by David Lose and Jim Donahue, these new leaders bring...
Parks for Life
An emotion-based park ethic for everyone.Science does not create public parks. Science can tell us that parks are good for us, good for our environment, our economy, and good for many of the creatures with whom we share the planet. Science can provide...
Parks for Life: An Emotion-Based Park Ethic for Everyone
Science does not create public parks. Science can tell us that parks are good for us, good for our environment, our economy and good for many of the creatures with whom we share the planet. Science can provide us with some useful clues for managing...
Pirates, Primates and Pyramids
To compete with area attractions, regional waterparks look into theming to set them apart.It seems it just isn't enough anymore for a waterpark to have exhilarating features such as gigantic water slides and entertaining spray pool fixtures. The thrills...
Pirates, Primates and Pyramids: To Compete with Area Attractions, Regional Waterparks Look into Theming to Set Them Apart
It seems it just isn't enough anymore for a waterpark to have exhilarating features such as gigantic water slides and entertaining spray pool fixtures. The thrills are being yet boosted by the application of creative themes, drawing inspiration from...
Power Play: Reaching New Distances
Nine-time New York City Marathon runner Grete Waitz shares her perspective on youth fitness.When Grete Waitz entered her first marathon, she was 25 years old and had never run longer than 12 miles. But her entry into the New York City Marathon in November...
Product Roundup
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Programming for Mixed-Ability Recreation
Behavior management is the key when dealing with teenagers of any ability level.As the community of people with developmental disabilities grows, so must our strategies for embracing differences. Now that children with autism, mental retardation, and...
Programming for Mixed-Ability Recreation: Behavior Management Is the Key When Dealing with Teenagers of Any Ability Level
As the community of people with developmental disabilities grows, so must our strategies for embracing differences. Now that children with autism, mental retardation, and a myriad of other developmental disabilities are becoming a bigger part of the...
Protesters in Public Parks
While groups may request to protest in public parks, the department has the right to deny them with fair restrictions.In the case of National Council of Arab Americans v. City of New York, 04 Civ. 6602 (WHP), 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16628 (S.D.N.Y. 2004),...
Quoting What We Do Best
We are successful because of the people who make up the Playworld Systems family. And every member of our extended family plays a valuable and important role. Each day a team of creative and talented professionals design, create and manufacture the...
Reaching New Distances: Nine-Time New York City Marathon Runner Grete Waitz Shares Her Perspective on Youth Fitness
When Grete Waitz entered her first marathon, she was 25 years old and had never run longer than 12 miles. But her entry into the New York City Marathon in November 1978 was a fluke. After being turned down initially because she had never run a full...
Research into Action: Becoming a Competency-Driven Agency
Competencies alone are just a list of skills, knowledge and characteristics. Their true value becomes evident when they are implemented into the organization. Implementation at all levels creates a competency-driven organization and one that increases...
Skiing with Sheep: A Baah-Ffling Tale
How recreation and agriculture can work together to find profit in the same land.It's been an all too common occurences: Ussually when development for housing or recreation moves in, it is at the expense of agriculture, which is forced to move out.But...
Skiing with Sheep: A Baah-Ffling Tale: How Recreation and Agriculture Can Work Together to Find Profit in the Same Land
It's been an all too common occurrence: Usually when development for housing or recreation moves in, it is at the expense of agriculture, which is forced to move out. But near Park City, Utah, Steve Osguthorpe and his family have worked with developers...
Snowmobile Decision Announced
In another installment of drama between the National Park Service (NPS) and the federal courts, NPS has issued a proposed ruling allowing 720 snowmobiles each day in Yellowstone National Park, 140 for Grand Teton Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr.,...
Street Smarts
A new brand of skatepark, called a skate plaza, hits the streets for boarders wanting to ride the rails.Change within a community comes when vision meets hard work and persistence. All of those factors came together in Kettcring, Ohio, and helped spark...
Street Smarts: A New Brand of Skatepark, Called a Skate Plaza, Hits the Streets for Boarders Wanting to Ride the Rails
Change within a community comes when vision meets hard work and persistence. All of those factors came together in Kettering, Ohio, and helped spark the construction of the first-of-its-kind skateboarding facility--the Rob Dyrdek/DC Shoes Foundation...
Student Conservation Scholarships Announced
Anheuser-Busch and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced in September, 15 winners of the annual Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program. Each winner will receive up to $10,000 to help finance research, tuition, and other related expenses...
The Price of Convenience
Online registration software isn't necessarily cheap, but definitely helpful.For those of you who offer online registration do you: Open up a pre-determined amount of spaces and allow the rest for walk-ins? Do online for a week and then walk-ins at a...
The Price of Convenience: Online Registration Software Isn't Necessarily Cheap, but Definitely Helpful
For those of you who offer online registration do you: Open up a pre-determined amount of spaces and allow the rest for walk-ins? Do online for a week and then walk-ins at a set date? What type of software do you use? These questions were recently,...
Washington: Soccer Ball Collection Meets Its Goal
In the July issue of Parks & Recreation, Washington Recreation and Park Association (WRPA) kicked off "July Is Parks and Recreation Month" by collecting soccer balls to send to African children involved in sports. Since the start of the campaign,...
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