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. 12, December

2008 NRPA Annual Report
From the Leadership To Our Stakeholders: This past year at NRPA has been marked by a renewed energy, commitment and a spirit of cooperation amongst park and recreation professionals and the growing number of citizen advocates around the country....
2008 Paralympic Games
Veterans Win Medals, Provide HopeFifteen military veterans and one active duty service member participated in the 2008 Paralympic Games In Beijing, China in September. These 16 competitors brought home a total of 10 medals, including four gold. Active-duty...
Advocacy Update: For LWCF, a New Opportunity
With a new Congress and administration, NRPA members must continue the fight for a fully funded LWCF.During a two-year session of Congress, only approximately 5 percent of the bills introduced are actually enacted into law. Add to the mix election-year...
Advocacy Update: For LWCF, a New Opportunity: With a New Congress and Administration. NRPA Members Must Continue the Fight for a Fully Funded LWCE
During a two-year session of Congress, only approximately 5 percent of the bills introduced are actually enacted into law. Add to the mix election-year politics, soaring energy prices, and a mortgage crisis, and those numbers are even lower. In...
Association News
NRPA Receives $875,000 From CDCNRPA has received an $875,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which represents the largest federal grant the association has ever received. The award will be used to help 10 park and recreation...
Baltimore 08 Revisited
The annual NRPA Congress and Exposition brings together thousands of park and recreation professionals, citizens, advocates and industry partners for rich education. exposition energy and valuable networking. Whether you want to revisit the celebretion...
Defending Open Space and Recreation
A tale of partnering with the military to create new opportunities.In Prince William County, Va., finding open space for recreation is harder than ever. As one of the fastest growing counties in the country, Prince William has seen its population surge...
Defending Open Space and Recreation: A Tale of Partnering with the Military to Create New Opportunities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Prince William County, Va., finding open space for recreation is harder than ever. As one of the fastest growing counties in the country, Prince William has seen its population surge by 28.3 percent since the year 2000....
Does Your Staff Dress Code Include Information or Restrictions on Body Piercings or Tattoos Visible to the Public?
The city of Las Vegas visits this issue both agency-wide and within the department of leisure services every year or so. Currently there is no policy governing the appearance of an employee concerning tattoos or piercings. To a large extent, it is...
FOREST FINDINGS: Bridging the Gap between Children and Nature
Discover how Bowen Park engages children in nature-based play through interaction with a model ecosystem.Driving along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Waukegan, Ill., we could see the water stretch into the forested valleys that are the heart of Bowen...
Forest Findings: Bridging the Gap between Children and Nature: Discover How Bowen Park Engages Children in Nature-Based Play through Interaction with a Model Ecosystem
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Driving along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Waukegan, Ill., we could see the water stretch into the forested valleys that are the heart of Bowen Park, one of Waukegan Park District's signature parks. Nearing the 60-acre park,...
How I Did It: Surviving a Major "Crypto" Parasite Outbreak
With a comprehensive approach, one agency avoids a major outbreakBy now most of you have probably heard about Cryptosporidium, a horrible parasite that makes your bathers very sick.Cryptosporidium (commonly called Crypto) is a microscopic parasite, 2-6...
How I Did It: Surviving a Major "Crypto" Parasite Outbreak: With a Comprehensive Approach, One Agency Avoids a Major Outbreak
By now most of you have probably heard about Cryptosporidium, a horrible parasite that makes your bathers very sick. Cryptosporidium (commonly called Crypto) is a microscopic parasite, 2-6 microns in size, which is chlorine-resistant. Symptoms of infection...
Law Review: Park Concessionaire Restaurant Trademark
Court case examines who established legal ownership of restaurant trademarks.In hindsight, the trademark controversy described herein may have been avoided if the original concession agreement and later extensions expressly recognized the state agency's...
Leave It Better: In Baltimore, a Job Complete
Volunteers at this year's NRPA Congress & Exposition in Baltimore lend their time and expertise to refurbish a troubled park.Dozens of NRPA Congress & Exposition attendees set out on a sunny October morning from the Baltimore Convention Center....
Leave It Better: In Baltimore, a Job Complete: Volunteers at This Year's NRPA Congress & Exposition in Baltimore Lend Their Time and Expertise to Refurbish a Troubled Park
Dozens of NRPA Congress & Exposition attendees set out on a sunny October morning from the Baltimore Convention Center. Boarding a bus, the crews fanned out into the neighborhoods of Baltimore to put the words of NRPA benefactor, Claude Ahrens,...
Member News
TributeDr. Betty van der SmissenDr. Betty van der Smissen passed away November 6, 2008 at her home in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Through her life work she made an enduring imprint on the recreation, leisure, and sport and recreation law professions. She...
No Child Left Inside Victory
Despite a turbulent political environment, NRPA secured a major victory with the passage of the No Child Left Inside legislation in the House of Representatives. During the 110th Congress, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) introduced the No Child Left Inside...
NRPA Recognizes 2008 National. Award Honorees
At the Opening General Session of its 2008 Congress & Exposition in Baltimore, NRPA recognized the 2008 recipients of its esteemed National Awards. The National Awards honor congressional leaders, agencies, professionals, volunteers, and corporations...
One Soldier's Story
Army Reserve E4 Spec. William Strickland drove long-haul trucks between his stint in the National Guard and returning to the Reserves two years ago to better provide for his wife and four sons. When he deployed to Iraq in December 2006, Strickland protected...
Perspectives: Our Future Lies in Our Relevance
At this time of year you'll find it hard to avoid all of the year-end lists that blanket our newspapers, magazines, news programs, websites and other media. We like lists and it's clear why. These "best of" compilations allow us to effortlessly digest...
Perspectives: Our Future Lies in Our Relevance
At this time of year, you'll find it hard to avoid all of the year-end lists that blanket our newspapers, magazines, news programs, websites and other media. We like lists and it's clear why. These "best of" compilations allow us to effortlessly digest...
Playbook: When Appointing Volunteers, Trust Your Instincts
Why a vetting process ensures your agency the most qualified volunteersCall it "sixth-sense," "gut-feeling," or that "little voice," we all have it and make the conscious choice to listen or ignore it whenever it makes itself known. Have you ever wondered...
Playbook: When Appointing Volunteers, Trust Your Instincts: Why a Vetting Process Ensures Your Agency the Most Qualified Volunteers
Call it "sixth-sense," "gut-feeling," or that I "little voice" we all have it and make the conscious choice to listen or ignore it whenever it makes itself known. Have you ever wondered if every person who was willing to say yes and step up to help...
Product Roundup
Conquer This!This innovative climbing wall accessory, marketed as the Traversewall® Challenge Course, incorporates obstacle courses and a variety of other challenging activities, using specially designed hand holds and components. The activities add...
Research Update: If I Knew Then What I Know Now
Helping visitors make a connection to your parks is the name of the game.As a past practitioner and administrator for facilities with interpretation, there were times when I would have to make decisions about conducting particular types of programs due...
Research Update: If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Helping Visitors Make a Connection to Your Parks Is the Name of the Game
As a past practitioner and administrator for facilities with interpretation, there were times when I would have to make decisions about conducting particular types of programs due to staff availability and budget concerns. Back then, I would always...
Sound Off
Does your staff dress code include information or restrictions on body piercings or tattoos visible to the public?The city of Las Vegas visits this issue both agency- wide and within the department of leisure services every year or so. Currently there...
The Sound of MUSIC
Public park and recreation directors sing the praises of outdoor concerts.There's something romantic about listening to a string quartet by moonlight. And who wouldn't want to see a favorite band while enjoying a few rays? It's no wonder that outdoor...
The Sound of Music: Public Park and Recreation Directors Sing the Praises of Outdoor Concerts
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There's something romantic about listening to a string quartet by moonlight. And who wouldn't want to see a favorite band while enjoying a few rays? It's no wonder that outdoor concerts are popping up all over the country,...
Views from the Park Bench: Once a Park, Always a Park, Right?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With threats from roads, stables, arenas, shopping centers, hospitals, schools, parking lots and more, virtually no city in the country has protected every acre of its parkland against some form of alternative development....
Welcome Home, Soldier
Local agencies team up to help wounded war veterans heal.Going to war is hard. Coming home injured is harder. Even as wounded soldiers heal, they face the daunting tasks of reconnecting with their families, reintegrating into their communities, and re-imagining...
Welcome Home, Soldier: Local Agencies Team Up to Help Wounded War Veterans Heal
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Going to war is hard. Coming home injured is harder. Even as wounded soldiers heal, they face the daunting tasks of reconnecting with their families, reintegrating into their communities, and re-imagining their lives. For...
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