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. 30, No. 4, April

Award Recipient Uses Interactionism to Understand Leisure Behavior
The Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Research is given annually to the individual whose contribution to recreation and park research has advanced the cause of the recreation movement significantly. The recipient also must show...
Ballfield Lighting
A decision concerning the selection of proper lighting can affect sports and recreation facilities for years to come. And as you face questions about lumens, dirt depreciation, tilt factor, Metal Halide, integral ballasts, average maintained, and other...
Developing Media Interest in Park and Recreation Issues
In 1994, through support from the National Recreation Foundation, NRPA began building awareness and support for its programs and mission via a national media relations program coordinated by L.C. Williams & Associates (LCWA), a Chicago-based public...
Healthy Cities: Survival Strategies for Recreation and Parks
When Paul Alba went to work on June 28, 1994, his goal was to save lives. Instead, he almost lost his own. Alba, 29, is a lifeguard at the Will Rogers swimming pool in the community of Watts in south Los Angeles. A role model for the community - a hero...
National Recreation Foundation Recognizes NYJTL Outreach Programs
When Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, and Sherry Snyder started the National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) in 1969 in a Harlem Park, they sparked a revolution in tennis. Ten years later, that revolution was joined and supported by the United States Tennis...
Outdoor Recreation Planning & Coordination
In November 1994, the National Park Service (NPS) issued a draft document entitled "Restructuring Plan for the National Park Service" PS Plan). Conspicuously absent from the NPS Plan was any expressed reference to Public Law 88-29, the Outdoor Recreation...
Playground Safety: The Long Trail
It is now more than 20 years since the gauntlet first was thrown down in a challenge to the federal government, the municipalities, and the producers of playground equipment to create safer outdoor play environments for children. In 1979, two petitions...
Softball Slides into the 21st Century
Softball is not just a backyard, Sunday afternoon kind of game anymore. And it doesn't just mean slow pitch. In today's softball games, it is not unusual to see the ball cross the plate at speeds of 70 miles per hour or more as women's fast pitch storms...
Vision 2000: Welcoming the Challenge of Change
What does tomorrow hold for the recreation and park field? Where will we--as individuals and as a profession--be in five years? How can we prepare for all the changes that will be upon us in the near and distant future? And what is NRPA's role in shaping...
Volleyball: This Fast-Growing Sport Serves Up Fun and Profit
It fills the pages of Sports Illustrated. You see it on MTV. And you can read about its stars in People magazine. It's one of the hottest trends in America today. It's volleyball. Volleyball? Yes, the sport that used to be the strict domain of company...
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