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. 35, No. 10, October

BlazeSports
A Model Program for Community-Based Adapted Sports BlazeSports is making community-based sports for children and adults with physical disabilities a reality in Georgia. Wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, track and field, and swimming make...
Community Recreation and Parks: The Benefits of a Healthy Agenda
Health has always been the agenda of local government recreation and park services. Their whole notion of "wholesome" recreation implied 1. healthy and 2. morally worthwhile. Recreation and park services have historically aimed to provide safe opportunities...
Does Flexibility Affect Sport Injury and Performance?
Flexibility is defined as the range of motion around a specific joint or a series of joints and is either static or dynamic (American College of Sports Medicine, 2000). Static flexibility refers to the degree to which a joint can be passively moved...
Hearts N' Parks
The National Recreation and Park Association and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute joined with a host of others on Tuesday, July 18, to launch Hearts n' Parks, a national, community-based program, in Arlington, Va. The program targets reducing...
Hershey's Track and Field Youth Program
The weather was perfect. The athletes excited and ready to compete. With friends and family on hand for support, and volunteers present to make certain that everything ran smoothly, 1960 Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson started the first race of...
Net Gains in New Jersey
At the corner of Muhammad Ali and Avon avenues in Newark, N.J., you will find Jesse Allen Park, a park that provides a host of positive recreation choices for kids in an area where negative choices can literally be life-threatening. The National...
New Study Ranks U.S. Urban Park Systems
A study released by the Trust for Public Land has ranked Minneapolis, Boston, and Cincinnati as the country's top three urban park systems, respectively. Following closely behind were Chicago, Denver, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco,...
NFL Honors Volunteers with Community QB Award
The National Football League has announced the creation of the NFL Community Quarterback Award, a volunteer recognition program that will donate nearly $1 million to community organizations served by outstanding volunteers. The new award acknowledges...
NRPA Advances Technology for Parks and Recreation
The vision began in the early 1990s with Schole, by today's standards a rudimentary Internet-based technology resource that encouraged communication among park and recreation professionals. Out of the ashes of Schole rose NRPAnet, the National Recreation...
NRPA Courts AVA, Nets Gains
There are more than 46 million Americans playing volleyball these days, making it the second most particigated" sport in the United States. A dynamic relationship between the Amateur Volleyball Association and the National Recreation and Park Association...
NRPA Program Partnerships and National Initiatives
Do you remember something that has stayed with you throughout your entire career? For me, it was a professor at the University of Maine who proclaimed that being able to effectively communicate what you strongly believe fosters a world full of opportunities...
NRPA Program Partner Ships and National Initiatives
Do you remember something that has stayed with you throughout your entire career? For me, it was a professor at the University of Maine who proclaimed that being able to effectively communicate what you strongly believe fosters a world full of opportunities...
Our Greatest Resource
Say the words youth development, and the first thing most people think of is after-school programs, camps, sports leagues, youth leadership programs, mentoring, skills training, and a wide variety of other programs for youth. While these constructive...
Play ... for Life
The late A. Bartlett Giametti, Renaissance scholar, former president of Yale University, and the commissioner of Major League Baseball at the time of his death, is often quoted as saying: You can learn more about a society by observing the way they...
Play.For Life
The late A. Bartlett Giametti, Renaissance scholar, former president of Yale University, and the commissioner of Major League Baseball at the time of his death, is often quoted as saying: You can learn more about a society by observing the way they play...
PRODUCT Roundup
BASKETBALL SYSTEM Bison introduces the Coastal Ultimate, a galvanized basketball system that will stand up to a lifetime of rugged basketball in even the toughest conditions. Aluminum or polyethylene back-board options prevent rust and weather-related...
School's Attendance Policy Prompts ADA Claim
As illustrated by the Baird decision described herein, rules and policies governing participation in public programs must be tempered with reasonable accommodations for those individuals who have a physical or mental condition that might qualify as a...
Serving Our Essential Cause
At the conclusion of the NRPA Congress & Exposition in Phoenix, Ariz., I will be installed as the NRPA President at the Board of Trustees banquet. This is an honor that I could never have imagined when I began my park and recreation career, and...
The Benefits of a Healthy Agenda
Health has always been the agenda of local government recreation and park services. Their whole notion of "wholesome" recreation implied 1. healthy and 2. morally worthwhile. Recreation and park services have historically aimed to provide safe opportunities...
This Land Is Your Land
c/o Rails-to-Trails Conservancy 1100 Seventeenth Street, NW 10th Floor Washington, DC 20036 1-877-MIL-TRLS FAX: (202)466-3742 EMAIL: miltrails@transact.org WEB SITE: www.milleuniumtrails.org From the earliest paths blazed by our ancestors to...
This Land Is Your Land
c/o Rails-to-Trails Consevancy 1100 Seventeenth Street, NW 10th Floor Washington, DC 20036 1-877-MIL-TRLS FAX: (202) 466-3742 EMAIL: miltrails@transact.org WEB SITE: www.millenniumtrails.org From the earliest paths blazed by our ancestors to the lastest...
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