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. 41, No. 12, December

Advocacy Update: Linking Health to Parks and Recreation
Communities need to promote health and wellness to improve quality of life.NRPA has a long history of working on health and wellness promotion in communities across America. Many individuals are beginning to appreciate and understand the role of parks...
Advocacy Update: Linking Health to Parks and Recreation: Communities Need to Promote Health and Wellness to Improve Quality of Life
NRPA has a long history of working on health and wellness promotion in communities across America. Many individuals are beginning to appreciate and understand the role of parks and recreation in promoting healthy lifestyles. Our spaces provide access...
Agencies Honored with Awards
The National Gold Medal Award winners are announced.Every year at NRPA's Congress, an attendee can scan the crowd of faces at the Opening Session and see a few that seem more anxious than most. Most likely, these faces belong to an agency that is a Gold...
Agencies Honored with Awards: The National Gold Medal Award Winners Are Announced
Every year at NRPA's Congress, an attendee can scan the crowd of faces at the Opening Session and see a few that seem more anxious than most. Most likely, these faces belong to an agency that is a Gold Medal finalist, waiting to find out whether they...
Branches Present Honors at Congress
At NRPA's Congress & Exposition in Seattle, Wash., branches of the association presented various awards during ceremonies held on Oct. 13. Below is a listing of those who were honored-congratulations to everyone who received awards. Armed Forces...
BRINGING Customers Back
How to create a "once in a lifetime" experience.Military recreation is one of the few sections of the recreation industry that can provide its customers a "once in a lifetime" experience through travel, tourism and outdoor recreation programs. Customers...
Bringing Customers Back: How to Create a "Once in a Lifetime" Experience
Military recreation is one of the few sections of the recreation industry that can provide its customers a once in a lifetime" experience through travel, tourism and outdoor recreation programs. Customers could hut hop in the Alps, bike through France's...
Conquering Congress
Our three Congress rookies dive into the sights and sounds of Seattle to report on what it is like to attend the conference for the first time.In our September issue, Parks & Recreation introduced readers to three members who have never attended...
Conquering Congress: Our Three Congress Rookies Dive into the Sights and Sounds of Seattle to Report on What It Is like to Attend the Conference for the First Time
In our September issue, Parks & Recreation introduced readers to three members who have never attended NRPA's Congress. We asked them to document their experiences throughout the week and describe what they saw. These "rookie reporters" came away...
From the Editor: Inspiration Knocks
As the editor of the magazine, I have the unique position of attending a multitude of different events at NRPA's Congress & Exposition every year. This year, as I visited event after event, I noticed a theme that I thought was important to share.In...
Gold-Medal Olympian Highlights Partnership Benefits
Health, safety and sports define park and recreation partnerships in 2007.Things are on fire from an NRPA perspective, in terms of our partnerships," NRPA Partnerships Director Kathy Spangler began at a luncheon for urban directors at the 2006 NRPA Congress...
Gold-Medal Olympian Highlights Partnership Benefits: Health, Safety and Sports Define Park and Recreation Partnerships in 2007
Things are on fire from an NRPA perspective, in terms of our partnerships," NRPA Partnerships Director Kathy Spangler began at a luncheon for urban directors at the 2006 NRPA Congress & Exposition in Seattle, Wash. "Last year alone, our estimates...
Kempthorne Presents the 'Best Remedy'
During the Opening General Session, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior moves the audience with a pledge to get America outdoors.The focus of an excited crowd of attendees turned to the Opening General Session stage on Wednesday evening of the 2006 NRPA...
Kempthorne Presents the 'Best Remedy': During the Opening General Session, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Moves the Audience with a Pledge to Get America Outdoors
The focus of an excited crowd of attendees turned to the Opening General Session stage on Wednesday evening of the 2006 NRPA Congress & Exposition. After the opening entertainment of the tribal rhythms of the Sharimba Youth Marimba Band had ceased,...
Law Review: Park Land in Perpetuity
Land left in a trust must follow the original intent of the conveyance.In 1930, the will of Mary P.C. Cummings left a gift of real estate known as "Babylon Hill" to the City of Boston to hold "in trust" and keep the parcel "forever open as a public pleasure...
Leave It Better: Field of Dreams
Heavily-used sports fields in Boston get a much-needed structural facelift.Project:Teddy Ebersol's Red Sox Fields at Lederman Park, Boston, Mass.Problem:Popular, yet aging fields in a prime location on Boston's historic Esplanade were often waterlogged...
Leave It Better: Field of Dreams: Heavily-Used Sports Fields in Boston Get a Much-Needed Structural Facelift
Project: Teddy Ebersol's Red Sox Fields at Lederman Park, Boston, Mass. Problem: Popular, yet aging fields in a prime location on Boston's historic Esplanade were often waterlogged because of poor irrigation. The area needed a permanent solution...
Member News
Florida: Raising Funds Through AdvertisingNRPA agency member Broward County, Fla., was facing financial difficulties in the building of Central Broward Regional Park as costs unexpectedly grew to more than $120 million. But with its many proposed amenities,...
NIRI Conference Motivates Members
The National Institute on Recreation Inclusion (NIRI) concluded in September with attendees learning from dynamic speakers, receiving awards and networking with other professionals in the field. The conference is a collaborative effort between two...
Perspectives: One Person's Journey
NRPA's new president shares his personal story to encourage others to serve.As I begin my year as president of NRPA, I wanted to share my own story with the greater NRPA membership in an attempt to encourage others to take a step forward to becoming...
Perspectives: One Person's Journey: NRPA's New President Shares His Personal Story to Encourage Others to Serve
As I begin as president of NRPA, I wanted to share my own story with the greater NRPA membership in an attempt to encourage others to take a step forward to becoming actively involved in our association. I gravitated toward a career in the park...
Research Update: Sports for Children with ADHD
Recreation can enhance the lives of children with ADHD.The diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become so common that between two and 10 percent of school-aged children have been labeled as having ADHD, with boys three times...
Research Update: Sports for Children with ADHD: Recreation Can Enhance the Lives of Children with ADHD
The diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become so common that between two and 10 percent of school-aged children have been labeled as having ADHD, with boys three times more likely than girls to develop and be diagnosed...
Seattle Sights and Sounds
Participants attend educational sessions, cruise the exhibit hall, tour the city and reconnect with colleagues through a week of non-stop action at this year's NRPA Congress and Exposition.NRPA's Congress and Exposition in Seattle, Wash., gave participants...
The Art of Therapeutic Recreation
A specialist works for inclusion in an inpatient treatment program by using his love of art.Inclusion is the latest trend in parks and recreation, with professionals addressing methods for all consumers to become involved in their park and recreation...
The Art of Therapeutic Recreation: A Specialist Works for Inclusion in an Inpatient Treatment Program by Using His Love of Art
Inclusion is the latest trend in parks and recreation, with professionals addressing methods for all consumers to become involved in their park and recreation district programs. The lessons in accomplishing this not-so-easy task come from many sources,...
The Way We PLAY
A survey of 25 urban park districts reveals trends in playground development and upkeep.With gleaming skyscrapers soaring above the Texas prairie, a thriving economy and a reputation for style and sophistication, Dallas is a model of the dynamic American...
The Way We Play: A Survey of 25 Urban Park Districts Reveals Trends in Playground Development and Upkeep
With gleaming skyscrapers soaring above the Texas prairie, a thriving economy and a reputation for style and sophistication, Dallas is a model of the dynamic American city. So, too, are the recreational facilities the city provides for its younger...
The Write Stuff
Want to respond to something you read? Parks & Recreation magazine welcomes your input on any topic. Please send e-mails to edit@nrpa.org, fax to (703) 858-0794 or write to: Parks & Recreation, Letters to the Editor, 22377 Belmont Ridge Rd.,...
Thrice the Ice
A new ice rink program called cross-ice allows kids more play with the puck.Across the nation a revolutionary grass-roots program is slowly turning hockey traditionalists into cross-ice converts. From the association level to public park and recreation...
Thrice the Ice: A New Ice Rink Program Called Cross-Ice Allows Kids More Play with the Puck
Across the nation a revolutionary grass-roots program is slowly turning hockey traditionalists into cross-ice converts. From the association level to public park and recreation programs, the concept of cross-ice hockey has been making strides in membership...
Trailblazers: Stepping Down but Not Out
Name: Fran Mainella Title: Former National Park Service Director Member since: 1983 Fran Mainella promoted conservation as a vital human necessity, and outreach as a social standard. She breathed partnerships and preached volunteerism. And...
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