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. 46, No. 9, September

2011 Guide to Exhibitors
2011 GUIDE TO EXHIBITORS ALPHABETICAL LISTING EXHIBITOR NAME BOOTH A A.D.STARR 1440 Academy of Model Aeronautics 2610 ActiveCommunities, Part of the 2038 Active Network Administrative...
2011 National Gold Medal Finalists
THE AMERICAN ACADEMY FOR PARK AND RECREATION ADMINISTRATION (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, is proud to announce the finalists of its 2011 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management....
2011 National Partnership Spotlight: Parks and Recreation: The Cornerstone of Connecting Healthy Americans and Communities
THE NATIONAL RECREATION AND PARK ASSOCIATION represents all park and recreation agencies in America, touching the lives of more than 300 million people in virtually every community, from rural communities to suburban neighborhoods to urban centers....
Active Kids Are Healthy Kids: Back to School with Congressional Youth Initiatives
AS THE BLISTERING SUMMER OF 2011 winds down, children across the country are returning to classrooms and the annual "back to school" mode is once again upon us. While many focus on acquiring school supplies and mentally preparing for another school...
A Role for Parks: The Case for a Long-Overdue Approach to Flood Control
News reports this spring and summer were full of stories about major flooding of rivers in the U.S. heartland. Thousands of people were displaced, and millions upon millions of dollars were lost in damage to developed infrastructure. The accounts of...
A Stronger Foundation
In a time when municipal budgets are being slashed and agencies are responding to the new recession-era economy, the role of park foundations is becoming increasingly important. To sustain programs, maintain facilities, and protect open space, agencies...
Board Treasurer Bob Farnsworth: Fiscal Conservatism, with an Eye to Growth
AS TREASURER OF THE NRPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Bob Farnsworth carries the primary responsibility for the fiscal health of the organization--both in regular budgeting and reporting practices and in long-term planning and investment strategies. In this...
Congress Highlights
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Opening General Session Keynote: Tony Hawk, Skateboarding World Champion; Founder, Tony Hawk Foundation Tuesday, November 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. WATCH FOR DETAILS ON HOW YOU COULD BE CHOSEN AS ONE OF ONLY 50 VIP'S TO...
Gathering Our Collective Resources in Atlanta
"WE ARE ENTERING A PERIOD OF AUSTERITY," the radio host announced yesterday--as if this were something new. Harrumph! How many more pools can the City of Fort Worth close? All seven city pools are currently sitting empty. During this summer of record-breaking...
Get the Most out of the NRPA Congress: Three Keys for a Productive and Enjoyable Conference
WHETHER YOU ARE ATTENDING CONGRESS for the first time, or have attended in the past and felt lost, these some insider tips should help you make the most of your NRPA Congress experience. Congress is a great event, but because of its size, some attendees...
Healthy Worksites, Happy Employees: Improving Community Health through Worksite Wellness
PARK AND RECREATION AGENCIES have long been involved in ensuring that citizens live healthy and active lives with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Because of the national increase in obesity rates and chronic diseases, park and recreation...
Hershey's Track & Field Games Celebrates the 34th Season
FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY youth ages 9-14 representing the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico came together August 4-6 for a celebration of running, jumping, and throwing at the 34th annual North American Final in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The celebrating was...
Kasim Reed: Atlanta's Mayor Keeps Parks in Focus
KASIH REED BECAME THE 59TM MAYOR of the city of Atlanta in January 2010, he promised to confront the city's challenges and help lead the transformation of its infrastructure and green space into a new era of sustainability. Now well into his second...
Making Room for the River: Applying Lessons from the Dutch to American Public Lands
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There are two types of levees: those that have failed and those that will. Over the past two decades, relentless natural disasters and aging infrastructure in the United States have made this old Dutch adage all too prophetic....
Mastering Revenue: Agencies Turn to Fees and Charges to Make Up for Shrinking General Funds
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TOM O'ROURKE, executive director of the Charleston County (South Carolina) Park & Recreation Commission, prides him self on running his department like a corporation. As he puts it, "This is no different from running a...
Not Child's Play: The Collaboration and Innovation Behind the Rebuilding of Selena Butler Park's Playground
WHEN NRPA ISSUED a Request for Proposals for a donated playground for its second Parks Build Community project, PlayCore, a manufacturer of commercial play equipment and NRPA member, stepped forward with a comprehensive proposal for a model playground....
Numbers to Live By
300,000: Deaths attributed to unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise in the U.S. each year, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology $76.6 billion: Amount of money that could be saved on medical costs...
Oakland County Parks and Recreation: Oakland County, Michigan
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Programs * Outreach: The Recreation Assistance Partnership Program granted $150,000 in no-cost services for Oakland County Parks to bring its services to underserved areas of Oakland County. ...
Parks and Recreation for All
AS PARKS & RECREATION GOES TO PRESS, the country has received another round of bad economic news--a weakening global economy and a gyrating U.S. stock market. With the historic debt ceiling vote behind us (but not the details), the picture for...
Perks for Park Volunteers: Set Your Organization Apart from Others by Offering Benefits to People Willing to Help Out
Volunteers abound. More than 63.4 million contributed 8.1 billion hours of service between September 2009 and September 2010, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service (www.volunteeringinamerica.gov). With so many government...
PRORAGIS: Getting the Gist of GIS
LAST MONTH'S FEATURE OUTLINED KEY ADVANTAGES OF PRORAGIS'S MAPPING ABILITY, or the GIS element of PRORAGIS. Among these advantages is the ability to use custom filters to compare visual representations of the resources in any profiled department. Used...
Rephrase the Question: Gary Green Challenges the Notion of a Generation Stuck Indoors
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We were asking kids the wrong questions," says Dr. Gary T. Green, referring to research efforts over the past decade attempting to quantify the amount of time kids spend outdoors. "We were asking, 'Did you go out and play...
Southern Charms: Introducing Atlanta, Host for NRPA's 2011 Congress and Exposition
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Atlanta is a city for the senses, drawing people of every kind to live, work, and play in the metro region. With hundreds of recreation facilities, more than 3,000 acres of greenspace, and a development plan that will redefine...
Southern Hospitality: Eating, Shopping, and Sightseeing in "The Big Peach"
EATING Atlanta has thousands of restaurants in the metro region, which makes for some serious Southern vittles. At the historic heart of the food presence in the South--soul food. For a downtown mainstay, try the 64-year-old Busy Bee Cafe, an Atlanta...
The Things They Steel: Park Thieves Prefer Copper but Will Take Any Other Metal at Great Costs to Taxpayers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Whether it is the lingering effects of the recession or just a nasty uptick in bad behavior among thieves specializing in construction materials, there has been an astonishing increase in the theft of metal from public parks...
Through the Eyes of Our Members Highlights from the 2011 NRPA Member Survey
The 2011 NRPA Membership Survey undertook to gather and quantify the characteristics and opinions of the association's current members and non-members-questioning them about the issues they face, their perspective on the industry as a whole, and the...
Turning Teens Around: Hialeah's Early Prevention and Intervention Program
Forty teenagers rustle and squirm in a crowded classroom at Milander Park in Hialeah, Florida. They warily eye the Metro-Dade police officer who is speaking at the lectern. Officer Frank Mendieta breaks off from his presentation on traffic safety to...
Visions: How Atlanta's Park System Is Transforming a City
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN THE MID-2000S, the people of Atlanta--including city leaders, local citizens, and public planners--embarked on a series of efforts on an epic scale to redevelop the city's and region's public green space. At the core...
Walmart Foundation Grant Helps Hialeah Feeding Programs
Hialeah, Florida, Nayor Carlos Hernandez held a press conference on July 14 to recognize the Walmart Foundation and NRPA for a grant that helps with feeding lunches and snacks to at least 500-800 children per day. Surrounded by dozens of summer campers...
We'll Build It Ourselves: Community-Built Playground in an Era of Safety and Accessibility Concerns
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I USED TO LOVE CASTLE PLAYGROUNDS when I was really young," the post on Union County, New Jersey's forum begins, "My friends and I are now able to drive around, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any castle playgrounds...
Workshop and Education Highlights
Pre-Conference Workshops MONDAY October 31 0.4 CEUs Half-day Workshops Fee: $65 8:00 a.m.--12:15 p.m. 81 Branding Your Customer Service Room #B404 Discover how to define customer service from a customer's point of view and how this...
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