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. 47, No. 8, August

A Case Study of Playground Accessibility
ACCESSIBILITYThe Universal Attractiveness of Universally Accessible Play EnvironmentsThe last 20 years in the playground industry have seen the introduction of numerous playground safety and accessibility regulations. With the advent of the Americans...
A Case Study of Playground Accessibility: The Universal Attractiveness of Universally Accessible Play Environments
The last 20 years in the playground industry have seen the introduction of numerous playground safety and accessibility regulations. With the advent of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the Access Board's playground accessibility rules of...
Artists' Oasis
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION: * 348 acres of parkland, 176 parkways, 12 parks including one dog park and one skate park, one nature reserve, one public garden, two museums, one farmers' market, one athletic center, one festival center, one reception center,...
A Visionary Honored
Charles Jordan, the professional's professionalDISTINGUISHED SERVICEA leader in the field of parks and recreation for more than 50 years, Charles Jordan has seen the industry grow and evolve, due in large part to his initiative and commitment to the...
A Visionary Honored: Charles Jordan, the Professional's Professional
A leader in the field of parks and recreation for more than 50 years, Charles Jordan has seen the industry grow and evolve, due in large part to his initiative and commitment to the communities he has served. Though he has also held positions in California...
Briefly Noted
* September is National Childhood Obe sity Awareness Month, and to help combat this growing epidemic, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is hosting USTA Free Tennis Play Days in celebration of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play in an effort...
Chicago's Beaches Go High Tech
HOW WE DID ITWater quality prediction system speeds beach informationChicago is known for a lot of things: deep dish pizza, President Obama's hometown, Buckingham Fountain, blues music... and beaches? Most don't think of Chicago when they hear the word'...
Chicago's Beaches Go High Tech: Water Quality Prediction System Speeds Beach Information
Chicago is known for a lot of things: deep dish pizza, President Obama's hometown, Buckingham Fountain, blues music ... and beaches? Most don't think of Chicago when they hear the word "beaches." Managed by the Chicago Park District, the 24 designated...
Chris Nunes
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION is gaining popularity and validity in the field of parks and recreation, thanks largely to the efforts of people like Chris Nunes, a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE) who serves as chair of the Certified Parks...
Congressional Caucuses Can Help Our Cause
FRESHMAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS often draw parallels to the feeling of the first few weeks and months in D.C. to how they felt when they walked into their first high school class or at tended freshman orientation for college. Perplexed by the complicated...
Conscious Choices
RESEARCH UPDATEThe Value of Education as a Leisure ComponentRecreation increases self-esteem and can have lasting effects on positive behavior toward self, the family, and the community. The role of parks and recreation providers is important, and at...
Conscious Choices: The Value of Education as a Leisure Component
Recreation increases self-esteem and can have lasting effects on positive behavior toward self, family, and the community. The role of parks and recreation providers is important, and at the core is recreation programming--activities, classes, sports,...
Cunningham Park
Joplin, MissouriThe historic EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin souri, on May 22, 2011, devastated the entire com¬munity, but meteorologists indicate the twister's power was at its strongest in downtown Cunning¬ham Park, which had been a restful haven for...
Cunningham Park: Joplin, Missouri
The historic EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin. Missouri, on May 22, 2011, devastated the entire community, but meteorologists indicate the twister's power was at its strongest in downtown Gunning ham Park, which had been a restful haven for city residents...
Did City Ballfield Permits Favor Religious Schools?
Field permit assignment system for public vs. Catholic schools questionedIN THE CASE OF ROGERS V. MULHOLLAND, C.A. No. 09-493 ML, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62437 (Dist. R.I. 5/4/2012), plaintiffs claimed the City of Paw-tucket, Rhode Island, violated the...
Flat Tires and Cavities
Make Health Help You Make Your Case in Your CommunityWHAT ARE THE BUZZ WORDS surrounding your community these days? Along with politically charged words such as "economy" and "jobs," "health" is at the top of the list. NRPA advocates daily on Capitol...
Flat Tires and Cavities: Make Health Help You Make Your Case in Your Community
WHAT ARE THE BUZZ WORDS surrounding your community these days? Along with politically charged words such as "economy" and "jobs," "health" is at the top of the list. NRPA advocates daily on Capitol Hill to make clear the important role parks and recreation...
Gold Rush
Public and military recreation programs create OlympiansAs the 2012 London Olympic Games begin, an untold number of the 529 U.S, athletes learned their sport in public and military recreation programs. Some past, future, and current Olympic athletes...
Gold Rush: Public and Military Recreation Programs Create Olympians
As the 2012 London Olympic Games begin, an untold number of the 529 U.S. athletes learned their sport in public and military recreation programs. Some past, future, and current Olympic athletes with roots in public recreation programs reflect on their...
Grand History Trail-York County, PA
INNOVATIONChairman, York County Rail Trail Authority: Carl R. Knoch; Executive Director: Gwen Loose* INNOVATION: Getting multiple jurisdictions and organizations in several states to work together for mutual benefit of creating a long-distance historic...
Grand History Trail-York County, PA: Chairman, York County Rail Trail Authority: Cart R. Knoch; Executive Director: Gwen Loose
* INNOVATION: Getting multiple jurisdictions and organizations in several states to work together for mutual benefit of creating a long-distance historic and scenic trail. * SUMMARY: The concept of the Grand History Trail, a long-distance trail...
Measures of Play
1 in 5: Children in the U.S. who live within walking distance of a park or playground (Centers for Disease Control). 29: Percentage of increased incidence of childhood obesity in neighborhoods without a park or playground (Singh). 5x: Likelihood...
Networking-What Is the Real Meaning?
A CERTAIN FORMER PROFESSOR OF MINE will undoubtedly smile ear-to-ear when he sees this article, as he always said, "If you don't know the answer to a question in this class, say 'networking' and you are most likely going to be right." None of the students...
Nrf Spotlight
CEASEFIRE ILLINOIS* Chicago Project for Vio lence Prevention/Ceasefire Grant-$30,000The purpose of Ceasefire Illinois is to reduce the rate of killing in the City of Chicago to equal or less than the national rate and to provide support and guidance...
Our Brand Promise
IF THERE IS ONE THING WE HAVE LEARNED in recent years about effective marketing for parks and recreation, it is that we must focus on the benefits. However, we have been deficient in one important category when it comes to selling our benefits, and...
Parks Build Community Project Takes Shape in Los Angeles
IN 2009, NRPA launched a major initiative to demonstrate the transformative value of parks to urban communities. Known as "Parks Build Community," NRPA led the effort to seek donations from NRPA's partner vendors and manufacturers, and in cooperation...
Playing It Safe
When Tony Malkusak steps onto the playground, it's a game of I Spy.I try to take a fair amount of time just to observe, take in the equipment, the space itself, the circulation pattern, and get as much of an understanding of the environ¬ment and play...
Playing It Safe: Playground Safety Inspectors' Work Is a Child's Dream Job
When Tony Malkusak steps onto the playground, it's a game of I Spy. "I try to take a fair amount of time just to observe, take in the equipment, the space itself, the circulation pattern, and get as much of an understanding of the environment and...
Playing It Too Safe?
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but after I finished reading our cover story this month on playground safety, I had to wonder how I survived childhood. It made me want to amend the old saying about cats and their nine lives to include kids. When I grew up,...
Product Roundup
Durable, shock-absorbing playground surfaceUnlike sand, wood chips, pea gravel, and other natural playground surface materials that require constant maintenance and replenishment, Surface America's Play-Bound Poured-in-Place rubber/urethane surfacing...
Should Parks and Recreation Care about Climate Change?
Climate change will impact parks just when we need them mostONE OF THE MORE PERPLEXING LONG-TERM ISSUES facing parks and recreation is how to deal with the issue of climate change. Clearly, public opinion is changing-a recent national poll by the Washington...
Should Parks and Recreation Care about Climate Change? Climate Change Will Impact Parks Just When We Need Them Most
ONE OF THE MORE PERPLEXING LONG-TERM ISSUES facing parks and recreation is how to deal with the issue of climate change. Clearly, public opinion is changing--a recent national poll by the Washington Post and Stanford University showed that global warming...
Staying Afloat
Innovation provides aquatics facilities sustainable revenueAs communities provide outlets for one of America's most popular pastimes, they often do so with lim¬ited funds, maintenance queries for aging facilities, and changes in demand, regulations,...
Staying Afloat: Innovation Provides Aquatics Facilities Sustainable Revenue
As communities provide outlets for one of America's most popular pastimes, they often do so with limited funds, maintenance queries for aging facilities, and changes in demand, regulations, and weather. According to Paul Gilbert, executive director...
The Long Slog
Park and recreation agencies share their views on the economy.THE ECONOMYThe worst of the recession's effects may be behind us, according to an online survey of park and recreation agencies. While the majority of park professionals continue to feel the...
The Long Slog: Park and Recreation Agencies Share Their Views on the Economy
The worst of the recession's effects may be behind us, according to an online survey of park and recreation agencies. While the majority of park professionals continue to feel the repercussions of economic uncertainty, they nonetheless see a deceleration...
THE Right Tools FOR THE Job
America's Backyard launches quarterly materials for member agenciesIN TODAY'S WORLD, it is increasingly important to prove your worth. Most experts in the field believe that the key is to reposition parks and recreation as essential service providers-essential...
The Right Tools for the Job: America's Backyard Launches Quarterly Materials for Member Agencies
IN TODAY'S WORLD, it is increasingly important to prove your worth. Most experts in the field believe that the key is to reposition parks and recreation as essential service providers--essential for health, economic vitality, keeping kids connected...
Water-The Lifeblood of Parks and Recreation
IN WHATEVER FORM, be it ocean, lake, river, pond, pool, water park, splash pad, or spray ground, water is a common resource that draws users to our parks and enhances our recreation. In the first week of July with temperatures in the 100s throughout...
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