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. 48, No. 5, May

Are You Ready to Share Your #ParkRecLuv?
This July, get ready to tell the world, and have the world tell you, all the reasons to love parks and recreation. This year's Park and Recreation Month is all about encouraging the public to share and recognize the reasons parks and recreations...
A Sweet Job
Volunteer's passion for bees keeps them alive at a Virginia parkAfter more than 20 years of working with bees - first as a naturalist and now as a volunteer with the Fairfax County Park Authority in Virginia - Karen Waltman says she still hasn't figured...
A Sweet Job: Volunteer's Passion for Bees Keeps Them Alive at a Virginia Park
After more than 20 years of working with bees--first as a naturalist and now as a volunteer with the Fairfax County Park Authority in Virginia--Karen Waltman says she still hasn't figured them out. "A lot of times they die off, and I don't know why,"...
Briefly Noted
The park and recreation community has recently lost a longtime advocate with the passing of Christopher Jarvi, who served as NRPA's president from 1997 to 1998 and on the Board of Directors from 1992 to 1999. He also served the City of Anaheim, California,...
Death in the Workplace
Balancing compassion with complianceIn my career, I've worked alongside many coworkers who were grieving the loss of a loved one. It's fairly common. Actually, it's unavoidable. Death does not care that there's a big meeting next week or that tickets...
Death in the Workplace: Balancing Compassion with Compliance
In my career, I've worked alongside many coworkers who were grieving the loss of a loved one. It's fairly common. Actually, it's unavoidable. Death does not care that there's a big meeting next week or that tickets for the family vacation are already...
Having a Ball
Pickleball and other new sports attract active adultsIn the Sunbelt, making a new active-adult community stand out from the multitude can be a challenge. With shuffleboard courts shuffling offto the wayside in the 1980s and 1990s, developers are seeking...
Having a Ball: Pickleball and Other New Sports Attract Active Adults
In the Sunbelt, making a new active-adult community stand out from the multitude can be a challenge. With shuffleboard courts shuffling off to the wayside in the 1980s and 1990s, developers are seeking out new sports that appeal to retiring baby boomers,...
Hit the (Outdoor) Gym
A new era of fitness trails and outdoor gyms helps communities stay healthyRounding the trail, sunlight weaves through the woods as I pass a dog walker and spy another fitness station, tucked neatly between the trees, with its tired sign and barely mulched...
Hit the (Outdoor) Gym: A New Era of Fitness Trails and Outdoor Gyms Helps Communities Stay Healthy
Rounding the trail, sunlight weaves through the woods as I pass a dog walker and spy another fitness station, tucked neatly between the trees, with its tired sign and barely mulched pad. he faded, red-painted wood is worn, but still sturdy. No one's...
How We Did It
The evolution of a skatepark into a world-class place for kidsKennesaw, Georgia, is a welcoming, family-friendly community of 30,000 in the northwest suburbs of Atlanta. The town has many amenities - a Smithsonian- affiliated museum, a 16-acre botanical...
How We Did It: The Evolution of a Skatepark into a World-Class Place for Kids
Kennesaw, Georgia, is a welcoming, family-friendly community of 30,000 in the northwest suburbs of Atlanta. The town has many amenities--a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, a 16-acre botanical garden and 130 acres of parks, public buildings and greenspaces....
Majority "Baseball Rule" Limits Spectator Liability
As described herein, the "Baseball Rule" has been adopted by courts in a majority of jurisdictions that have considered the legal duty of landowners owed to spectators at baseball games. In general, the Baseball Rule limits the landowner duty of care...
Managing Sacred Ground
Respect, flexibility and attention to detail are key aspects in public cemetery managementPark and recreation professionals draw immediate connections between the management of cemeteries and the management of other public assets. Much like parks or...
Managing Sacred Ground: Respect, Flexibility and Attention to Detail Are Key Aspects in Public Cemetery Management
Park and recreation professionals draw immediate connections between the management of cemeteries and the management of other public assets. Much like parks or historical landmarks, modern-day interment sites are sanctuaries that reflect the cultural...
Most of You Will Love This Article!
The power of social-norm marketingRecently, my wife was in a nearby discount store to purchase some party favors. While in line to make her purchase, she observed the cashier asking a customer at the checkout stand if she would like to donate a dollar...
Most of You Will Love This Article! the Power of Social-Norm Marketing
Recently, my wife was in a nearby discount store to purchase some party favors. While in line to make her purchase, she observed the cashier asking a customer at the checkout stand if she would like to donate a dollar to a certain charitable cause....
New Map, New Destinations
Last month, Board Chair Steve Thompson described how NRPA has adopted a new three-year strategic plan covering the period of July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2016. This strategic plan is very important to our Association--it charts the course of where we want...
NRPA's Online Community Forums Discuss Ways to Engage Seniors
"What programs does your agency provide to engage seniors in your community with parks and recreation?" Currently, aquacize, yoga and bridge have been our most successful programs to engage our Boomers and Beyond age group. Most of these programs...
NRPA's Online Community Forums Discuss Ways to Engage Seniors
"What programs does your agency provide to engage seniors in your community with parks and recreation?"Currently, aquacize, yoga and bridge have been our most successful programs to engage our Boomers and Beyond age group. Most of these programs are...
Parks and Natural Disaster Preparedness
Parks can play a multi-faceted role in keeping communities safe from Earth's outburstsWhen public-service agencies are identified as first responders for emergencies and natural disasters, park and recreation departments are not often thought of as being...
Parks and Natural Disaster Preparedness: Parks Can Play a Multi-Faceted Role in Keeping Communities Safe from Earth's Outbursts
When public-service agencies are identified as first responders for emergencies and natural disasters, park and recreation departments are not often thought of as being near the top of the list. Increasingly, however, parks and public land agencies...
Parks and Recreation.Org
Last month, our cover story highlighted NRPA's new three-pillar messaging ("Pillars of Our Communities," www.parksandrecreation.org/2013/April/ Pillars-of-Our-Communities), and it's our hope that this new initiative will help park and recreation professionals...
Products
Concrete table-tennis tablesPublic table-tennis tables encourage family participation, friendly competition and pickup games between local enthusiasts of all ages. Bravado Outdoor Products offers concrete table-tennis tables in standard and custom colors...
Professional Development Planner
Upcoming educational opportunities to take your knowledge to the next level.SCHOOLS AND CONFERENCESwww.nrpa.org/educationNRPA schools and conferences are forums where the park and recreation community comes together to exchange ideas and information....
Professional Development Planner: Upcoming Educational Opportunities to Take Your Knowledge to the Next Level
SCHOOLS AND CONFERENCES www.nrpa.org/education NRPA schools and conferences are forums where the park and recreation community comes together to exchange ideas and information. Whether you are just starting your career or are a seasoned veteran,...
PRORAGIS Data on Summer Camps
Throughout the United States, the end of the school year and classes presents a period of leisure, family vacations, visits to relatives and, for many, the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of fun and challenging experiences at the local...
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Financial help for young professionals struggling with student loansDo you have a significant amount of student loans? Are you paying more in monthly student-loan payments than you can truly afford? Is your debt-to-income ratio unsustainable? Do you...
Public Service Loan Forgiveness: Financial Help for Young Professionals Struggling with Student Loans
Do you have a significant amount of student loans? Are you paying more in monthly student-loan payments than you can truly afford? Is your debt-to-income ratio unsustainable? Do you want earn a graduate degree but have concerns that taking on debt...
Riding the Waves of Fun
A surf camp designed for kids with autism is a big hit in South FloridaIn the spring of 2008, the City of Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department partnered with the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities...
Riding the Waves of Fun: A Surf Camp Designed for Kids with Autism Is a Big Hit in South Florida
In the spring of 2008, the City of Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department partnered with the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD), a comprehensive outreach and support program...
Strike Back against Lightning
NATA issues safety policy guidelinesEach year in the United States, more than 400 people are struck by lightning. On average, 42 of those strikes prove fatal. Of importance to park and recreation professionals is that nearly half of these fatalities...
Strike Back against Lightning: NATA Issues Safety Policy Guidelines
Each year in the United States, more than 400 people are struck by lightning. On average, 42 of those strikes prove fatal. Of importance to park and recreation professionals is that nearly half of these fatalities occur during organized sports or recreational...
Trail Improvements in the Mid-Ohio Valley
New signage and maps improve trail/park accessibilityA notable feature of the Mid-Ohio Valley region of West Virginia is the vast collection of trails that wind through the area. The North Bend Rail Trail, American Discovery Trail and the network of...
Trail Improvements in the Mid-Ohio Valley: New Signage and Maps Improve Trail/park Accessibility
A notable feature of the Mid-Ohio Valley region of West Virginia is the vast collection of trails that wind through the area. The North Bend Rail Trail, American Discovery Trail and the network of trails along North Bend State Park are well-known destinations...
Web Exclusives
ParksandRecreation.orgLast month, our cover story highlighted NRPA's new three-pillar messaging ("Pillars of Our Communities," www. parksandrecreation.org/2013/April/ Pillars-of-Our-Communities), and it's our hope that this new initiative will help park...
When Fitness Gets Competitive
Arizona town's public fitness center challengedIt is time. You have put it offbut you finally hit your breaking point. You have to get in shape and get healthy. It's time to join a gym, so you start shopping around. The first fitness center you visit...
When Fitness Gets Competitive: Arizona Town's Public Fitness Center Challenged
It is time. You have put it off but you finally hit your breaking point. You have to get in shape and get healthy. It's time to join a gym, so you start shopping around. The first fitness center you visit is across town, nice equipment, good classes,...
When to Succumb to Peer Pressure
The announcement on the news was barely a blip on my radar: Our county council had a passed a five-cent tax on plastic bags. It wasn't until I was standing in a store checkout with an armful of purchases a few months later that it finally sunk in....
Why We Want Kids to Use Technology
Devices can help bring kids to nature and the outdoorsNot so long ago, NRPA caught heat from some members for an ad we ran in the magazine. It showed a picture of a hiker who was obviously in a backcountry area of a park, typing on a smartphone. The...
Why We Want Kids to Use Technology: Devices Can Help Bring Kids to Nature and the Outdoors
Not so long ago, NRPA caught heat from some members for an ad we ran in the magazine. It showed a picture of a hiker who was obviously in a backcountry area of a park, typing on a smartphone. The caption said "You are here. So are we," and the subtext...
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