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. 49, No. 1, January

All Dogs Allowed
A Minnesota dog park makes accommodations for special-needs caninesThere is a beautiful equalizing aspect inherent in outdoor recreational activities. Most folks are able to enjoy peaceful communion with nature in public green spaces, including those...
All Dogs Allowed: A Minnesota Dog Park Makes Accommodations for Special-Needs Canines
There is a beautiful equalizing aspect inherent in outdoor recreational activities. Most folks are able to enjoy peaceful communion with nature in public green spaces, including those who are elderly or individuals struggling with physical or mental...
An Uneasy Balance
Until recently, I lived and worked in California. If you have never been there, I can tell you that many of the stereotypical depictions of the Golden State are, for the most part, true. The weather is usually ideal, the beaches are always beautiful,...
Board of Directors Update
NRPA's Board of Directors consists of tenured park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates and industry insiders, and members serve their terms of office on a rolling basis. At NRPA's Congress in 2013, the Board said goodbye to Larry Blackstad,...
Briefly Noted
* Marketing gurus, save the date - the 2014 Brand+Aid Marketing & Social Media Conference is set for January 22--23 in Grand Prairie, Texas. The event features presenta- tions by nine seasoned marketing professionals, who will share in- sights to...
County of San Diego Breaks Barriers to Recreation for Obese Youth
In San Diego County, California's unincorporated Lakeside community, engaging in physical activity is a challenge for many families due to a lack of resources and negative perceptions of nearby parks. In 2013, the County of San Diego Department of...
Here's Your Sign
How to choose the best signage options to communicate with park visitorsThese days, individuals are constantly assailed by information, whether on our phones, computers or during the daily commute. Marketing professionals work tirelessly to find the...
Here's Your Sign: How to Choose the Best Signage Options to Communicate with Park Visitors
These days, individuals are constantly assailed by information, whether on our phones, computers or during the daily commute. Marketing professionals work tirelessly to find the most compelling ways to get our attention, and those who serve in the...
High-Tech Rec
A Maryland community takes on public health challenges with a LEED Silver-certified recreation facilityResearch has shown that low-income minority communities often lack access to quality public facilities, including safe places to be physically active....
High-Tech Rec: A Maryland Community Takes on Public Health Challenges with a LEED Silver-Certified Recreation Facility
Research has shown that low-income minority communities often lack access to quality public facilities, including safe places to be physically active. However, critics can't claim this to be the case in the historically African-American community of...
How We Did It: Woodstock Equestrian Park
A Maryland park agency develops an equine facility that connects to the county's historical rootsBuilding, renovating and expanding parks often takes longer than expected, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. The Wood- stock Equestrian...
How We Did It: Woodstock Equestrian Park: A Maryland Park Agency Develops an Equine Facility That Connects to the County's Historical Roots
Building, renovating and expanding parks often takes longer than expected, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. The Woodstock Equestrian Park in Beallsville, Maryland, is one of those good things that has been in the works for...
Innovators on Call
Meet some of the trendsetting people and companies advancing the products and services for the field of parks and recreationThe NRPA Board of Directors, staffleadership and a group of leading industry innovators gathered last October for a retreat to...
Innovators on Call: Meet Some of the Trendsetting People and Companies Advancing the Products and Services for the Field of Parks and Recreation
The NRPA Board of Directors, staff leadership and a group of leading industry innovators gathered last October for a retreat to discuss .Land predict the emerging trends that the field of parks and recreation should be aware of for 2014 and upcoming...
It's Award Season - Roll out the Red Carpet
Get your applications and nominations in now for the National and Gold Medal Awards as well as the Hall of FameNRPA will honor recipients of three prestigious award programs during the 2014 Congress and Exposition in Char- lotte, North Carolina.The NRPA...
It's Award Season-Roll out the Red Carpet: Get Your Applications and Nominations in Now for the National and Gold Medal Awards as Well as the Hall of Fame
NRPA will honor recipients of three prestigious award programs during the 2014 Congress and Exposition in Charlotte, North Carolina. The NRPA National Awards are presented to individuals and agencies to honor their efforts in the field of parks...
Letters
We hope the articles you read in Parks & Recreation are thought-provoking and engaging, and we want to hear your opinions on what you read in these pages. Through social media posts, website comments, emails to staffor posts on Connect, let us know...
Make the Choice to Be the Voice for Parks and Recreation - Join Us at Legislative Forum
In March, NRPA will host the annual National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation in Washington, D.C. The Legislative Forum is NRPA's pre- mier annual advocacy event and is critical to advancing the national legisla- tive agenda for parks and recreation.NRPA...
Make the Choice to Be the Voice for Parks and Recreation-Join Us at Legislative Forum
In March, NRPA will host the annual National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation in Washington, D.C. The Legislative Forum is NRPA's premier annual advocacy event and is critical to advancing the national legislative agenda for parks and recreation....
Member Spotlight: Matthew Jones
Matthew Jones isn't your typical park custodian. During his almost four-year tenure at the Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD) in California, Jones has developed a reputation not only for maintaining the cleanest public restrooms around, but...
Micromanagement (Part Three)
It's not me. It's you!If you've followed along with Parts One and Two of this mini-series (www.parksandrecreation.org/2013/November/Micromanagement- Part-One and www.parksandrecreation.org/2013/December/Micro management/Part-Two), then you understand...
Micromanagement (Part Three): It's Not Me. It's You!
If you've followed along with Parts One and Two of this mini-series (www.parksandrecreation.org/2013/November/MicromanagementPart-One and www.parksandrecreation.org/2013/December/Micro management/Part-Two), then you understand the difference between...
Municipal Golf - What's the Best Management Path?
When things get dicey, the Chinese have a tongue-in-cheek saying that goes something like this: "We are fortunate to live in interesting times." For communities operating publicly owned golf course fa- cilities, these are indeed "interesting times."...
Municipal Golf-What's the Best Management Path?
When things get dicey, the Chinese have a tongue-in-cheek saying that goes something like this: "We are fortunate to live in interesting times." For communities operating publicly owned golf course facilities, these are indeed "interesting times."...
National Recreational and Park Association: Professional Development
NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities. Find out more at www.nrpa.org/education. CPSI PROGRAM The...
National Recreation and Park Association
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTCPSI PROGRAMThe Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) cer- tification program provides the most comprehensive training on playground safety standards and the creden- tials to inspect playgrounds for safety compliance.FEB17-19...
National Recreation Foundation Spotlight
As part of an ongoing series focused on the National Recreation Foundation (NRF), Parks & Recreation Magazine highlights grant recipients for the foundation's program benefiting at-risk youths. This month highlights one nationwide initiative, as...
Nrpa Trendwatch 2014
NRPA's Board of Directors met with several park and recreation industry leaders to discuss developing trends that may offer a glimpse into the future of the fieldDid you ever wonder what leading thinkers from the business side of the park and recreation...
NRPA Trendwatch 2014: NRPA's Board of Directors Met with Several Park and Recreation Industry Leaders to Discuss Developing Trends That May Offer a Glimpse into the Future of the Field
Did you ever wonder what leading thinkers from the business side of the park and recreation industry believe are the most important trends influencing our field in the next few years? NRPA's Board of Directors wanted to know, so they invited a select...
OUT Is IN
A Q&A with the mind behind the 2014 Park and Recreation Month themeEvery year, NRPA members take the Park and Recreation Month theme and make it their own. The posters, events and contests put on during July are always so creative that this year,...
Out Is IN: A Q&a with the Mind Behind the 2014 Park and Recreation Month Theme
Every year, NRPA members take the Park and Recreation Month theme and make it their own. The posters, events and contests put on during July are always so creative that this year, we let you choose the theme! We asked for your ideas and put the top...
Out of the Shadows
Homeless people present a sensitive situation for park managers, but agencies across the country have found ways to work with, instead of against, their part-time residentsThe San Francisco Recreation and Park Department recently made national headlines...
Out of the Shadows: Homeless People Present a Sensitive Situation for Park Managers, but Agencies across the Country Have Found Ways to Work with, Instead of against, Their Part-Time Residents
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department recently made national headlines as the city's-board of supervisors voted to close its parks nightly between midnight and 5 a.m., a policy shift many say was specifically orchestrated to oust the local...
Park Privatization Issues Challenge Public Parks
We all know that politics and religion are considered taboo subjects for dinner conversation, and now we can add another: the subject of park privatization. In fact, three years ago when I casually mentioned that I had invited the principal of a firm...
Parks and Recreation: National Database Report
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Across the country, park and recreation agencies provide people with the resources they need to build sustainable, healthy communities with opportunities for all. Offering a broad range of programs and services to support the natural...
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Phishing for Publications: A Word to the Wise
Graduate students need to watch out for potential publishing scamsThis past summer, everyone who had a paper accepted for the Leisure Research Symposium at the NRPA Congress in Houston received an email from a publication company. The email was addressed...
Phishing for Publications: A Word to the Wise: Graduate Students Need to Watch out for Potential Publishing Scams
This past summer, everyone who had a paper accepted for the Leisure Research Symposium at the NRPA Congress in Houston received an email from a publication company. The email was addressed to them personally, it mentioned the Leisure Research Symposium...
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Research Update: Cultivating a Potential Ecological, Economic and Social Disaster
The costs and challenges of marijuana on public landsFederally managed lands (i.e., the National Park Service [NPS], United States Forest Service [USFS], Bureau of Land Management [BLM], etc.) serve a variety of purpos- es, including sustainable use...
Research Update: Cultivating a Potential Ecological, Economic and Social Disaster: The Costs and Challenges of Marijuana on Public Lands
Federally managed lands (i.e., the National Park Service [NPS], United States Forest Service [USFS], Bureau of Land Management [BLM], etc.) serve a variety of purposes, including sustainable use (recreation, timber, etc.) and conservation. A pressing...
Website Invitation to "Dangerous" Park
Unfortunately, crime is an open and obvious risk of everyday life, par- ticularly in urban areas, including public parks and playgrounds. As illustrated by the cases described herein, absent an unlikely "special relationship" that might require security...
Who Is Conservation For?
Parks are vital for conservation efforts to be successfulArecent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Paul Voosen ti- tled "Who is Conservation For?" (www.chronicle.com/article/ Who-Is-Conservation-For-/142853) details the exceptional accom-...
Who Is Conservation for? Parks Are Vital for Conservation Efforts to Be Successful
A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Paul Voosen titled "Who is Conservation For?" (www.chronicle.com/article/ Who-Is-Conservation-For-/142853) details the exceptional accomplishments of Gretchen Daily, a respected scientist who...
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