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. 51, No. 7, July

2016 Gold Medal Finalists Announced
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with NRPA, is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This year's proud sponsor...
2016 NRPA Annual Conference: Newbie Knowledge
The NRPA Annual Conference is a huge event. Each year, thousands of members and guests spend up to a week immersing themselves in the latest park and rec gear, education sessions, workshops, networking events and more. For first-time attendees, navigating...
2016 NRPA Annual Conference: Newbie Knowledge: Veteran Attendees of NRPA's Signature Annual Event Share Their Top Tips for First-Timers
The NRPA Annual Conference is a huge event. Each year, thousands of members and guests spend up to a week immersing themselves in the latest park and rec gear, education sessions, workshops, networking events and more. For first-time attendees, navigating...
Celebrating Park and Recreation's Super Heroes
For 31 years we have celebrated July as the nation's official Park and Recreation Month. Every year, we use it as an opportunity to focus on a particular aspect or benefit of this great and diverse field. In 2016, thanks to an idea submitted by Hayley...
Colorado Springs' Comeback
Colorado Springs, Colorado made national headlines and was featured on Public Radio International's "This American Life" in 2012 as a striking example of a community struggling to balance ideological values of smaller government and low taxes with...
Cutting-Edge Conservation Education
Presenters at the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference are ready to talk about the most pressing concerns facing the park and recreation field today, including those related to conservation. Be it natural habitat restoration, renewable energy, connecting to nature...
Cutting-Edge Conservation Education: Educational Offerings in the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference Conservation Track Feature Zika, Climate Change and Green Energy
Presenters at the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference are ready to talk about the most pressing concerns facing the park and recreation field today, including those related to conservation. Be it natural habitat restoration, renewable energy, connecting to...
Data-Based Park and Recreation Stories
When it comes to telling stories, more often than not the focus is on the words used to relate the tale. In today's world, however, data is king and, when combined with words, serves to enhance the telling of those stories. How we tell our story is...
Design Is Key to Making Recycling Work
A result of our "on-the-go" lifestyles is the increased consumption of beverage containers and other recyclables outside the home. In response to this trend, more communities are introducing recycling bins to parks and other public locations where...
Embracing Data in Operational Decision-Making
Park and recreation agencies are sources of significant opportunity and challenge for their communities. Opportunity in that they provide valuable, high-impact services that improve the lives of the people they serve. Challenge because they frequently...
Every Kid in a Park
Do you remember staying out until dark climbing trees, riding bikes, building forts, splashing through streams? Many of us do, but it is not generally true for today's youth. Many grow up without spending large amounts of time exploring the outdoors...
Every Kid in a Park: Free Access to Federal Lands and Waters for 4th Graders and Their Guests
Do you remember staying out until dark climbing trees, riding bikes, building forts, splashing through streams? Many of us do, but it is not generally true for today's youth. Many grow up without spending large amounts of time exploring the outdoors...
Facing Fears
If you don't ask, the answer is always no. But, what if it could be yes? Fear holds many of us back from doing things we really want to do. Fear of rejection. Fear of ridicule. Fear of looking stupid. Recently, I tackled one of my own fears--a radio...
Firmly Grounded, Looking to the Future
As NRPA's fiscal year turns, it is a good time to reflect on what we have accomplished and where we are going next. The bottom line is that we have much to celebrate. We met and exceeded every major goal of our business and strategic plans while providing...
From the Director's Chair
July marks Park and Recreation Month, a period when national visibility for agencies--and the field of parks and recreation in general--is at its greatest height. Summer is in full-swing and communities seem eager to take advantage of available recreational...
From the Director's Chair
July marks Park and Recreation Month, a period when national visibility for agencies - and the field of parks and recreation in general - is at its greatest height. Summer is in full-swing and communities seem eager to take advantage of available recreational...
GreenLatinos Host Historic National Summit at Grand Teton National Park
GreenLatinos, a broad coalition of Latino leaders committed to addressing environmental and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States, established its policy priorities at its...
GreenLatinos Host Historic National Summit at Grand Teton National Park
GreenLatinos, a broad coalition of Latino leaders committed to addressing environmental and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States, established its policy priorities at its 2016...
Hot Topics
Have you posted on NRPA Connect? NRPA Connect allows you to network and share resources, ideas and inspirations with your peers in the park and recreation field. Below, find a preview of what you're missing:Off-season uses for outdoor ice skating: There...
Increasing Playability and Encouraging Movement
Inactivity and childhood obesity are two major challenges facing society. To understand the issue, the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department in North Carolina examined the role of traditional approaches to play and found additional ways...
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 staff or posts on NRPA Connect, la...
Member Spotlight: Jenny Hagauer
Roswell, Georgia's, Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department is having a good Park and Recreation Month. Having clinched Parks & Recreation magazine's cover photo contest, it's only fitting we spotlight the agency's capable Marketing...
Notable News
* The community of Roanoke, Virginia, mourns the loss of its Parks and Recreation Director Steven Buschor, who died at home, June 6, surrounded by family and friends. "This community is where it is today in terms of quality of life and recreation...because...
Products
Zero RunnerDesigned to help runners improve performance and enable anyone to run, the ZR8000 offers state-of-the-art design that replicates natural running but eliminates stressful impact that can compromise form, cause fatigue and lead to injuries....
Recreational Use Statutes in State Supreme Courts
Based on years of reported recreational injury liability case law involving public park and recreation agencies, liability should be the exception rather than the rule. As illustrated by the recent state supreme court opinions described herein, one of...
Regulating Air Quality for Indoor Pools
The old days of walking into a sports and recreation facility and being hit with the strong smell that indicates the presence of a swimming pool are long gone. As the aquatics industry has grown so has the public's expectation of a healthy, safe and...
Returning Youth Sports to the Kids
We have all seen the overly aggressive coach on the sideline and the opinionated parent in the stands. While these situations were rare in years past, they seem to be the norm in youth sports today. As a society, we are now seeing the fallout of these...
Riverfront Renaissance in Nashville
On the shores of the Cumberland River, Riverfront Park, an 11-acre civic park, has quickly become a destination for active recreation and enjoyment for residents and visitors in Nashville. The design of the park was inspired by the limestone bluffs...
Safe Spaces
For millions of people, parks, open natural landscapes and inviting recreation centers have served as places of respite and restoration. These are places where we let down our guard and open our hearts and minds to the possibility of increased health...
Skateparks: An Adaptive Reuse Solution
As many in the park and recreation business already know, skateboarding is gaining steam across the country as a growing alternative for kids who aren't necessarily interested in organized sports. But, thanks to its many decades of operating on the...
Success through the Lens of 'The Greatest'
What do the former president of the United States, a Hollywood A-List star, a retired law enforcement officer from Washington, D.C., a neurosurgeon from Philadelphia, a college student from Boston, a homeless person from Louisville and an NRPA board...
Technology + Recreation = Prime Out-of-School Time
In 2013, Andrew Coy, a former Baltimore City School teacher, and his team at the Digital Harbor Foundation commandeered an abandoned rec center in Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood with the goal of creating a place to help kids learn how to code...
The Power of PLAY
Conduct an internet search on the definition of play and you find to "engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose." Sounds entertaining and fun, but play is much more important than that. In fact, it has...
The Power of Play: Are You Getting Your Daily Dose?
Conduct an internet search on the definition of play and you find to "engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose." Sounds entertaining and fun, but play is much more important than that. In fact, it has...
There Is Value in Professional Certification for Playground Inspectors
In the late 1990s I met a Certified Playground Safety In spector (CPSI) candidate by the name of Dwight Curtis. This young man was very interested in conducting his Ph.D. research on the "parks" side of our profession and expressed a particular desire...
The Superheroes of Parks and Recreation
In addition to asking for cover photo submissions this year, NRPA also asked members to nominate their park and recreation superhero. With more than 50 nominations, there were many powerful stories. Not being able to print all 50, however, we narrowed...
Understanding Participant Waiver/releases and Consent Forms
Waiver/releases and consent forms, properly prepared and obtained, are more than worth the paper on which they are written. They indicate that to participate is a conscious voluntary decision, they have been successful under particular conditions in...
Weed Busters
Because they do best eating weeds rather than grasses and are agile climbers, allowing them to reach vines and stems in otherwise hard-to-reach places, goats are an environmentally friendly and extremely effective tool for controlling the spread of...
Where Work Meets Play: A Research-Based Approach to the Design and Evaluation of Smale Riverfront Park
Screams of delight come from the slide hillside, mixing with the comfortable chatter of nearby parents. I watch a little girl launch herself down the slide. She hollers cheerfully as she careens off the end, taking a tumble before regaining her feet....
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