Category Archives: October 2012

This-N-That

I just want to say that I love PRB and look forward to receiving it each month. I also look forward to the crossword puzzle and I am wondering why there is not one in the June 2012 issue?  I hope this is not a trend. Jay Hutchison Director, Parks and Recreation Albert Lea, Minn. Note: Now it’s your turn to tell us what you think. We have temporarily removed the crossword puzzle. To let us know if we should keep … Continue reading

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A Passion For Excellence

Ted Lockamon’s passion for sports was ignited at an early age. “My dad played on one of the best softball teams on the east coast, and as a child, my family spent almost every weekend traveling to tournaments, so I grew up around athletics,” he recalls. And when he wasn’t watching softball games, Lockamon was orchestrating pick-up games in the neighborhood. “It seemed I was always the one trying to organize things, keep stats, and come up with new twists … Continue reading

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Charting A Course

Navigating the river of life.

As my dad walked me down to the river, the morning sun peeked over his shoulder and flickered through the trees. I was about 5 years old. Mom was waiting at the water’s edge, holding a small raft made of pieces of wood that had been lashed together. They embraced me, placed me on the raft, and handed me a paddle, just the right size for my age and strength. I set off, and when I looked back, they were … Continue reading

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When Maintenance Gets Rough

Randy's looking for YOUR ideas on how to handle maintenance issues in these tough economic times.

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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Seeping With Success

Draw water away from the playing surface. Photo courtesy of Stantec, Boston, Mass.

In real estate, the secret to success is location. If a property is not in a desirable place, it is a much harder sell. When it comes to sports fields, success or failure relies on drainage. If a sports field sheds water efficiently and is ready for action in a reasonable amount of time, it’s a desirable, successful facility. However, if there are puddles of water or slick, muddy areas where the grass can be easily uprooted—it’s a problem. Although … Continue reading

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