Category Archives: May 2013


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Forging Friendships

The best part of playing youth sports? Making lifelong friends!

Grateful for all of the friendships she forged while playing sports, Leslie Brinson is intent on making sure youngsters who participate in programs at the city of Bloomington’s (Ind.) Parks & Recreation Department are as lucky as she was. “Most of my memories involve teammates and the strong lasting friendships we created on the court or field,” says Brinson, who has spent the past decade as the department’s Facility/Program Coordinator. “I want participants in my program to develop life-long friendships … Continue reading

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Coordinate Efforts

These skaters also volunteer to keep their park clean and well-maintained. Photos Courtesy Randy Gaddo

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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Make Integrity A Mainstay

“Now I have come to the crossroads in my life. I always knew what the right path was. Without exception, I knew. But I never took it. You know why? It was too damn hard. Now here’s Charlie. He’s come to the crossroads. He has chosen a path. It’s the right path. It’s a path made of principle that leads to character. Let him continue on his journey. You hold this boy’s future in your hands, committee. It’s a valuable … Continue reading

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Blending With The Neighborhood

Foothill College's new and award-winning softball field. Photos Courtesy Verde Design, Inc.

Sometimes, the biggest concern is not keeping up with the neighbors–it’s keeping a profile so low they barely know you’re there. When Verde Design Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., began designing a new softball stadium for Foothill College, the facility needed not only to satisfy the requirements of the college and NCAA but to work for the surrounding community in Los Altos Hills. “The neighborhood association and adjoining properties wanted to keep the status quo of the former field as … Continue reading

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