Category Archives: July 2013

Instilling Life Values

As the nation’s third-largest county park system, Miami-DadeCountyParks, Recreation and Open Spaces in Florida provides youth-sports programming for a jaw-dropping 9,000 youngsters. That’s a lot of kids, a lot of volunteers coaching them, and certainly a lot of challenges for the staff overseeing the programs for youngsters ranging in age from 5 to 17. “Not every child is the same, and not every child comes from the same background,” says Eduardo Martinez, who is in his sixth year as the … Continue reading

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The Art Of Leaving Items “Undone”

In beginning a career—whether it is straight out of trade school, college, or high school—you are told that the way to make an impression and “move up” is to get things done. If people can put their faith in you, that will take you a long way. There is a good chance that a promotion may then ensue. The apprentice becomes the partner, the ally. Now you need to show you can REALLY get things done and not just be … Continue reading

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Achieve Form And Function

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Texas is known for its dazzling use of light to accompany performances. 
Photo By Ted Washington

Since their storied beginnings as places where ancient Greeks enjoyed theater and Romans cheered gladiators in combat, amphitheaters have come a long way. Technological advancements now enhance sound quality, lighting, facility design, seating, and every aspect of the performance. More than 100 of these open-air venues are currently operating throughout the U.S., creating distinctive gathering places for communities. One of the challenges amphitheaters face is balancing form with function. Natural land formations create spectacular views at Red Rocks in Golden, … Continue reading

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Beauty Is More Than Just Skin Deep

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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Partnering To Fill Tennis Courts

The number-one rule in creating partnerships is to make sure both parties have similar visions and missions. 
Photos courtesy of Jacksonville Youth Tennis Association

As budgets tighten and employees are either let go or work fewer hours, parks and recreation departments find themselves trying to provide important community services with scarce resources. One way an agency can continue to maintain its level of service is through partnerships with other community-minded organizations. And when it comes to tennis, there is an easy way to partner and keep the courts filled with players of all ages. It’s time to join up with a local Community Tennis … Continue reading

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