Category Archives: August 2013

Top Ten: PRB Style

Due to my wild success with my first Pub Note, my dad decided to have me write a sequel. Obviously, none of that is true, my dad is just getting lazy and is passing the buck to me. So here it goes – the Top Ten things I learned as a seasonal employee in the parks department this summer. 10. When you are on trash duty, always volunteer to drive. 9. Do not drive trucks on the grass if it … Continue reading

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Riverfront Revitalization

Photos courtesy of EDSA

PROJECT: Smothers Park LOCATION: Owensboro, Ky. ARCHITECTS/PLANNERS: EDSA, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. AMENITIES: Smother’s Park is the city’s newest open space on the Ohio River and includes an interactive children’s playground and outdoor museum; one of the nation’s largest, fully accessible playgrounds; a permanent home for the Shelton Memorial, Owensboro’s tribute to the men and women of the armed forces; two major water features and a riverfront promenade with numerous opportunities for special events, seating areas and places to enjoy the … Continue reading

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Finance Fur-Friendly Spaces

Photos Courtesy Jonathan Rudie

It seems that every day I receive calls or emails from another sports-enthusiast group, requesting space or accommodations for its particular recreational pursuit. So when I received a request three years ago for an off-leash dog park, it seemed reasonable enough. The KenoshaCounty park system had a number of suitable areas where a dog park could be built; the issue was how to pay for the construction and operating costs. After a bit of research, the parks division developed an … Continue reading

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Cleanliness Counts

Many park and recreation managers involved with facility maintenance know that when it comes to cleaning, restrooms are a center of complaints. However, a recent poll of  managers of all types of facilities by a leading professional cleaning magazine found that some of these complaints are actually quite basic and can often be remedied fairly easily.* For instance, at the top of the complaint list was empty soap and towel dispensers. Many park and recreation locations have done away with … Continue reading

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Dripping With Savings

Photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo Inc. / AlphaBaby

Knowing how to fix many plumbing-related problems in a parks and recreation center can be a great convenience. Just think of all the money you can save getting an overflowing toilet or a backed-up sink under control, instead of waiting for a plumber to arrive. Fortunately, most plumbing problems do not have serious implications. Instead, they fall more into the realm of the frustratingly common plumbing issues parks and recreation managers must deal with frequently. The following are some of … Continue reading

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