Category Archives: February 2014

River“front” Yard

Photos Courtesy Of Heather Noe

A Cincinnati Parks Master Plan called for a new riverfront park that would extend the chain of existing waterfront parks and reconnect the downtown area to the Ohio River. The park was intended not only to serve as the new “front yard” for the city and entire region, but also to act as a catalyst for the development of a new downtown neighborhood—The Banks. The city got more than it bargained for, however, when the range of notable features was … Continue reading

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The Hubbub Behind “Happy Birthday”

Hey, what is up with this birthday thing? Birthdays make less sense to me with each passing year. When you’re a kid, you LIVE for birthdays. You get gifts, you do the old bring-cupcakes-into-school-for-the-big-“sing-to”-thing, and Grandma slips a real $20 bill into a card that has clowns and zoo animals on the front long after you turn 10. Your friends put you through the “spanking machine” on the playground—good times, good memories, good birthdays. But somewhere around age 13, you … Continue reading

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What About Us?

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Kurhan

From a service perspective, the Borough of Fair Haven’s Recreation Department in New Jersey faced a small conundrum in regard to adult programming. The quaint, riverfront town had many opportunities for youngsters to enjoy; similarly, seniors had a wide range of activities to choose from, including fitness classes, trips, and shopping, with various interest groups, such as gardening, crafts, and card games. By comparison, few opportunities were geared toward adults ages 25 to 65. Someone noted that the average adult residents are … Continue reading

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LBWA–Let Sport Lights Shine Bright

Photo Courtesy of Hubbell Lighting

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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Youth Development

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When conducting an online search for “positive youth development,” one will likely find a wide range of definitions and approaches. For me, positive youth development is a guiding view or philosophy that considers each child as someone who can contribute immediately, as well as someone who—with appropriate guidance and support—can grow and develop into an even healthier and more capable individual. The “old-school” view of a “good” child was one who did what was told, didn’t interfere with others, and … Continue reading

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