Category Archives: May 2014

Colorful Memories

Photo Courtesy of NAYS

The recreation soccer team Wayne Simmons played on as a youngster was easy to spot: Besides the orange jerseys his team wore, they also took the field with orange hair that the kids had sprayed before their games. It’s one of Simmons’ favorite youth-sports memories. “At this time the movie The Big Green was released by Disney, and our team adopted the team nickname “The Big Orange” since we had orange jerseys that season,” Simmons recalls. “At one of our … Continue reading

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Connect The Dots

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This world seems to reveal itself to me more each day. I am now at an age when taking a step back sometimes affords me a better view of the larger picture. People may liken this view to a batter in baseball who hits better in his third or fourth year. For him, the “game has slowed down.” He sees the arc of the curveball or the dip of the sinker better than in his younger days. Perhaps he hasn’t … Continue reading

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Maintaining Campgrounds

Photos Courtesy of Recreation Resource Management

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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Adding It All Up

Renderings Courtesy of Stanmar Inc.

Many youth centers experience the same set of problems: too little, poorly configured program space, and noncompliance with standards for accessibility or safety. And most of these problems have the same root cause, which in the case of the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club can be summed up in two numbers: 1960 and 80. Respectively, that’s the year the club was built, and the number of members it served at that time. These days, the club has more than 700 … Continue reading

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Rustic Does Not Equal Rundown

Illustration: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / clairev

Having spent many years in the park industry, I have encountered some common beliefs held by park owners when it comes to campgrounds. In speaking with Evanne Schmarder, host of the RV Cooking Show and co-author of Unconventional Wisdom Works, here are some of the more popular myths appearing in the industry: Myth 1: A campground is a seasonal business. Yes, the doors are open 6 months, more or less, but the use of the off-season period is critical to … Continue reading

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