Phone It In

“My goal is to simply have a great online and mobile database that helps the general public find great parks and recreation facilities wherever they might live or travel,” Auth explained.

If you have questions, contact Rodney J. Auth, Publisher, at 866-444-4216 x226, Fax 330-723-6598, or email at

So ultimately, who will this new app serve?

Say for instance a family–Mom, Dad, two kids and a dog–is traveling cross-country to visit Gramma and Grampa. They are taking their time and want to explore low-cost activities along the way.

So Mom pulls out her smart-phone and clicks the PRB app icon. Mom is looking for a handicap-accessible playground (one of her children is disabled) that allow pets.

If the parks department in “Anytown” wisely put their info on the PRB site, it will pop up, and if the information and pictures are enticing, the family will head for the exit. Anytown now enjoys the benefit of their visit; they play, they eat, they buy gas and supplies.

It’ll be hard to keep ‘em back on the farm after they’ve seen this app…

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine, who also served until recently in municipal parks and recreation, lives in Peachtree City, Ga., and can be reached at (678) 350-8642 or email

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3 comments on “Phone It In

  1. Dan Downey on said:

    Thanks for your story. Keep em coming.
    Life on the farm I am sure is very different in today’s world of technology.
    Do people still milk cows by hand?
    Glad to hear that the new P & R App will help folks to find those great Playgrounds.
    Dan Downey / Miracle Recreation of Michigan & Indiana

  2. Brian W. Flaherty on said:


    The change in the amount and type of technology continues to amaze me. Although these advances can benefit us, I think it is important to “unplug” from time to time. This is something I stress to my own kids and try to do myself as well. Our profession has the capability to allow for people to engage in parks and programs to benefit their health and well being.
    Sometimes that means it’s good to unplug..

  3. Brian: Unplugging is good, I agree, but I think more and more of our lives are tied to “comm” and we’re finding it harder and harder to do it. I read the Editor’s Welcome in the most recent Southern Living magazine and he was talking about how nice it is just to unplug and drive down country roads with no maps, GPS or cell phone. But he lamented that he rarely ever had the chance anymore because he couldn’t break away from the cell phone, email, texts, Tweets, Facebook notices and so on… I think we have way more communication than we as humans were ever meant to absorb…Thanks for your comments…Randy

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