Squeak Loudly And Forget The Stick

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 …

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One comment on “Squeak Loudly And Forget The Stick

  1. Bonnie Ecker, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District on said:

    When I perused the December PRB magazine and came to the article, Squeak Loudly, I thought it would be about playground maintenance. I just about flipped past it when I started reading the first paragraph, which moved me to the second paragraph and the rest of the article. I was enticed by it being not only about rewarding volunteers and treating them with respect, but also about accessibility.
    It is indeed a gem to find a volunteer like Colleen who is willing to step beyond her plate to help out an agency, something we agency employees so often don’t have time to focus on long-term due to the multitude of other responsibilities we have. Accessibility for play equipment is sometimes piecemeal for us in hopes it will please visitors. But, like trying to make our visitor centers 100% accessible, they never are until a visitor speaks up on what is missing.
    This article inspired me to email Randy to see if he would be willing to share the contract scope of work that was compiled for the “All Children’s Playground” that vendors bid on. It would enable our agency to write a better contract. Excellent article!

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