Category Archives: October 2012

Explore Revenue Opportunities

This youngster is jumping his way to Olympic victory! Photo courtesy of Winchester Parks and Recreation

To raise funds and promote the Winchester Parks & Recreation Department in Virginia, the 4th annual International Children’s Festival was held earlier this summer. Children jumped, dashed, crawled, weaved, balanced, slipped and slid around the world as they tackled 10 country-focused obstacles: 1. Kangaroo Hop (Australia) Jump, feet together, through all rings. Go back to the start of the obstacle if you miss a ring or hop on one foot through any or all rings. 2. Relay Savannah (Zimbabwe) Take … Continue reading

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A Dog-Gone Good Time

Costumes are part of the Woofstock fun! Photo courtesy of Gina Sowell and the City of Chandler Recreation Division

In the fall of 2008, a new canine-friendly family tradition was begun in the city of Chandler (Ariz.) with the inaugural Woofstock, also known as “The Great Chandler Dog Walk,” at Tumbleweed Park. Since then, community enthusiasm and support for the various pet activities offered have been so great that on November 17, the city will host the fifth annual event with the American Service Animal Society (ASAS) and the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC). In The Beginning … Continue reading

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Buddy Up

Youth sports partnerships bring prosperity to Alabama communities. Photo courtesy of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission

As youth, collegiate, and adult teams huddle in preparation for the next event, the team behind these successful endeavors never stops working. Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission (GSOBSC), which promotes a multitude of traditional and unique athletic venues along the Alabama Gulf Coast, is a case study of partnerships at work. Formation “The development of our sports commission began as a willing partnership between the key stakeholders in the community,” says Beth Gendler, vice-president of sales for GSOBSC. … Continue reading

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Make Your Aquatic Facility Lean, Green

Sustainability means cost savings for pool operators. © Can Stock Photo Inc./Paha_L

“Going green” is an effective and responsible way for businesses to manage their impact on the environment; it is also a way to reap long-term profits and boost the bottom line. These choices can result in a healthier facility for employees and patrons, all while making the facility more competitive. Management can develop a realistic, well-researched strategy to achieve a sustainable facility by taking the proper steps. This begins with taking a true assessment of how energy is being used. Some … Continue reading

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Hunting For A Haunting

All the goblins will gobble up s'mores! Photo courtesy of Alyssa Smith

It was 2 a.m. when Laura Lee heard the door open and slam shut in one of the old buildings at the Fort Delaware State Park. Although Lee was staying overnight on the island with a Boy Scout troop, no one else was supposed to be in the building where she was sleeping. Assuming someone was trying to spook her, she looked out the window to catch the prankster, but never saw anyone enter or exit the building. When she … Continue reading

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