Category Archives: Dr. Richard LaRue

The Facility Audit, Part 2

Despite the recession, there is a definite building boom in parks and recreation. Its reasons are multiple — whether based on demand, more creative ways of procuring funding or the need to update outdated facilities — but in this series we’re not concerned with the reasons, but with the means to the end. This article is the second in a series regarding planning, designing, and building a new sport or recreational facility. The first, published in April, looked at the … Continue reading

Posted in August 2004, Departments, Dr. Richard LaRue, Issues, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business, Writers | Leave a comment

Defibrillator Decision

A noticeable increase in ink used to cover an issue or subject is one way to catch and prepare for trends. One issue that’s making the rounds in the mainstream press is the AED, or Automated External Defibrillator. The Washington Post reports, as part of an article about AEDs in health clubs, “Although firm data are not available, extrapolations from a few studies suggest that at least 1,500 Americans die each year after collapsing in health clubs, country clubs and … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Dr. Richard LaRue, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, May/Jun 04, Writers | Leave a comment

The EPA & U

“EPA Cites Central Connecticut State University for Water and Waste Violations” (EPA New England, 2002) “EPA Proposes $358,000 Penalty Against Fitchburg State College for Waste Violations” (EPA New England, 2003) “University of Washington to Spend $135,769 for CFCs Violations” US EPA Region 10: The Pacific Northwest (2003) These headlines are about a college and two universities, but make no mistake, they could be about your camp! Generally, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mission is to “protect human health and … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Dr. Richard LaRue, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, Mar/Apr 04, Writers | Leave a comment

Water Play

This article is designed to serve as an introduction to managing water sports equipment and I’m pleased to incorporate the thinking of Walker and Seidler (1993) regarding the organization of various key concepts, presented within each of the management steps identified below. Further, I’ve adopted, for the purpose of this introduction, the following definitions … Non-disposable equipment: Those items that have a life expectancy of several years or seasons; or are relatively expensive, like water polo goals, starting platforms, springboard … Continue reading

Posted in April 2003, Departments, Dr. Richard LaRue, Everything H20, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, Writers | Leave a comment

Poolside

There are two basic rules to follow when managing aquatics programs: • Rule number one: Have Fun! • Rule number two: Play Safe! The information below is designed to serve as a primer for those charged with the responsibility for managing aquatics programs. Where possible, specific resources have been provided for further information. The aquatics director or manager has an awesome responsibility, regardless of the breadth and scope of the program. Knowledge and experience make a big difference in the … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Dr. Richard LaRue, Everything H20, February 2003, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, Writers | Leave a comment