Category Archives: Athletic + Recreation Programming

Prepare To Plan

Photo Courtesy Of City Of Mentor

The great baseball slugger Roger Maris was famously quoted: “You hit home runs not by chance, but by preparation.” In the world of special events, that concept of thorough and complete planning is the key in providing attendees with an exceptional experience that looks effortlessly produced. People tasked with creating a new event—anything from a 3-hour mother-and-daughter tea party to a 3-day community festival—must research, conceptualize, and review the initial concept with stakeholders before any decision to move forward can … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, October 2013, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Re-Booting The Camp Mentality

Healthy and active programs for children have a pivotal role in today’s recreation industry. The child-obesity rates reflect a lack of understanding, interest, or opportunity in living a healthier lifestyle. It is imperative to reach out to children at their most influential stage in life and provide them with accurate information. When lifelong health and well-being are at stake, this type of healthy lifestyle is both an obligation and a commitment. Last year, the LynchburgParks & RecreationFairviewCenter in Virginia hosted … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, June 2013, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Mounds Of Fun For ORVs

Off-road vehicle enthusiasts swarm to Genesee County, Michigan's The Mounds. Photos Courtesy Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission, Flint,
Michigan

Sometimes you want to savor the peacefulness and serenity of nature. And sometimes you want to rip through it on a big, bad machine! That’s when it’s time to ride The Mounds. One of the premier off-road-vehicle (ORV) parks in the Great Lakes region, The Mounds offers diverse, uncompromising terrain that challenges even the most experienced ORV fans. ATVs, motorcycles, dune buggies, Jeeps, pickups … whatever you ride, you haven’t ridden until you’ve ridden The Mounds. The Genesee County Parks … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, May 2013, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Deep Pockets Not Required

Happy customers help grown the program.

In group classes—such as water aerobics and deep-water toning—camaraderie is typically one of the characteristics participants appreciate. But the one aspect of the program that might be self-sustaining is the funding. The town of Cedarburg in Wisconsin discovered a way to offer a toning program that is entirely self-supporting, meaning taxpayers do not subsidize it. In fact, all of the programs offered by the department—Little League, flag football, pickleball, and deep-water toning—stand on their own. Sponsorships from area businesses and … Continue reading

Posted in April 2013, Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Student Union

Field trips like this hike through rocky terrain keep teens interested in the program. Photo Courtesy City of Gaithersburg

High-school students have a variety of options for after-school activities—some more constructive than others. So how do you connect with teenagers and engage them in the healthy, positive, and productive options? How do you convince them that staying after school for a fitness class or volunteering at the local soup kitchen is more exciting than a trip to the mall with friends or going home to play video games? The answer is simple, and takes less effort than one might … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, March 2013, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment