Category Archives: Athletic + Recreation Programming

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

Take A Trip to Sandwich Street

Sometimes the biggest mistake on a bus tour can make the best memory.

I read in an old travel book about Sandwich Street, located across the Detroit River in the Canadian town of Windsor. I bragged about the spot to the tour group because of the locale’s description—a quaint site with gift shops, restaurants, and touristic places. Also, it was unique to most of the sites we had lined up on this particular journey (the group had toured Greenville Museum and Mackinac Island). After Sandwich Street, we were to make our way home. … Continue reading

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

Teaching From The Top

Yoga classes can taught in many different venues.

Yoga has been around for thousands of years, but has experienced exponential growth in the last 10 years. It is now taught in most gyms, fitness community centers, and traditional yoga studios across the United States. In the yoga community, there is an ongoing debate among instructors about which environment is best suited to present a safe and effective program. Last month, I read an article in The New York Times about instructors in yoga studios who view those who … Continue reading

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