Category Archives: Athletic + Recreation Programming

The Best In Special Events

Don't be sheepish about building a program around your community's strengths. Photo courtesy of Chester County Parks

Let’s face it—if you’re bored with your list of programs, so are your visitors. Seniors can only yell “bingo” so many times, and although the quest for tricks and treats probably never gets old for children at Halloween, it’s probably time to make some changes to the run-of-the-mill menu of programs. What can you do to liven things up? Here is a list of the some of the most unique ideas we found: The Mullet Haul  The Mullet Haul will … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, October 2012, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Ride The Wave

All smiles after a successful day at the beach! Photo Courtesy of Jannet Harriss, City of Miami Beach Staff

A television documentary in early 2008 inspired Julio Magrisso, Assistant Director for the city of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation Department, to pursue the idea of a surf camp for children with autism. That spring, the department partnered with the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD), a support program, to host the first camp. The idea was to provide a therapeutic surfing experience for children who may not otherwise be able to seek … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, September 2012 | Leave a comment

Treating And Preventing Concussions

There is a growing awareness of the potential long-term cognitive and physical impacts of concussions at every level of sports. A 2011 survey on behalf of Safe Kids USA found that 42 percent of parents worry to some degree about their children suffering a concussion while playing a team sport. Parents surveyed also indicated they and the coaches need to be trained in sports-injury prevention and sports safety. While there is still much to learn, parents also felt they are … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, June 2012, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Hey, Mama!

Writer’s Note: I know this is a terrible way to begin, but before I get this article rolling, let me issue a few disclaimers. Disclaimer #1: I’m a new mom. This means I’ve been brainwashed by months of hormones, hundreds of tiny pairs of blue socks, many sleepless nights, and countless beautiful smiles from my self-proclaimed “world’s cutest baby” into thinking that the world now revolves around this little person who has recently rocked my universe. While my “new-mommy-tunnel-vision” probably … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, May 2012, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Aquatic Safety Audits

How many times have you visited a swimming pool, water park, or beachfront and noticed the lifeguards on duty? What about their appearance made you realize they were there protecting the guests? Was it the shirt, the hat, the whistle, the big red tube they were carrying, or just the way they kept telling everyone to stop running? A quick list of the equipment that every lifeguard must have includes: • A whistle for communication • Glare-resistant sunglasses • A … Continue reading

Posted in April 2012, Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment