Category Archives: Everything H20

Waterfront Hazards

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / dkaubo

It seems like every day the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other governmental agencies are passing a new regulation prohibiting yet another activity on waterfront property. Woe to the park district that runs afoul of one of these regulations, as it may lead to lawsuits, fines, and possibly even jail time for the administrators. In the face of these penalties, here are four approaches every park district administrator must use to keep the district out of trouble and retain his … Continue reading

Posted in April 2014, Departments, Everything H20, Issues, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Hey, Lifeguard, Look At Me!

Photos Courtesy Of Keith Bibb

This past June, I paused to observe an energetic 5-year-old who was getting a lifeguard’s attention by yelling, “Hey, lifeguard, look at me!” As an aquatic manager, I’ve heard those five words countless times from children over the course of many summers. Prudently, the lifeguard turned to scan and focus on the activity of this preschooler just in time to see him execute his unpolished version of a wheelhouse kick as he catapulted into the water. Having survived the stunt, … Continue reading

Posted in April 2014, Departments, Everything H20, Issues, Parks and Rec Business | 1 Comment

Sink Or Swim

Photos Courtesy of Thibodaux Recreation Department

What does a new administration of an agency do when it inherits poorly maintained facilities? That was exactly the position I found myself in when I accepted the position as recreation director in Thibodaux, La. Countless issues needed to be addressed, from inadequate sewer treatment facilities to outdated parks and obsolete recreation infrastructure. Kirk Chiasson was appointed parks director at the same time, so we immediately went to work evaluating departments, programs, and infrastructure. With the assistance of a local … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Everything H20, Issues, March 2014, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

River“front” Yard

Photos Courtesy Of Heather Noe

A Cincinnati Parks Master Plan called for a new riverfront park that would extend the chain of existing waterfront parks and reconnect the downtown area to the Ohio River. The park was intended not only to serve as the new “front yard” for the city and entire region, but also to act as a catalyst for the development of a new downtown neighborhood—The Banks. The city got more than it bargained for, however, when the range of notable features was … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Everything H20, February 2014, Issues, LAB Top Stories, Landscape Architect Business, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

For Safety’s Sake

© Can Stock Photo Inc. / digoarpi

Ask any water-park operator about the park’s top priority, and hopefully he or she will say guest safety. Danger is inherent anytime millions of gallons of water are mixed with thousands of guests, a high percentage of which are children. To ensure guests are safe, operators spend countless hours each season on risk-management training. To help make parks even safer, operators should work diligently to better train staff members (supervisors, lifeguards, and guest services), continually educate guests, and frequently analyze … Continue reading

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