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Waterfront Hazards

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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

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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

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Planning The Perfect Waterpark

Photo Courtesy Of Counsilman Hunsaker

Rather than traditional flat-water rectangular pools, stimulating waterparks are becoming the norm for today’s recreational aquatic experience. Once the decision has been made to build a mini, medium, or destination waterpark, several key items should be considered before starting construction. What is your budget?  What do you want to include in the waterpark? How much land do you need? What will it cost to operate? Will it make money?   Defining Success For private developers, the definition of success is simple—to … Continue reading

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Panoramic Programming

Photo Courtesy of A'Niya Payne

Every year the YoderCenter in Lynchburg, Va., offers summer-camp programs for elementary-age children. These are opportunities to explore the city, meet new friends, experience adventures, and discover treasures in their own neighborhoods. Staff members introduce campers to tours, athletic programs, and art. One project is Picture My World, based on DukeUniversity’s “Literacy through Photography.”  This Summer at the Center program took place in 2013. At the same time a sustainable neighborhood plan was being developed, in which adults were questioned … Continue reading

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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

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