Category Archives: Parks + Playgrounds

Hidden History

Photo Courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Website

If it wasn’t for the area Boy Scouts, I might never have discovered that the Eureka Boat Landing in the Winnebago County Parks Department in Wisconsin was the site of a cabin where a movie was filmed that described the true story of a family that once lived there. All Mine to Give (British title: The Day They Gave Babies Away) is a 1957 Technicolor melodrama starring Glynis Johns, Cameron Mitchell, and Rex Thompson. A historical marker designates the site, … Continue reading

Posted in May 2014, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Life-Saving Lessons

Every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of these fatalities, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury or death in the United States. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency-department care for nonfatal-submersion injured, the CDC states.  “Save Our Kids” is a joint program offered through the Henderson-VanceParks and Recreation Department and the Henderson YMCA … Continue reading

Posted in April 2014, Departments, Issues, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Swim For Your Life

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Just a couple of years ago, while working outside the aquatic industry, I received a phone call about a new volunteer coalition: The NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County. “Something I should most assuredly participate in, with my background,” the caller urged. “A drowning-prevention coalition had been established, and great things were in the works!” Sure enough, at the meeting in October 2011, I joined a group of individuals hailing from area aquatic facilities and a number … Continue reading

Posted in April 2014, Departments, Issues, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Driving Home The Point

Photo Courtesy of Bob and Charm Carver

Disc golf has grown exponentially in recent years, with hundreds of new courses being constructed and thousands of new players added. In addition to offering disc-golf programs for casual players, parks and recreation departments can do even more to attract new clientele to their parks.   One of the first items in expanding events is to contact a local disc-golf club. This club might represent a local course, perhaps a community club involving several courses, or a county-wide club. These groups … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Issues, March 2014, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Guarantee Animal Encounters

Photo Courtesy of Quinta Mazatlan

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Tanzania in East Africa and view the famous Serengeti annual migration, the largest and longest overland migration on earth. In earlier times, visitors brought home trophies of the “Big 5,” but fortunately today most leave with only photographs of the beautiful African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros, and lion. The first stop in Tanzania was an inner-city park designed to educate the local children and families on the importance of protecting … Continue reading

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