Category Archives: Sports + Fitness + Recreation

Soliciting Sponsors

Photos Courtesy iof the City of College Station

What is your reaction when someone asks for money? It probably depends on the situation. If a local charitable organization is raising funds to help a family in need, you might be more likely to give. If a person is begging on the street, you might have the same reaction, or maybe you walk away as quickly as possible because you don’t trust that your donation will be used appropriately.  What if a charitable organization asks for a donation from … Continue reading

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Run From Red To Black

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In 2006, The Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center, located in Brunswick, Ohio, was operating at its lowest level since opening in 1991. Over the years the membership declined, equipment aged, revenues decreased, and the building became dated. Membership was at a low of 2,261 members for a community of more than 35,000 people, and the center had lost over $400,000. The city was also facing financial constraints as the economy was changing; it was apparent a change was needed … Continue reading

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Triple Threat

Photos Courtesy of the City of Chandler

It would have been easy to break into a panic when the city of Chandler, Ariz., was to host three large-scale events with more than 4,000 attendees at each event in one weekend in October 2013. The events began on Friday night with the 32nd annual Halloween Spooktacular with games, a haunted house, a graveyard, and costume contests. The following morning, staff members began setting up for the 7th Annual Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play with demonstrations, performers, games, and … Continue reading

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Marketing The Market

Instead of a "get the people in and out" attitude, Oakland County has tried to make the Farmer's Market a destination, adding benches, picnic tables, and food vendors with the hope that they will stick around and spend more money. 
Photos Courtesy of Oakland County Parks and Recreation

What amazed Market Manager Jeremy Brown when Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) in Michigan assumed management of the county’s Farmers Market 2 years ago was how many people in the area didn’t know the market existed, even though it had been in the same spot since 1953!  “I would talk to people who would say to me, ‘Oakland County has a farmers market?’ I knew there was work to do.”  Today, more than 300,000 people visit the market annually. … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Recreation Programming

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  Therapeutic programs offer fun-based, recreational activities that provide children, teens, and adults with special needs a safe environment similar to that offered to the general public. The programs are created for specific age groups with an easy-to-follow structure.  Goals And Benefits  The programs’ main goal is to provide more social and leisure opportunities in a variety of settings and in an atmosphere that demonstrates appropriate social behavior. As the participants’ self-confidence in social skills builds, so does their confidence … Continue reading

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