Category Archives: Sports + Fitness + Recreation

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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Light The Fire

Photos Courtesy of Bethany McCaslin, Clarksville Parks and Recreation

Early spring brings the sounds of horseshoes clanging on iron stakes from the Swan Lake sandpits, as seniors age 50 and above take aim and throw, flipping the shoes in a steady rhythm, hoping to score a “ringer.” While everyone is a competitor in the pits, with little conversation, they will gather later as friends.  Over at the shuffleboard courts, no one would mistake the sport for a cruise-ship leisure activity. Janet Ramser grips her 6-foot cue stick with grim … Continue reading

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The Satisfaction Of Working With Seniors

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In this world of fast information, fast food, and fast results, it’s easy to forget the importance of slowing down and face-to-face communication.  Many seniors haven’t forgotten this. While many of them have email, smart phones, and tablets, many do not. One of the most important challenges today is to remember to really interact with program participants. In the rush for efficiency and the convenience of technology, we can, inadvertently, leave seniors in the virtual dust.  Ten years ago, when … Continue reading

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