Category Archives: Sports + Fitness + Recreation

Starved For A Makeover

Photos Courtesy Of Patricia Lindsay, Oakland County Parks photographer

In an effort to provide enhanced customer service at 13 locations and host 1.6-million visitors annually, the OaklandCountyParks and Recreation Commission completely revamped its model to provide food-and-beverage services for weddings, golf outings, family reunions, waterpark visits, and other events. Since 1974, the parks system—based in Waterford, Mich.—relied upon a single provider to meet all of its food-and-beverage needs. E. A. Fuller Oak Management Corporation was responsible for lunch or dinner for golf outings, concessions at waterparks and campgrounds, limited … Continue reading

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Fistball: The best sport you’ve never heard of

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There is a new sport on the recreation scene in southeastern Wisconsin. Fistball.  “Once I played it, I knew the kids would like it, too.” says Lucas Nieman, Youth Sports Director at the Kettle Moraine YMCA in West Bend.   Fistball has been described as “a combination of tennis and volleyball” (Sue Bliese, Unit Director for the Jackson Boys & Girls Club) and “volleyball with a bounce” (Jim Blank, President of the United States Fistball Association (USFA)).  Volleyball With A Bounce … Continue reading

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An Assortment Of Events

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Another weekend, another 5K, 10K, bike ride, hike, half-triathlon, marathon, etc. At least this is the mindset I had before watching the Eco-Challenge expedition race in the 1990s. I was completely mesmerized by this race that had teams competing 24 hours a day over a rugged 300-mile course in events that included anything from horseback riding and mountain biking to scuba diving and kayaking. I was particularly intrigued by how strenuous completing such a task would be. In 2000, I … Continue reading

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Swimming-Pool Swap

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Many people try to improve their physical fitness by lifting weights or performing different cardiovascular exercises. However, those who continue to do the same routines over and over will not improve. To prevent encountering plateaus and boredom, water exercises can be added to physical-fitness programs. The goal of any workout routine is to improve various fitness components, such as strength, endurance, power, balance, and flexibility. Dense water in a swimming pool provides a natural resistance so the entire body has … Continue reading

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

Where There’s A Will

Photo Courtesy Of Yadira Calderon

Adapted aquatic opportunities cater to a wide range of patrons. Although the phrase “adapted aquatics” typically conjures up images of older adults and persons with significant disabilities, it also applies to a child with arthritis, an athlete recovering from an injury, an individual with autism, or an adult caring for a parent. Since most facilities cater to those with willing and strong bodies, through athletics, fitness classes, and events, these same facilities that don’t consider participants that have the will … Continue reading

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