Category Archives: Sports + Fitness + Recreation

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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Beyond Playing Fields

Photo Courtesy of  Caroline Dzalio

When the Boston Parks Department met with the mayor to plan programs in city parks for the coming year, the mayor reminisced about what he did for fun when he was growing up: fish with his father, play chess on the front steps with friends, and go for walks in the woods near his home. That discussion led to brainstorming new programs that could be offered by the city to encourage children and teenagers, particularly non-athletic youth, to go outside. … Continue reading

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What About Us?

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Kurhan

From a service perspective, the Borough of Fair Haven’s Recreation Department in New Jersey faced a small conundrum in regard to adult programming. The quaint, riverfront town had many opportunities for youngsters to enjoy; similarly, seniors had a wide range of activities to choose from, including fitness classes, trips, and shopping, with various interest groups, such as gardening, crafts, and card games. By comparison, few opportunities were geared toward adults ages 25 to 65. Someone noted that the average adult residents are … Continue reading

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Detailed Planning And Public Participation

Photos Courtesy Of Brooke Peterson

Running a successful fitness center within a community recreation facility is no easy feat. It’s difficult to know which fitness craze is here to stay and which is on its way out. There are however, six tactics any recreation center can employ to ensure the facility endures the tests of time. 1. Solicit input from the public. 2. Research and create a business plan. 3. Maintain equipment; replace it when necessary and keep it clean. 4. Establish a fee structure. … Continue reading

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Embracing Challenges As Opportunities

Photos Courtesy Of the City of Henderson

When the city of Henderson, Nev., hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in March to mark the grand opening of its 56th park, residents were thrilled. They had been anxiously awaiting completion of Whitney Mesa Recreation Area and the many amenities it would bring to their neighborhood. What they didn’t know, however, was that the park also has the distinction of being one of Henderson’s most historic and one of the most challenging to build.  During the early planning stages, it was … Continue reading

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