Category Archives: Sports + Fitness + Recreation

Appetite Or Appearances

Vending machines wrapped with the FitArlington logo make them easier to identify as healthy food choices. Photo Courtesy Of Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation

The push to encourage patrons to make healthier choices has trickled all the way down to the vending machines that used to supply Snickers, M&Ms, and Doritos in recreation centers. And while most would say that residents are thrilled at the prospect of being able to choose healthier snacks, is this really being done so in practice? The responses are as mixed as the food choices in the machines.  “The community loved the idea that we were doing healthy vending … Continue reading

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The Benefits Of Vehicular Vittles

Photos Courtesy Of Morale, Welfare & Recreation-NAVSTA Great Lakes

For those looking to bring food and beverage options and customer convenience to a variety of events, consider a “Rolling Restaurant.”    The Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department at the Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois utilizes its “Rolling Restaurant” to support its concession efforts on the base throughout the year. This restaurant on wheels was originally purchased in 2006 at another base for approximately $100,000. Five years later, the Great Lakes MWR acquired the food truck and installed some … Continue reading

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Funding Fitness

Once considered a luxury, personal trainers have become commonplace in health clubs in the private sector. Yet the presence of such professionals who focus on customized, one-on-one instruction varies widely in park and rec fitness facilities. How much close supervision on exercise and equipment use do we—or should we—provide patrons? Because personal training is an educational service concerned with health, safety, and recreation, how much of an ethical responsibility do we have? What does it take to make personal training … Continue reading

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Pulling The Plug On Nighttime Programs

Candlelight creates a leisurely, engaging, personal mood and experience. Visitors are an active part of the experience rather than merely an audience watching a performance.

Imagine planning a nighttime event in the winter without supplying heat or electricity. Instead, the Sully Historic Site in Virginia creates a holiday spirit, setting the house aglow with flickers of light that make visitors want to kick up their heels and join the shadows dancing on the walls. The one-time home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first representative to Congress, provides an opportunity to portray life as it was lived in the early 1800s. Since the Fairfax County … Continue reading

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In Pursuit Of An Amazing Event

Photos Courtesy Of Fred VanFossen

Do you ever dream of creating the one perfect event that generates revenue, raises awareness for your organization, creates excitement for the staff members who work on it, and most importantly, is so popular it sells out every year? That dream became a reality for the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department in Indiana with the Amazing Race. Now in its 7th year, the success of the race is so widespread that organizer Patti Davis receives monthly calls from all … Continue reading

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