Category Archives: Sports + Fitness + Recreation

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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Join The Kids Club

Photos Courtesy Of Cleveland Metroparks

  We have all heard the message: Get the kids off the couch and outside. Since we are part of a park district, who better to tackle this assignment? “For a number of years, we talked about doing something more kid-focused, about how to get kids more active and more involved in Cleveland Metroparks as a whole,” says Bob Rotatori, the Marketing Manager. “The Kids Club is our answer to that objective.” Up And Moving The Kids Club mission is … Continue reading

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Conquering Curiosity Through Physical Education

Photos Courtesy Of Boise Parks & Recreation

A tearful phone call from a parent in 2007 was the impetus Emily Kovarik needed to launch Idaho’s Boise Parks & Recreation’s Ability Team. “A mom called me because a PE teacher didn’t know what to do with her first-grade son in a wheelchair,” Kovarik says. “Her son’s job was to hold a clipboard and count how many times other kids ran around the asphalt playground.” As the city’s Adaptive Recreation Coordinator, Kovarik knew she had an opportunity to help, … Continue reading

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