Category Archives: April 2003

Product Review

Products & Literature Triple Slide LEWISBURG, Pa. — Playworld Systems introduces its new Trippple Racer slide. The slide has three slide heights — 48″, 63″ and 78″, which the company says provides a variety of challenge levels and racing opportunities. The sit-down bars have handgrips for safety and the slide entrance is grooved for traction and water drainage. It can be combined with the company’s Spine Climber. For more information, call (800) 233-8404 or go to www.playworldsystems.com. Duck & Goose … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Snow Business Like Snow Business WAUSAU, Wisc. — How do you open a brand new, natural snow-tubing hill when your community is suffering from a snow drought? As January came to a close with less than three inches of snow accumulation, the Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department of Wausau, Wis., was faced with this dilemma. Usually, we have all the snow we need by this time of the year, but for reasons only known to Mother … Continue reading

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The New West

The past decade has seen mountains of change in the Intermountain West. Once a collection of far-flung semi-cities in and around the Rockies, places like Boise, Idaho, have witnessed a population surge that has given these towns a decidedly metropolitan feel. Ironically, the same people who flocked to these centers west of the Continental Divide to pursue a higher quality of life have found that growth tends to lower the living standard. Rather than retreat to an urban mindset, the … Continue reading

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Water Play

This article is designed to serve as an introduction to managing water sports equipment and I’m pleased to incorporate the thinking of Walker and Seidler (1993) regarding the organization of various key concepts, presented within each of the management steps identified below. Further, I’ve adopted, for the purpose of this introduction, the following definitions … Non-disposable equipment: Those items that have a life expectancy of several years or seasons; or are relatively expensive, like water polo goals, starting platforms, springboard … Continue reading

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The Sheep Factor

I was standing at the pump filling my tank, marveling at the number of body piercings the gas station attendant had as he busily mounted a placard on the top of each pump. Just about that time, I’d decided those weren’t piercings. Rather, he had fallen down the steps carrying his father’s tackle box. While mulling this I bothered to read what was on the sign. It boldly read, “FREE EXTRA-LARGE CANDY BAR WITH PURCHASE OF ANY 64-OUNCE DRINK.” The … Continue reading

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