Category Archives: April 2011

The Science Of Safety In Aquatic Play Features

The tremendous popularity of parks with unique aquatic play features has changed the landscape of recreational waters. More families than ever are attracted to these venues as a way to spend time together. Today, these features include everything from water slides, lazy rivers and activity pools to mushroom sprays, splash pads and wave pools. These innovative recreational features decrease the fear of swimming for young bathers–the shallow water, bubbling actions and sprays offer comfort and reassurance, and create fun and … Continue reading

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Pooling Resources

Hiring, training, and retaining a quality lifeguard staff presents many challenges. Managers depend on the lifeguards to keep the pools safe, the public happy and the facilities clean. While safety is obviously the most important aspect of the lifeguards’ duties, customer service and the ability to keep the pool area clean are probably the next most important job functions for most agencies. So how do you get the most out of the lifeguard staff when many of them are high-school … Continue reading

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ADA And Aquatics

The largest minority group in the United States does not discriminate against new members. Any one of us may become a member at any time. Similar to other minority groups, inclusion in this group is not a choice. It is becoming a powerful political force, and for decades it has shaped the way that any public facility can be designed and operated. And it is growing rapidly. As human life expectancy increases, the number of disabled people will continue to … Continue reading

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The Marketing Mission

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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Keep The Sun At Bay

It wasn’t until recently that sunscreen became a staple in the parks and recreation lexicon. As a child growing up in southern California, I fondly remember hot summer weekends schlepping behind my mother–a Boogie board in tow–to the beach. Besides a towel or two, a book for my mother and some pocket change for an ice cream cone, nothing ever appeared to be missing. Lack of scientific data and little information available to the public on skin cancer meant the … Continue reading

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