Category Archives: April 2009

This-N-That

Evans Recognized By The OABA Cincinnati, Ohio–J.C. Evans, chairman of Gold Medal Products, is the first to receive the Pioneer Award in recognition of his career service and growth of the concession industry. This award will be presented by the national trade organization representing more than 3,000 members from the mobile amusement industry. The Outdoor Amusement Business Association, Inc.’s (OABA) Hall of Fame Award Committee honored Evans at their annual meeting on February 14. The committee chose him for his … Continue reading

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Are We Over-Communicating?

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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Making A Difference

We’ve all seen the television news reports and read accounts of the horrific conditions millions of children in Africa are forced to live in. Among war-ravaged Darfur and AIDS-infested Zambia there sure isn’t very much for a young child to look forward to each day. But those in the recreation profession here in the United States are helping to make a difference there–and you can be a part of these life-changing efforts, too. Together, we’re putting smiles on kids’ faces. … Continue reading

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Lifesaving And Emergency Equipment

No one likes to contemplate the possibility of a water-related accident, but the time you spend this spring preparing lifesaving and emergency equipment may mean a safer summer season. Sorting through the variety of available equipment can be challenging. “There is a lot of junk being marketed and distributed,” says Gerald M. Dworkin, consultant for New Hampshire-based Aquatics Safety & Water Rescue, a developer of aquatics-safety educational curricula. “If a backboard has more flex than a diving board, it is … Continue reading

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Zip Lines And Aerial Adventures

Zip-line canopy tours are popping up everywhere, and aerial treks are quickly gaining in popularity. From resort regions like Orlando, Fla., to smaller venues such as Hocking Hills, Ohio, zip lines are providing recreational facilities and destinations with an attraction for visitors to enjoy. Aerial treks — popular in the United Kingdom — are appearing in the United States, with the latest addition in Dunlap, Tenn., near Chattanooga. Location, Location, Location When deciding if your place is viable for the … Continue reading

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