Category Archives: April 2010

Start Small But Think Big

The world’s appetite for energy is undeniable. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “[T]otal world consumption of marketed energy is projected to increase by 44 percent from 2006 to 2030.” Since there is no clear blueprint available for parks and recreation professionals, I asked more than 100 specialists (including parks and recreation professionals, energy-conservation boards, scientists, private- and public-energy groups, environmental committees and university academics) for the top-ten ways a recreation center/community center can conserve energy. The responses were … Continue reading

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Let Junior Take Over

What can a golf course do to fill tee times with golfers who leave the course in need of only routine grooming instead of extensive repairs? In Winter Haven, Fla., the Lake Bess Golf Course started the Junior Program to educate multiple generations on how to care for a golf course. The program allows kids 16 and under to play for free during the summer with a paying adult, says Jeff Vose, President of the golf course. Once the junior … Continue reading

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Beach-Building Basics

Think your beach isn’t exciting enough to attract visitors? Well, think again. Making your beach the place to go can be done with minimal effort. “All you have to do is give people the space and not get in their way,” advises Tom Fox, President and CEO of Harbor Experience Companies, who has three “manmade” beaches at his Water Taxi locations at Long Island City, South Street Seaport and Governors Island in the New York Harbor area. Built on vacant … Continue reading

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Power Of Water

I don’t know who was more excited–me or the group of 12-year-olds surrounding me. After two years of fundraising and countless hours of practice, we had finally made it to the front gate of The Ripken Experience – Cal and Billy Ripken’s Dream Baseball Park in Myrtle Beach, SC. We were all signed up and paid (thank God) to compete in the weeklong national baseball tournament on fields nicer than we had ever played on. It was very big league–complete … Continue reading

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PPG Issues Advisory On Aquatic Facilities Pittsburgh, Penn.–The Accu-Tabsystem commercial pool water treatment group of PPG Industries announces the release of “Smooth Operator: Maintenance & Training Best Practices,” the second in a series of informational advisories. Data from the survey indicates that 20 percent of pool owners and operators questioned had to shut down their facilities due to a concern over water quality. Of these owners and operators, 76 percent cited the equipment they use to regulate water quality as … Continue reading

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