Category Archives: April 2010

Industry Insight

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” –Abraham Maslow Just as conceptual tools presented in university textbooks and classrooms sometimes are not integrated into professional practice, wisdom discovered in the field is not always incorporated either. Three decades ago, a group of professionals gathered to proactively address this dilemma. The American Academy of Park and Recreation Administrators (AARPA) was established in 1980 as an “organization of distinguished practitioners and … Continue reading

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Sizing Up Scoring

If you poll recreation professionals on the Top 10 issues they face in youth-sports programming, everything from parent behavior to coaches’ background checks make that list. And near the top of that list is another headache-inducer: keeping score at games. That’s right–the age at which the score should be kept in youth sports is a hotly debated topic in the industry. I recently received the following letter on this subject from Penny Hernandez, program coordinator for the city of Vacaville … Continue reading

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A Slice Of Life

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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Just Add Water

The Mansfield Community Center in Mansfield, Conn., is offering residents a new ingredient to help mend their bodies — just add water. Aqua therapy has become an increasing trend in the parks and recreation arena. As more people turn to aquatics to get fit, they also see the benefits for treating arthritis, chronic pain and poor circulation, and for help with recovery from accidents and injuries. Aqua therapy has been a part of the center’s repertoire for the last three … Continue reading

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A Stereotypical Stab In The Dark

Be careful of your thoughts for your thoughts become your word. Be careful of your words for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character for your character becomes your destiny. –Anonymous —————————————————————————————————— Jane sees John. Jane likes John. John has been seeing Jane for a few months. They met at the ice cream shop where … Continue reading

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