Category Archives: August 2003

Peak Parks

Recreation can be a hard sell, particularly when taxpayers feel increasingly overburdened during economic downturns. Park City, Utah, has made recreation an economic driver for the community. You might say Park City already has an economic driver in the prodigious white gold that falls from the sky every winter, attracting droves of people to the powdery slopes of the Wasatch Range. Drawing the Droves Though this section of Utah just outside Salt Lake City gets its share of summer visitors, … Continue reading

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Maintaining Efficiency

The foundation for any sector of an organization is the organization itself and how it’s organized. A disorganized organization could hardly be called an organization, but that’s sometimes the reality. Translated to the real world and those who work in the field disorganization and miscommunication equates to confusion and waste. Fortunately, this is not the natural state of parks and recreation. However, there are ways to further improve even the most seemingly smooth grounds maintenance operation. Rockville, Md., has found … Continue reading

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Building Blocks

A close friend of mine, who is a carpenter, was nearing retirement and finding himself conflicted with the notion of living a life where there is no hard evidence of daily productivity such as a well crafted set of stairs or multi-spindled railing. He was and had always been a craftsman, producing admirable results. The self-worth he carried in his manner was largely the result of his reputation in the trade. But retirement was knocking at the door and reminding … Continue reading

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Degrees of Separation

The sun is setting on a backyard in Cleveland. A man stands with his arms around the back of his five-year-old son. They are both clutching that same baseball bat. As they simultaneously trace the slow motion response to an imaginary but wicked fastball, the bat completes its course with four arms fully extended and the “stick” behind the ear of the future slugger. Across “the pond” in Toronto, a maintenance man shouts to an eleven-year-old girl that the rink … Continue reading

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It’s Not My Fault…

It’s kind of embarrassing isn’t it? Our country asking other countries if they mind if we stand up for what we believe in. American companies asking their employees if they can help them find counseling due to their inability to get to work on time or not abuse their sick/vacation time privileges. Parents appealing the test scores of their second and third graders because the test did not take into account the child’s attention deficit or perhaps test anxiety. We’ve … Continue reading

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