Category Archives: August 2004

The Facility Audit, Part 2

Despite the recession, there is a definite building boom in parks and recreation. Its reasons are multiple — whether based on demand, more creative ways of procuring funding or the need to update outdated facilities — but in this series we’re not concerned with the reasons, but with the means to the end. This article is the second in a series regarding planning, designing, and building a new sport or recreational facility. The first, published in April, looked at the … Continue reading

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Triple Play

If Natchitoches (pronounced Nackitish), La., was a private company, its stock would be climbing. It has become a hub for special events and tournament teams, while providing more and better recreational programs and facilities for its citizens. Its success, like anything else, is tied to a number of factors. For parks and recreation, the turning point came when the city decided to make recreation a full-time endeavor. The transition was not easy (nothing worthwhile is), nor did it magically happen. … Continue reading

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Giant Miniature, Part II

Miniature golf is a fun business. But even a fun business must have sound business management practices to be successful. One of the most critical decisions for anyone considering the miniature golf business is the design of the course. A well-designed course will be interesting to play and produce repeat business year after year. A poorly designed course is just the opposite. It quickly becomes boring or frustrating to players, and the repeat business drops off drastically. Landforms The design … Continue reading

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Focus on Utility

Here are some new utility vehicle products of interest to parks and recreation departments. To request more information on any of these hot new products, visit our Web site at www.parksandrecbusiness.com and follow the free information link. Or, call the company directly. And, remember, let them know you found them in Parks & Rec Business! New Toolcat Options WEST FARGO, N.D. — Bobcat Company has added two factory options to its Toolcat 5600 utility work machine. The new B-Series 5600 … Continue reading

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Utility in Utility Vehicles?

The term utility conjures up visions of days long gone, of people and machines performing many duties — sometimes simultaneously. After all, the terms utility tub or utility belt didn’t get their names because one holds water and the other one helped Batman foil the evil plots of his arch enemies. While job function and regulations have caused machines and people to become specialists, manufacturers of machines still need to make vehicles and equipment that perform many functions. We, as … Continue reading

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