Category Archives: August 2005

The Match

All too often, capital projects are delayed because the community has a tough time finding local resources to satisfy a funding match requirement associated with a grant program, even when the community can leverage 70 percent or more from outside resources. This month’s column focuses on breaking down the barriers of meeting funding match requirements and shares ideas you can apply to satisfy local funding match. Making a Match Grants and other forms of financial assistance frequently have funding match … Continue reading

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Trends

Trends are important factoids in parks and recreation. What’s a factoid? I’m not sure, but I sure like the word… Anyway, factoids aside, whether they’re demographic or usage trends, they play a major role in determining present and future development. And, whether they’re dog parks, skateparks, sprayparks or any myriad of facilities and programs that have become hot-button issues for citizens across North America, parks and recreation departments must be prepared to meet that demand. These trends are compounded by … Continue reading

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Parks & Hypergrowth, Part 1

Editor’s note: Mr. McDonald will take us on a tour of the burgeoning City of Maricopa, and how the newly-created Parks, Recreation and Libraries department is positioning itself to handle this growth and provide relevant and quality services. This series of articles comes at a fortuitous time in parks and recreation, as “hypergrowth”, particularly in communities surrounding major metropolitan areas, has become a widespread phenomenon across North America. The City of Maricopa is in the midst of tremendous hypergrowth, both … Continue reading

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Obstacle Course

Gyms are among the businesses with the most diverse customer bases, making it seemingly impossible to accommodate so many different types of people. Not only do you have to make your customers comfortable, but you may also have other obstacles to overcome, such as limited space, limited equipment and limited funds to work with. This article addresses just that… obstacles. So get your floor plans out and get ready to make your gym make sense. Convenient Fitness There’s a large … Continue reading

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Aquatic Playgrounds

As a master-planned community focused on a natural, forested setting, The Woodlands, Texas, has the benefit of a parks-focused mentality. The town’s parks and recreation department is heavily involved with each development in town long before the ground is broken. Successful development often revolves around the recreational amenities offered in each new neighborhood, or village, as the term is used in The Woodlands. Because parks and recreational facilities are typically in the works and sometimes completed before the first home … Continue reading

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