Category Archives: August 2012

Life-Changing Programs

All it takes is a nudge from a coach  By Fred Engh  Four years ago Dave Parks, program administrator for youth sports for the city of Englewood (Colo.) Parks and Recreation Department, received a call from a concerned mother of a fifth grader.  She explained that her son was painfully shy and struggling with social anxiety. She wondered if there was a sport he might be able to play, though he wasn’t interested in baseball, football, or basketball. Parks suggested … Continue reading

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Maintenance Pros, Listen Up!

PRB feels your pain. LBWA changes focus to help By Randy Gaddo  This column, LBWA–Leadership By Wandering Around–is focused on gathering input from PRB readers in the maintenance field, those battling in the trenches to find ways to do more with less. How are you doing something successfully that might help others? Or, what problems are you facing that we can pose to your counterparts? Each month, we will feature one or more departments somewhere in the world with problems, … Continue reading

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Winning Isn’t Everything

Use games to get kids back on the field By Pete McCall The desire to win permeates much of what human beings do. Most of us want to be recognized for accomplishments at work. Many want to be the best moms and dads, have the cleanest house, and keep the best yard on the block. The majority wants to win at everything.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t always translate well with kids. Oftentimes, it doesn’t translate at all.  Get A Grip On … Continue reading

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Creating Effective Managers

Skills needed for a park and recreation manager  By Steven Thompson  Since many new park and recreation managers are promoted from other positions within an agency, it’s important that management-training programs are available. New managers may lack essential management skills, and the only way to ensure success is to give them the necessary tools to obtain their goals. Presentation Many new managers have never had to give a professional presentation, but they may need to conduct budget-related presentations, deliver training … Continue reading

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A Focus For The Future

Downtown plaza spurs revitalization and a community-gathering place   By Cory Styron  The crowd counted down “5-4-3-2-1,” and the fountain erupted with a colorful light display to celebrate the grand opening of the Sharon Prete Plaza in Round Rock,Texas. The plaza is named for the retired director of the parks and recreation department for her 30 years of service to the community and for laying the foundation for the department.  Located on Main Streetin the heart of downtown and nestled among … Continue reading

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