Category Archives: August 2006

Free Time

It wasn’t our intention, but with three kids under the age of nine, our spring break trip to visit family in Colorado turned into a day-by-day tour of front range parks. Sure, we toured major attractions like the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, but it was the lesser-known attractions like hiking to the top of Castle Rock, swimming and sliding at the North Boulder Rec Center and hiking the various … Continue reading

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Community Improvement

Creating and ensuring top-notch youth sports programs in your community is an important part of maintaining a successful parks and recreation department. Done correctly, youth sports unite the community and positively affect children’s mental, emotional and physical development. Done incorrectly, they have the exact opposite effect. One way to help ensure your youth sports program provides a positive experience is to develop and train an effective youth sports administrator – someone who has the knowledge, tools and support network necessary … Continue reading

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…And Then There Were None

Why is it the cycle of attendance at a fitness center varies so much throughout the year? In January, everyone makes a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and really get it together. In February, they’re still coming to the gym but not as often. And then, by March and April you’re starting to have to beef up your advertising to convince people to “get the bikini body they’ve always wanted” before summer gets here. It’s an endless cycle that, … Continue reading

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Tee for Two (or More)

Golf’s a great sport. Lush green tees, fairways and greens inviting you to drive the ball, putt like a champ and, maybe, win some money. And, even if you spend all your time in the woods or sand, you’ve still stolen a few hours with your friends or family. Of course, that’s the ideal. In reality, golf can be as much a divider as a uniter. One family member loves the game and the other doesn’t know how to play. … Continue reading

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Improved Meeting Dynamics

Just like conversations around the dinner table, meetings take on different dynamic levels depending on the characters in place and the blend of personalities involved. There are meetings where the players are tired from a full day’s agenda and it’s clear the accomplishments will be minimal due to the fatigue of the participants. There are meetings full of chiefs and very few Indians and orders are being barked out constantly to no one in particular and the center stage spotlight … Continue reading

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