Category Archives: December 2002

Show You The Money

Most parks and recreation agencies operate food, and sometimes merchandise concessions in their venues and, most of the time, they could generate more income through these operations. The following steps should help in your examination of this aspect of your business (yes, you should consider the revenue generation portion of your job a business) and to help determine whether it’s earning to its potential. Outsource or In-House? Should your agency operate your concessions with internal staff, or should it outsource … Continue reading

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Industry News

Skatewave Signs Professional Riders DELANO, Minn. — Skatewave Modular Skatepark Systems has signed professional riders Andy Macdonald, Louis Zamora and Bruce Crisman to representation agreements. Skatewave also signed top amateur Lyn-Z Adams. The athletes will be featured in Skatewave advertising and communications, and will work with Skatewave to promote the growth of skateparks across North America. Andy Macdonald is an eight-time X-Games gold medalist and one of the most widely known skateboarders in the world. Bruce Crisman, a 2001 X-Games … Continue reading

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Natural Programming

What do you do when funding starts to dry up and registration falls because you begin to charge for your environmental programming? If you’re like Bluff Lake Nature Center, located in a low-income area of Denver, you come up with creative solutions while continuously improving the way the program is run. Bluff Lake Nature Center began operating in 1995, dedicated to reaching kids in kindergarten through fourth grade. This was not a random decision. It was based on research that … Continue reading

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What Makes Bluff Lake Tick

It’s partly location, pre-trip and post-trip programming and creative financing programs that brings classes back to Bluff Lake Nature Center, but it’s the on-site programming that seals the deal. Bluff Lake Nature Center is located at the southeastern corner of Denver’s old Stapleton airport, directly south of the city. It’s located in a basin where Bluff Lake is fed by storm water runoff (which was hard to come by this year). Bluff Lake is surrounded by a large wetlands area, … Continue reading

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Our five year old, Sam, began Kindergarten this fall. In hopes of reducing any separation anxiety, his older brother and sisters began “selling” the concept of going to school throughout the month of August. Little nudges like, “Hey, school is great,” or, “I can’t wait to go back to school.” All were intended to get him thinking about “leaving the nest” in a positive way. School started easily enough. On that fateful first day (a day I am convinced is … Continue reading

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