Category Archives: December 2003

Blending Boards

Galena, Ill., broke new ground, both literally and figuratively, earlier this fall. What began as a now-usual request from local kids for a skatepark, coupled with the need to get the skateboards off the downtown buildings and sidings, became part of the renovation of ten-acre Recreation Park. In addition to the overt demand for a skatepark, the city saw great value in a mixed-use, multi-generational park that would subtly bring people of various ages together. Galena’s Recreation Park features an … Continue reading

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Winds Of Change

It’s unusual for any facility to sell 12,600 annual passes. It’s even more unusual when the community that bought those 12,600 passes numbers around 20,000. More than half of the residents of West Deptford, N.J., purchased season passes to the city’s recreational gem (complete with gyms), RiverWinds. It’s a one-of-a-kind facility, at least in this region, that was extremely well-promoted. Fortunately — for both the city’s administrators and residents — RiverWinds would meet and exceed the hype. Community Capstone “I’ve … Continue reading

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Q&A 2003

Editor’s Note: Practices and procedures at parks and recreation departments are not usually one-size-fits-all solutions. There are some things that are universal — like safety regulations — but the variables that go into making a program or facility work best are legion and based heavily upon the needs and demographics of the locale. We recently polled parks and recreation professionals from around the country for our annual Q&A feature and got some interesting responses, representing a diversity of subjects and … Continue reading

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Product Review

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Resolution

They say the Christmas season is one of the most stressful times of the year. There are various reasons for this, but at least in my case a lot of the stress is due to an organizational lag. Basically, things begin to catch up with and overtake me as the year draws to a close. Every bit of procrastination I’ve managed to work into my schedule gradually creeps deeper and deeper into my schedule each month. By December, that gradual … Continue reading

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