Category Archives: December 2012

This-N-That

Design Standard For Athletic Field Light Structures Coming    Reston, Va.—The collapse of more than 12 light structures at athletic fields around the country over the past several years, and another 200 other sports lighting structures removed from service as a safety precaution, has prompted members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to examine these structures and create a new design standard for the industry. The ASCE Athletic Field Lighting Structures Standard Committee was created in the fall … Continue reading

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Family Ties

Sheila Lillis says every child should have the chance to be part of a team. Photo Courtesy of NAYS

Growing up, Sheila Lillis had a front-row seat observing the power of sports and what it takes to provide quality youth programming. “In my family, growing up with sports played such a large role in how we engaged with each other, and my father was a volunteer coach and volunteer athletic director at the school we all attended,” Lillis explained. And she puts those valuable lessons learned—from the playing field and from her home—to use every day at the City … Continue reading

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Simple Standards

Getting back to being a "simple man." © Can Stock Photo Inc. / martijnmulder (guitar)

Forget your lust, for the rich man’s gold, All that you need, is in your soul, And you can do this, if you try. All that I want for you, my son, Is to be satisfied. And be a simple kind of man. Be something you love and understand. Be a simple kind of man. Won’t you do this for me, son, If you can? –Lynard Skynard The band Lynard Skynard recorded “Simple Man” in 1973, but the song peaked … Continue reading

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Multi-Tasking In Maintenance

No matter what your definition of "facility" is, that facility must be maintained. Photo Courtesy of Randy Gaddo

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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Lead With Enthusiasm

Here are four things to think about now that you are serving on a park and recreation board or commission. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / wacker

Congratulations are in order. You’ve been elected to the Thompson Park and Recreation Board and/or Commission. You now have a tremendous responsibility to serve, and to serve well. You’ll be working regularly with a group of professionals at the peak of their careers, and making decisions that will have a direct impact on the department’s future, its staff, and the community. With so many advantages to board work, here are four reasons to approach these new duties with enthusiasm: 1. … Continue reading

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