Category Archives: December 2008

Start A “Recreation Road Show”

Editor’s Note: Download Recreation Road Show PDF Do recreation professionals ever wonder if anybody knows exactly what you do? Do people know how hard you work to make sure their leisure time and that of their children is wholesome and fun? Has someone ever said to you, “I wish I had your job, just doing all these fun things all day,” when, in fact, while others are having fun you’re working? A Recreation Revelation I discovered this phenomenon soon after … Continue reading

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Get A Grip On Climbing Walls

Climbing walls are about more than aesthetics. Good management, excellent customer service, highly trained staff, and challenging routes are the defining factors in transforming a one-time climber into an enthusiast. Structurally, climbing walls are of two types–mobile or stationary. Deciding the best option for a recreational facility requires reviewing the needs and wants of patrons, considering the cost of insurance and evaluating the availability of qualified staff and budget. Mobility Mobile walls range in height, but generally top out at … Continue reading

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Transforming Rails to Trails

There are many considerations that a municipality, park service or developer needs to deal with before construction begins to transform obsolete railroad beds into recreation trails, according to Jerry Rachel, Vice President of Rachel Contracting in Minneapolis. His firm recently built two green trails in the Twin Cities area using recycled materials. The most basic first step, he said, is to secure the right-of-way for the railroad bed itself, which is a job for the attorneys. If rails and ties … Continue reading

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Grinding Out A New Trail

It was hard not to notice them. Monstrous pieces of equipment grinding up granite ballast made an incredible racket this spring and summer, as they moved slowly over an obsolete railroad bed between curtains of trees, brush, homes, businesses and other buildings in Wayzata, Minn., past Lake Minnetonka and well into western Hennepin County. Residents and passers-by knew a big change was afoot–literally and figuratively. Completed in early November, Three Rivers Park District’s (TRPD) 13-mile, hard-surface trail is expected to … Continue reading

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This-N-That

An Industry First In 2007, the city of Sparks, Nev., selected 13 synthetic FieldTurf fields for its new look at Golden Eagle Regional Park & Sports Complex, making it the largest single purchase of artificial turf from one organization. The park is located on 140 acres east of Wingfield Springs and south of Vista Boulevard. Among the 13 fields are six softball fields, two Babe Ruth League baseball fields, two youth baseball/softball fields, a stadium-size soccer/football field and two multi-purpose … Continue reading

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