Category Archives: February 2003

The Mitigation Connection

With increasing competitiveness for grants among applicants, an economic recession affecting local support for parks operations and projects, and state-level cutbacks nationwide for prioritizing funding, many park directors are turning to non-traditional ways to fund projects. Alternative mechanisms and strategies to finance projects will offer park and recreation directors optional avenues to fund their projects. These mechanisms and strategies will be the focus of The Grant Finder, a new column designed to provide parks and recreational professionals with viable alternative … Continue reading

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Skatepark in Action

Part 2 in this year-long series explores the installation and post-installation phase of skatepark implementation at the Glen Ellyn, Ill. Park District — a first-person account. Editor’s note: Parks & Rec Business magazine presents the second part of The Skatepark Decision, a year-long series of articles exploring the growing demand for municipal and regional skateparks. The series will cover The Skatepark Decision, from planning to implementation, and everything in between. We’ll profile skateparks from around the country and offer new … Continue reading

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10 Years After…

The land is identified and ready, an excellent master plan is in place and the potential for your new park is endless. Then the referendum that will fund the major park facilities fails. What do you do next? The West Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department rolled with the punches, looking for solutions while maintaining a flexible approach to its master plan and funding options. Mostly, it required a lot of patience, as the city’s latest and greatest park was … Continue reading

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The Thrill of Victory

Technology is billed as a panacea to almost every potential management and programming quagmire. While it lives up to its promise and beyond, computer power is only as good as the people behind it. The professionals we spoke to from Henderson, Nev., and New Britain, Conn., have embraced technology in a big way, while making sure the organization and the people who take advantage of their programming are in step with the changes it brings. “Every administrative leader is looking … Continue reading

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Products & Literature

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