Category Archives: February 2005

Voter Turn-Out

Today’s American communities are facing tough challenges when it comes to locating outside funding sources for parks and recreational facilities. Among these challenges is the fact that capitalizing parks, sports complexes and aquatic centers is increasingly requiring voter approval. While obtaining voter approval can be a daunting task, there are many communities throughout the country that have led successful campaigns. South Windsor, Conn., for example, recently received capital improvement funding for its Veterans Memorial Park Pool through the passage of … Continue reading

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Make it Happen

How do you compete with Vegas? The answer is quite simple… You don’t. However, particularly if you’re in neighboring North Las Vegas, you simply provide great special events. But still, it’s not so simple. It takes a lot of work, and most of that work is in preparation and having an extremely tight handle on your community’s needs and demographics, from citizens to potential sponsors. “The number one thing that I would recommend is to be honest with people. The … Continue reading

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Mrs. Slneegeleddling?

I got one of those calls the other day; the kind where I can’t understand anything but the phone number. “This is Latt Snagrada Debrulagassay from Schlelingfurfosa. Please call me at…” I could judge by the area code that the call didn’t come from Botswana. If it did, that might explain it. So, I had to forge ahead anyway, call the number and foolishly return the garble with more garble… “Hello? Yes. I’m calling for someone named Latt or Snagrada … Continue reading

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Product Review

Products & Literature To request more information on any of these hot new products, visit our Web site at www.parksandrecbusiness.com and follow the free information link. Or, call the company directly. And, remember, let them know you found them in Parks & Rec Business! Climbing Rocks & Sculptures FOND DU LAC, Wis. — BCI Burke Company introduces GeoSculpt Monuments and Standards climbing rocks. Unlike plastic, the structures look, feel and climb like real rock. The GeoSculpt Standards offer eight options … Continue reading

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Sample Request For Proposal

The following sample request for proposal format for selection of modular playground equipment was developed by Bob Holling, Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry for the City of Sun Prairie, Wis. This system has been in use for the past 12 years by the City of Sun Prairie with several revisions to the RFP made over the years with the assistance of other parks and recreation professionals. The last revision occurred in January of 2004. The intent of this RFP … Continue reading

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