Category Archives: February 2011

Fearless Flyers Go Vertical

Redeveloping the northwest quadrant of Safety Harbor City Park in Pinellas County, Fla., to meet the needs of thrill-seeking skateboarders was no easy project. During the past four decades, skateboarders have been shocking crowds with extreme tricks that most people would not dream of doing. Today, kids in the county–and across the country–want to show off extreme acrobatic stunts, ollies, rail slides, truck grinders and more. The challenge for the city and its design partners was to create a safe … Continue reading

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Tired Of Natural Turf Taking A Timeout?

What would you do with a field that does not require downtime and never needs mowed, fertilized, weeded, trimmed, watered, aerated or dethatched? How would your agency capitalize in hosting a constant string of events? Would a synthetic-turf field be your nirvana? Economical And Ecological Price “There is an increased demand for field time, but limited availability, especially considering the potential for inclement weather and seasonal downtimes,” says Todd Britton, marketing manager for AstroTurf, a company that offers multi-sport and … Continue reading

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Everyone Does Custodial Cleanup

First impressions are valuable assets to recreation facilities. Appearance and upkeep of buildings–both inside and out–matter! From the landscaping around the front drive to the drinking fountains in the gymnasium, basic cleanliness and maintenance should be a priory. This vital part of customer service should involve everyone–all levels of staff. Pitch In Start by hiring staff members who embrace the idea of teamwork and understand the value of maintaining a clean and tidy environment for patrons. If there’s trash on … Continue reading

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$ave A Full-Time Position And More

Amy McMillan runs a tight ship. As executive director of the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission, headquartered in Flint, Mich., she has watched property values plummet and the millage income that supports the parks decline as a result. She has also watched use of the 11,000 acres of county parks increase. She knows that families are staying closer to home these days and that they are happily finding in the county parks an abundance of recreational opportunities–from playgrounds and … Continue reading

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Wipe Away Germs

Jessica joined a Chicago gym right after Christmas 2009. She had gained a few pounds over the holidays and was determined to shed them quickly. She decided joining the gym, along with eating properly, was the way to do it. Every day at 7 a.m., she ran on the treadmill for about 20 minutes then rode the stationary bike for another 20 minutes. She finished up with free weights. With time, the weight was gone, and Jessica was so impressed … Continue reading

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