Category Archives: February 2012

Gaining Ground

As recently as 2004, mountain-bike trails were non-existent in Brown County State Park in Nashville, Ind. So what transformation took place to being recognized as one of the premier trail systems in the world in just a few short years? It all started in 2003 when the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) published its annual report card, rating states based on factors such as trail access, quantity, and quality. Indiana was awarded a disappointing D+. While off-road cyclists living in … Continue reading

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Reverse Your Thinking

The EPA estimates the workplace generates 40 percent of all waste. If this does not sound scary enough, the Clean Air Council states that each person in the U.S. makes 4.39 pounds of trash per day. That means nearly 2 pounds of that trash is generated on the job. It sure sounds sensible to get started on a recycling program, doesn’t it? There are several important steps to create a “greener” park district or agency: 1. Determine whether the district … Continue reading

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Leading The Way

In every segment of society, there are people who stand out as leaders. They have the vision, passion, and work ethic to make things happen. Is this true in the parks and recreation industry, too? Of course it is. Over the years, I have admired many recreation professionals who fit in this 10-percent group. These are the people who go above and beyond in their efforts to make their communities better places, especially for the youngsters who play organized sports … Continue reading

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Comparing Business To Government

In the May 2010 issue of PRB, columnist Randy Gaddo questioned whether business should be compared to government. For decades many “old timers” have heard community members, politicians, and business men and women say, “Government should be run like a business.” Well, they are right–and wrong. The word “business” implies an organization that exists solely for the purpose of earning a profit. So, in this sense, running a government or public service–such as a park and recreation agency–“like a business” … Continue reading

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Training Begins

Once A Marine, Always A Marine, Part Two This is the second in a series depicting one man’s experience in Marine Corps boot camp; the story continues just after the “recruits” have met their new training drill instructors (DI). Once the drill instructors impressed upon us the importance of listening to every word they said and complying immediately with every order, the real training started. We quickly learned that there is no “I” in team. Referring to oneself in the … Continue reading

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