Category Archives: February 2007

Boundless Playgrounds

Sometimes heartache and inspiration walk hand in hand. Several months after the heartbreaking death of their nine-month-old son Jonathan, Amy and Peter Barzach, at the suggestion of a grief counselor, sought a meaningful way to honor their son’s memory. They decided to create a playground where children and adults with and without disabilities could play and celebrate life together. With the support of 1,200 volunteers, that memorial playground, Jonathan’s Dream, opened in 1996. Soon after, the Barzachs founded Boundless Playgrounds®, … Continue reading

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Time Management

When Rodney asked me to consider an article on time management, my first reaction was, “What the heck do I know about time management?” I had visions of real experts, consultants, people we pay $2,500 per day who had Power Point presentations and knew all the latest management techniques. But as usual I have a big enough ego that I quickly snapped out of it and said to myself, “Why not me, I can do that!” After all, I enjoy … Continue reading

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Customer Service Tips From A-Z

What makes for outstanding customer service in parks and recreation departments? Follow some of these alphabetical tips to provide high quality service, along with a dash of fun for participants in your programs. A: Anticipate: Plan ahead for possible “snags.” Do you need extra staff on a busy weekend? Is rain predicted the night of your outdoor luau? Anticipating problems saves you headaches later on. B: Balance: Maintain a balance between your personal and professional life. It’s easy to get … Continue reading

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Product Review

To request more information on any of these hot new products, visit our Web site at www.parksandrecbusiness.com and follow the Free Product Info link. Or, call the company directly and, remember, please let them know you found them in Parks & Rec Business! To submit an item for consideration, send a one-page press release and color photo to: PO Box 1166, Medina, OH 44258-1166. Questions? Call (330) 721-9126, fax (330) 723-6598 or send an e-mail to editor@northstarpubs.com. Dehumidification Units York, … Continue reading

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Riding Herd

Yesterday, as we went through all the steps to finalize yet another issue of Parks & Rec Business, it occurred to me that I am finally living my childhood dream–I am now a cowboy. Well, not the one I envisioned. I don’t ride a horse (too allergic), I don’t own or work for a ranch (too expensive), and I don’t herd or rope cattle (too messy), but in many ways my struggles and those of the working cowboy are one … Continue reading

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