Category Archives: February 2009

Dollars And Sense

Vending machines can be found at almost every recreation center in the United States. They are an amenity our customers cannot live without. How can we be more environmentally responsible in operating these machines that bear liquid and edible refreshments? And, with many states now raising utility rates, how can vending machines be operated in the black? Electrical consumption–now more than ever–plays a key role in evaluating the cost-effectiveness of a vending machine. With so many avenues available now for … Continue reading

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Tagging Graffiti

At 7:00 a.m., you roll into the parking lot ready to get your day started only to find the building covered in spray-painted graffiti. It happens everywhere–from small-town parks in cities like Delhi, Ohio, to large metropolitan areas like Philadelphia. Mix together young people with idle time, toss in a dash of absent supervision, add a pinch of peer-pressure, access to spray paint and a blank wall, and you have all the ingredients for a graffiti problem. To solve this, … Continue reading

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Risk Assessment

Recreation businesses and organizations face daunting expectations daily to provide services and activities which entertain, stimulate, and engage the public in a variety of ways. Many of the activities and programs offered imply that risk is inherent and injuries imminent by the nature of the activity, such as rock climbing, skateboarding, contact sports and white-water rafting. Consent And Notice Are Not Enough Recreation businesses and organizations may assume that an awareness of activities means that participants may be equally aware … Continue reading

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So You Want A Job In Recreation?

Having a career in recreation really sounds like so much fun. I’ve been teased about college courses I probably took to get my job, such as “Underwater Basket Weaving” and “How to Run Bingo Games for Seniors.” I’ve also had people tell me how lucky I am to work in a place where people come to have fun. I always agree. But how do we tell them our secret? What exactly is our secret? That we put in incredible hours … Continue reading

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No More Waivers, Releases Or Consents

In 2003 a man took his three children and another child snow-tubing at the Powder Ridge Ski Resort in Connecticut. The man’s right foot became caught between the tube and a man-made bank. He broke his leg and required several surgeries. The man had signed a waiver, defense, indemnity and hold-harmless agreement and release of liability, but the establishment was still found negligent. Based on the ruling in this case (Hanks v. Powder Ridge, 2005) and litigation in related cases … Continue reading

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