Category Archives: February 2009

Bearing The Essentials

Downsizing isn’t always a bad thing. When it comes to locker rooms in rec centers, it may be the best way to go. “Members really don’t use locker rooms–or big lockers–that much,” says Doug Holzrichter, a principal at PHN Architects in Wheaton, Ill. The award-winning architecture and design firm specializes in recreational facilities, including recreation and fitness centers, aquatic facilities and golf course clubhouses and facilities. “Put in fewer lockers and reduce the room size,” Holzrichter advises. “Studies and experience … Continue reading

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Shaking Inactivity

Everywhere you look there are symptoms of sedentary living and unhealthy choices that negatively affect communities–both physically and fiscally. Park and recreation departments can play a major role in offsetting this epidemic. Our business revolves around motivating people to be active and presenting a smorgasbord of healthy choices so they stay active. “Fitness is a way of life; it’s not confined to what a child does on the soccer field or an adult does in the gym,” says Virginia’s Arlington … Continue reading

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Park Bathrooms

Many managers, as well as park and recreation users, believe that germs, bacteria and viruses are lurking just about everywhere in public restrooms–including toilets, doors, faucets and urinal handles. Some have even gone as far as placing placards in restrooms, encouraging users to “use a paper towel when opening and closing doors,” all in the interest of protecting public health. While it is true that a wide variety of germs and bacteria–including staphylococcus, E. coli, hepatitis A and the many … Continue reading

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Does Anybody Like Being A Bureaucrat?

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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Laugh Lines And Heartstrings

My dad never got to see Tiger Woods hit his prime. He really would like to have seen that. He so respected young men who accomplished things, who set their minds to a task and persevered. He didn’t see the Browns leave town and then come back a few years later. That was probably a good thing, as he never cared much for the team’s ownership. The Cavaliers’ “King James” phenomenon also came after my dad’s departure, and he would … Continue reading

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