Category Archives: January 2003

The Skatepark Decision, Part 1

Editor’s note: Parks & Rec Business magazine presents the first part of The Skatepark Decision, a year-long series of articles exploring the growing demand for municipal and regional skateparks. The series will cover The Skatepark Decision, from planning to implementation, and everything in between. We’ll profile skateparks from around the country and offer new perspectives and ideas on The Skatepark Decision. If you have something you’d like to see covered in this series, please let us know. If you have … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities

Games of compare-and-contrast can be fun. They also provide a method to evaluate and learn from those things being compared and contrasted. In the parks and recreation business, the rules of this game often morph. The simplistic compare-contrast approach yields to the more complex chess-like game of evaluating and defining the needs of each community. The check-mate is declared when facilities are overflowing with satisfied patrons. And so it is with Medina, Ohio and Longmont, Colo., two strikingly similar cities … Continue reading

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Fitness Cycles

The biggest lesson learned at Medina and Longmont’s fitness centers inside their new recreation centers was to make them bigger. “If there’s one thing we could change, it would be the size of the fitness facility. We have about 20 pieces of cardio, free weights and select-drive equipment, and it’s really tight in there,” says Troy Houtman, facility supervisor for the Longmont Recreation Center. “It’s a matter of trying to change the peak times and encouraging people to come during … Continue reading

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Swim Lessons

Adaptability is an important concept for Medina’s recreation center. The adaptability thread goes from room to room and area to area. In the aquatics area, one of the important adaptable features is the spray ground. “If we see that this isn’t as popular as we hope it is, we’re able to change it extremely easily. If we need to put a small slide there, or we need to put a climbing net, we might have to do that, so we … 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 information link. Or, call the company directly. And, remember, let them know you found them in Parks & Rec Business! Skatepark Catalog WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Ramptech offers a full-color, 24-page catalog for its line of modular skatepark systems. The catalog includes the anatomy of a ramp, the company’s ramp systems and ramp models, the anatomy of a skatepark, sample … Continue reading

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