Category Archives: January 2005

OPRA Connection

Many challenges confront youth-serving organizations. Limited budgets have required many to reduce program offerings. Staff may struggle to balance developing creative programs with staffing of facilities and managing administrative responsibilities. Cultural or financial barriers may prevent successful access to programs or activities by groups not normally served. Meanwhile, parents and communities are increasingly reliant on services provided by these organizations, seeking safe places and positive learning experiences for their children in the out-of-school hours. Many youth, particularly in urban areas, … Continue reading

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In The News

It was the spring of 1970 that I first met Sheryl Lynn Clark, later to be known as Sherry. Her eagerness and enthusiasm to do a great job as recreation trainee III at the 20th Street Gym for Denver Parks and Recreation was unparalleled. She could hardly wait to get started in that 1908 swimming pool, helping people learn how to swim in that Roman-styled emporium. Upon graduation from high school she left the gym and went to work at … Continue reading

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The Incident Command System

Since the school shootings of the 1990s, the terrorist attacks of 2001, the Station Night Club fire in Rhode Island, the California mudslides, Western wildfires other tragic events, most people are aware of the importance of mitigation and emergency preparedness, especially those of us who are responsible for the safety and security of our park and recreation users. Setting the Stage I’m assuming that the reader has gone through some of the first steps of Emergency Response Plan (ERP) development … Continue reading

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Finding Purpose

Editor’s Note: Parks & Rec Business magazine continues the 2004 series focusing on… Everything H20, from pool equipment, safety, staffing and programming to profiles and perspectives on the latest aquatics facilities, water parks and splash parks in public parks and recreation. As much as all of us like to use the term multi-purpose in a sentence, today’s community and recreation centers really have to be that, and much more. A prime example is a pair of new community centers at … Continue reading

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Craft Connection

This may be hard to believe, but long ago, in a distant galaxy, children actually played outside, building forts and getting dirty while riding bikes through mud puddles. Most astonishing was that these children got together spontaneously and were unsupervised! No structured play dates, no parents warning, “Be careful… you’ll get hurt!” As a camp director back in those “good old days”, I’d spend hours with kids, making all sorts of messy crafts. We mixed up bucketfuls of slimy, sticky … Continue reading

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