Category Archives: January 2009

A Sustainable Milestone

Nationals Park, located in the Near Southeast area of Washington, D.C., is America’s greenest ballpark, the first professional stadium in the United States to earn LEED Silver Certification. Situated on the banks of the Anacostia River–one of the most neglected natural resources in the region–the ballpark’s site dictated much of its sustainable design attributes to help minimize further pollution of the site and its surroundings. The area is characterized by large public and subsidized housing complexes and relatively small portions … Continue reading

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Park Nixes Poop Problem

Being a good steward to the environment takes a little finesse, like that of the American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF), a non-profit group that helps support, preserve, and protect the American River Parkway (ARP) in Sacramento, Calif. That’s no small task for a system that encompasses a 23-mile stretch of the Sacramento River, and receives visits from more than 5 million people each year. The parkway has 300 acres of ”urbanized” or manicured areas, and 3,000 acres of natural grasslands … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Water-Treatment Products Offer System for Trapping Crypto Norwalk, Conn.–Arch Chemicals, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with SeaKlear Water Treatment Products of Bothell, Wash. to market their PRS product to the commercial swimming pool market. The co-branded Pulsar /SeaKlear PRS, 2-Stage Biopolymeric System will be available in five-gallon and 55-gallon kits. PRS traps disease-bearing microbes such as Cryptosporidium, E.Coli and Giardia in the swimming pool filter. Totally biodegradable, PRS has been shown to trap … Continue reading

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Dirty Work

He pulled up in his Ford truck, uncoiled himself from the front seat, and reached over to shake my hand. “Rodney? “ “Yep.” “How are you doing?” “Pretty good. Glad you could take a look at these fields for us. We know they need some work, but we’re not quite sure where to start.” And with that short exchange, a six-month project started. Together, John and I walked all eight baseball fields. He talked–pointing out lip conditions, fence problems, dangerous … Continue reading

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When To Hold On

Among the most important and rewarding responsibilities that parks and recreation managers deal with is mentoring the staff. Nurturing a new hire from the first day to leading an agency is both a source of personal fulfillment and an essential to organizational continuity (See “Getting Back To BASICs,” PRB August 2008). Conversely, managers are equally responsible for meeting and exceeding the expectations of the people they serve, requiring that events and programs be implemented by a competent, well-supervised staff. If … Continue reading

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