Category Archives: July 2011

Seniors Go Wild For Wii

The regulars at the senior center in Painesville, Ohio, had a dilemma. A Nintendo Wii had been purchased, but the novelty of the new game system had worn off after only a week. On most days, the system received little or no use. The seniors were familiar with other programs like aerobics, weight training, crafting, bingo, card games and classroom activities, but the Wii presented a new and unfamiliar challenge. The gaming system also had some stiff competition from a … Continue reading

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Tune In To Life

Stanley lies in his bed wide awake, staring into the darkness. It’s nearly 5 a.m., although he has been up for a while. Like he’s done for the past 35 years, he reaches over and shuts off the alarm clock before it makes a sound. He turns and looks at the slumbering pile of blankets beside him and sighs. He rises quietly, careful not to wake his wife, and enters the bathroom. As the shower water warms, he glances in … Continue reading

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Unveiling Additional Revenue

Providing shade can do more than bring relief to park visitors on a steamy summer afternoon — it can bring in revenue. If done correctly, permanent shade structures — such as pavilions and gazebos — can draw a crowd for family reunions, weddings and out-of-the-office meeting locations. Prevent Poor Performance Even though a pavilion typically is a concrete-floored structure with a roof and no walls, that doesn’t mean you can just slap one up anywhere and people will be clamoring … Continue reading

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Rich With History

At the center of what was once Santa Monica’s fabled Gold Coast, the Annenberg Community Beach House traces its roots to the 1920s when newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst built an opulent seaside estate for famous Hollywood starlet Marion Davies. The 5-acre oceanfront site featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms and an ornate marble swimming pool. After serving its purpose as a party venue and social gathering place for Hollywood’s elite, Davies sold the property in 1947, and it was … Continue reading

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Long-Winded Debate

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 to share … Continue reading

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