Category Archives: July 2012

Naming Rights For Budget Cuts

By Dianne Hoover Public parks and recreation departments across theU.S.have felt the squeeze of the economic downturn over the past few years. Many agencies have closed facilities and faced massive budget cuts and layoffs–all to the detriment of the citizens they are trying to serve. These agencies have had to find other ways to do business to survive and thrive. Fighting this downward spiral, the city ofBakersfield,Calif., opened five new parks in 2011–two lighted sports facilities, two neighborhood parks, and … Continue reading

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Aging Gracefully

Engaging seniors in building a health-and-wellness plan By Laci McKinney Many senior citizens set resolutions regarding health and wellness, only to revert to their previous routines midway through the year. A sedentary lifestyle is harmful to all ages, especially older adults. Just becoming socially active adds to the quality of life, and allows older individuals to remain independent longer. Not only is the physical aspect important, but other components should be incorporated as well, such as social, environmental, and educational, … Continue reading

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Develop A Maintenance Plan

Key players to involve in the conversation By Randy Gaddo 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 … Continue reading

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Safeguard Aquatic Facilities

By N. Jonas Ohrberg Thousands of families, including children and the elderly, visit municipal pools and water parks every year seeking a fun and relaxing experience. Although providing such an environment can be a challenge, managers know that a safe experience is based on adequate training for staff, safe staff practices, and proper lifeguard and emergency equipment. In addition to these factors, one must also consider the legal ramifications of failing to adhere to such policies. From the moment a … Continue reading

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Economic-Impact Study

By Steve Yeskulsky Often in these challenging times, parks and recreation professionals are asked to quantify the economic viability of an event or program. By grading an event primarily on customer surveys, participation and profit margin, it is conceivable such an event could be marginalized. Economic-impact analysis, while highly contested by some economists, can be an invaluable tool in depicting the validity of a program to officials and governing boards. Although it does require some research and social-science aptitude, an … Continue reading

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