Category Archives: July 2014

A Beneficial Relationship

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Kurhan

In January 2000, the Lower Paxton Township Parks and Recreation Department (Harrisburg, Penn.), completed construction of a 59,000-square-foot recreation facility called The Friendship Center, to house the community’s numerous activities. The facility was a dream-come-true for many members.  The opening of the facility was spectacular! Everyone from families to senior citizens purchased memberships, and within the first 3 months we exceeded our first-year goal. There were programs to accommodate everyone: fitness, aquatics, gymnasium activities, aerobics, classes targeting preschoolers, etc.  However, … Continue reading

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For The Love of Nature

Photo Courtesy Of Douglas Kelly

Former President Jimmy Carter once said, “Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” Working for municipal golf courses for more than 27 years, I have found this statement to be true. But in Ann Arbor, Mich., in order to resonate with area golfers, courses have had to provide much more than a “love of nature.”  Tough Times In 2006, the city—like many around the country—was facing tough economic times. … Continue reading

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Mitigating Murky Water

Photos Courtesy Of The Chicago Park District

As one of the largest park systems in the country, the Chicago Park District continues to set its sights on ways to maintain water quality at its 26 miles of lakefront, 24 beaches, and 10 harbors. Through a number of initiatives that prevent pollution and work to protect public health, the efforts seem to be paying off, as there has been a reduced number of swim bans and swim advisories at the beaches.  Water quality is generally impacted by weather, … Continue reading

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Kid Magnet

Photos: Courtesy Of The St. Charles Park District

A river running through a city is a beautiful sight, and any park district lucky enough to have such a natural treasure would be remiss in not promoting it to its advantage. With the scenic Fox River at its doorstep, the St. Charles Park District in Illinois wanted to highlight its connection to the waterway in creating a new attraction and restoring an iconic destination in the jewel of its downtown park system—historic Pottawatomie Park.  In 2013, the park district … Continue reading

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Healthy Pursuits

Photo Courtesy Of NAYS

Kelly Leger’s journey to becoming recreation superintendent at SpaldingCounty (Ga.) Parks and Recreation didn’t begin in typical fashion.  “My path to recreation superintendent began as a nursing-home social worker, where I saw many people suffering with chronic disease,” says Leger. “I then had the opportunity to be involved firsthand in developing prevention programs as a recreation senior-center supervisor. I worked to develop physical-activity programs which the senior adults became enthusiastic about. I discovered through my experiences in recreation that the … Continue reading

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