Category Archives: July 2008

Hand Sprayers And Backpacks

Many parks and recreation departments use some type of manual hand sprayers for weed control, pest control, degreasing or other maintenance activities. Are you doing everything possible to ensure you and your employees are getting maximum results and value from the department’s investment? Here are some suggestions. 1. Start with the right equipment. Select a quality product that can stand up to long hours, harsh chemicals and rough treatment. Pay particular attention to the pump mechanism and the spray wand, … Continue reading

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A Ballpark Marriage

Designing a city-owned ballpark is one thing; designing a minor-league ballpark is another. But what happens when a city owns the minor-league park? In this scenario, the architect’s responsibility as design leader is critical to creating a successful venue. OSports–Osborn Sports and Recreation Architecture of Cleveland, Ohio–is enjoying the challenges of this role as the firm leads the architectural and engineering design of The Ballpark at Avon, with local firm RWL Architects. The sports and recreation venue is owned by … Continue reading

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The Ins And Outs Of Challenge Course Training

Learning a new skill can be a daunting task–remember learning to tie your shoelaces? I do, it was something I had to concentrate on for a long time. Now, multiply that by a factor of about 100 or more–learning to be a challenge course facilitator! We often speak of challenge course skills as being either technical skills–sometimes called hard skills–or facilitation skills–sometimes called soft skills. One is much more concrete than the other, but both are essential to providing a … Continue reading

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Learning The Ropes

“Congratulations on your new job of Challenge Course Manager! Your first group of 100 students will be here in seven days. Good luck!” While this may seem like a slight exaggeration, there are some course managers who may walk right into this situation. Whether you have had some experience managing a course before, you are relatively new to challenge courses and have to step in, or if your organization is thinking of starting a course, there are a few things … Continue reading

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Benefits-Based Staffing

Recruiting and retaining quality seasonal and part-time staff can be a daunting task for any recreation provider. Because programmers are usually focused on providing services to the outside community, seasonal and part-time staff typically have limited opportunities to grow and develop. In order to remain competitive with other employers–who many times pay higher wages–recreation agencies must begin maximizing and marketing the impact of their seasonal and part-time staffing programs, one of the larger teen programs many agencies operate. For this … Continue reading

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