Category Archives: June 2012

Building With Pavers, Stone, And Brick

Many of today’s parks and public spaces are benefiting from paver, stone, and brick designs made possible thanks to the creativity of architects and manufacturers. Across the nation, new ideas are emerging to create the “wow” factor that people expect in parks. Designers have selected the above materials over the years for good reasons: • Durability • Addition of beauty and form to a space • Cost-effectiveness • Versatility. Whether rough and rugged or refined and elegant, pavers, stone, and … Continue reading

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From Seasonal To Sensational

For many in the industry, summer is the busy season and, in turn, the time to add more seasonal or temporary employees. From park-maintenance staff to day-camp leaders, parks and facilities can add a fresh perspective by tapping this valuable resource. But how does one manage these employees to maximize the return as well as their experience? Traditionally, many staff leaders have felt the seasonal workforce needs to be closely supervised and given little responsibility or freedom; others view these … Continue reading

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Turn Down The Tap

Kentucky is famous for a few things–among them its bluegrass lawns. What you may not know is that while bluegrass is native to practically all of Europe, northern Asia and the mountains of Algeria and Morocco, it is not native to North America. Apparently, early colonists to North Carolina, Tennessee and, of course, Kentucky brought grass seed in mixtures with other grasses that later became known as Kentucky bluegrass. Bluegrass is unique because it can be lush, growing from 18 … Continue reading

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Effective Supervision

Every year in parks and recreation departments across the country, coaches and supervisors take center stage as a new group of athletes files in to participate in swimming lessons, basketball camps, gymnastics, and many other adrenalin-pumping activities. Exactly what is expected of a supervisor of these programs? Supervision includes monitoring not only the athletes, but also the facility and equipment, and the environment around the activity (e.g., distractions). In almost every lawsuit claiming negligence, lack of supervision is included as … Continue reading

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