Category Archives: June 2014

Take The Time To Talk

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / monkeybusiness

I can’t count the number of times I have heard a coach say, “You’ve got to talk out there!” But I never had a conversation with a coach about how to really communicate with my teammates on the field during a game. Similarly, while teamwork was a constant point of emphasis, no coach ever taught us what it meant to support one another. In retrospect, my teammates and I knew our field positions, but we were all left wondering what … Continue reading

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There Is A There There

Photos: Courtesy of Land Images

One thing visitors immediately perceive when arriving at the newly completed Sepulveda Basin Park and Sports Complex in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley is, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, “There is a there there.” What creates this immediate impact at the 65-acre, $9 million public facility, where half the space is dedicated to athletic activities, is a two-building complex highlighted by waving rows of utility poles flanking the entry point between the two buildings. “Working with Land Images, the master planner … Continue reading

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Sustainability School

Park and recreation managers who are unsure what “green” and “green certification” really mean should not be embarrassed. There appears to be much confusion among both consumers and businesses as to what the terms mean. These are the findings of a study conducted a couple of years back by the Shelton Group, specializing in researching environmental issues.*  The study sought to better understand what “mainstream” consumers, as they were referred to, know and care about green products, along with clarifying … Continue reading

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A Star-Studded Lineup

Photos Courtesy of the City of Carlsbad

   Aquatic facilities and community parks across the country are not merely locations for exercise and well-being for the average resident, but they can also foster dreams, sports achievements, careers, and even international fame for the elite athlete. And just as these athletes train for years, the public agencies that plan, construct, and operate aquatic and community centers must work diligently to see a project through to completion and successful long-term operation.   Such was the case with the city of … Continue reading

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The Obnoxious Park Protester

Photo Illustration: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / bluneo (man) | Helenmarlen (park)

Most of us have had these experiences: We’ve seen the rambling, disheveled man stumbling around in a park distributing leaflets to bewildered park patrons about some grand governmental conspiracy. Or the embarrassing extremist group that insists on posting information about its organization on any piece of government property it can find. Can these people be asked to leave park district property and take their offensive signs with them? What about their First Amendment rights?  Imposing Reasonable Restrictions Park-district officials can … Continue reading

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