Category Archives: March 2011

Take Away All-Star Games

Note: Mark Moore is a guest columnist to PRB. Fred Engh’s regular monthly column will appear again beginning in April. Many recreational leagues sanction sport teams with a private sports organization so that their league has the opportunity to participate in postseason all-star play after the regular season is complete. These teams are typically drafted at the conclusion of the regular season. But do all-star teams fit the recreational athletics model? Recreational sports are supposed to be all-inclusive and provide … Continue reading

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The Jaws Of Life

There is a part of human beings that is still somewhat primitive. Every time I see a dental X-ray, and really examine those fangs and molars, some element in me envisions eating raw meat and ripping fruit from a tree with the passion of an untamed beast. Our interactions can be pretty “earthy” too. Consider two men wearing suits, supposedly civilized, sitting at lunch talking and sipping beers, when one says something awful about the other’s family. In no time … Continue reading

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The Power of Passion

It was cold and windy – perhaps the most difficult impediments to outdoor winter fun. Together, my kids and I sat side-by-side, hunched over the safety bar, staring vacantly at the wind-swept ice masquerading as a ski slope passing below our feet. To our right, the Beech trees separating the Black Diamond Chute from its neighbor bent gracefully towards us, letting the cold, gusting wind to its job. No words were necessary. We came to ski. We were going to … Continue reading

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This-N-That

PRB welcomes the following members to our Insider program: Bend Parks and Recreation Bend, Ore. City of Morgan Hill Morgan Hill, Calif. Orange County Parks and Recreation Orlando, Fla. City of Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Mercer Island, Wash. City of Rowlett Rowlett, Texas City of West University Place West University Place, Texas Haverford Township Haverford, Penn. City of The Colony The Colony, Texas Shawnee Parks and Recreation Shawnee, Kan. To learn more, visit www.parksandrecbusiness.com ——————————————————————- Field Notes The Golf … Continue reading

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Smoke-Free Parks: Part Two

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 bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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