Category Archives: March 2012

There Will Be An App For That!

Imagine you pull out your phone or tablet in a strange town, click an icon and immediately see the five parks and/or recreation facilities nearest where you’re currently standing. Now, imagine clicking through to one of those parks and viewing all its amenities, customer comments, ratings, pictures, videos, driving directions and more. Thanks to PRB (Parks & Rec Business) magazine and ParksNReviews.com — that vision will soon be a reality. And, we want you to be part of it — … Continue reading

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Shop Smart

It’s amazing how much money parks and recreation departments waste buying the wrong spray equipment. What actually causes this, and what can be done to minimize purchasing mistakes? Here are some ideas: Backpack Sprayers Quality–Select a quality product that can stand up to long hours, harsh chemicals, and rough treatment. Pay particular attention to the two key components–the pump mechanism and spray wand. Most industrial-grade sprayer pumps and spray valves contain at least some metal (usually brass), so they can … Continue reading

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Rise Above

Lying, cheating, and attempting under-the-table cash payouts. No, I’m not talking about a criminal who has just been convicted; I’m talking about someone who has been witnessing these acts in youth sports for the past 13 years as the recreation programmer for the city of Mesa, Ariz. I’m talking about Carmen Scott. The city’s programs, which cater to about 550 youngsters per year, continue to flourish because of those who really understand what youth sports are all about. And Scott … Continue reading

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Resistant To Time

As wooden benches and picnic tables age, their splinters and cracks are usually fixed with paint and waterproofing. Also, most parks-and-recreation maintenance crews are familiar with the seasonal rotation of moving furniture to storage during the winter. Looking for an alternative? High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is made from post-consumer recycled products, such as milk jugs or plastic containers. Labeled with the number “2” recycling symbol, the post-consumer content HDPE is finely milled and melted; higher-quality HDPE lumber has no fillers, and … Continue reading

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Family Fun To Serious Sport

Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in America. With more than 3,000 courses in the United States as of 2011, according to the Disc Golf Association, it is a multi-generational sport that is great for any skill level. In addition to being relatively inexpensive to set up, the majority of courses are free to play. However, in order to be successful, a parks and recreation agency must be prepared and realize the proper steps to design a … Continue reading

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