Category Archives: March 2013


Letter To The Editor I was just reading the October 2012 PRB issue when I came across the Best in Special Events article. We have a few events going on here that I thought would be great in that article: Harry Potter School’s Out Day We run a one-day day-camp style program on a day when kids are out of school. The activity center is decorated to look like a castle. Staff members and participants dress up as their favorite … Continue reading

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Pass It On

Erin Niemeyer. Photo Courtesy of NAYS

Erin Niemeyer hit the youth-sports jackpot when she was growing up. Sport after sport and season after season, she was lucky enough to play for coaches who instilled life-defining values that continue to impact her today. Now, she’s doing everything possible to make sure the roughly 3,000 kids who participate in programs offered by the Redwood City (Calif.) Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department are treated to the same types of high-quality experiences she enjoyed growing up. “One of my … Continue reading

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Successful Communication

Keep the lines of communication open and clear. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / michaeldb

Those who read this column regularly know that many of my theories and conclusions are derived from the notion that things should be kept simple. Everything can be divided into simpler, more manageable elements; achieving goals comes through disassembling the parts, understanding them, and then reassembling them. I have also observed that any solution to a particular problem, even a current one, has usually been seen previously. For example, many people believe Henry Ford “invented” the automobile; however, the truth … Continue reading

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Focus On First Impressions

A little spring cleaning goes a long way toward making your park a pleasant place to visit. Photos Courtesy of Dale Westrick

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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Welcome To Downers Grove

Golfers have been enjoying the course for 120 years.

Scotland is known as the birthplace of golf because it is believed the sport was first played there in 1774. However, the game was not introduced to North America until the late 19th century. In fact, one might be surprised to learn the nation’s first 18-hole golf course was built in Downers Grove, Ill. The legendary Chicago Golf Club was established in 1892 by a group of businessmen on the site of the current Downers Grove Golf Club. The founding … Continue reading

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