Category Archives: March 2014

Panoramic Programming

Photo Courtesy of A'Niya Payne

Every year the YoderCenter in Lynchburg, Va., offers summer-camp programs for elementary-age children. These are opportunities to explore the city, meet new friends, experience adventures, and discover treasures in their own neighborhoods. Staff members introduce campers to tours, athletic programs, and art. One project is Picture My World, based on DukeUniversity’s “Literacy through Photography.”  This Summer at the Center program took place in 2013. At the same time a sustainable neighborhood plan was being developed, in which adults were questioned … Continue reading

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LBWA–“Fore” Effective Golf Course Maintenance

Photo Courtesy of Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department

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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Sink Or Swim

Photos Courtesy of Thibodaux Recreation Department

What does a new administration of an agency do when it inherits poorly maintained facilities? That was exactly the position I found myself in when I accepted the position as recreation director in Thibodaux, La. Countless issues needed to be addressed, from inadequate sewer treatment facilities to outdated parks and obsolete recreation infrastructure. Kirk Chiasson was appointed parks director at the same time, so we immediately went to work evaluating departments, programs, and infrastructure. With the assistance of a local … Continue reading

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Pedaling Park Maintenance

Staff members of the Mt. Pleasant Parks Department in Michigan knew they needed a more efficient and earth-friendly way to complete daily park-maintenance tasks. After exploring several options, and noting at least one staff member who had a passion for bicycles, the department decided to incorporate this mode of transportation into its routine. This project—named the Green Maintenance Bike Initiative—provides new and recycled bikes for daily maintenance in the city’s parks. With connected access to five of the city’s most … Continue reading

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Contracting For Maintenance Services


In recent years, most parks and recreation agencies have had to deal with the economic realities of reduced revenue and higher personnel costs. On the recreation side, program fees and charges can be revised, and/or programs can be eliminated or given to other service providers to close budget shortfalls. However, on the parks side—which is charged with maintaining the amenities, facilities, and landscape—raising additional revenue can be problematic. As a result, many agencies either are considering or have started to … Continue reading

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