Category Archives: March 2008

Recreation Hits The Airwaves

How can municipalities fund public projects without going to taxpayers for more money? One city is taking to the airwaves. In one year, the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Jefferson, Ga., has achieved unparalleled growth in its programs and services to the community. A small department that once offered only basic programs has become one that provides services on a par with some of the largest departments in the state. It has also introduced several groundbreaking programs … Continue reading

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Light Up The Night

Nighttime is now a little safer at SwanLakePark in Liberty, N.Y., with the installation of 14-foot-tall solar-powered light poles. SwanLakePark is one of the first to take advantage of this new technology lights that are powerful enough for practical commercial outdoor-area applications. Recreational park crews now can place outdoor light poles anywhere on the grounds without running long-distance, high-voltage underground lines because the lights are powered by the sun’s energy instead of being plugged into an electrical grid. Testing The … Continue reading

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Playground Fencing

In Raleigh, N.C., two 3 year olds climbed a 5-foot fence and escaped from a KinderCare child care center. They were found 35 minutes after being reported missing — and after they crossed a four-lane road. In 2001, 2-year old Bresnan wandered away from his Connecticut residence to a playground that was less than 8 yards from a pond. He fell into the pond and drowned. A jury awarded the parents $2.2 million since the pond was an “attractive nuisance” … Continue reading

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Make It Personal

As I turned to leave, Don, my barber yelled, “Rodney!” “Yeah?” “Remember, if you can’t make it back next month, send in $10!” The whole room laughed and I waved good-bye, cup of coffee in hand, and headed next door to place my uniform order for my son’s baseball team (yep, it’s that time of year again). Like the barber shop, the store’s owners, Ameena and Bill, greeted me by name as I entered and stopped what they were doing … Continue reading

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Spring Awakening

Driving my legs into the ground, I exploded off the line, pushing the big, yellow cardboard box with the familiar “Hummer” logo splashed across the side as hard as I could. Two steps, three and then, with a grunt, I gave one last mighty shove and watched my three helmeted kids rocket down the hill towards the finish line. Well, rocket, might be a bit of an exaggeration – more like moved quickly. It’s hard to rocket when your box … Continue reading

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