Category Archives: March 2008

Forging Ahead

It should be no surprise that the famous pyramids at Giza, Egypt, stand as the sole remaining representative of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built on a wide base of solid stone while rising toward the stars, the pyramids embrace four positive attributes necessary to achieve success: 1. The conceptual and craft skills needed to design and create 2. A robust organizational structure to coordinate people and materials 3. The appropriate blend of inspiration and incentives to ensure … Continue reading

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Problem Solving

Some days recruiting–and retaining–officials for a youth sports programs can seem more daunting than scaling Mount Everest. Yet it doesn’t have to be. I’m still amazed by the number of administrators who continually struggle with this problem, and whose valuable time is monopolized by it. As a former youth sports administrator, I believe I’m qualified to dispense some useful advice. It shouldn’t be this difficult. Recruit From Within The next time you’re at your facility while games are going on, … Continue reading

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Crash Course In Crafting

Martha Stewart began her billionaire’s climb to fame and fortune by cooking and making crafts. Millions of loyal fans follow her suggestions for arts and crafts projects. Why not let your young parks and recreation customers enjoy the creativity that develops from making easy arts projects? There’s no need for picture-perfect results. Part of the fun of crafting involves letting children feel free to experiment with colors, textures and designs. If they want to make a three-eyed puppet—let them. Flying … Continue reading

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Spring Spruce-Up

Although there is snow on the ground, and an ice storm predicted tonight, that does not mean that it is time to postpone spring maintenance issues. Even in places like balmy San Diego, maintenance is still important–there are just more nice days to take care of it! The Checklist There is no one-size-fits-all answer for issues in the challenge course world, including maintenance. The best thing to do for any course is to consult with the qualified professional who inspects … Continue reading

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Design Parameters For Public Swimming Pools

In previous articles, I have stressed how valuable knowledge is for aquatic managers to effectively operate and maintain their facilities. The whole purpose of education in swimming pool operation is to ensure the health and safety of the public. Why would we want to take our study into the design area? The reason is change. Over the past several years, the change in technology and building techniques in the public pool environment has been phenomenal. The public is looking for … Continue reading

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