Category Archives: March 2009

High-Frequency Playground Inspections

A worn, rusty S-hook at the top of a swing gives way, and a child tumbles to the ground. Another child falls from a climber onto a surface where mulch hasn’t been replenished in more than a year. Still another child happily playing with friends slips on the playground and is cut on broken glass. These types of accidents can easily be prevented if maintenance folks practice high-frequency playground inspections. These routine inspections take a minimal amount of time, and … Continue reading

Posted in March 2009, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Maintenance Matters

With spring at our doorstep, it is time to look at several aspects of turf management and biannual turf maintenance. Although spring and fall are crucial times to provide much-needed maintenance to grounds, factors will differ depending on where you live, what types of fields you maintain, and the level of wear the turf incurs. The first step in any maintenance program is determining what strategies best fit fields, how to prioritize those, and how they address any specific issues … Continue reading

Posted in Grounds + Sports Turf, Issues, March 2009, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Information By Design

“Bill? Bill?” No matter how many times I shook the cell phone or turned up the volume, Bill was gone – lost forever in the sink full of soapy water I was using to wash that Saturday’s “big breakfast” dishes. Like all old-school folks, I figured I’d just dry out the phone and give Bill a call back, but as you sophisticated cell phone aficionados no doubt already know, that was not to be the case. My phone was dead … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, March 2009, Parks and Rec Business, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment


VOC-Free Brite Stripe Earns EPA Recognition Cleveland, Ohio–Pioneer Athletics announces that its Brite Stripe Ultra-Friendly has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency with the first “Design for the Environment” designation for field-marking paint. Brite Stripe Ultra-Friendly is free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and includes more readily biodegradable components than before. Intensive ingredient research contributed to formulation breakthroughs that help relieve environmental stress and improve field surface health. For more information, call (216) 671-5500, or visit PBI/Gordon Mourns … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, March 2009, Parks and Rec Business, Voices of Parks & Rec | Leave a comment

Team Building

Throughout the season, camp staff members progress through various levels of group development. These stages are both necessary and normal: Forming Storming Norming Performing Transforming You can help your staff navigate each stage by exploring the following activities with them, using the tools and suggestions provided. Forming The Forming Stage is the polite, get-acquainted, ice-breaking phase of group development. This process begins the moment new staff members assemble. Members are just trying to identify who’s who, and where they fit … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, March 2009, Parks and Rec Business, Voices of Parks & Rec | Leave a comment