Category Archives: May 2007

Automated External Defibrillators

While the unit can be found on every commercial airline flight in the United States and at most major sporting events, and its ability to save lives is without challenge, an automated external defibrillator (AED) still cannot be found at all parks and recreation centers. Although a well-trained staff and thoroughly stocked first-aid kit improve your department’s ability to save lives, AED technology completes a high-quality first-aid program. Before adding an AED, several key aspects must be considered. What Is … Continue reading

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Playground Best Practices

The much-debated (and sometimes maligned) term “best practices” refers, at least in my mind, to those practices that have produced outstanding results for folks I consider to be excellent playground providers. If you’re looking to build, retrofit, or simply improve your current playground experience, I encourage you to consider utilizing these 11 “best practices”–they have proven very successful. 1. Strive To Purchase Equipment With High “Play Value” Play is not just a way for children to pass the time. Rather, … Continue reading

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In a previous article I joked about how governments love to come up with catchy acronyms to help identify and market their latest, best practice or new committee. Well, I’ve got another one for you–S.O.S.–which stands for the mundane-sounding Service Order System. But, don’t be lulled to sleep by this boring name. It’s actually an exciting component of what is often referred to as “system thinking”–a planning and decision-making process that works to break down problems and challenges into component … Continue reading

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Rain Harvest

There is nothing new under the sun, as the old adage goes. There is also nothing new under the rain. Rain is a free source of nearly pure water. Catching or harvesting rain is an ancient technology that may have been used by our cavemen ancestors. Ancient writings, including the bible, abound with references for water harvesting although not necessarily in today’s terminology. Remember Latin I translations about Roman cisterns — cisternae? How about ancient battles that were won by … Continue reading

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Product Review

Products & Literature Visit our Web site at and follow the Free Product Info link. Or, call the company directly and, remember, please let the advertiser know you saw the product in Parks & Rec Business! To submit an item for consideration, send a one-page press release and color photo to P.O. Box 1166, Medina, OH 44258-1166. Questions? Call (330) 721-9126, fax (330) 723-6598, or e-mail Strike 2 Meridian, Idaho—AIRE has introduced the Tributary Strike 2 inflatable kayak, … Continue reading

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