Category Archives: November 2011

Voices From The Past

As parks and recreation professionals, it is easy for us to get caught up in building the biggest and best new parks and facilities, and implementing the newest fads and trends into programming. However, the goal of the parks and recreation department in Westfield, Ind., is to highlight and celebrate the historical figures of the past. The inspiration to host “Voices from the Past” came about when another committee was looking for a project. In 2010, the Heritage Committee was … Continue reading

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Hitching Up To A Good Idea

An effective parks and recreation agency is always looking for its next good idea. The Fairfax County Park Authority in Virginia already had its next good idea–the staff members just had to remember it. The agency took one of its most popular attractions at one of its most popular parks and spread the fun across the county. Wagon rides through fields and woods were once a specialty of Frying Pan Farm Park. They fit with the atmosphere of a 1930s-era … Continue reading

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Connecting Pathways And Pocket Parks

Remember the excitement of discovering something new around the bend of the creek or the curve in the path through the woods? Remember sidewalks that provided a way to move through a small town? Remember when kids spent time playing outdoors? Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods” brings to light the need for children to spend time in nature and enjoy its myriad benefits. Researcher Martin S. Carlson notes that in the past 40 years in the United … Continue reading

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Floors For Foodservice

Take this short quiz to discover how much you already know about slip-and-fall accidents: How many foodservice workers–people working in or using commercial kitchens–are injured in the United States each year due to slip-and-fall accidents? o 3 million o 1 million o About 500,000 How much does the foodservice industry spend each year as a result of slip-and-fall accidents in kitchen areas? o About $1 billion o More than $2 billion o More than $3 billion Of the following, which … Continue reading

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Wringing Out The Water

The multiple-use sports field is the Swiss Army Knife in your sports-facility arsenal. No matter what sport or event you’re talking about–soccer, football, even festivals–that type of field has the flexibility to take it on. No area has more use, no surface sees more foot traffic, and sadly, no facility gets less rest. The fact that many fields see games scheduled back-to-back–and often end-to-end if the area is large enough–means the fields have to bounce back after a rainstorm and … Continue reading

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