Category Archives: November 2013

Funding Fitness

Once considered a luxury, personal trainers have become commonplace in health clubs in the private sector. Yet the presence of such professionals who focus on customized, one-on-one instruction varies widely in park and rec fitness facilities. How much close supervision on exercise and equipment use do we—or should we—provide patrons? Because personal training is an educational service concerned with health, safety, and recreation, how much of an ethical responsibility do we have? What does it take to make personal training … Continue reading

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Pulling The Plug On Nighttime Programs

Candlelight creates a leisurely, engaging, personal mood and experience. Visitors are an active part of the experience rather than merely an audience watching a performance.

Imagine planning a nighttime event in the winter without supplying heat or electricity. Instead, the Sully Historic Site in Virginia creates a holiday spirit, setting the house aglow with flickers of light that make visitors want to kick up their heels and join the shadows dancing on the walls. The one-time home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first representative to Congress, provides an opportunity to portray life as it was lived in the early 1800s. Since the Fairfax County … Continue reading

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A Plan For Action

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While there are many benefits, professionals in the recreation and sport field today must be aware of the various risks as well as the liability involved. Despite the best risk-management practices and preventive efforts, it is safe to assume that emergencies and injuries can and will happen. Developing and implementing an effective Emergency-Response Plan (ERP) should be the first step in the process. A team consisting of three or four key people, including those from all levels (not just management) … Continue reading

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Perfect Harmony

A vibrant atmosphere is created when people can see simultaneous activities occurring, along with unrestricted views to the outdoors.

All too often, facilities are labeled “multi-use” but fall short of delivering that promise. The fault can often lie in planning deficiencies caused by both overly optimistic notions of cooperation, or by cutting corners on amenities. Needs And Goals Having a clear knowledge of the individual needs and goals of all stakeholders is essential. There are definitely areas of a building that can be shared, but it is vital that the core areas of use for individual interests remain separate by providing … Continue reading

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Standardize For Savings

Standardization saves time and money.
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You may have noticed that when you order a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder in Anchorage, Alaska, it is exactly the same as the one you purchase in Miami, Fla. This is also true for a cup of Starbucks coffee. The business strategy–called standardization–is used by many great companies to ensure a dependable result. Creating a uniform product means people know what to expect and can rely on a good experience. Southwest Airlines is another example of standardization. Every plane the company … Continue reading

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