Category Archives: November 2007

Code Enforcement

In 1981, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) published voluntary, non-mandated, safety guidelines for public-use playgrounds. These guidelines were revised in 1991 as a single document (#325), and again in 1994 and 1997, and is currently being revised.. The changes have reflected new injury data and changes in products sold in the marketplace. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) also addresses the standards of care for the playground industry. However, due to conflicting information in these documents, it … Continue reading

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The Root Of The Issue

If you rely on athletic fields for most outdoor programming, take a proactive approach in influencing the budget and quality of the fields. Strategic planning and caring for the fields–especially those that support multi-purpose activities–cultivate a safe and attractive space that fully supports camp programming. However, before you start to see the maintenance dollar signs and worry about how it will drain the budget, you might be surprised to learn that most of the strategies don’t cost a penny, and … Continue reading

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Good Grief

It was Christmas Day 2005 and the phone rang. The voice on the other end of the line informed me that a well-respected, long-term fellow employee and his wife had tragically drowned. It would be weeks before the bodies were recovered. The grieving process for employees at Five Rivers MetroParks had begun. If it was your agency that encountered such a tragedy, would you and your employees be ready for what comes next? What Comes Next? Experts agree there are … Continue reading

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Pleasant Surprises

As I worked to set up the orange cones and untangle the seemingly bottomless pile of flag-football belts, I kept my eye on the reaction of the boys showing up to our first practice. What would they think when they were greeted by a pig-tailed teammate sporting the finest pink cleats Adidas sold? Would they be alarmed? Unsure? Confused? As it turned out, it was a non-event. As only six year olds can do, they went with the flow, immediately … Continue reading

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Questionable Behavior

Managers who wisely follow the Six-Step Program Planning Cycle (PRB, December 2006) know that checking in with stakeholders occurs on two occasions–during the needs identification and assessment phase (Step 2), and after program implementation during the evaluation phase (Step 5). However well intentioned these data-gathering efforts are, it is a common oversight to limit questions to either one format (i.e., paper survey), or only one group of people (i.e., randomly chosen homeowners). Asking questions takes place during casual conversations, interviews, … Continue reading

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