Category Archives: November 2010

Building A Case For Smoke-Free Parks

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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Feeding Frenzy

On July 28, 2010, Yahoo! News Environmental Reporter John Carey submitted the following story: “Nearly two weeks after BP finally capped the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, the oil slicks that once spread across thousands of miles of the Gulf of Mexico have largely disappeared. Nor has much oil washed up on the sandy beaches and marshes along the Louisiana coast. And the small cleanup army in the Gulf has only managed to skim up a tiny fraction of … Continue reading

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False Security

As long as recreation agencies conduct background checks on volunteer coaches, participants are perfectly safe, right? Baloney! That’s like saying plugging a flat tire will make it usable for another 5,000 miles. Maybe–but don’t count on it. When it comes to protecting young athletes, there simply is zero-margin for error. Now, I’m not saying that background checks aren’t a good idea. In fact, they should be a part of every recreation agency’s comprehensive policies in determining whom to throw down … Continue reading

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Variable Interest

At the early stages of planning a new playground–before actually starting a concept design or examining budget estimates–it is important to develop a checklist of the information needed to make the big decisions for construction. Although the size and capacity of the playground can be included in this checklist, each item should be based on attendance rather than the common design parameters of available land and the amount of money to be spent. The attraction of each piece of equipment … Continue reading

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Serving Up A Victory

A few years ago, a group of senior tennis players approached Wendy Allegrone, the director of the Recreation Department in Brewster, Mass., to complain about the condition of the town’s tennis courts. Tucked behind the Brewster firehouse, the Nickerson Tennis Courts were in urgent need of repair and, in some cases, no longer playable. “We have a large, active senior-tennis population here, and the courts were in really bad shape,” Allegrone says. “The town considered fixing them, but it would’ve … Continue reading

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