Category Archives: November 2010

Spray-Equipment Productivity

Late spring through early fall is known to many parks and rec spray techs as the busy season. This is also the period when spray equipment gets the most use and when an equipment breakdown or failure will have the biggest impact on productivity, scheduling, etc. At the end of the season, take a proactive approach to ensure the system is ready to go for the next spring. A reasonable place to start is cleaning the water tank since this … Continue reading

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Breaking The Silence

In fall 2006, the Parks and Recreation Department of DeKalb County, Ga., decided to build three community centers for residents, but there was just one problem–the department had not built a new facility in more than 20 years. With the help of a local project management company, Silverman Construction Management, and a construction manager,Brasfield & Gorrie, the department set out to hire three firms to design the facilities. Lose & Associates, a landscape architecture, architecture and civil engineering firm from … Continue reading

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Smooth Out The Ripples

Most facility operators have dealt with angry and frustrated patrons, and it is no different at the Student Recreation Complex and Mizzou Aquatic Center at the University of Missouri. Approximately 6,000 of the 30,000 student members and nearly 2,000 non-student members utilize the facilities each day, and it is sometimes a struggle to balance space needs, preventive maintenance, emergency maintenance and special events. Despite the effort to accommodate all of the different schedules, we continue to receive comments from members … Continue reading

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A Place By The Same Name

For some families, playgrounds have become inaccessible due to physical limitations. Yet, playgrounds are places where all children should be able to come together–to play, swing and imagine, and to learn life’s lessons of challenge, risk and cooperation. My Place is James City County, Virginia’s newest playground, specially designed to welcome all individuals and families regardless of ability. It includes all the features of a traditional playground–swings, a merry-go-round and climbing equipment–but in a barrier-free environment. My Place was a … Continue reading

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Harness The Power Of The Public Realm

“The task of creating the tools, systems, sources and ethics that will allow the planet to grow in cleaner, more sustainable ways is going to be the biggest challenge of our lifetime.” –Thomas Friedman, Hot, Flat and Crowded Communities throughout the United States and the world are using a variety of strategies to become more sustainable–preparing sustainability plans and climate action plans; establishing new policies, regulations and standards; and creating new programs, incentives and funding initiatives. But many communities are … Continue reading

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