Category Archives: October 2011

For Added Aquatic Security

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine people on average drown each day in the United States; additionally, 19 percent of children who drown in public pools do so with certified lifeguards on duty. For the past quarter-century, the most repeated water-safety mantra has been “constant, vigilant supervision.” However this is a contradiction, for, simply stated, human beings cannot remain vigilant for more than a very brief time. Ultimately, it’s not the lack of supervision that contributes … Continue reading

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Plunging Into Aquatics

Pirates Bay Waterpark, located in Baytown, Texas, opened its first season on June 23, 2010. Located only 30 minutes east of Houston, the waterpark provides an opportunity to cool down from the extreme heat, and is the largest municipally owned waterpark in southeast Texas. During its short first season, the waterpark entertained over 70,000 visitors from Baytown and surrounding areas. In 2006, parks and recreation employees convinced city leaders of the need for a master plan to focus on the … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Field Notes The New Ulm Parks and Recreation Department’s playground at North Market Park has been named a recipient of the 2010 Award of Excellence by the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association. The playground was awarded to the district by BCI Burke during a giveaway contest. National non-profit KaBOOM! announces Playgrounds!, a free iPhone/iPod touch/iPad app is available to find and rate playgrounds across the nation. The Synthetic Turf Council unveils Synthetic Turf 360⁰, A Guide for Today’s Synthetic Turf … Continue reading

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Cashing In On Kids

In recent years, there have been far too many stories of youth athletic contests that disintegrated into bloody brawls involving parents, coaches, and officials. Some programs have been destroyed by embezzlers pocketing enormous sums of money for personal use. And now this: gambling. That’s right, gambling on games has now reached youth sports. ESPN’s Outside the Lines recently did a piece on the South Florida Youth Football League, a program which caters to 30,000 kids, ages 5 to 15. While … Continue reading

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Shedding Cement Shoes

As a young teenager, I found working to be uniquely exciting. Since I was always drawn to independence, working eventually led to a freedom of choice in the clothes I wanted to wear, the food I wanted to eat, and the things I wanted to buy. So I went the “typical kid” route and cut lawns. My dad suggested buying a good mower with some of my savings, but I thought it possible to work that expense into my fees. … Continue reading

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