Category Archives: October 2013

Reprogramming Irrigation

Photos Courtesy Of R.A. Smith National

Approximately one-third of the world’s 7-billion people live in areas experiencing a water shortage. Equally shocking is that only 1 percent of the world’s limited water supply is potable, or suitable for human consumption. And approximately one-third of that domestic water supply is used for watering landscapes. So how does the worldwide water shortage affect how we as irrigation-design professionals, contractors, and citizens handle irrigation today and into the future? Despite the seriousness of worldwide water shortages, landscaped green spaces … Continue reading

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Make a Splash with Minimal Cash

Photos Courtesy Of Hitchcock Design Group

Splash pads offer fun and unique water experiences that are safe, compact, and relatively inexpensive compared to those at other aquatic facilities. The pads have become wildly popular even in challenging climates because of the minimal investment and space required. While most agencies are careful to spend public money wisely, it is important to look at short-term costs, long-term costs, and the value returned to the public for basic support items, the system itself, and experiential items in deciding about … Continue reading

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Prepare To Plan

Photo Courtesy Of City Of Mentor

The great baseball slugger Roger Maris was famously quoted: “You hit home runs not by chance, but by preparation.” In the world of special events, that concept of thorough and complete planning is the key in providing attendees with an exceptional experience that looks effortlessly produced. People tasked with creating a new event—anything from a 3-hour mother-and-daughter tea party to a 3-day community festival—must research, conceptualize, and review the initial concept with stakeholders before any decision to move forward can … Continue reading

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External Mentorship

Photo Courtesy Of Champaign Park District

It’s no secret that change is a staple in the parks and recreation profession. The current economic climate, the retirement of baby boomers, and the significant changes in local, state, and federal mandates governing parks and recreation agencies are continually impacting the profession in myriad ways. With jobs being downsized, vacant positions going unfilled, and government regulations changing, training and development programs are important components of a seamless delivery of service to the community. It is no longer sufficient to … Continue reading

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A Park With A Pulse

In the vast world of recreation, the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) in Louisiana leads the pack in new and innovative ways to help the community remain active. Over the past three decades, the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for adolescents between 12 and 19 years old, and it has more than tripled for children ages 6 to 11 years old, according to Stop Childhood Obesity. Louisiana proves to be at … Continue reading

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