Category Archives: October 2007

Plan The Work, Work The Plan

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs aimed at minimizing, not eliminating, the use of pesticides on sports fields and other public property. The author is the Director of Leisure Services in Peachtree City, Ga., and he is taking us play-by-play through his efforts to formulate an effective IPM program. As reported previously in this column, the city of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, hired full-time IPM Technician Tanya Steffler in 2004, and … Continue reading

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Wanted: Digital Kids

Each year, thousands of suitcase-toting campers are encouraged to turn off the televisions, video game consoles and computer screens that occupy much of their time during the school year, and return to nature. But that’s not the case for thousands of young people who increasingly turn to summer camps to get their high-tech fix. For the last nine years, iD Tech Camps has offered such an option for technology-hungry youth. While computer camps are not new–programs began developing along with … Continue reading

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Urban Sprawl — Tips and Tricks

Urban sprawl happens, and it seems to happen quickly. Here in Chandler, Ariz., just outside Phoenix, the population is rocketing past 245,000 citizens and keeping all of us in parks and recreation working double-time to keep up. So far, we’ve built 50 parks, four community centers (a fifth is currently under construction), and are reviewing plans for more projects, all with an eye towards keeping our service satisfaction rating at or above 95 percent. Sound like a tall order? It … Continue reading

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Going To The Dogs

Almost 40 percent of American families share their homes with a dog–73 million dogs in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Like children, once you have one, it is often easier to have two or more. A quarter of those who own a dog have multiple animals. Regardless of size or pedigree, dogs need exercise, and parks draw dogs and owners, like the proverbial honey draws bees. Lisa Peterson, director of Club Communications for the American Kennel Club (AKC), … Continue reading

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Lighting The Path

Without proper outdoor lighting, the batter can’t see the ball. The lover trips on a rock and misses the kiss. Families don’t feel safe and visit less often. And the neighbors complain. Good lighting adds character and charm to your site. It increases the good will of your neighbors, invites more traffic and, ultimately, adds to the bottom line. But before calling the bank or organizing fund-raisers, before advertising, before writing to suppliers or signing any checks, make a list … Continue reading

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