Category Archives: October 2008

Can Golf Courses Save The Red-Headed Woodpecker?

With its spectacular full head of crimson red, this particular woodpecker is literally losing ground. It is losing its specialized habitat and therefore decreasing its numbers, which is worrisome to wildlife biologists and bird watchers. Woodpeckers in general are arguably the most important bird in the woods because their hole-making ability creates a habitat for so many other species, including screech owls, chickadees, woodchucks and squirrels. The red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) was once among the most common birds that bred … Continue reading

Posted in Grounds + Sports Turf, Issues, October 2008, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Green Latrine

Michigan’s Grand Haven State Park–48 acres of sumptuous white-sand beach along the shores of Lake Michigan–serves over 92,000 campers each year, and generates over $1 million in revenue. Since campers flock to the park to enjoy the million-dollar views, it was an unavoidable necessity to use the 50-year-old park bathrooms and shower house. The dark, damp and antiquated facilities inadvertently promoted water saving as campers hated to go there. All of that changed this spring with the unveiling of Michigan’s … Continue reading

Posted in Grounds + Sports Turf, Issues, October 2008, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Circling The State On A Cycle

“One thing cycling has taught me was that if you can achieve something without a struggle it’s not going to be satisfying.” – Greg LeMond, three-time winner of the Tour de France Shortly after I was elected president of the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) for 2007-2008, I felt that it was paramount to learn everything I could about the communities, people, places and politics that make Colorado such a great state in which to live. In the months … Continue reading

Posted in October 2008, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Building A Trend

Sandy Monahan, then a volunteer for Delhi Township Parks and Recreation, was asked to be responsible for 150 kids from the west side of Cincinnati, who wanted to attend a mobile skatepark series expo in that city. She realized there was a need in her own community for a permanent skate plaza. “I also had a mom and a couple of her friends ask if we would look at putting in a skatepark,” says Monahan. “I began researching skate plazas … Continue reading

Posted in October 2008, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Snuffing Out Smoking

As Americans become more health-conscious and less tolerable of second-hand smoke, it’s no wonder most parks and recreation departments around the country are looking to ban smoking in parks and other public places. According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, 356 municipalities have adopted smoke-free park laws as of July 1, 2008. So what can you do to help your community breath cleaner air in public places? First, be aware of the rights of residents in the community: “It is … Continue reading

Posted in October 2008, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment