Category Archives: October 2009

Landscape Spray-Equipment Costs

Have you ever calculated the actual cost of landscape spray equipment? The purchase price is like the tip of an iceberg–only a small portion is visible. The rest is hiding, unseen, waiting to sink your department’s productivity, results and budget. Total equipment cost is comprised of: · Purchase price · Installation · Maintenance · Repair · Unplanned downtime · Productivity impacts · Longevity/replacement. It is important to understand all the costs associated with equipment so you can make good decisions. … Continue reading

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Develop A Course Of Action

A challenge course offers opportunities for visitors to explore, develop new skills, and gain confidence in their abilities. A challenge course may also help some overcome a fear of heights, strengthen relationships in groups, or develop new relationships. Before designing a course, discuss whether one is viable for your area, as well as who will be using it. “Determine what other recreational opportunities are already available in your community, and if there is a market for a challenge course,” says … Continue reading

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The whirring of the fax machine and the pinging of my Inbox are sure signs that yet another issue of PRB (Parks & Rec Business) has hit the street. Normally, I just collect all the correspondence, respond to those that require it and hand them off to our managing editor who publishes a selection of them in our This-N-That department. But, this month, I thought I’d highlight one particular e-mail because, quite frankly, I thought it was funny: From: Julianne … Continue reading

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Setting A Gold Safety Standard

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Team USA Swimming won 31 medals, 12 of which were gold and 11 more total medals than the second closest country. What made the team great? Although swimming is an individual sport, it took all members of the team to do their best in order to achieve excellence. Much like Team USA, pool operators and the environmental health professionals that inspect pools need to work together to ensure that pools and related products … Continue reading

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New Heat Beneath Our Feet

High energy costs and environmental concerns are mobilizing the aquatic industry to engineer more efficient ways to heat pool facilities. While gas, electric, boiler and heat exchanger technologies are making strides to enhance their efficiency, it appears that geothermal and solar alternatives are gaining public support and financial stimulus incentives. Heat is naturally abundant from the sun, as well as within the earth. It is inexhaustible and renewable. Advanced technologies are underway to capture this abundance and divert it to … Continue reading

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