Category Archives: October 2009

Gather Round The Table

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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New To The Recreation Field?

Just starting out in the recreation programming field? Want some advice from people who have planned their share of craft classes, day camps and teen special events? Here is a smorgasbord of tips to help plan high-quality, fun, programs for all age groups. · If you want to become a great programmer and a leader in your field, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and propose a new program. Do something the department hasn’t done that is a … Continue reading

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More Building For The Buck

Deerfield Park District residents now can, in a sense, “run with the Bulls.” A facility — once used as a practice center for the Chicago Bulls basketball team–is now a recreation center with a wealth of amenities and programming. The Sachs Recreation Center opened in May in the northern Chicago suburb. It offers several recreational elements district officials and residents had long sought, including gymnasium space and additional walking facilities. The newly renovated center boasts three gyms: a full-sized gym … Continue reading

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What’s Hogging All The Energy?

With the right mix of expert consulting and financing, city officials can reap thousands of dollars in annual energy savings from community recreation centers with little or no up-front cost. Because of their unique attributes and as large consumers of energy, recreation centers present the greatest opportunity for energy savings, even for centers built within the last decade. But there’s more to this than just saving a buck. Building “green” and limiting our carbon footprint is vitally important for citizens … Continue reading

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Pack A Punch

The old “one-two” is defined by the Free Dictionary as “a series of two punches delivered quickly, one after the other.” I recall the phrase from my youth when James, the playground bully, was imposing his authority on me. I lamented my tale at a family dinner one evening, and my dad’s dad listened, shrugged, and simply said, “Just give him the old ‘one-two.’” Figuring Grandpa knew about these things, I took him at his word. The next day, when … Continue reading

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