Category Archives: Issues

Liquid Assets — LBWA

Photo Courtesy of the Carolina Irrigation Association

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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The Anatomy Of A Splash Pad

Photos Courtesy of Cloward H2O

Because splash pads and spray decks provide wet entertainment with relatively low maintenance, they are a popular option for cities, homeowners’ associations, retail developments, and even private residences. A splash pad consists of one or more deck areas fitted with a combination of various nozzles and may include above-ground “spray toys,” (umbrellas, flowers, hydrants, tipping buckets, etc.) intermittently spraying, squirting, dumping, or gushing—while kids of all ages dash from feature to feature, thoroughly enjoying themselves.  Although the completed water feature … Continue reading

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This-N-That

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October Pump Up! — Publisher’s Note

This is the time of year we start to hear about all the innovations parks and recreation vendors have been working on. New ads for these products and services hit the pages of our magazine. New exhibit booths are designed. New special events are planned and announced. It seems the whole industry is on fire with possibility.   One of those possibilities is the ongoing rise of pump tracks and bike parks—an evolution of the skate park concept that hit … Continue reading

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Gaining Momentum

Photo Courtesy of American Ramp Company

Many marvel at the fact that you don’t even have to pedal to make it around the track. In fact, it defies logic as well as the name—the pump track. “They just keep going and never stop,” said Tim Whitley, Public Works Director for the city of Malakoff, Texas. “It’s not like they have to push themselves. They just cruise. I didn’t know they would pick up momentum like that.” The 20-foot-wide U-shaped concrete pump track was recently installed as … Continue reading

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