Category Archives: Issues

Keeping Up With Henderson

Photos Courtesy of the City of Henderson

With 57 parks and counting, and at least six parks and trails projects under way or nearing construction in Henderson, Nev., residents and officials in nearby parks and recreation agencies are scratching their heads wondering where the funding comes from. Over the last few years, Henderson has relied on two primary sources—the federal government and developers.  To date, the city has been awarded more than $238 million for 35 parks and trails projects. The funding was received from the Bureau … Continue reading

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Manage Modesty

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / racorn

Two tree cutters were suspended in the tree outside my second-floor bathroom window one recent morning. They were hired by the city to trim branches and limbs along property lines to keep the debris away from power and phone wires.  While I was shaving, the window was open enough that I could hear them. They didn’t know that I was there, and I heard the following conversation:  “Man,” the one guy says, “you vote for that Obama?” “Nah,” says the … Continue reading

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The Satisfaction Of Working With Seniors

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In this world of fast information, fast food, and fast results, it’s easy to forget the importance of slowing down and face-to-face communication.  Many seniors haven’t forgotten this. While many of them have email, smart phones, and tablets, many do not. One of the most important challenges today is to remember to really interact with program participants. In the rush for efficiency and the convenience of technology, we can, inadvertently, leave seniors in the virtual dust.  Ten years ago, when … Continue reading

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LBWA — Protecting The Canopy

Photo: Courtesy of Zumbrota City Staff

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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Regional Parks And Trail Projects

Photos Courtesy of Randy Burkhardt

While “building more for less” is a familiar mantra, it is now more critical than ever that parks and recreation agencies really explore and embrace how to accomplish this task. Let’s face it—just because budgets are shrinking doesn’t mean the project load has diminished, or that elected officials will stop making commitments to the public that directly affect the way we operate both with capital development and maintenance funding.  DouglasCounty in Colorado leverages capital and maintenance dollars by creating design … Continue reading

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