Category Archives: Issues

Empathy Loves Company

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On numerous occasions I’ve tried to teach my kids that their way of approaching a problem is just as—if not more important—than solving the problem. When they came home from school moaning and whining about a large school project or research-heavy paper, I railed against their complaints.  “Attitude is everything,” I would bellow. “Look at it as a chance to learn, to evolve, and develop yourself. If you start by complaining, the whole thing will be a chore. Take control … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Recreation Programming


  Therapeutic programs offer fun-based, recreational activities that provide children, teens, and adults with special needs a safe environment similar to that offered to the general public. The programs are created for specific age groups with an easy-to-follow structure.  Goals And Benefits  The programs’ main goal is to provide more social and leisure opportunities in a variety of settings and in an atmosphere that demonstrates appropriate social behavior. As the participants’ self-confidence in social skills builds, so does their confidence … Continue reading

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LBWA — To Infinity And Beyond

Photos Courtesy of: Pacific Sports Turf

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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Washing Water

Photos Courtesy of Clark County Wetlands Park

Located just 7 miles east of the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Clark County Wetlands Park is a 2,900-acre preserve designed to protect and enhance wetlands for wildlife habitat, environmental education, recreation, and water quality. At the park’s core is the 210-acre nature preserve, which opened in 2001. Here, in the midst of the Mojave Desert, visitors can expect unique experiences as they explore trails winding among numerous streams, ponds, and wooded habitats, with stunning views of adjacent Frenchman Mountain … Continue reading

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Thoughtful Planning For A Peaceful Park

Photos Courtesy of Parviz Izadjoo

Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park in Silver Spring, Md., was originally built in the 1960s. The park provides a walk-to facility for residents of the single-family homes surrounding the park as well as the nearby apartments. The 7.5-acre park, which was in need of renovation, included an informal play field, playground, two tennis courts, a full-size basketball court, and open fields at both ends. A concrete-lined stream bisected the park in the eastern portion of the site. An old, rusty metal … Continue reading

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