Category Archives: Issues

Sustainability School

Park and recreation managers who are unsure what “green” and “green certification” really mean should not be embarrassed. There appears to be much confusion among both consumers and businesses as to what the terms mean. These are the findings of a study conducted a couple of years back by the Shelton Group, specializing in researching environmental issues.*  The study sought to better understand what “mainstream” consumers, as they were referred to, know and care about green products, along with clarifying … Continue reading

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A Star-Studded Lineup

Photos Courtesy of the City of Carlsbad

   Aquatic facilities and community parks across the country are not merely locations for exercise and well-being for the average resident, but they can also foster dreams, sports achievements, careers, and even international fame for the elite athlete. And just as these athletes train for years, the public agencies that plan, construct, and operate aquatic and community centers must work diligently to see a project through to completion and successful long-term operation.   Such was the case with the city of … Continue reading

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The Obnoxious Park Protester

Photo Illustration: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / bluneo (man) | Helenmarlen (park)

Most of us have had these experiences: We’ve seen the rambling, disheveled man stumbling around in a park distributing leaflets to bewildered park patrons about some grand governmental conspiracy. Or the embarrassing extremist group that insists on posting information about its organization on any piece of government property it can find. Can these people be asked to leave park district property and take their offensive signs with them? What about their First Amendment rights?  Imposing Reasonable Restrictions Park-district officials can … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Field Notes  BECS Technology has acquired Mainline Equipment, Inc., a manufacturer of broadband equipment for the cable industry. All operations have been moved to BECS’ factory in St. Louis, Mo.  Sod Solutions hired Julie Adamski as the company’s new director of retail and professional development. She will develop new partnerships in targeted markets and strengthen existing relationships, as well as identify and create programs that increase demand for Sod Solutions line of turfgrasses and products.  MaxLite appointed Rich Matthews to regional … Continue reading

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Speak From Experience

Photo: Courtesy NAYS

Growing up, Kevin Teate was fortunate to enjoy many years of fun-filled and stress-free youth sports participation. And he credits his dad for much of it.  “For the most part, all of my experiences in youth sports were good,” recalls Teate, the director of the PikeCounty (Ga.) Parks & Recreation Authority. “Most every year, my father coached my baseball team, and he always treated everyone on the team fairly. He never put pressure on any of the kids to win. … Continue reading

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