Category Archives: September 2012

How I Fared

How have YOU fared? Photo Courtesy of jfc215: iStock

I have an old token from the New York City subway that reads, “Good For One Fare.” I keep it in a dresser drawer and usually forget about it until for some odd reason I stumble across it. I found it in an “economically priced” hotel room in New York City in 1983 when I was fresh out of college and “pounding the pavement,” dropping off resumes. As a business/journalism double major, my greatest credential was being on the college … Continue reading

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Ride The Wave

All smiles after a successful day at the beach! Photo Courtesy of Jannet Harriss, City of Miami Beach Staff

A television documentary in early 2008 inspired Julio Magrisso, Assistant Director for the city of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation Department, to pursue the idea of a surf camp for children with autism. That spring, the department partnered with the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD), a support program, to host the first camp. The idea was to provide a therapeutic surfing experience for children who may not otherwise be able to seek … Continue reading

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Ground Rules

There are several kinds of playground surfacing to choose from. Photo courtesy of Randy Gaddo

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 that may be common to many PRB readers, and … Continue reading

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Clearing The Air

The number-one concern of pool operators is keeping swimmers safe and healthy. Photo Courtesy Of National Swimming Pool Foundation

Protecting the health and safety of pool-goers continues to be the number-one concern for aquatic-facility managers and operators. By June, the season has begun, and the majority of recreation facilities are in full operation. All sanitizing equipment should be operational to meet bather demand. Chlorine demand will dictate the design of the sanitizing systems for a facility. The demand is based on various parameters:   Volume (gallons) Average water temperature Presence of cyanuric acid Bather load Direct sunlight/UV exposure Surrounding … Continue reading

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Calling All Crew Members

Be sure your parks--and park equipment--are ready for winter. Photos Courtesy Of Fort Collins Parks Staff

When it comes to park maintenance in the fall, some things are as certain as the leaves changing color and the days getting shorter. Most departments dedicate significant time to rounding up fallen leaves, crushing them, and disposing of them. Tree pruning and planting are fairly routine jobs. Many departments will take a final crack at weeding and look ahead to turning mowers into snow plows and blowers. But some tasks might not be so common across the country, or … Continue reading

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