Category Archives: September 2013

Passionate Leader

Photo Courtesy NAYS

Growing up in the 1960s, Jeff Berthney’s days were filled with playing sports—from all-day sessions with neighborhood pals to taking part in a variety of organized programs. “Although my dad was in the Navy, my mom saw to it that I was always involved in sports,” Berthney says. “Since she did not drive, she did not see me play all the time. As one of the kids who walked to practices and games by myself, I remember how I felt. … Continue reading

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Conquering Curiosity Through Physical Education

Photos Courtesy Of Boise Parks & Recreation

A tearful phone call from a parent in 2007 was the impetus Emily Kovarik needed to launch Idaho’s Boise Parks & Recreation’s Ability Team. “A mom called me because a PE teacher didn’t know what to do with her first-grade son in a wheelchair,” Kovarik says. “Her son’s job was to hold a clipboard and count how many times other kids ran around the asphalt playground.” As the city’s Adaptive Recreation Coordinator, Kovarik knew she had an opportunity to help, … Continue reading

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LBWA–Freeze Frame

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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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Aquatic Management Training

Photos Courtesy Of Kimberly Washington

As a decentralized aquatic operation within a large urban recreation and parks department, swimming pools must be operated with a seasonal pool-management team consisting of a manager, assistant manager, and a senior guard. Before budget reductions forced the city of Sacramento, Calif., to close a number of neighborhood pools, the department operated 22 aquatic facilities during the summer. In 2013, it operated eight swimming pools and five stand-alone wading pools. A large number of municipal parks and recreation organizations operate … Continue reading

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Retrofitting For Sustainability

To address environmental issues and create a site that meets the needs of the community, the Grass Lawn Park project was completed in three phases. 
Photos Courtesy Of Bruce Dees & Associates, LLC

For more than 30 years, GrassLawnPark has been the most utilized “year-round” park in Redmond, Wash., providing a variety of recreational opportunities and a unique respite in the middle of an urbanized area. After many years as a valuable regional amenity, the park’s fields and facilities were in need of renovation. Poor drainage affected the park’s winter-use potential, while the community was emerging with changing recreational needs that the old park could no longer satisfy. In response, the city’s parks … Continue reading

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