Category Archives: September 2006

Not In My Backyard (NIMBY)

“Not in my backyard.” This phrase rears its ugly head so often that our profession has started referring to it simply by the acronym NIMBY – understood by one and all as the description of those vociferous neighborhood groups that strenuously object to the development of parks next to or close to residential homes. As you might suspect, the greater the number of active recreation components within the proposed park, the more NIMBY resistance encountered. This phenomenon is particularly curious … Continue reading

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Evolving Dog-Park Design Standards

As our little corner of the world here in Douglas County, Colorado started to grow, our park district received numerous requests for the development of off-leash dog areas (dog parks). It seemed the folks moving to town (and those already here), wanted a place for their dogs to run, play and socialize off-leash. Because of this input, the 2003 master-planning process for two regional parks in the county was careful to include a dog park in each of the proposed … Continue reading

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Pesticide Rebuttal

Second in a continuing series No, pesticides are not saving the Earth. Instead, they are poisoning us. Editor’s Note: When the July issue started hitting mailboxes all over this country, my In Box began filling with opinions, ideas and criticisms of our coverage of the IPM and pesticide issue. One of the more passionate responses was from Dr. Karen I. Shragg, Director of the Wood Lake Nature Center for the City of Richfield, Minnesota. Dr. Shragg took particular exception to … Continue reading

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Integrated Pest Management Update

Second in a continuing series Parks & Rec Business Report Yields Results! Editor’s note: This article is part of an on-going series focused on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs aimed at minimizing, not eliminating, the use of pesticides on sports fields. The author, Randy Gaddo, is Director of Leisure Services in Peachtree City, Georgia, and is taking us play-by-play through his efforts to formulate an effective IPM program for his sports fields. I’ve learned first-hand that advertising in Parks & … Continue reading

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IPM – What Does It All Mean?

Second In A Continuing Series Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the integration of knowledge and cultural- management systems designed to improve the long-term health of turf-grass (and other crops) through the suppression of problem pests. The overriding goal of IPM is to minimize the impact on humans, the environment and non-target organisms. Common IPM techniques include the following: 1. Use of unbiased information 2. Quality monitoring 3. Anticipation of pest-population increases 4. Use of naturally occurring biological controls (i.e., use … Continue reading

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