Category Archives: September 2009

Blazing A Trail

Creating an environmentally friendly off-road vehicle (ORV) or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail may sound like an oxymoron, but it’s possible to develop one with minimal impact if a few basic rules are followed. “You have to look at everything, including engineering, education, enforcement and evaluation of the trail system and users,” says Tom Crimmins, a trails consultant based in Hidden Lake, Idaho, who provides ORV trail training and planning services in cooperation with National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, and is … Continue reading

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Protecting And Retaining Employees

Employees are the greatest assets of parks and recreation departments, and municipalities and other agencies implement benefits and reward systems to attract and retain great people. But there are many demographic changes affecting the available labor pool–the workforce is aging, younger workers are demanding more than just a paycheck, and good employees are becoming even harder to find. As employers, parks and recreation managers need to do more to create a superb work environment. Because of these changes, it is … Continue reading

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Stay Afoot For Safety

Many products are available for every type of flooring challenge. From the entrance of a building throughout the complex, the use of matting can improve your visitors’ and staff experience. It can help keep the buildings clean, protect vulnerable surfaces, increase access, and provide a safe and healthy footing. Getting It Right The science of interaction between floor and foot is not difficult to understand, and every buyer should know certain fundamentals: 1. Floors–all floors–and water don’t mix. 2. Certain … Continue reading

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Pulling Double Duty

As budgets get tighter and available funds slow to a trickle, many parks departments are looking for ways to use existing space and facilities for more than one purpose. The city of Barrington, Ill., took a basketball court and doubled it as an ice rink during the winter months after a city project threatened to swallow the parking lot where the rink was previously constructed. “We looked at using a basketball court, but we were afraid of the residue,” says … Continue reading

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Give Lumens A Checkup

Lights–by their very nature and makeup–deteriorate over time. It is a proven fact that poorly maintained lamps lose at least 10 percent light output per year. Factors such as weather, surrounding temperature and use and maintenance all play a role in the rate at which a lamp ages. Consequently, lamps lose the ability to give off the same amount of light they gave the previous day. To increase the life expectancy of lights and avoid an accumulation of dead spots … Continue reading

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