LBWA — From The Ground Up

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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Just Do It … Another Way

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For those too young to remember, Nike’s “Just Do It!” campaign began in 1988. The slogan and accompanying ads encouraged everyone, regardless of age, physical build, or athletic ability, to get moving (in Nike shoes and gear, of course). While it was a wildly successful marketing strategy, the reality is that, as human beings, we have evolved to “Just do the same thing we always do” because doing something new or different is harder and involves significantly more risk.  Psychology … Continue reading

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Shell Game

Photo: © 2014 David Wakely Photography

A common misconception about buildings designated as historically or architecturally significant is that they are substantially the same as on the day they opened. That is probably true for the exterior because these buildings are subject to a local landmark commission’s approval, but on the interior, modifications can be extensive due to changes in building use or programming. Repeated alterations can leave the interior of older buildings with a clash of materials, colors, and design characteristics associated with many different … Continue reading

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Eye-Popping Possibilities


These conceptual designs for “frog” restrooms serve the playground in the new Mill River Park in Stamford, Conn. The park’s master plan called for the service buildings to “be the art” in the project. The adjacent playground, on a thin strip of land, was developed by volunteers with a fairytale theme. The design addresses the playground by expanding the narrative of play. The facilities were designed to establish an identity for the park rather than the city.  The two frog … Continue reading

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Collecting Water For Conservation

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / ALong

A rain-barrel program won’t provide a revenue stream or make a park and recreation department rich, but it will educate the public on the importance of water conservation.  Working in partnership with the Conservation Foundation, a Naperville, Ill.,-based, not-for-profit land and watershed protection organization, the St. Charles Park District’s rain-barrel program has distributed nearly 100 barrels since its inception 2 years ago. “While our program is in its infancy, we have made great strides in creating public awareness concerning the … Continue reading

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Norwalk Aquatic Pavillion

12301 Sproul Street (562) 929-5622 Join a class, work out on your own, or just jump in and enjoy the Norwalk Aquatic Pavilion. Located at Norwalk Park, the Aquatic Pavilion is a state-of-the-art facility providing the community with opportunities for [...] More