Enjoyable Experiences

Photo Courtesy of NAYS

Several years ago Mike Buchanan, the superintendent for the city of Manhattan (Kan.) Parks and Recreation Department, was tending to some business at the park on a warm Saturday morning in July.  A softball team in the department’s 4th-grade league had begun practice, and Buchanan watched the girls complete some basic warm-up drills rather lethargically due to the heat. Then practice took an interesting turn. An assistant coach placed a bucket of water balloons between home plate and the pitching … Continue reading

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Lightning In A Basket — Publisher’s Note

Lightning dotted the sky as the lifeguards/swim instructors hurried us across the pool deck and into the boiler room separating the women’s locker room from the men’s. I was 12 years old. My brother was 10. Our swim lesson was aborted and we were wet, cold, and shivering. There had been no time to grab a towel and the boiler room was not heated. But, we were safe from the lighting and possible tornado raging outside. As we waited in … Continue reading

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Hey, Lifeguard, Look At Me!

Photos Courtesy Of Keith Bibb

This past June, I paused to observe an energetic 5-year-old who was getting a lifeguard’s attention by yelling, “Hey, lifeguard, look at me!” As an aquatic manager, I’ve heard those five words countless times from children over the course of many summers. Prudently, the lifeguard turned to scan and focus on the activity of this preschooler just in time to see him execute his unpolished version of a wheelhouse kick as he catapulted into the water. Having survived the stunt, … Continue reading

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Planning The Perfect Waterpark

Photo Courtesy Of Counsilman Hunsaker

Rather than traditional flat-water rectangular pools, stimulating waterparks are becoming the norm for today’s recreational aquatic experience. Once the decision has been made to build a mini, medium, or destination waterpark, several key items should be considered before starting construction. What is your budget?  What do you want to include in the waterpark? How much land do you need? What will it cost to operate? Will it make money?   Defining Success For private developers, the definition of success is simple—to … Continue reading

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Living Honorably

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As the rain fell, I sat quietly in church behind my drums, waiting for the cue for the next song (I play in the worship band). A guest speaker, standing at the podium, began to talk of some difficult times and challenges he had faced. He mentioned that there was only one way for him to truly clear his head when problems persisted. “I drive my car to the Metroparks, take a deep breath of fresh air, and immediately start … Continue reading

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Blackhawk Meadow Park

In 2001, The Byron Park District purchaed 9.38 acres of land on Mill Road for the first park in the District’s history. Facilities within the park include two sets of play equipment for different age groups, two half-court basketball courts, [...] More