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A Recipe For Successful Youth Programming

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Appetizers I cannot count the number of times my colleagues and I have come up with a great idea for a new program, camp, or class and then watched staff members struggle to turn our vision into reality. After one or two failed attempts, they often revert to some of the more tried-and-true standbys. For example, a company I worked with planned elaborate theme-based summer day-camp programs, complete with activity schedules, materials lists, and instructions for each and every project, … Continue reading

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Live More, Play More

Photos Courtesy of Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

While growing up, my personal experience of playground fun was swaying on tall swings that took me up towards the sky. Then my friends and I would race to the huge metal slide for even more fun! Every day after school we would run to this special place: we could be independent, make our own rules, play pretend games, make new friends, or see old ones—it was a real social meeting place.  Indoor Vs. Outdoor Well, in the intervening years … Continue reading

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Triple Threat

Photos Courtesy of the City of Chandler

It would have been easy to break into a panic when the city of Chandler, Ariz., was to host three large-scale events with more than 4,000 attendees at each event in one weekend in October 2013. The events began on Friday night with the 32nd annual Halloween Spooktacular with games, a haunted house, a graveyard, and costume contests. The following morning, staff members began setting up for the 7th Annual Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play with demonstrations, performers, games, and … Continue reading

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Marketing The Market

Instead of a "get the people in and out" attitude, Oakland County has tried to make the Farmer's Market a destination, adding benches, picnic tables, and food vendors with the hope that they will stick around and spend more money. 
Photos Courtesy of Oakland County Parks and Recreation

What amazed Market Manager Jeremy Brown when Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) in Michigan assumed management of the county’s Farmers Market 2 years ago was how many people in the area didn’t know the market existed, even though it had been in the same spot since 1953!  “I would talk to people who would say to me, ‘Oakland County has a farmers market?’ I knew there was work to do.”  Today, more than 300,000 people visit the market annually. … Continue reading

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The Inside Track

Photos Courtesy of Pillar Design Studios, LLC

Action-sport facilities offer sustainable design and construction practices as well as unique recreation opportunities. They are not only an efficient use of unused or perceived unusable land but also designed to be integrated into the natural topography of the area. A facility designed and built properly offers low maintenance and lower consumption of water, while providing flexible programming and seasonal activities. Ultimately, action-sport facilities create a substantial community benefit. Successful Planning These facilities can offer a diverse collection of activities … Continue reading

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