Category Archives: PRB Top Stories

The Anatomy Of A Splash Pad

Photos Courtesy of Cloward H2O

Because splash pads and spray decks provide wet entertainment with relatively low maintenance, they are a popular option for cities, homeowners’ associations, retail developments, and even private residences. A splash pad consists of one or more deck areas fitted with a combination of various nozzles and may include above-ground “spray toys,” (umbrellas, flowers, hydrants, tipping buckets, etc.) intermittently spraying, squirting, dumping, or gushing—while kids of all ages dash from feature to feature, thoroughly enjoying themselves.  Although the completed water feature … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Everything H20, Issues, October 2014, Parks and Rec Business, PRB Top Stories | Leave a comment

Gaining Momentum

Photo Courtesy of American Ramp Company

Many marvel at the fact that you don’t even have to pedal to make it around the track. In fact, it defies logic as well as the name—the pump track. “They just keep going and never stop,” said Tim Whitley, Public Works Director for the city of Malakoff, Texas. “It’s not like they have to push themselves. They just cruise. I didn’t know they would pick up momentum like that.” The 20-foot-wide U-shaped concrete pump track was recently installed as … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Issues, October 2014, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business, PRB Top Stories | Leave a comment

Empathy Loves Company

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Lighthunter

On numerous occasions I’ve tried to teach my kids that their way of approaching a problem is just as—if not more important—than solving the problem. When they came home from school moaning and whining about a large school project or research-heavy paper, I railed against their complaints.  “Attitude is everything,” I would bellow. “Look at it as a chance to learn, to evolve, and develop yourself. If you start by complaining, the whole thing will be a chore. Take control … Continue reading

Posted in A Step Ahead, Columns, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, PRB Top Stories, September 2014 | Leave a comment

Therapeutic Recreation Programming

PRB0914_Hjarpe_Therapy1

  Therapeutic programs offer fun-based, recreational activities that provide children, teens, and adults with special needs a safe environment similar to that offered to the general public. The programs are created for specific age groups with an easy-to-follow structure.  Goals And Benefits  The programs’ main goal is to provide more social and leisure opportunities in a variety of settings and in an atmosphere that demonstrates appropriate social behavior. As the participants’ self-confidence in social skills builds, so does their confidence … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, PRB Top Stories, September 2014, Sports + Fitness + Recreation | Leave a comment

LBWA — To Infinity And Beyond

Photos Courtesy of: Pacific Sports Turf

Editor’s Note: 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 and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

Posted in Issues, LBWA, Parks and Rec Business, PRB Top Stories, September 2014 | Leave a comment