Category Archives: PRB Top Stories

Extreme Makeover

Photos Courtesy Of Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation

For more than 40 years, South Lea McKeighan Park was the home to youth baseball in Lee’s Summit, Mo. When the leagues relocated to a new sports-complex venue—700-acre LegacyPark—the 11-acre McKeighanPark site was relegated to a practice field that needed some updating. The park’s highly visible location at the corner of two busy arterial streets on the fringe of the city’s downtown district gave vision to a special type of park redevelopment.  Design Development After 4 years of neighborhood feedback, … Continue reading

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Public-Public Partnership

Photos Courtesy Of Daviess-Martin Joint County Parks & Recreation Department

As public land managers across the nation examine new ideas to solve growing budget problems, a variety of old schemes have been altered into new ones. Some work and some don’t. This article describes our foray into what may be considered a new paradigm, as it involves crossing county borders to form a profitable partnership.  The Daviess-Martin Joint County Parks & Recreation Department is the only one of its kind in Indiana. As far as can be determined, it is … Continue reading

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Bursting With Enthusiasm

Photos Courtesy Of San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department

Fountains erupted at the new Waterfront Park as the county of San Diego celebrated one of the largest grand-opening events in its history. on May 10.  In 1938, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the County Administration Center (CAC), an event that drew a crowd of more than 25,000 people. For decades the building was surrounded by asphalt parking lots and a small office building. No recreational opportunities for the community were provided.   With the building situated next to San Diego … Continue reading

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Stay The Course

Photo Courtesy Of NAYS

When Patrick Senn stepped onto the campus of FranklinCollege in Indiana more than a decade ago, he was like most other college freshmen—he had his whole life ahead of him and no clue what to do with it. But then one class changed his life forever. “I took an Intro to Recreation class and thought that looked like a fun career,” recalls Senn, the Sports Coordinator of the Columbus (Ind.) Parks & Recreation Department. “I started two weeks after graduation … Continue reading

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Run From Red To Black

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In 2006, The Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center, located in Brunswick, Ohio, was operating at its lowest level since opening in 1991. Over the years the membership declined, equipment aged, revenues decreased, and the building became dated. Membership was at a low of 2,261 members for a community of more than 35,000 people, and the center had lost over $400,000. The city was also facing financial constraints as the economy was changing; it was apparent a change was needed … Continue reading

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