Category Archives: Columns

Looking Forward To A Better New Year

Practice kindness.
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You know how sometimes seemingly random things happen in a certain sequence that just seems like one was destined to follow the other? It happened to me the other day as I was putting gas in my car. It was an unseasonably mild day and with one ear I was enjoying the sound of the birds and the wind in the trees. The gurgle of gas going into my car’s nozzle at a lower-per-gallon cost than we’d seen in a long while … Continue reading

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ASBA Honors Distinguished Sports Facilities

Forest Hill, MD – The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the winners of its annual awards. Awards are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify construction excellence.  Awards are presented in various categories: Tennis Courts, Running Tracks, Sports Fields, Indoor Facilities and Track and Field Facilities. Within some categories, there are divisions; for example, the Tennis Court category recognizes facilities in … Continue reading

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Teetering On The Edge Of Life

Some moments have a little too much reality.
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If you peel off of Route 91 at Cannon Road coming out of Solon, Ohio, you find yourself in a flat out descent to the bottom of a significant hill.  As the base bottoms out, you hang a hard left and you are suddenly leaving Bentleyville behind you and entering the service center for the park lands that have been so designated for decades now. Just before the driveway to the center you encounter a long winding road lined with … Continue reading

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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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Eye-Popping Possibilities

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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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