Category Archives: Columns

Liquid Assets — LBWA

Photo Courtesy of the Carolina Irrigation Association

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

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October Pump Up! — Publisher’s Note

This is the time of year we start to hear about all the innovations parks and recreation vendors have been working on. New ads for these products and services hit the pages of our magazine. New exhibit booths are designed. New special events are planned and announced. It seems the whole industry is on fire with possibility.   One of those possibilities is the ongoing rise of pump tracks and bike parks—an evolution of the skate park concept that hit … Continue reading

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Can’t Go Back

Friday night lights.

In 2007, my elder son graduated from high school and rode a partial football scholarship into his first year of college. As proud as I was, I hated to see him go. We had been spoiled by the cozy, autumn-colored spectacle of high school football. Our hometown version of “Friday Night Lights” had allowed us to rekindle that warm, fall feeling my wife and I had both known so well as teens. I began to realize in his last year that our addiction to … Continue reading

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Fee-Free Day Sept. 27

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Forest Service is offering a fee-free day on Sept. 27, 2014 in conjunction with the 21st annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the Nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands projects that ensure sustainable ecosystems and promote vibrant communities. “On National Public Lands Day, we welcome you to join trail maintenance projects, campouts, shoreline cleanups and much more,” said U.S. Forest Chief Tom Tidwell. “Volunteering on a project on this special day will provide a … Continue reading

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