Category Archives: Blast From The Past

The Science Of Safety In Aquatic Play Features

The tremendous popularity of parks with unique aquatic play features has changed the landscape of recreational waters. More families than ever are attracted to these venues as a way to spend time together. Today, these features include everything from water slides, lazy rivers and activity pools to mushroom sprays, splash pads and wave pools. These innovative recreational features decrease the fear of swimming for young bathers–the shallow water, bubbling actions and sprays offer comfort and reassurance, and create fun and … Continue reading

Posted in April 2011, Blast From The Past, Columns, Departments, Everything H20, Issues, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

A Disc Golf Course In The Woods

The city of Franklin, Tenn. found a unique way to blend a parks sports facility with urban forestry by incorporating a low-impact disc-golf course into an underutilized area within a park. Continue reading

Posted in Blast From The Past, Camp Business, Columns, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, October 2010, Parks and Rec Business, Sep/Oct 10 | Leave a comment

Scrubbing Down To The “Nitty-Greeny”

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are found in many non-certified green cleaning products, can cause cancer in humans as well as a host of other health problems. In today’s “green” climate, however, there are safer, more efficient and environmentally preferable products to disinfect public spaces. Why should I bother? By definition, green cleaning is applying environmentally preferable practices in a maintenance program. Part of this is using products that are certified green, … Continue reading

Posted in Blast From The Past, Grounds + Sports Turf, Issues, June 2010, Parks and Rec Business, Writers | Leave a comment

Showing The Colors

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 Blast From The Past, Columns, Grounds + Sports Turf, Issues, LBWA, November 2009, Parks and Rec Business, Writers | 1 Comment

Pedaling Toward Progress

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 August 2009, Blast From The Past, Columns, Issues, LBWA, Parks and Rec Business, Writers | 1 Comment