Category Archives: Blast From The Past

A View With A Room

At 25 years old, the Bolingbrook Park District’s 10th Hole Pub at its Boughton Ridge Golf Course in southwest suburban Chicago was long in the tooth. Outings were under a tent pavilion, subject to Mother Nature’s whims. The 2,000-square-foot pub was essentially a bar–with no separate dining area–and could seat only 48. Officials believed a clubhouse not only would draw in new business–including banquets and business meetings–but also would draw more golfers to the nine-hole executive course. So far, the … Continue reading

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A Complex Trio

About 18 months ago, the city of Fresno Parks, After School, Recreation & Community Services Department (PARCS) embarked on a mission to create a bike complex at one of its most beloved regional areas–Woodward Park. With the right combination of available open space, BMX enthusiasts hungry for a place to ride and a director with a distinct vision to create action sports destinations, Fresno had just the formula necessary to make it happen. Many cyclists in Fresno have traveled some … Continue reading

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Wildlife-Friendly Golf Courses

Open spaces are shrinking. Though obvious to most outdoor lovers, when we lose this open space (parks, nature centers or the ever-so-rare undeveloped land), we lose the good things that open space provides. We lose recreational opportunities, we lose the places in which to interact with nature, we lose habitat for our wildlife friends and, consequently, we may lose our native wildlife. Ironically, we also decrease the value of our homes and cities–the very things eating up our open space. … Continue reading

Posted in Blast From The Past, January 2010, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Show You The Money

Most parks and recreation agencies operate food, and sometimes merchandise concessions in their venues and, most of the time, they could generate more income through these operations. The following steps should help in your examination of this aspect of your business (yes, you should consider the revenue generation portion of your job a business) and to help determine whether it’s earning to its potential. Outsource or In-House? Should your agency operate your concessions with internal staff, or should it outsource … Continue reading

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