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Learn To Swim Expands In New York

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey announced the partnership between NYS Parks, American Red Cross, National Swimming Pool Foundation and the Northeast Spa and Pool Association (NESPA) Foundation continues for a second year and is bringing more free “Learn-to-Swim” programs to an increased number of kids at New York state parks this summer season. “Launched last year at two state parks in the New York City region, this program was widely successful. We are thrilled that … Continue reading

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Win Tickets to 2014 US Open

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — As the summer tennis season heats up in the US with the Emirates Airline US Open Series beginning in July in Atlanta and culminating in Flushing, NY at the 2014 US Open, visitors to PlayTennis.com have a chance to win tickets to one of the world’s largest annual sporting events. Beginning July 7, 2014, and running through August 4, 2014, the PlayTennis.com website will be highlighting a sweepstakes offer from the Emirates Airline US Open Series which … Continue reading

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Put People First

Keep Your Cool.
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I’m a big fan of U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy from South Carolina. His vocabulary, direct approach, and strict demeanor are all traits that translate to me a man of character and solidarity. He has the ability to ask the tough questions and say the unpopular thing that has to be said, no matter how uncomfortable it might make the other person or himself. I respect that as a man and I respect that as a professional. Saying the embarrassing thing or posing the uncomfortable … Continue reading

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A Beneficial Relationship

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In January 2000, the Lower Paxton Township Parks and Recreation Department (Harrisburg, Penn.), completed construction of a 59,000-square-foot recreation facility called The Friendship Center, to house the community’s numerous activities. The facility was a dream-come-true for many members.  The opening of the facility was spectacular! Everyone from families to senior citizens purchased memberships, and within the first 3 months we exceeded our first-year goal. There were programs to accommodate everyone: fitness, aquatics, gymnasium activities, aerobics, classes targeting preschoolers, etc.  However, … Continue reading

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Kid Magnet

Photos: Courtesy Of The St. Charles Park District

A river running through a city is a beautiful sight, and any park district lucky enough to have such a natural treasure would be remiss in not promoting it to its advantage. With the scenic Fox River at its doorstep, the St. Charles Park District in Illinois wanted to highlight its connection to the waterway in creating a new attraction and restoring an iconic destination in the jewel of its downtown park system—historic Pottawatomie Park.  In 2013, the park district … Continue reading

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