Category Archives: Voices of Parks & Rec

Intern Appeal

Maintaining a trained and energetic workforce is a challenge in today’s austere budget environment. With increasing demand to “do more with less,” layoffs, retirements of key employees, and reductions in operating hours, park and recreation agencies need to be creative in their approach to recruiting and developing young talent. Offering internship opportunities is one way to effectively identify and train future leaders. Students trained in parks and recreation, sports administration, recreation management, and related fields often cite their internship experience … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, June 2012, Parks and Rec Business, Voices of Parks & Rec | Leave a comment

This-N-That

Kickstart A Bike Park Project Whistler, B.C., Canada–Alpine Bike Parks introduces a new program called Parkstart to help a bike park get built in a community. The bundle of products and services includes everything needed to present a premium bike park concept to a local government for approval and funding for construction documents and construction. For more information, call (604) 962-1951, or visit www.alpinebikeparks.com. ———————————————————————————— Field Notes Underhill International has tapped Eagle Sales of Grass Valley, Calif., as the company’s … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, May 2012, Parks and Rec Business, Voices of Parks & Rec | Leave a comment

This-N-That

Life Jackets For Kids (S 2075) Bill Gaining Ground Senate 36-0, approved and sent to the House a bill requiring all children’s camps’ lakes and other swimming areas, except swimming and wading pools, to have one life jacket for each child there. It also prohibits camps from refusing to allow a child to bring and use his or her own life jacket. The measure is called “Christian’s Law” after 4-year-old Christian Frechette who was not wearing a life jacket when … Continue reading

Posted in April 2012, Columns, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, Voices of Parks & Rec | Leave a comment

This-N-That

John Deere Looks To Global Reorganization Cary, N.C.–To enable greater global growth, John Deere underwent a global reorganization of its golf business, which will now fully integrate into the John Deere Agriculture & Turf Division. The enhanced organization puts its full resources–innovation, expertise and history–behind its golf business to better serve golf superintendents and greenskeepers, club managers, and maintenance professionals. ———————————————————————————— Otter Cove Makes Noise In Illinois The St. Charles Park District was awarded the Outstanding Parks & Facility Award … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, March 2012, Parks and Rec Business, Voices of Parks & Rec | Leave a comment

Taking Sponsorship To The Next Level

The city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is known for great weather, pristine beaches, and something called “spring break”! Tourism is key to the area’s survival, and as in most places around the country, the economy has taken a toll. The city’s parks and recreation department–while faring better than most–has also had to do more with less and look for creative ways to reduce spending. Since heavily subsidized activities are usually the first to go, that meant special events in the … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, March 2012, Parks and Rec Business, Voices of Parks & Rec | Leave a comment