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A “Grand” Entrance

In its quest to serve the needs of the local athletes and attract a hospitality industry, the city of Westfield, Ind., is bringing the community and amateur-sports tourism together at Grand Park. more »

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LBWA -- From The Ground Up

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / dinhhangThis 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 h more »


Give “Hondo” A Hand

Photo Courtesy of NAYSAl “Hondo” Handy had only been with the OceanCity (Md.) Recreation and Parks Department for two months when he was asked to coach the department’s all-star team in a basketball more »

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Are You In The Crazy Column? -- Publisher’s Note

I was standing at our kitchen island packing my lunch and mentally organizing my day when I heard my older 7-year-old daughter say to her twin sister, “Isabel. I’m in the crazy column!”Isabel didn’t l more »

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Revamp Marketing Materials

canstockphoto6743374Marketing collateral may be the hardest-working member of a team, representing a park or recreation department even when its employees cannot. Therefore, it is important that the more »

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Recruiting Selfless Services

Photos Courtesy Of Oakland County Parks and RecreationTo save on staff costs and expand programming and special events, Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) in Southeast Michigan began a more »


Public-Public Partnership

Photos Courtesy Of Daviess-Martin Joint County Parks & Recreation DepartmentAs public land managers across the nation examine new ideas to solve growing budget problems, a variety of old schemes more »


Stay The Course

Photo Courtesy Of NAYSWhen Patrick Senn stepped onto the campus of FranklinCollege in Indiana more than a decade ago, he was like most other college freshmen—he had his whole life ahead of him and no more »

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Operation Enduring Change

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / edharcanstockThe verb “sur·vive”1. To remain alive or in existence.2. To carry on despite hardships or trauma; to persevere. 3. To remain functional or usable.4. To li more »


Numbers Never Lie -- Publisher’s Note

The family truckster, or in our case, a Chevy conversion van, stopped for gas somewhere between Ohio and Florida, causing my 12-year-old self to groan, inwardly, at what was coming. My Dad jumped out more »

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Lifetime Achievement

Photo Courtest of NAYSMany years ago, Ken Koonce returned to his hometown of Kinston, N.C., for Christmas, where he received one of the best gifts a recreation professional could ask for—a thank you more »

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Man Up Like In The Movies

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / urfingusIn 1953, George Stevens directed an American western for Paramount called Shane. The film was based on a 1949 novel of the same title, written by Jack Schaefer more »


Liquid Assets -- LBWA

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / VoyagerixEditor’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 more »

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Get Info On The Go With Turf AdvisorHaving trouble telling buttonweed from buttercup? Don’t know nutsedge from kyllinga? Need instant solutions to weed problems while on the job? You can now be as sma more »

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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 more »

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Empathy Loves Company

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / LighthunterOn numerous occasions I’ve tried to teach my kids that their way of approaching a problem is just as—if not more important—than solving the problem. When th more »


Thoughtful Planning For A Peaceful Park

Photos Courtesy of Parviz IzadjooEvans Parkway Neighborhood Park in Silver Spring, Md., was originally built in the 1960s. The park provides a walk-to facility for residents of the single-family more »


Pass It On

Photo Courtesy of NAYSGrowing up in Raleigh, N.C., in the late 1960s and early 1970s, young girls like Jane Bailey didn’t have many opportunities to participate in organized sports. But times have ce more »

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Fall Chaos--Publisher’s Note

Next week, the kids go back to school—which means the seasons, they are a-changing.In our home, this change is abrupt. The languid pace of summer shifts quickly, literally overnight, to the barely con more »

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A Natural Partnership Is Born

Although it was common knowledge that the local Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) store was the place to buy hiking boots and obtain topographical maps, the store was also a great place to find more »

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