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Intergenerational Programming

Intergenerational programming includes activities designed to bring together individuals of different ages to promote interaction. More specifically, IP is designed to connect youth to older adults. more »

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Photos: Jennifer Skulski

The Right To Go

As the mandates of the ADA roll along the line of responsibility, they eventually stop at the local level. According to Skulski, it behooves local departments to be familiar with the ADA and know where to research answers. more »

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Striking A Happy Chord

What once was an unsightly, utilitarian detention basin dividing two areas of a suburban community has now become a beautiful, ecologically healthy park that draws residents outdoors, fosters neighborliness, and inspires others in the region to visit more »

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Photo: George J. Donovan AIA & Associates

LBWA--Clear The Air

So you’ve finished painting that big activity room in the community center—it has that “new paint smell” so all the users will know somebody cares about this facility, but is that smell really a good thing? more »

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Photos: Courtesy of East Bay Regional Park District

Pour Performance

By 2012 the waterfall was in poor condition, and water flow had diminished to a trickle. A major renovation would be required to restore the historic waterfall to its original flow and capacity. more »

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Photos: Shelley Mitchell

Calling All Campers!

Here is a look at some of the avenues we pursue to find ideas for programs: more »

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Captivate An Audience

We can use all of these games, apps, and websites, which hold kids’ attention for hours on end, as inspiration. more »

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Photo: Bill O’Neill

Trails Go Digital

It was decided that the new printing would also include an “upgrade,” with an online version and one that can be viewed on a smartphone while on the trails and pathways, including interactive maps with GPS capabilities to track a hiker’s progress. more »

Parks & Playgrounds

Photos Courtesy of David Mellor

LBWA -- Sports-Field Mowing Excellence

Parks and recreation maintenance crews tasked with mowing sports fields often have choices: just get the basic job done and mow the turf at least once a week—twice in heavy growing seasons, if they’re lucky; or move the mowing to a higher plane. more »

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Cleaning Restrooms

For most property managers, the number-one complaint from building users is the condition of restrooms. In a park and recreation center, the bathrooms also become the one area that takes the most time to clean and maintain. 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 »

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Collecting Water For Conservation

A rain-barrel program won’t provide a revenue stream or make a park and recreation department rich, but it will educate the public on the importance of water cons more »

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Cold-Blooded Killers

Photos Courtesy of Jonathan SchechterWithout a hook, it is tough to catch fish. And without words and art blended into a creative, eye-catching package, interpretive signs often go unread and the op more »

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Extreme Makeover

Photos Courtesy Of Lee’s Summit Parks & RecreationFor more than 40 years, South Lea McKeighan Park was the home to youth baseball in Lee’s Summit, Mo. When the leagues relocated to a new sports-c more »

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Bursting With Enthusiasm

Photos Courtesy Of San Diego County Parks and Recreation DepartmentFountains erupted at the new Waterfront Park as the county of San Diego celebrated one of the largest grand-opening events in its more »

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It’s A Numbers Game

PhotoCourtesy Of Charles Davis Smith PhotographyIn a world where the goal is achieving close to 100-percent cost recovery, aquatic operators not only have to balance chemicals on a daily basis, but more »

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The Inside Track

Photos Courtesy of Pillar Design Studios, LLCAction-sport facilities offer sustainable design and construction practices as well as unique recreation opportunities. They are not only an efficient more »

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Fountain of Rings: An Atlanta Icon

Almost 18 years ago Muhammad Ali stood before an exuberant crowd at Olympic Stadium in Atlanta with a flaming torch grasped in his right hand. Symbols of that magical summer evening and the 100th Summer Olympic Games that followed remain throughout t more »

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Photo: Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Marketing The Market

What amazed Market Manager Jeremy Brown when Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) in Michigan assumed management of the county’s Farmers Market 2 years ago was how many people in the area didn’t know the market existed, even though it had been more »

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Over The Drainage District

Recycling isn’t limited to plastic, paper, and aluminum. A 6,700-acre parks system in Michigan turned land unsuitable for development into a recreation destination that serves more than 170,000 annual visitors. more »

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