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Dec. 6, 2011



80 ways to reduce expenses: Part 4
Parks & Rec Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In today's difficult economic times, finding little ways to reduce expenses might be the difference between having a profitable year and one of significant financial loss. After all, every dollar of reduced operating expense goes straight to the bottom line. Take these suggestions at face value, or modify them for your agency. Either way, please take a look. Shaving a few dollars here and there just might save a job. More

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While no one at PLAYTIME claims to be the next Michelangelo, you can't blame the company for comparing sculptures made of marble with the ones they carve. But these works of art are not meant to just be admired. No, they're meant to be climbed, played with and jumped on. MORE


Set an example: Stand up for parks!
National Recreation and Park Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
NRPA members are the most powerful voices in the fight for parks and recreation. The NRPA National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation, March 27-29, 2012, in Washington, D.C., helps you join the conversation, get in front of key decision-makers and emphasize the importance of park and recreation agencies. Washington won't change without you — register and be there! More

Register for new webinar Dec. 8 on engaging with mobile technology!
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Register today for NRPA's webinar, "Engaging with Mobile Technology: From Audio Tours to Mobile Websites." This webinar, beginning at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Dec. 8, offers unique strategies on how to drive more visitors to your park or recreation area by connecting to them through mobile technology. Plus, earn CEU credit! More

Every Day Grants available; beat the deadline to apply
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Our nation's public lands need our support every day. With stretched budgets and limited staff, land managers at federal, state and local public lands need all the help they can get, whether it comes from cooperating organizations, sponsors, partners or individual groups that just want to make a difference. The National Environmental Education Foundation, with generous support from Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., is backing up these groups' efforts to maintain public lands by offering Every Day Grants. Apply online before the Jan. 13 deadline! More

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How can $50,000 improve your town?
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Vote now for your town to win $50,000 in prizes and support in the Reader's Digest "We Hear You America 2012" competition. Reader's Digest wants to know how $50,000 would make your town a better place to live. Share your ideas, then get your friends to join the conversation and vote. Great things will happen for 18 communities, and the town with the most votes wins a grand prize! More

Green School gives you an edge in sustainability leadership
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NRPA's Green School, scheduled Feb. 26 through March 2 at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, W.V., is a must-have for anyone who wants to lead their community in efforts to protect and enhance the environment. Become a Green School participant today so you can be a leader in the sustainability initiatives of tomorrow! More

Health concerns lead to candy exile in Seattle vending machines
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If you want a candy bar and a Gatorade after a Seattle recreation league basketball game, you'll have to plan ahead — and changes could be coming soon to King County vending machines. The machines at Seattle community centers and other parks department facilities have been stripped of candy bars and sodas for more than a year, but the change received some belated attention recently after the Seattle City Council approved a new vending contract reinforcing that those high-sugar options be kept out. More

Snow tubing comes to New York sports park
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The Doug Miller Family Sports Park in the Rochester, N.Y., region welcomed winter by launching Glacier Ridge Snow Tubing. The man-made snow mountain is designed to appeal to winter sports enthusiasts who otherwise would have few local options. More

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Recreation department, YMCA team for youth weight loss contest
Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Childhood obesity has tripled during the past 30 years. It's a problem being addressed by schools, communities, families and government programs, with the clear consensus that children need to be eating better and exercising more. The Galesburg, Ill., Recreation Department and Knox County YMCA had heard it all, and — like many communities implementing campaigns to raise awareness, increase activity and improve nutrition — were looking for different ways to help youths in Knox County adopt healthier habits. More

Raising healthy, active children
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First lady Michelle Obama spoke at the recent Partnership for a Healthier America Summit about the importance of helping children lead healthier lives by encouraging them to become more active. The first lady said while the idea behind the "Let's Move" campaign to end childhood obesity has taken off, particularly in terms of making sure youth have access to healthy food, much progress remains to be made. More

Leveling the playing field
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A group of Franklin County, Va., parents are dreaming of fields of green — athletic fields, that is. At a recent county board meeting, parents presented a grassroots effort to fund the proposed development of a football field, two soccer fields and two baseball diamonds in what they say is an underserved area of the county. More

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Children suffering from 'nature deficit disorder'
The Richmond Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Does your community suffer from "nature deficit disorder," a condition coined by author Richard Louv? A cooperative extension agent in Richmond, Ky., offers his perspective on the concept and explains efforts to counteract it. More

County looks to public for help with parks
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There is a support system growing for the parks and trails in Chautauqua County, N.Y. Lawmakers recently heard about the challenges the parks department will face in 2012, when the staff will be cut to a single employee. With only one person on the clock, much parks maintenance work will be impossible to complete without help from the community. More

Finding the way to fun: Big ideas lead to superior playgrounds
Recreation Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Everyone loves a playground. Plunk down a slide and a set of swings in an open field, and within a few hours it's bound to be crawling with kids. But with so many hurdles to clear (safety regulations, budgetary concerns, space constraints) how do you make that love last? What does it take to create a play space that captures the community's imagination and keeps them coming back? More
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Soccer field renovations pit conservationists against enthusiasts
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For San Francisco's header-hungry soccer enthusiasts, it's nothing short of a travesty that drainage issues are keeping the fields at Golden Gate Park closed for much of the year. That's why they're supporting the Recreation and Parks Department's plan to completely overhaul the fields, potentially tripling the amount of available playing time. However, it's putting them in direct conflict with a dedicated group of conservationists — including the Sierra Club and the Golden Gate Audubon Society — determined to stop the fields' proposed facelift from ever getting its cleats off the ground. More

East Bay parks push family exercise program
The San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A bridge has been built to connect children and their parents to more than 1,000 miles of trail in the vast East Bay Regional Park District in California. It's the "Trails Challenge," a free program invented by East Bay Parks that has become a model for park districts and school programs across America. Trails Challenge is designed to get families into local parks to hike for health. More

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Community, businesses, government partner on recreation projects
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Park officials in Claremont, N.H., plan to break ground on a new community center in the spring, culminating years of polling, planning, fundraising — and hoping. The project is the result of unprecedented collaboration between the city's government, residents and businesses. A $3 million gift from a local bank set the tone for commitment to community improvement. More

Feel like you can't compete? Age into it
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Think of tooth-and-nail competition and you'll probably imagine sports stars giving their all in training camp or wannabe tycoons clawing their way to business glory. Most of us probably think of them as young and energetic, consigning the graying and the middle aged to a milder existence. But competition isn't a young person's game — in fact, it peaks in middle age, a new study reported by the BPS Research Digest finds. More

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Tragic accidents: Confronting childhood drowning
Pool & Spa News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every year, nearly 500 American children under age 5 drown in a body of water, with approximately 70 percent of those incidents occurring in a swimming pool or spa, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. Advocates now are beginning to confront childhood drowning and parental responsibility. More

Pocketing gophers on golf courses
The San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sheila Bradford has recorded on a tally sheet the 1,290 gophers she has trapped in San Francisco parks during the past two years. A gardener with San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, Bradford now works at Harding Park Golf Course, keeping fairways, approaches and tee boxes rodent-free. More

2 new parks all about water
Idaho Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The whitewater play area being built on the Boise River will be joined in a few years by Esther Simplot Park, featuring natural areas for hiking and flat water for boating, swimming and fishing. The two new parks are edging closer to a reality for residents of Boise, Idaho. More


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