“Playground inspector” may sound like a job a child would dream up but it’s anything but child’s play. Except when grown adults get to try out the slides, that is. You’ll learn what hidden dangers inspectors are looking for and what some of the top hazards are. And an inspector shares his views on the recent debate about whether playgrounds have become too safe.
The ad hoc operations of Congressional caucuses may make them a little inscrutable to those outside the Washington Beltway. Leslie Mozingo, a lobbyist with The Ferguson Group, explains how caucuses work and how they can be useful for parks and recreation advocacy. A case study of the Youth Sports Caucus illustrates some of the ways that caucuses can benefit parks and recreation.
Following up on last month’s article on innovation and risk taking, this month’s Operations article explores revenue-generating ideas for aquatics facilities. Whether it’s low-cost themed upgrades, social media group discounts, tattoo services, or luxury cabana rentals, some agencies are getting out of their comfort zones and moving into adjacent markets to capture more revenue.
And is the end in sight for this sluggish economy? A survey of NRPA members reveals what your colleagues think about the economy, next year’s potential budget and staffing levels, and when things will be back to “normal.” Although cuts are easing off, the recession’s impact still lingers for many members.
In this month’s Perspectives column, NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane discusses a solution to the lack of a national identity for parks and recreation. Now, through the new America’s Backyard tool kits, agencies can build their own nationally branded materials, including local facts and stories, to enhance their own community presence. See how these free quarterly kits can help you tell how you are benefiting your community, backed by the credibility of a national campaign.
Learn about all of this and much more in the August issue of Parks & Recreation!
Written by: Elizabeth Beard, Managing Editor, Parks & Recreation