Operations

Multipurpose Pools

What are some areas that require special attention when operating a multipurpose swimming pool?

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How the City of Keller, Texas, Built a Dog Agility Course

A dedicated, dog-loving Eagle Scout named Jared Griffin tells us how.

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Reintroducing the Game of Golf

Can the game of golf be saved by adapting it and putting it in school P.E. classes and neighborhood parks?

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Aquatics Trends

Aquatic centers and municipal waterparks are among the fastest growing segments in the U.S. water leisure industry.

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Saving Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park from Concert Damage

Sand capping the park’s most heavily used 3.5 acres has helped to maintain a healthy, damage-resistant green space that can accommodate an expanding event schedule.

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Modern Aquatic Therapy and a New Clientele

Recent research points to potential benefits of aquatic activity for the elderly and those with cognitive impairments.

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Providing Equal Access to Aquatic Facility Locker Rooms for People Who Are Transgender

Park and recreation agencies must establish policies and training to ensure that every person is treated safely and fairly while using their facilities

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Serving Diverse and Special Populations at Your Aquatics Facility

Opening your facility to a variety of interesting aquatic programming could attract a wider base of regular participants.

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Connecting on Concussion: Why Agency Advocacy Is Important

Park and recreation programs have the opportunity to begin the concussion education process for younger athletes as a routine part of their sports participation.

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Park and Rec’s Software Conundrum

A few simple things to keep in mind when shopping for software.

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Water Polo: A Revenue Generating Opportunity

Including water polo as part of your agency's service offerings could be a welcome addition to your members' overall fitness routine and a way to generate more revenue.

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Regulating Air Quality for Indoor Pools

Tips on regulating the air quality of indoor pools.

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Riverfront Renaissance in Nashville

Nashville's Riverfront Park, an 11-acre civic park, has quickly become a destination for active recreation and enjoyment for residents and visitors alike.

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SwimATX: An Innovative Lifeguard Training Program

Austin Parks and Recreation Department, the YMCA of Austin and the Austin Independent School District created a program that helps with recruiting trained, diverse lifeguard applicants.

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Lightning Safety and Indoor Pools: To Clear or Not to Clear

Should indoor pools be cleared during a lightning storms?

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Green Infrastructure: Making a Virtue of Necessity

Envisioning a park system as part of a larger network of other public, quasi-public and protected private open space.

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Building Dynamic Playgrounds

Using research-based evidence, the concept of dynamic play guides playground design with nine easy-to-understand criteria in an effort to get children playing longer, socializing more and getting more exercise.

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Streamline Purchasing with Cooperatives

In an economic climate where parks are pushed to do more with less, cooperatives can easily assist with purchasing needs.

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Growing the Game of Golf: Creative Ideas for the Next Generation

A Veterans and Friends league is one of the creative programs Illinois’s Decatur Parks District is using to attract golfers and non-golfers to its golf facilities.   

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Seven Tips to Take the Sting Out of Severe Weather

Blizzards, heat waves and hurricanes are but a few of the many severe weather events with which park and recreation departments cope on a regular basis — that's why disaster planning should be a top priority.

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Park Foundations Can Prove Valuable Partners

Howard R. Albers, a research and communications volunteer with the Fairfax County Park Foundation, shares his findings about industry norms for park foundations.

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Helpful Hints for Creating Great Park Signage

 When creating signage, there are some basic tips to make navigating your park easier for visitor of all ages and abilities. 

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Managing the Canada Geese Population in Parks

There are several techniques to help manage the growing Canada geese population in parks.

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Water, Water Everywhere

Innovative aquatics programs help communities beat the heat this summer. 

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Sites and Sounds

Attractive, shaded gathering places add beauty and utility to public community spaces. 

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Can You Dig It?

 Selecting the proper earth drills and accessories can make a variety of park maintenance projects quicker and easier. 

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Making Smart Turf Equipment Choices: What to Consider

There's a lot to think about when considering what turf equipment best suits your needs.

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Free. Clean. Limitless.

Community solar power offers agencies a sustainable source of operational energy.

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Switch Switches to Simplify Maintenance

Installing modern electrical switchgear is a greener, commonsense fit for budget- and time-strapped recreation facilities.

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Let Your Imagination Run Wild

Themed playgrounds are a great way to foster creative play and get community buy-in.

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Digital Tree Management Improves L.A. City Parks

The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is using high-tech software to manage the tree canopy under its purview.

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Snap Happy

A picture may say a thousand words, but legal restrictions on photography may curtail your inclination to shoot. Here’s what you need to know.

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Today’s UTVs: A 9-Step Buyer’s Guide

Choosing UTVs for your agency can be a daunting proposition — these simple steps will help make the decision easier. 

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New Playground Criteria Adopted Amid Controversy

New, more restrictive changes to the safety standard for playground surfaces that are intended to lessen the chance of head injuries from falls has been adopted by a key subcommittee of ASTM.

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Why Waste?

Bioenergy solutions can help park and recreation professionals reduce waste and generate raw materials and even revenue for their departments.

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Mighty Moss

Using sphagnum moss to aid in filtering pool water could be a green, cost-saving alternative to pool chemicals.

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Low-Energy Lighting Helps Agencies Achieve Green Goals

 Fitting fixtures with low-energy LED or solar-powered lighting can save costs and the environment. 

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Sports Facilities Score Points With Added Shade

Shaded areas make visitors to parks and recreational facilities more comfortable while aesthetically enhancing surroundings. 

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The Disappearing Youth Discount: Does it Matter?

Youth discounts play a broad and important role in attracting children and teens to area parks and recreational facilities.

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Evaluating Your Community’s Golf Course

Here's what operators of municipal golf facilities need to know when it comes time to evaluate operations at their courses. 

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Grasscycling: Free Fertilizer, Free Water and Free Compost

 Leaving grass clippings on your lawns can provide an easy source of fertilizer, water and compost while saving you money and labor costs. 

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Trail Safety: The Perception and Reality

 Stories of trail dangers may be sensationalized in the news, but trail managers are still responsible for providing safe facilities for their communities. 

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Turf and Concussions: Maintenance for Safety’s Sake

Properly maintained artificial turf can greatly reduce the chances of concussions and other injuries for players in your park and recreation facilities. 

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Tennis for Tots

The USTA and its partners work to right-size the sport for young athletes.

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Pool Water-Treatment Systems and Processing Myths

If you ever thought pool “turnover” meant that all of the water in the pool has been filtered and treated, think again. Find the truth about these myths of aquatics maintenance.

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Skateparks — a Key to Community Engagement

This public asset may offer an unexpected way to connect with harder-to-reach visitors and members of your community.

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The Value of Pavilions

A well-designed, well-placed pavilion can greatly enhance a park’s outdoor amenities.

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Body Building

Backed by hard data, public health advocates are rethinking the design of parks, buildings and cities to encourage exercise and wellness.

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Lake County Forest Preserve Takes the Long View

A new strategic plan in Illinois envisions a century of conservation, preservation and education.

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Branding the Recreation, Park and Tourism Product

Creating a positive identity for your services is key to successfully promoting them to your community.

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