One of the challenges the PRB staff faces each month is deciding what to cover.

As you can imagine, the choices are endless. After all you, our typical reader, are a multi-tasking master responsible for maintaining and operating/programming several aquatic facilities, several public parks and playgrounds, miles of hiking/biking trails, more youth sports fields than I can even count, community centers, recreation centers, nature centers, forested land, open space, and waterfront. Some of you are even responsible for libraries, cemeteries, and maintaining the city’s medians.

Our typical approach is to try and avoid the impulse to bite off more than we can chew by setting a strict theme for the month then filling in the blanks with stories that meet our stated goal of providing common sense solutions to everyday problems in those areas.

I’m sad to report, this month we may have taken too big a bite from the ever so tempting parks and recreation pie and created a bit of a catchall issue.

Inside you’ll find a variety of stories featuring non-traditional sports (ropes courses, adventure courses, climbing walls, paintball), youth sports field maintenance, aquatic facility water chemistry issues (including a take-home test), baseball park design (a profile of a minor league facility owned by the city), senior games and several articles on staff training and administration to help you administer all those wonderful summer programs as hitch-free as possible. Of course, there are also a few surprises, which I won’t spoil here.

As I write this, it occurs to me this issue may in fact be perfect for the month of July. Like the fireworks you’ll be exploding for your patrons this month, this issue features an explosion of color and ideas not necessarily intended to be seen side-by-side, but somehow, when they are, the whole thing works.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Till next month…

Rodney J. Auth