Readers Gladly Shoulder The Blame


Just read your column “Put the Blame on Me” (PRB April 2009). Excellent. You are echoing so many of my own sentiments that I had to wonder how and why until I reached the end. Now I know: You said the President is the same age as yourself. Obama was born in August; I was born in November. That makes it three-for-three. One of my early memories is seeing the Chicago riots on television--it tends to color the way I see things. I remember vividly the wonder of watching a rocket head for the moon--with people on board. Shared experiences, I suppose. Your message is important and to the mark. When the detractors start to whine, know that at least one of us is in your corner. You've just made a friend.

James Glover, Program Coordinator

Brazoria County Parks Department

Angleton, Texas

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Thank you for helping us to look forward and admit our mistakes. A co-worker shared your April article with me stating she loves to read your articles (Put The Blame On Me, PRB April 2009).

Kate Peterman


West Bend, Wis.


Reader Stands Up For The S.A.K.E. Of Youth Sports

Dear Mr. Engh,

I enjoy reading your monthly column in PRB. I think you share many important thoughts and valid opinions about youth sports and their importance in the development of our children. The NAYS Web site and organization is a valuable resource to many agencies nationwide, including ours here in South Florida at the City of Lauderhill.

I just wanted to share with you a programming success story we were able to accomplish here in the last year. The program was called the S.A.K.E. Awards, which stands for Sports Advancing Kids Education.

We used the awards ceremony to honor all of the highest achieving youth sports participants and volunteers in certain areas by defined criteria.

These areas included sportsmanship, volunteer of the year, leadership, coach of the year, team of the year, community service and scholar athlete of the year.

Thank you for your continued insight in the monthly column. As I said, the work that you have put in, as well as NAYS as an organization, continues to be an asset to those of us in the field who believe in many of the same principles.

Best regards,

Brian Picinic

City of Lauderhill

Parks and Leisure Services

Recreation Supervisor


Repower Pledges “Guaranteed Safe Arrival”

Eugene, Ore.—Repower Specialists, Ltd. announces their “Guaranteed Safe Arrival” policy, which means that if a product is damaged, they will fix it. If--in your opinion--it is appropriate to send replacement parts, such as an air cleaner or shroud, they will air freight it to you. If you don’t want to deal with it on site, they will send a new engine via FedEx Ground and have the damaged engine picked up at their expense. In either case, they deal with the carrier. The company feels that when you place an order for a new replacement Vanguard, Kohler, Honda, or Kawasaki engine or an engine with a retrofit kit, the job isn’t complete until you have that engine in pristine condition at your facility. For more information, call (800) 700-9501.


Some Rules On How To Play It Safe

Woodbridge, Va.—As summer wears on, it is important to remind patrons of the importance of following the rules around pools, spraygrounds, water parks and other aquatic facilities for a safe and enjoyable experience. Be sure to pass them along:

1. Always swim with a buddy in lifeguard-supervised areas.

2. Never swim alone.

3. Be cool and follow the rules of the pool.

4. Never dive in shallow water. Look before leaping!

5. Walk--don’t run--around swimming areas.

6. Know how deep the water is where you will be swimming.

7. Don’t swallow the pool water.

8. Take a break-- use the restroom.

9. If you need help, alert a lifeguard.

10. Use only Coast Guard-approved life jackets; not inflatable water wings.

11. Do not push, shove or run near the water.

12. Never swim around or under diving boards or slides.

13. When swimming outside, get out of the water if you see lightning or hear thunder.

Courtesy of the Prince William County Park Authority


National Head Start Association Pledges Allegiance To Playworld

Lewisburg, Penn.--Playworld Systems announces that it is now the exclusive playground provider for the National Head Start Association (NHSA)--a private non-profit membership organization working to meet the needs of Head Start children and their families. During the NHSA’s 36th annual convention, a donation of more than $25,000 was presented to the organization by representatives from Playworld. The donation will help NHSA install playgrounds at various Head Start facilities throughout the U.S. For more information, visit


Swim Diapers Not The Best Solution To Prevent RWI

Colorado Springs, Colo.--A new scientific study demonstrates that swim diapers will somewhat reduce--but will not prevent--the spread of recreational water illness (RWI) of the most common cause of documented outbreaks, Cryptosporidium (Crypto). Scientists from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte report that swim diapers help by slowing down the release of disease-causing germs, but the benefits are short lived. Crypto is spread by diarrhea from infected people or mammals and is the single largest illness threat to pool users. To prevent the spread of Crypto, officials advise that people should not get in the water if they have diarrhea.

The researchers measured the amount of microsphere that released from swim diapers worn by children. The microspheres were plastic particles that have a similar size (five microns) to that of Crypto. Swimming trunks without a swim diaper of any kind had the poorest performance--almost 90 percent of the microspheres were released into the water within one minute. Swim diapers released at least 50 percent of the microspheres within one minute. Placement of a vinyl diaper cover over a disposable swim diaper slightly improved performance. In all cases, 25 percent or more of the microspheres were detected in the water within two minutes. For more information, visit


Kings Beach State Recreation Area To Switch Hands

California State Parks and the North Tahoe Public Utility Commission (NTPUD) have announced that after nearly 30 years of operation, NTPUD will turn operations of the Kings Beach State Recreation Area (KBSRA) back over to California State Parks. KBSRA is a six-acre park bordering the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Initial acquisition of the park was made by State Parks in March 1974. NTPUD has been operating it for State Parks for nearly 30 years.




6 SIMA Build A Bid Workshop, Albany, NY;

24-28 Florida Recreation and Park Association, Lake Buena Vista, Fl.--Walt Disney World Coronado Springs Resort; Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Conference and Trade Show, details TBA;


13-16 Idaho Recreation & Parks Association Conference, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho;

21-24 Mississippi Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, McComb, Miss.—Percy Quin State Park;

21-24 Wyoming Recreation and Parks Association State Conference, Lander, Wyoming;

22-24 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association, Fall Workshop, Ames, Iowa—Hotel Gateway & Conference Center;

22-24 North Dakota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Minot, N.D.;

22-25 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Blaine, Minn.—National Sports Center;

29-1 South Dakota Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, Rapid City, S.D.;


13-16 NRPA Congress & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah;

14-16 British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association Aquatics Provincial Conference; for more information contact Heather Muter at;

28-29 Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo, Vancouver, BC—Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre;

28-30 World Aquatic Health Conference; Atlanta, Ga.—Sheraton Atlanta Hotel;