Parks & Rec Business welcomes the following members to our Insider program:

City of Grandview

Grandview, Mo.

Isabella County Parks & Recreation

Mt Pleasant, Mich.

Streamwood Park District

Streamwood, Ill.

Key Pen Parks

Lakebay, Wash.

Westlake Parks and Recreation

Westlake, Ohio

Berwyn Park District

Berwyn, Ill.

City of Rocky River

Rocky River, Ohio

Shawnee Parks and Recreation

Shawnee, Kan.

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Word On The Web

On “Then And Now,” April 15 Week-Ender Blog post:

To: Ron Ciancutti

From: Mary Jo Riley

Subject: Thank you

I think that is all that needs to be said about your article.

Mary Jo Riley

Groton Parks & Recreation

Groton, Conn.

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Thanks, Ron, for the excellent “Then And Now” post in the Week-Ender.” Right on!

Diana Hall

Indianapolis Parks Board Member

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Ron Ciancutti’s political comment, “Then and Now”… has no bearing on nor any relevance to the field of Parks and Recreation; such comments have no place in this magazine and should be discontinued … it does the magazine a disservice.

Jay Pearson

McMinnville, Ore.


On “Start A Recreation Road Show,” Feb. 11 blog post:


I read your “Week-ender” about starting a Recreation Road Show. I also downloaded the PowerPoint that you created about your recreation and library services and plan on using it in class. I am a professor at Northwest Missouri State University and this information will be great to share with students in our senior-level administration class.

Jeff Ferguson

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In Memoriam

Julian R. Walker, 82, of Decatur, Ala., passed away April 9, 2011. He served as Executive Director of Point Mallard for a quarter of a century and as the Director for Decatur Parks and Recreation for three decades.


Red Cross Programs ‘Go Digital’

Washington, D.C.--The American Red Cross announces the launch of the next generation of health and safety training which features a two-year certification for first aid and CPR training, the option of digital or print course materials, more hands-on skill practice and an online learning center that allows individuals to register for courses and instructors to manage course records and print certificates. Training is available through classroom, online and blended learning options. The Red Cross also offers organizations the choice to train employees onsite, at a Red Cross chapter, or through a train-the-trainer model. For more information, visit or contact your local Red Cross chapter.


Field Notes

BCI Burke has been selected as one of 28 playground and play space companies, equipment manufacturers and other creators of playground and play space-related resources for the 2011 Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play Preferred Vendor Catalog (PVC).

Laylah VanBibber, Director of Marketing for PBI/Gordon Corporation, Kansas City, Mo., retired from the industry June 1. She has been with the company for 25 years. April Allenbrand will be assuming VanBibber’s current marketing and communications responsibilities.

PlayPower LT Farmington, Inc. was awarded the California Park & Recreation Society’s Presidential Award to honor the company’s commitment and service to the industry professionals in California by serving as a sponsor of the CPRS State Awards program since 1995.

Jerry Cavalluzzi has been promoted to district sales manager at Hayward Pool Products. He will be responsible for sales to the dealer and distribution network in the Southwest region. He joined Hayward’s sales team in 2007.

Whitewater West announces that Rick Briggs and his company Interactive Entertainment Concepts LLC have joined forces to develop and deliver the next generation of interactive play products.

Mark Normyle has been named Global Product Manager Automatic Pool Cleaners at Hayward Pool Products.


A Century Celebration

The St. Charles Park District in Illinois is celebrating 100 years of community service. Just as the park district played a key role in making St. Charles a resort community in the 1920s, today, it plays an important part in the vitality of the community, providing 1,500 acres of park and open space as well as an abundance of programs and facilities that meet the diverse abilities, ages, genders and interests of its residents.


New Aquatic Moves

Looking for some water exercises to spice up your schedule? Try these moves for a low-impact burn with a high-calorie kick:

Water Walking: In the shallow end of pool, start in waist-high water, walking back and forth across the width of the pool. For best results, try to lean slightly forward. For beginners, start in the shallow end of pool and gradually advance to chest-high water.

High Knees: In the shallow end of pool, standing chest deep, raise your knees as high possible, as if marching in place. Swing your arms at the same time.

Standing Knee: Stand waist deep in the water. Begin by standing straight and lifting your right leg to the surface of the water surface straight in front of you. Hold the pose for up to 30 seconds. Then bring your leg back to the starting position. Repeat with your left leg.

Aquatic Kicks: Standing in the shallow end facing the water sideways, hold onto the edge of the pool with your left hand, using your left leg for support. Lift your right leg with knee to chest and gently kick forward to straighten the knee. Repeat 5 times. Reverse position holding on to edge of pool with right hand and using right leg for support, facing the water sideways and doing kicks with left leg.

Calf Raise: Standing in waist-high water with your body straight, stand on your toes and hold that pose for 2 seconds. Then put your heels back on the floor of the pool and repeat using weights and repetitions that are comfortable.

Information provided by Scott Winston, vice president of All Pro Exercise Products, Inc., manufacturer of a full line of weight-adjustable aquatic exercise products.




29 Florida Recreation and Park Association, Orlando, Fl.—Caribe Royale Resort;

7-11 Recreation Facility Design and Management School; Kansas City, Mo.; Gary Gates, or 573-636-3828; More information at


7-10 Alaska Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Seward, Alaska;

12-13 South Carolina/North Carolina Recreation and Park Association Joint Conference, Charleston, SC—North Charleston Convention Center;

13-15 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association Fall Workshop, Clinton, Iowa—Wild Rose Hotel, Convention Center, Casino;

20-22 South Dakota Parks & Recreation Association Annual Conference, Bismark, N.D.;

20-23 Minnesota Parks & Recreation Association Annual Conference and Exhibit, Prior Lake, Minn.—Mystic Lake Casino Hotel;

21-23 Lyle B. Beaver Leadership Development Institute, St. Charles, Mo. Gary Gates, or 573-636-3828; More information at