Letter To The Editor

I was just reading the October 2012 PRB issue when I came across the Best in Special Events article. We have a few events going on here that I thought would be great in that article:

Harry Potter School’s Out Day

We run a one-day day-camp style program on a day when kids are out of school. The activity center is decorated to look like a castle. Staff members and participants dress up as their favorite Harry Potter characters. The kids enter through a painted sheet that looks like bricks with a slit in as if they were running through a platform. There is a sorting hat to sort kids into houses (groups). They choose and decorate wands, conduct chemistry experiments (ahem, magic potions), play Quidditch, and so much more.

Zombie Run: Evolution Of The Fun Run

Not just the same old boring 5k—there’s zombies along the way. The event is a plot-driven run at dusk. Small groups of “survivors” are led by military volunteer guides to various checkpoints. Racers do not know where they’re running, but will follow the guides and maps to the next location. Each location has a scene/plot point that helps drive the story. Racers get belts with flag football flags. Zombies strategically sprinkled throughout the course try to remove the flags. A racer that finishes the course with flags intact is a “survivor.” Those who lose the flags finish as an infected racer. One of the sponsors is a local college radio station that broadcasts live zombie news throughout the day (think Orson Welles, “War of the Worlds”). A post-race party include an outdoor zombie movie, games, zombie fashion walk, a Thriller dance, zombie food and more.

Hsiung Marler

Youth Sports Coordinator

Champaign Park District

Champaign, Ill.


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Feelgood Foods Stir Memories

I wanted to let you know that I just read your article in PRB Week-Ender and that I enjoyed it immensely (Food, Glorious Food! Dec. 7). Although I may not be as purebred Italian as you, I do have very deep Italian roots on my father’s side. Your descriptions literally brought a tear to my eye as I think about my childhood and Grandmother Glorioso's home in Lorain, Ohio. Ah, the wonderful smells that were always present! I hope that someday my own children have similar memories. I appreciate you sharing in your article.

David A. Glorioso

iZone, National Sales Manager

Temple, Texas

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I really enjoyed your PRB Week-Ender article. It really helped bring things to prospective and to remind us that we need to stop and give thanks for all our blessings—especially family.

Angela Farber

St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation

Gladden Park Recreation Center Supervisor II

St. Petersburg, Fla.

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In Memoriam

Jeffrey D. Kuller, 56, of Camden, Maine, died unexpectedly at his home in Camden on Nov. 4, 2012. Culler was the director of the Camden Parks and Recreation.


ParknPool Makes Game Day Deadline

A high school in White House, Tenn., got more than they expected when they chose ParknPool for their recent bleacher order. With a delay in ordering, city bid issues and a machine not running properly, the hope of bleachers for their 2012 Homecoming game seemed like an impossible dream. With the commitment of their manufacturing partner to send experts to expedite the construction of the bleachers, ParknPool was able to get the bleachers fully installed by game day. For more information, visit .


Field Notes

The Competitor Swim Products Division of Richey Industries has been sold to Brad Underwood, a sports products industry professional. The sale will separate the division from Richey Industries, which will continue to manufacture and distribute the Great American Woodies line of casual furniture.


The Outdoor Recreation Economy Keeps on Growing

Since the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) commissioned the first economic study on outdoor recreation in the United States in 2006, the outdoor industry still grew by an average of 6.1 percent annually, reveals the OIA’s latest State of the Industry Report. Released this summer and compiled by Southwick Associates, the report notes that despite a historic recession, massive unemployment, and painful governmental deficits and budget cuts, more than 140 million Americans make outdoor recreation a priority, spending $646 billion on their recreational pursuits each year.

Following are more facts revealed in the report:

• Americans spend more on outdoor recreation each year ($646 billion) than they do on pharmaceuticals ($331 billion), according to statistics supplied by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

• Each year, Americans spend more on bicycling equipment and activities ($81 billion) than they do on air transportation ($51 billion).

• For every one dollar spent on bicycling and camping gear and vehicles, it stimulates nearly an additional $7 in trips and travel.

• Nearly one out of every 20 Americans makes a living off outdoor recreation.

• According to the National Association of State Park Directors, more than 725-million visits to 6,000 state parks nationwide results in a collective $20-billion economic impact to the communities surrounding those parks.

To view the full report and learn more about the significance of outdoor recreation in the United States, visit

Information submitted by Southwick Associates




6-7 California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference & Expo, San Jose, Calif.--San Jose McEnery Convention Center;

13-15 Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Fort Smith, Ark.—Fort Smith Convention Center;


8-9 Maine Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Portland, Maine—Holiday Inn by the Bay; (207) 474-6901

8-10 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association Spring Conference, Des Moines, Iowa;

14-17 International Trails Symposium, Scottsdale, Ariz.—Radisson Fort McDowell Resort;

16-18 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference & Exhibit, Ocean City, Md.--Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel;


19-23 National Outdoor Recreation Conference and IUFRO Conference on Forests for People, Traverse City, Mich.—Park Place Hotel;