Maintaining Outdoor Surfaces: Trails

In our final installment of our three-part series (see Part 1 and Part 2) on maintaining outdoor surfaces we are going to discuss trail maintenance. There are many trail maintenance requirements to think about, and they vary based on the type of trail involved. For example, a hiking trail requires different maintenance processes from a skateboarding trail. Here are some things to remember when dealing with all types of trail maintenance.


Maintaining Outdoor Surfaces: Roads and Parking Lots

Roads and parking lots play a large part in recreation. Visitors must travel on roads to get to their favorite picnic and hiking spots or other venues. They also need clean, safe places to leave their vehicles while they enjoy the amenities those venues have to offer. Therefore, paved surfaces like roads and parking lots are the backbones of such locales.


Maintaining Outdoor Surfaces: Outdoor Recreation Surfaces

When working in the Parks and Recreation industry, there are many tasks you and your team must perform. Of course, one of the most important is maintaining outdoor surfaces. In this three-part series, we will discuss several aspects of outdoor surface maintenance. We will begin with information on maintaining outdoor recreation surfaces, such as tennis courts.

Turf Management: Specialized Areas and Modern Technology

In the previous two installments of this three-part series we discussed soil care and turf selection. For the final installment of the series, let's examine what you need to know about caring for specialized Parks and Recreation areas. We will also touch upon the modern technology that can help you maintain all of the spaces for which you are responsible.

Turf Management: Soil Care

In the parks and recreation industry, turf management is a major component. The word “turf” encompasses plant materials like trees and shrubs, as well as grass, golf greens etc. When considering turf maintenance, you must think about where certain turf is located and how it is used. For example, a picnic area might have a lot of traffic. Therefore it might need more intensive and more frequent maintenance than areas with less activity. This three-part series will cover many aspects of turf management. We will begin with soil care.


Staff Structuring and Assigning of Maintenance Tasks: Specialized Maintenance Crews

This week we continue a three-part series elaborating on various aspects of Parks and Recreation maintenance task assignment and staff structuring. In this second installment of our three-part series, let's take a look at the best uses for specialized maintenance unit crews.

Defining a Specialized Maintenance Crew


Benefits and Limitations of Dashboard Software in Parks and Recreation

The use of Dashboarding software use in the Parks and Recreation field has risen sharply over the last several years. If you aren’t familiar with dashboarding software, it is software that can present numerous data points at once in a single display. You can think of it as being similar to the dashboard in a vehicle, which displays such important points as the speed at which the car is traveling, how much gas is in the tank and so forth. In the Parks and Recreation field, dashboarding software can be particularly helpful. However, it also has potential pitfalls.


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