Well-maintained parks and recreational facilities don’t happen by accident. Developing a system to ensure all necessary maintenance tasks are completed in a timely manner allows your team to know exactly when and where something needs to get done.

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.

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.

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.
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.
In part one of this three-part series we covered the portion of turf management relating to soil care. In this second installment we will look at the importance of proper turf selection. We will also examine best practices to follow when planting and maintaining turf.

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.

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

Unit maintenance is employing self-contained maintenance crews to manage specific locations. For example, you might designate a particular crew to maintain a park. That team must maintain the entire park. Here are some pros and cons of using the unit maintenance method.

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