Category Archives: September 2012

This-N-That

“Dress Up” Waste Receptacles Conveniently and properly placed waste and recycling containers (one container every 50 lineal feet is the standard for arenas and public venues) help to control litter and eliminate waste. In addition to looking good, matching the color-scheme of a park or recreation complex and incorporating desired features, these containers are increasingly being designed with serviceability in mind. Larger volume containers, for example, extend the service interval while eliminating “spillover” and the resulting mess. Easy-access features–like liners … Continue reading

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Blades Of Green

Some grasses don't do well in shade. Photo Courtesy of Stantec, Portland, MA

Really, it’s so much easier when it’s your own yard. You mow it as often as necessary, you spread fertilizer, and depending upon your location, you water it to keep it lush. When it’s not a yard but an athletic field, and when it belongs to a municipality, however, it’s a different matter entirely. Field maintenance–including mowing, fertilizing, watering, and weeding–must be done on a regular schedule to keep the facility playable, but that schedule also has to work around … Continue reading

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Back On Solid Ground

The restored walkways have wonderful views overlooking the adjacent creek and meadow. Landscape improvements will complement this piece of history with the surrounding woodland hillside. Photo Courtesy of Hasen Construction

Reverchon Park is a historic, open-space landmark in Dallas, Texas, that marks the entry of Turtle Creek into Trinity River floodplain. The restoration and development plan peels back the layers of incremental additions to reveal the essence of this dynamic property. Because of the steep slopes on which the Hillside Terrace is built, movement of the soil downhill has begun to take portions of the terrace with it. As an interim measure, cement bag walls have been laid in a … Continue reading

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A Dynamic Duo

Kathy and Aileen. Photo Courtesy of NAYS

When Kathy Eber and her family moved to Florida a quarter century ago, one of the first calls she made was to Little League Baseball. She wanted to know if there was a local league. She was told “yes”–when she started one. So she did. “President,” “board member,” and even “district administrator” were some of the titles she held through the years. It’s that passion for providing opportunities for children that later led her to join  Hillsborough County (Fla.) Parks, … Continue reading

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Blue Bins Signal “Greener” Future

San Antonio parks staff designed the blue bins for the department's recycling program. Photo Courtesy of San Antonio Parks and Recreation
Department

The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department is learning that park recycling is not a case of “build it and they will come.” Simply placing recycling bins in parks isn’t enough. The success of the program rests on an education and marketing push that begins before the placement of bins and continues throughout the implementation of the recycling initiative. Beginning with a pilot program at one regional park in fiscal year 2010, the city’s recycling program has grown to 107 … Continue reading

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