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Eye-Popping Possibilities

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These conceptual designs for “frog” restrooms serve the playground in the new Mill River Park in Stamford, Conn. The park’s master plan called for the service buildings to “be the art” in the project. The adjacent playground, on a thin strip of land, was developed by volunteers with a fairytale theme. The design addresses the playground by expanding the narrative of play. The facilities were designed to establish an identity for the park rather than the city.  The two frog … Continue reading

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This-N-That

A Tip Of The Hat And Tips For Success Congratulations to the Cleveland Metroparks Purchasing Division for being selected for the Excellence in Procurement award from the National Procurement Institute. This is the fourth consecutive year that the department has won this award. To read more about it or for tips on how to achieve this milestone, read Ron Ciancutti’s column, “A Step Ahead” beginning on Page 62. ——————————————————– PlayCore Unleashes On Dog Parks To ensure a dog park is … Continue reading

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Give “Hondo” A Hand

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Al “Hondo” Handy had only been with the OceanCity (Md.) Recreation and Parks Department for two months when he was asked to coach the department’s all-star team in a basketball tournament in nearby Salisbury.  At the time, he wasn’t coaching—he had started working at the department midway through the season—but he was refereeing games and impressed everyone with his knowledge and demeanor with the kids. After weeks of practice, Handy was sure his team was ready to compete—until the players … Continue reading

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Excellence Equals Inclusion

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In early August, I was informed that my division had achieved the Excellence in Procurement award from the National Procurement Institute. It was the fourth consecutive year that we won this award, and that prompted many calls and letters from other agencies in public buying. In response to questions of how we consistently achieved such honors, I explained that it was critical how we presented ourselves to the judges. That was half the battle in being recognized. As an example, … Continue reading

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Are You In The Crazy Column? — Publisher’s Note

I was standing at our kitchen island packing my lunch and mentally organizing my day when I heard my older 7-year-old daughter say to her twin sister, “Isabel. I’m in the crazy column!” Isabel didn’t look up—she kept her head bent over her cereal bowl and said, “I know Julia!” with as much disdain and boredom as she could muster. Normally, any conversation between the twins is purely background noise—taking second place to the rush to get all seven of … Continue reading

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