Category Archives: February 2013

Going Green On The Rooftop!

The green roof at the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens in Rockford, Ill., provides beauty and sustainability.

Visitors to Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens in Rockford, Ill., have been seeing plenty of green—not on the ground—but on the roof. Construction of a 4,300-square-foot green-roof garden at the conservatory began in July 2012 and was completed in August 2012. A viewing deck, which can accommodate 20 to 30 people, opened to the public during select hours beginning in the latter month. The green roof is the first project of its kind in the park district. The LiveRoof hybrid green-roof … Continue reading

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Creating A Skatepark

A well-designed skatepark means high-flying fun for everyone.

As skateboarding gains speed and becomes more accepted throughout the United States, the number of skateparks has increased rapidly. Now that municipalities see that the sport is here to stay, many are stepping up to create a safe and legal place for skaters to perfect their moves. While there is a very real issue of dwindling park budgets, there are a few cost-saving techniques to aid municipalities in need of quality skateparks. First, it is imperative to have an experienced … Continue reading

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Take A Trip to Sandwich Street

Sometimes the biggest mistake on a bus tour can make the best memory.

I read in an old travel book about Sandwich Street, located across the Detroit River in the Canadian town of Windsor. I bragged about the spot to the tour group because of the locale’s description—a quaint site with gift shops, restaurants, and touristic places. Also, it was unique to most of the sites we had lined up on this particular journey (the group had toured Greenville Museum and Mackinac Island). After Sandwich Street, we were to make our way home. … Continue reading

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Teaching From The Top

Yoga classes can taught in many different venues.

Yoga has been around for thousands of years, but has experienced exponential growth in the last 10 years. It is now taught in most gyms, fitness community centers, and traditional yoga studios across the United States. In the yoga community, there is an ongoing debate among instructors about which environment is best suited to present a safe and effective program. Last month, I read an article in The New York Times about instructors in yoga studios who view those who … Continue reading

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Soaring To New Heights

Clear panels provide lifeguards with a good view of the whole pool.

Years ago, swimmers of all ages flocked to public pools to take a refreshing break from the summer heat. Frolicking in the water and swimming a few laps satisfied a craving for fun, provided a total-body workout, and offered a temporary escape from an otherwise stressful day. Today’s fitness enthusiasts are as eager to find new and creative ways to enjoy their water experience as technology buffs are to stay current with the most modern gadgets. Ever-evolving innovations in aquatic … Continue reading

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