Category Archives: May 2013

Mounds Of Fun For ORVs

Off-road vehicle enthusiasts swarm to Genesee County, Michigan's The Mounds. Photos Courtesy Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission, Flint,
Michigan

Sometimes you want to savor the peacefulness and serenity of nature. And sometimes you want to rip through it on a big, bad machine! That’s when it’s time to ride The Mounds. One of the premier off-road-vehicle (ORV) parks in the Great Lakes region, The Mounds offers diverse, uncompromising terrain that challenges even the most experienced ORV fans. ATVs, motorcycles, dune buggies, Jeeps, pickups … whatever you ride, you haven’t ridden until you’ve ridden The Mounds. The Genesee County Parks … Continue reading

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Knee Deep In Knowledge

Students test their water samples.

A newspaper article about a classroom water-quality monitoring program inspired honors biology teacher Connie Gannon to literally send her Waterford Mott High School students “up a creek” in Waterford, Mich. Twice a year, Gannon’s students make the short trek on foot from school to Waterford Oaks County Park to participate in the Clinton River Watershed Council’s Stream Leaders Program. The project is hosted by a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, enhance, and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed, … Continue reading

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A Jurassic Discovery

Education and research are equally important parts of the park's mission.

Laurel, Maryland, is a diverse bedroom community located between Washington D.C. and Baltimore. It is in a transitional zone between the coastal plain to the east and the piedmont to the west. Laurel sits upon a unique geological formation called the Arundel Formation, composed of iron bearing clays. These clays beneath Laurel were formed 110 million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period, when the area was delta-like, similar to the environment of southern Louisiana today. Historically a source of iron … Continue reading

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The Art Of Exercise

While most parks are designed to meet the needs of young children, the developers of Chattanooga’s Main Terrain collaborated with fitness enthusiasts to create a space that would inspire adults to engage in fun physical activity. The first-of-its-kind, urban-art fitness park features a cushiony, slip-resistant surface that covers the ground along the oblong track encircling the park. Five fitness nodes comprised of 15-foot by 20-foot concrete pads also dot the track. Runners can pause and use the nodes to complete … Continue reading

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Community Park Investments

Look for help from academics and consultants when trying to "sell" capital improvements to funding agencies.

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, an “indicator species” is defined as one “whose presence, absence, or relative well-being in a given environment is indicative of the health of its ecosystem as a whole.” This label is a fitting taxonomy for public parks. Parks are the indicator species of a community ecosystem. In most cases, an excellent place to live includes a community whose leaders prioritize their park system. For years, the value of parks was intuitive and accepted on … Continue reading

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