Category Archives: July 2013

Structurally Sound

A laser scanner records 50,000 independent measurements per second, making it a more accurate means of capturing the structure's physical components, including the various structural steel shapes, sizes, and lengths.
Photos courtesy of Maser Consulting P.A.

It’s a dreaded scenario: revitalizing an outdoor facility only to have Mother Nature blow through town and damage the updated structure. Although damage may not be apparent on the surface, many parks and recreation agencies have been through the rigors of inspecting structures manually to ensure they withstood hurricane or tornado winds and damage from debris. Thanks to the latest technology, 3-D laser scanning may make the process less arduous and save time and more important–money. Practical Yet Purposeful In … Continue reading

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The “Mane” Attraction

Nine large granite lion heads were found
during site excavation work. Of those,
three were chosen to be used for the
new water feature at the park in Boston's Allston neighborhood.

It’s fairly difficult to miss seeing a lion, but it appears that several of these beasts were overlooked for quite some time before they were re-purposed and thrown into a Boston park to play with children. Did I mention they are made of granite? A water spray feature built by Harvard University now contains large, granite lion heads—items discarded and long forgotten until they were discovered during soil excavation work in Boston’s Allston neighborhood by university employees. Officials retrieved the … Continue reading

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Historically Rich


The city of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department has always tried to be a good neighbor. So when area residents approached department officials about making improvements to Catalina Park, they were happy to oblige. Built in 1906, prior to Arizona’s statehood, the park is located in the city’s WestUniversity neighborhood near the University of Arizona. Although residents wanted to pursue a Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant, they quickly realized there was not enough funding for street improvements. With a desire to have … Continue reading

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It Pays To Be An Insider Kudos to the 16 PRB Insiders who received $30 off on Indiana University’s Executive Development Program by taking advantage of our Insider Deals. The program, which took place April 14-17, had 80 registrants. Be sure to keep an eye on our Insider Deals available on our Friday Week-Ender emails. Not receiving the Week-Ender blog? Start/renew your subscription at for this exclusive online content. ——————————————————————————— Lifeguards Receive Gold Safety Award For Second Year The … Continue reading

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And The Beach Goes On

The county parks department has succeeded in transforming a 1968 facility into a facility for the new millennium. 
Photos courtesy of Winnebago County Parks Department

When the Winnebago County Community Park Beach House and Swimming Lake was dedicated in 1968 just north of the city limits in Oshkosh, Wis., it was considered state-of-the-art, and quickly became the most popular destination in the area. Although I was only 4 years old, I remember distinctly my mother tying bright-orange ribbons in my hair so she could see me among all of the swimmers at the beach my first summer. As I was growing up in the 1970s … Continue reading

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