Category Archives: August 2013

Splash, Trickle, And Flow

Mistakes in design and installation give water features a mixed reputation, despite the fact they can provide valuable elements in landscaping. Several key issues are often overlooked during the conceptual phase by designers who may not understand the intricate patterns of flowing water, the limitations of mechanical components, or the complex environment of microorganisms living in water. This may result in future problems: Excessive waste of water Difficult installation Costly operation and maintenance. This article is intended to describe a … Continue reading

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Truth Serum

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The other day I overheard a mother-daughter exchange that really made me pause. The 5-year old was hanging on a grocery cart while she stood in line with her mother, and both were extremely bored. The girl was gripping the cage of the cart, leaning back so that her long hair nearly touched the floor. Her mother told her to stop it and stand still. The girl pulled herself up and mumbled something about being “just like daddy’s wife.” Whatever … Continue reading

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Spice It Up For Seniors

Photos courtesy of  the city of Chandler.

The senior population of every village, town, and city in America is increasing daily. With baby boomers retiring, and nearly a quarter of the American population being at least 55 years old, this number is only expected to rise over the next 40 years. The city of Chandler, Ariz., has more than 41,000 seniors, or 17.4 percent of all residents. In the 27 years since the ChandlerSeniorCenter and Recreation Division opened its doors, the staff has learned a few things. … Continue reading

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Public Restrooms

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Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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Alternative Funding

With limited staff and funds, the city of Central Point, Ore. had to figure out how to bring their playground amenities up to code. 
Photo by Corey Qualls

Playground fall surfaces of the past included asphalt, hard packed dirt surface, decomposed granite, and pea gravel.  Before many of the current standards smaller jurisdictions considered themselves lucky to install even a modest play structure with staff/volunteers that often had little knowledge regarding playground safety. Before you all say it, I know you played playgrounds with such surfaces and turned out just fine.  Times have changed and knowledge of safety standards has expanded, thus in this case regulation has improved … Continue reading

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