Category Archives: October 2013

The Anatomy Of A New Park

Photos Courtesy Of ILT Vignocchi, Inc.

“Traditional beginnings, beginnings of traditions” is how the design team began to describe the new park. Located only a block away from historic downtown Libertyville in Illinois, the park had its origins with the village’s inception in the 1830s. As envisioned, the park is open green space with a small children’s area on one side and Milwaukee Ave.—a four-lane road—bookending the other. Used primarily by the adjacent church during its school recess, village officials wanted to transform the park into … Continue reading

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An Outpouring Of Opportunities

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When the Stark County Park District in Canton, Ohio, in creating a Countywide Trail and Greenway Plan to expand its park system, built a 300-mile network of recreational trails, it could not have foreseen that preserving and restoring flood plains would become a valuable strategy in reaching its goals. But such has been the case. In the last 8 years, the district—which serves 375,000 rural and urban residents 1 hour south of Cleveland—has become the “go-to” agency for removal of … Continue reading

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Smartphones And Social Media

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The proliferation of smartphones and social media has fundamentally changed the way we interact, work, record events, and share information. We can now stay connected almost anywhere; while this is generally a positive development in communication, it can also potentially affect a parks and recreation department’s ability to control risk-management. For this reason, it’s important for risk managers in the industry to understand and address the issues associated with this technology. Direct Risks Accidents happen for a variety of reasons, … Continue reading

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Role Models For Rookies

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Darryl Hopkins’ first experience playing youth football at age 7 turned out to be a life changer. “The best coach that I played for growing up was the first coach I ever had,” recalls Hopkins, the superintendent of athletics for the Statesboro-BullochCountyParks and Recreation Department in Georgia. “I had the time of my life. I didn’t realize it then, but he affected my life, and he is a big part of why I am successful today.” Successful, indeed, as he’s … Continue reading

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Backpack Sprayers

Photo Courtesy Of Andrew Greess

Many parks and recreation professionals use some type of manual backpack sprayer for weed control, fertilization, watering, etc. To ensure maintenance crews are getting the maximum results and value from a backpack, here are some suggestions to optimize your investment: Start With The Proper Equipment  Select a quality product that can stand up to long hours, harsh chemicals, and rough treatment. Pay particular attention to the spray wand and the pump mechanism. The best spray wands are made of brass, … Continue reading

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