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Mahan Rykiel Adds Five

BALTIMORE—-Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc. (MRA), a Baltimore-based landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, announced that Mayra Filippone, Isaac Hametz, Joe McGinley, Travis D’Onofrio and Jennifer Saunier have joined their staff. Mayra Filippone, PLA, LEED AP, has worked in the Baltimore area for the past eight years, and brings a wide range of project experience including transportation, master planning, urban design, mixed-use, higher education, and Department of Defense.  Prior to graduating from Ball State University in Muncie Indiana, Mayra lived … Continue reading

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Trash, By Any Other Name, is Still Despicable

It goes by many names in many places: in Spain, it is called basura; in Sweden it is known as papperskorgen; Italians refer to it as spazzatura; here in America it even has many monikers – trash, garbage, refuse, litter. Though it may sound exotic in those other languages, litter, by any other name, is despicable and for parks and rec professionals it is probably public enemy number one. To be honest, I have never understood the psyche of litter … Continue reading

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Playground Design With History In Mind

Playground Design With History In Mind

The second-oldest park in Cincinnati was recently revitalized through a unique partnership between the Cincinnati Park Board and the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC). Working together, the two organizations engaged in a community-based master planning process to create a civic space that includes a custom-themed GameTime playground. Washington Park designers were committed to creating a play environment that reflected the community’s cultural and architectural heritage. David Williams and Associates from GameTime worked closely with the park’s planners to fully … Continue reading

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Fire Up The Warmth

Keep toasty outdoors this winter with a new fireplace, fire pit or fire table. Photo courtesy of Belgard Hardscapes

It’s winter, and for many of us in the coldest climates, that means it’s time to head indoors and hibernate. But for those of you who live where it’s chilly but not freezing–or if you are a super hardy Northerner–you might want to continue enjoying your backyard patio. Fire is the obvious warming choice. But how to contain it? Fireplace? Fire pit? Fire table? The folks at Belgard Hardscapes offer advice and examples on their blog.

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Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Be safe when you shovel snow this winter.

It’s winter, and that means that someone has to shovel those sidewalks when it snows. If that someone is you, follow these wise safety tips from Wear breathable layers: The Snow and Ice Management Association suggests wearing layers of loose clothing so layers can be peeled off. Avoid wearing heavy wools, manmade materials or other materials that don’t allow perspiration to evaporate. Wear good shoes or boots: SIMA suggests wearing quality outdoor winter wear such as waterproof boots with … Continue reading

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