Category Archives: Blast From The Past

Purposely Playful

In searching for a definition of “natural play,” you’ll likely find descriptive words like “imaginative” or “ecological.” If you ask friends, neighbors or colleagues, it is unlikely any of them will give the same answer. However, if you ask young families in the Des Moines, Iowa, area, they are likely to respond, “Go see the Natural Playscape at JesterPark.” Jester Park is a 1,834-acre county park situated along SaylorvilleLake. The park offers a wealth of recreational opportunities, such as camping, … Continue reading

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H.O.P.E. For The Best

Preston’s H.O.P.E is a fully accessible inter-generational park that goes beyond the traditional playground to ensure a unique opportunity for physical and imaginative exploration for all generations. Located on the property of the Mandel Jewish Community Center in Beachwood, Ohio, the park provides a recreational environment where families of children with all types of disabilities can participate equally with able-bodied peers. With an overall budget of approximately $2,000,000, The Preston Fund secured private funds and donated goods and services, and … Continue reading

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Facility Planning

Located west of Des Moines, Iowa, Waukee is a rapidly growing suburban community of approximately 11,000 residents. The city’s population is expected to swell to nearly 13,000 by 2010. This population explosion, as well as an increased interest from residents to participate in outdoor activities, has established an urgent need for the city to plan for future available recreation opportunities to maintain a premier level of service within the community. Several years ago, the city was able to secure an … Continue reading

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Branching Out

Nestled within a vast spectacle of trees, shrubs, twisting vines, plants and exhibits spanning 1,700 acres at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., lies one of the nation’s newest, most exciting children’s gardens. The new four-acre garden (one of the largest in the United States) allows children and their parents to scale canopies, follow stepping-stones through a pond or crawl across a net suspended above a prairie. The Arboretum’s project, titled “Branching Out!” was a high-profile, $10.5 million effort planned … Continue reading

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