Category Archives: The Week-Ender

Eliminating the Splash Pad Sting

Complaints about bees and other stinging insects at pools and splash pads are a sure sign of summer—I guess our winged friends need their recreation too. Just kidding. The reality is, those pesky bees, wasps, hornets and other stinging insects need water to fan their hives and keep them cool; and when we’re providing so much of it—they just can’t stay away. So, what’s a park and rec pro to do? The first step is always finding and eradicating their … Continue reading

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Design With Style

Recently I was asked to stand up and describe my design style to an attentive, eager group of (very) young professionals. In so doing — and never being one to shy away from a speaking opportunity — the first thing out of my mouth was “Oh my!” Admittedly, I was a bit stumped. Standing in front of this group, I had one hand in my front pocket (perhaps subconsciously reaching for a coin to flip) and the other squeezing my … Continue reading

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A Time For National Introspection

When did devastating violence become routine?

I sat down last weekend to write this week’s post and I had a topic in mind. For some reason, I really struggled with writing it. The words just didn’t come freely. Ask any writer and he will tell you that sometimes you have to fight tooth and nail for every word and writing feels like an insurmountable task. And yet, other times, the words flow like a raging river and your fingers just can’t keep up. This was not … Continue reading

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Close Enough For Planting

Plants really don't care about your precise calculations.

This past weekend, I found myself working…at the office. While there, I was reminded of an old-school way of doing my job. Stimulating the college memories was an annoying back pain from being hunched over a drafting table too long, using instruments older than most recent college grads, and vaguely remembering lyrics to favorite Steely Dan, Gerry Rafferty, Pink Floyd, and Pablo Cruse songs playing on my iPod. Among the many songs on that new-fangled, MP-whatever, music thingy of mine … Continue reading

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Finding A Better Way

Be open to new ideas.

I am sure if you asked anyone to tell you what they like about their job and what they don’t, they wouldn’t have trouble listing at least a few things in either category. When I think about my job, there are things that I find that can be done more efficiently, so I suggest ways to do them better. I am fortunate that my supervisor supports me, is open to my ideas, and isn’t afraid to change things if he … Continue reading

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