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A Deep-Rooted Tradition

Photos Courtesy Of Mike Mezeul

In 1988, there wasn’t much in the way of parks or recreation opportunities in Allen, Texas. Back then the city had no recreation centers and fewer than 600 acres of parks to serve a population of nearly 20,000. Just 25 years later, Allen’s 85,000-plus residents enjoy more than 1,200 acres of parks, more than 40 miles of hiking and nature trails, five recreation facilities, including a state-of-the-art natatorium, a new municipal golf course, and even more. But in 1988, the … Continue reading

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Clean, Sanitize, Or Disinfect

Photos Courtesy Of Kaivac

As winter approaches, many parks and recreation centers have concerns about possible flu or virus outbreaks. For example, during the winter of 2012-2013, a serious flu outbreak occurred, and the vaccine available at the time was only about 60 percent effective.*  Typically, when there is an outbreak in a school or public facility, managers increase both cleaning frequency and intensity—at least for a while. In fact, sometimes increases in cleaning even go overboard. For example, when the SARS epidemic hit … Continue reading

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Perfect Harmony

A vibrant atmosphere is created when people can see simultaneous activities occurring, along with unrestricted views to the outdoors.

All too often, facilities are labeled “multi-use” but fall short of delivering that promise. The fault can often lie in planning deficiencies caused by both overly optimistic notions of cooperation, or by cutting corners on amenities. Needs And Goals Having a clear knowledge of the individual needs and goals of all stakeholders is essential. There are definitely areas of a building that can be shared, but it is vital that the core areas of use for individual interests remain separate by providing … Continue reading

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The Winning Edge

With proper programming and
design assessments, competitive
and leisure facilities can co-exist
successfully under one roof.
© Gregg Shupe 2013 | ShupeStudios.com

As awareness of the operational costs of pools has deepened, helped along by years of rising utility costs, an increasing number of municipalities, YMCAs, and swim clubs have joined forces to build aquatic centers that can accommodate both competitive events and recreational activities. Fortunately, the understanding of natatorium-design efficiencies has also deepened. Satisfying all stakeholders in such an arrangement is a matter of solid design principles and sensitive scheduling and management, with both architects and administrators keeping the specific needs … Continue reading

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Reprogramming Irrigation

Photos Courtesy Of R.A. Smith National

Approximately one-third of the world’s 7-billion people live in areas experiencing a water shortage. Equally shocking is that only 1 percent of the world’s limited water supply is potable, or suitable for human consumption. And approximately one-third of that domestic water supply is used for watering landscapes. So how does the worldwide water shortage affect how we as irrigation-design professionals, contractors, and citizens handle irrigation today and into the future? Despite the seriousness of worldwide water shortages, landscaped green spaces … Continue reading

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