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River“front” Yard

Photos Courtesy Of Heather Noe

A Cincinnati Parks Master Plan called for a new riverfront park that would extend the chain of existing waterfront parks and reconnect the downtown area to the Ohio River. The park was intended not only to serve as the new “front yard” for the city and entire region, but also to act as a catalyst for the development of a new downtown neighborhood—The Banks. The city got more than it bargained for, however, when the range of notable features was … Continue reading

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For Safety’s Sake

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Ask any water-park operator about the park’s top priority, and hopefully he or she will say guest safety. Danger is inherent anytime millions of gallons of water are mixed with thousands of guests, a high percentage of which are children. To ensure guests are safe, operators spend countless hours each season on risk-management training. To help make parks even safer, operators should work diligently to better train staff members (supervisors, lifeguards, and guest services), continually educate guests, and frequently analyze … Continue reading

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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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