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A Rock-Solid Design

Photos Courtesy Of Bill Tiimmerman

Preserving open space, respecting existing neighborhoods, and creating a demonstration project for sustainability were the primary guiding principles in the design of George “Doc” Cavalliere Park, north of Scottsdale, Ariz. The park is the result of more than 20 years of planning and extensive community input in order to meet the significant challenges of integrating a community park into a regional stormwater-retention facility, all set in a sensitive desert environment.   The design utilizes a limited palette of native materials and … Continue reading

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There Is A There There

Photos: Courtesy of Land Images

One thing visitors immediately perceive when arriving at the newly completed Sepulveda Basin Park and Sports Complex in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley is, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, “There is a there there.” What creates this immediate impact at the 65-acre, $9 million public facility, where half the space is dedicated to athletic activities, is a two-building complex highlighted by waving rows of utility poles flanking the entry point between the two buildings. “Working with Land Images, the master planner … Continue reading

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Sustainability School

Park and recreation managers who are unsure what “green” and “green certification” really mean should not be embarrassed. There appears to be much confusion among both consumers and businesses as to what the terms mean. These are the findings of a study conducted a couple of years back by the Shelton Group, specializing in researching environmental issues.*  The study sought to better understand what “mainstream” consumers, as they were referred to, know and care about green products, along with clarifying … Continue reading

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The Obnoxious Park Protester

Photo Illustration: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / bluneo (man) | Helenmarlen (park)

Most of us have had these experiences: We’ve seen the rambling, disheveled man stumbling around in a park distributing leaflets to bewildered park patrons about some grand governmental conspiracy. Or the embarrassing extremist group that insists on posting information about its organization on any piece of government property it can find. Can these people be asked to leave park district property and take their offensive signs with them? What about their First Amendment rights?  Imposing Reasonable Restrictions Park-district officials can … Continue reading

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Toning-Up Tactics

Photos Courtesy of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department

When the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department in Texas opted to incorporate outdoor fitness equipment into a citywide healthy-lifestyles initiative in 2010, staff members had no idea how popular and effective the equipment would become in the fight to reduce obesity and encourage physical activity in a city more known for its mouth-watering Mexican cuisine than a culture of fitness.  “We were approached by the Metropolitan Health District and asked to come up with innovative ways to combat obesity, … Continue reading

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