Category Archives: Departments

Sporting Shade

Photos Courtesy of Tim Phillips, City of Lewisville

Whether spectators are watching their kids play games or participants are seeking cool comfort between games, most everyone appreciates shaded areas around sporting facilities. And with a growing awareness of health issues such as skin cancer and heat stroke, shade structures are becoming more numerous.  Synthetic materials such as high-density polyethylene mesh (HDPE) are used in most fabric shade structures today, making them resistant to tears and fading while blocking up to 96 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays. … Continue reading

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Make Lasting First Impressions

Photos Courtesy of PARD Planning & Development

First impressions are lasting impressions in Grand Prairie, Texas, a growing city located between Ft.Worth and Dallas. Many visitors come to the city to experience venues such as the Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department’s Farmers Market Pavilion, Tangle Ridge Golf Course, the SummitActiveAdultCenter, the historic and remodeled Uptown Theatre, RutheJacksonConferenceCenter, JoePoolLakePark, and LakePark pavilions. However, parks staff, including those who maintain park land and facilities, agreed that more could be done to make the gateways (entry areas) more visually attractive … Continue reading

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Mowers, Chainsaws, And High-Ethanol Gas

Photos Courtesy of Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)

Keeping outdoor power- and small-engine equipment running and reliable is important for park rangers and staff at national parks. Maintenance staff relies on chainsaws to clear roads and trails so campers and hikers can reach their destinations. Utility task vehicles (UTVs) are used to haul debris and supplies, and generators provide electricity for lights and other equipment when the power fails. The staff relies on trimmers and leaf blowers to help remove debris from walkways and signage. Fueling outdoor power … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Grounds + Sports Turf, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, September 2014 | Leave a comment

Digitally Logging Cleaning Details

Photos Courtesy of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.

Yosemite National Park, known for majestic scenery featuring breath-taking waterfalls, deep valleys, and high mountain peaks, spans nearly 1,200 square miles in California’s High Sierra region. First protected in 1864, the park continues to serve as a haven for fishing, hiking, biking, camping, and more. Because the four-million people who visit annually come to enjoy this national treasure, maintenance is a high priority and a job taken seriously by the park’s authorized concessioner, Delaware North Companies (DNC) Parks & Resorts. … Continue reading

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Light The Fire

Photos Courtesy of Bethany McCaslin, Clarksville Parks and Recreation

Early spring brings the sounds of horseshoes clanging on iron stakes from the Swan Lake sandpits, as seniors age 50 and above take aim and throw, flipping the shoes in a steady rhythm, hoping to score a “ringer.” While everyone is a competitor in the pits, with little conversation, they will gather later as friends.  Over at the shuffleboard courts, no one would mistake the sport for a cruise-ship leisure activity. Janet Ramser grips her 6-foot cue stick with grim … Continue reading

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