Category Archives: Departments

Preserving The Past For The Future

Illustrations Courtesy Of RATIO

The City of Noblesville, Ind., recently committed to implementing an extensive plan for public-space development immediately west of the historic downtown, a $17-million investment. The master plan includes a new park, a sweeping pedestrian bridge across the White River, and pedestrian and traffic-calming enhancements to an adjacent state highway. This is the fulfillment of a vision established through collaboration between the mayor’s office and the city’s departments of parks and recreation, planning, engineering, and economic development. The master-planning process was … Continue reading

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Starved For A Makeover

Photos Courtesy Of Patricia Lindsay, Oakland County Parks photographer

In an effort to provide enhanced customer service at 13 locations and host 1.6-million visitors annually, the OaklandCountyParks and Recreation Commission completely revamped its model to provide food-and-beverage services for weddings, golf outings, family reunions, waterpark visits, and other events. Since 1974, the parks system—based in Waterford, Mich.—relied upon a single provider to meet all of its food-and-beverage needs. E. A. Fuller Oak Management Corporation was responsible for lunch or dinner for golf outings, concessions at waterparks and campgrounds, limited … Continue reading

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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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