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Marketing The Market

Instead of a "get the people in and out" attitude, Oakland County has tried to make the Farmer's Market a destination, adding benches, picnic tables, and food vendors with the hope that they will stick around and spend more money. 
Photos Courtesy of Oakland County Parks and Recreation

What amazed Market Manager Jeremy Brown when Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) in Michigan assumed management of the county’s Farmers Market 2 years ago was how many people in the area didn’t know the market existed, even though it had been in the same spot since 1953!  “I would talk to people who would say to me, ‘Oakland County has a farmers market?’ I knew there was work to do.”  Today, more than 300,000 people visit the market annually. … Continue reading

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The Inside Track

Photos Courtesy of Pillar Design Studios, LLC

Action-sport facilities offer sustainable design and construction practices as well as unique recreation opportunities. They are not only an efficient use of unused or perceived unusable land but also designed to be integrated into the natural topography of the area. A facility designed and built properly offers low maintenance and lower consumption of water, while providing flexible programming and seasonal activities. Ultimately, action-sport facilities create a substantial community benefit. Successful Planning These facilities can offer a diverse collection of activities … Continue reading

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Over The Drainage District

Photos Courtesy of Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Recycling isn’t limited to plastic, paper, and aluminum. A 6,700-acre parks system in Michigan turned land unsuitable for development into a recreation destination that serves more than 170,000 annual visitors. RedOaksCountyPark in Madison Heights features:  A Jerry Matthews-designed nine-hole golf course A waterpark, including a wave-action pool, waterslide, and river ride A 5-acre dog park Youth soccer fields A nature center surrounded by the Suarez Friendship Woods.  Much of the park is situated over a previously open-drainage system that had … Continue reading

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Piece Together A Parcel Pie

Floods have no jurisdictional boundaries. Storm and flood waters demand land-use decisions on neighboring properties, in neighboring communities, and throughout watersheds. While this connection comes with unfair costs in handling upstream development, it also offers a unique and beneficial opportunity for net gains.    Local government agencies can manage stormwater more efficiently and effectively by working together. Each entity has a “comparative advantage” i.e., the capacity to provide certain resources more efficiently, than other partner governments. When these advantages are combined, … Continue reading

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Fountain of Rings: An Atlanta Icon

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Robhainer

Almost 18 years ago Muhammad Ali stood before an exuberant crowd at Olympic Stadium in Atlanta with a flaming torch grasped in his right hand. Symbols of that magical summer evening and the 100th Summer Olympic Games that followed remain throughout the city today. One of the most visible symbols of those Olympics is the Fountain of Rings, the centerpiece of Centennial Olympic Park.  Since 1996, millions of people have visited this icon, the largest interactive fountain in the world. … Continue reading

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