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The Obnoxious Park Protester

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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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Planning Paradise

Photos: Courtesy of Sarasota County

It has been named the best beach in the United States and is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.  In fact, SiestaKeyBeach, located in SarasotaCounty on southwest Florida’s GulfCoast, will have many improvements as the county oversees a spectacular renovation of the beach’s park facilities over the next 2 years.  Active And Attractive Named “America’s Best Beach” in 2011 by beach expert “Dr. Beach” (scientist Stephen Leatherman), Siesta … Continue reading

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Fistball: The best sport you’ve never heard of

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There is a new sport on the recreation scene in southeastern Wisconsin. Fistball.  “Once I played it, I knew the kids would like it, too.” says Lucas Nieman, Youth Sports Director at the Kettle Moraine YMCA in West Bend.   Fistball has been described as “a combination of tennis and volleyball” (Sue Bliese, Unit Director for the Jackson Boys & Girls Club) and “volleyball with a bounce” (Jim Blank, President of the United States Fistball Association (USFA)).  Volleyball With A Bounce … Continue reading

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Spray Play In America

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These structures have many different names—spray grounds, spray parks, sprinkler pads, water parks, splash pads, or any mix of the above. No matter the name, spray grounds have continued to gain popularity over the last decade. While spray grounds are most commonly found in public park and recreation agencies, the private sector has begun building spray grounds, which are usually found in campgrounds, YMCAs, commercial water parks, hotels and resorts, and community subdivisions.  Benefits For All The community benefits of … Continue reading

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