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Regional Parks And Trail Projects

Photos Courtesy of Randy Burkhardt

While “building more for less” is a familiar mantra, it is now more critical than ever that parks and recreation agencies really explore and embrace how to accomplish this task. Let’s face it—just because budgets are shrinking doesn’t mean the project load has diminished, or that elected officials will stop making commitments to the public that directly affect the way we operate both with capital development and maintenance funding.  DouglasCounty in Colorado leverages capital and maintenance dollars by creating design … Continue reading

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For The Love of Nature

Photo Courtesy Of Douglas Kelly

Former President Jimmy Carter once said, “Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” Working for municipal golf courses for more than 27 years, I have found this statement to be true. But in Ann Arbor, Mich., in order to resonate with area golfers, courses have had to provide much more than a “love of nature.”  Tough Times In 2006, the city—like many around the country—was facing tough economic times. … Continue reading

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Mitigating Murky Water

Photos Courtesy Of The Chicago Park District

As one of the largest park systems in the country, the Chicago Park District continues to set its sights on ways to maintain water quality at its 26 miles of lakefront, 24 beaches, and 10 harbors. Through a number of initiatives that prevent pollution and work to protect public health, the efforts seem to be paying off, as there has been a reduced number of swim bans and swim advisories at the beaches.  Water quality is generally impacted by weather, … Continue reading

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Willing And Able

With fanfare reserved for a visit from the circus, various magicians, jugglers, clowns, and service animals celebrated the grand opening of Play for All Abilities Park, which opened in Round Rock, Texas, on March 3 after 5 years of stops and starts.    It all began in 2006 when residents Kenneth and Dennis Seymore asked city officials to consider applying for a Boundless Playground outdoor grant. Kenneth was attempting to provide more recreational opportunities for his son Dennis, who is wheelchair-bound … Continue reading

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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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