Category Archives: Parks + Playgrounds

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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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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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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The Obnoxious Park Protester

Photo Illustration: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / bluneo (man) | Helenmarlen (park)

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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