Category Archives: Parks + Playgrounds

Sporting Shade

Photos Courtesy of Tim Phillips, City of Lewisville

Whether spectators are watching their kids play games or participants are seeking cool comfort between games, most everyone appreciates shaded areas around sporting facilities. And with a growing awareness of health issues such as skin cancer and heat stroke, shade structures are becoming more numerous.  Synthetic materials such as high-density polyethylene mesh (HDPE) are used in most fabric shade structures today, making them resistant to tears and fading while blocking up to 96 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays. … Continue reading

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Make Lasting First Impressions

Photos Courtesy of PARD Planning & Development

First impressions are lasting impressions in Grand Prairie, Texas, a growing city located between Ft.Worth and Dallas. Many visitors come to the city to experience venues such as the Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department’s Farmers Market Pavilion, Tangle Ridge Golf Course, the SummitActiveAdultCenter, the historic and remodeled Uptown Theatre, RutheJacksonConferenceCenter, JoePoolLakePark, and LakePark pavilions. However, parks staff, including those who maintain park land and facilities, agreed that more could be done to make the gateways (entry areas) more visually attractive … Continue reading

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Net Gain

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / maxriesgo

Paddle tennis started in the late 1920s as an outlet for tennis enthusiasts seeking to keep their skills sharp during New England’s long, cold winters. Instead of hanging up their racquets for the season, these sportsmen created a new game involving a smaller court, wire fencing, and—most importantly—a heat source to melt the ice and keep the players warm. Paddle tennis, or as it is sometimes referred to, platform tennis, has grown in popularity over the years, with new public … Continue reading

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On The Right Track

Oakmont, located 14 miles northeast of the city of Pittsburgh, Penn., is a community of 6,000 residents over 1.5 square miles. Founded in 1889 as a railroad town and the namesake to the world-famous Oakmont Country Club, the community is distinguished by an eclectic collection of shops, boutiques, and eateries in its business district, and residential neighborhoods primarily consisting of single-family homes.  Oakmont’s historic Riverside Park is nestled along the Allegheny River, neighboring the Hulton Bridge and immediately adjacent to … Continue reading

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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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