Category Archives: Parks + Playgrounds

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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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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