Category Archives: Parks + Playgrounds

Designed For Life

In an attempt to inspire the community and expand programming to encourage environmentally conscious lifestyles, the city of McAllen, Texas, took an historic adobe home and a half mile of trails through an old Thornforest, transforming it into a 15-acre urban sanctuary.  But the city didn’t stop there. Using the sanctuary—known as Quinta Mazatlan—as a backdrop, members of the McAllen Parks & Recreation Department decided to lead by example creating the DiscoveryCenter, a LEED-certified teaching facility with a science laboratory, … Continue reading

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An Invitation To Learn

Photos: Courtesy of the City of Chandler

In April 2008, the city of Chandler, Ariz., held the grand opening of its newest facility and park—the Environmental Education Center (EEC) located in VeteransOasisPark. In the five years since it opened, the center has had more than 150,000 visitors, and the staff members have learned much about what works—and what doesn’t—at a government-run, tax-funded nature center and park located in the middle of an urban environment.     The EEC has been touted as the gateway to VeteransOasisPark, a 113-acre site. … Continue reading

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Downtown Container Park

In October 2012, the old Orbit Inn
was torn down to make way for a
business incubator that provides a
place for food and beverage venues,
retail outlets, entertainment, and
other events.

Big Ern can cook. I mean really, really cook. And if you were a fellow member of his Customer Loyalty Team at Zappos—or wandered by the office at the right time—you got to be one of the select few to enjoy some of the tantalizing dishes he brought to share. More than once, a first-time taster would look up in awe and utter some version of “Big Ern, this is awesome. You should open a restaurant.” Big Ern would smile … Continue reading

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Leash-Free And Lovin’ It

© Can Stock Photo Inc. / eldadcarin

If local, state, or federal park managers were asked to identify a trend for users of park property, many of the managers would name the increase in dogs going off-leash. According to survey results released earlier this year by The American Pet Products Association, dog ownership has increased to an all-time high of 83.3-million dogs (www.americanpetproducts.org).  Further, anecdotal evidence suggests that requests from dog owners to park managers for designated locations for their pets to play have also increased. As … Continue reading

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2013 Project Portfolio

Photo Courtesy Of Aqua Design

Photo Courtesy Of Aqua Design Aqua Creek Products Facility Name: Oro Valley Aquatic Center City/State: Oro Valley, Ariz. Cost of Project: $5 million Type of Facility: Outdoor Aquatic Facility Architectural Firm/Lead Architect: Swaim Associates Ltd./Kevin Barber; Architect, Aquatic Consultant: Aqua Design International/Ken A. Paulson; Landscape Architect Status: Completed March 2013 Square Footage: 3,700 (new main bathroom and classroom structure with lifeguard facilities), 50-meter renovated pool: 12,610 square feet. New 75-foot recreation pool: 3,765 square feet. New 1,950-square-foot pool equipment building. … Continue reading

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