Category Archives: Parks + Playgrounds

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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Toning-Up Tactics

Photos Courtesy of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department

When the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department in Texas opted to incorporate outdoor fitness equipment into a citywide healthy-lifestyles initiative in 2010, staff members had no idea how popular and effective the equipment would become in the fight to reduce obesity and encourage physical activity in a city more known for its mouth-watering Mexican cuisine than a culture of fitness.  “We were approached by the Metropolitan Health District and asked to come up with innovative ways to combat obesity, … Continue reading

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Flight Check

Photo Courtesy of Kyle Matthew, AMA Member

With a membership of roughly 164,000, it’s no wonder the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is always on the lookout for flying sites to host model-aviation clubs. And what’s a better place for this hobby than an open field in a nearby park or a gymnasium in a recreation center? Join The Club Headquartered in Muncie, Ind., the AMA has represented modelers nationwide since 1936, providing benefits that allow them to fly and safely enjoy the hobby. Benefits include insurance, … Continue reading

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Hidden History

Photo Courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Website

If it wasn’t for the area Boy Scouts, I might never have discovered that the Eureka Boat Landing in the Winnebago County Parks Department in Wisconsin was the site of a cabin where a movie was filmed that described the true story of a family that once lived there. All Mine to Give (British title: The Day They Gave Babies Away) is a 1957 Technicolor melodrama starring Glynis Johns, Cameron Mitchell, and Rex Thompson. A historical marker designates the site, … Continue reading

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