Category Archives: Parks + Playgrounds

On Solid Ground

Photos Courtesy Of Environmental Planning and Design, LLC

Approximately 20 miles south of Pittsburgh, North Strabane Township is home to one of southwestern Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing communities. But the township’s rapid population growth and pace of development were putting intense demands on existing recreation facilities. Over the course of 3 years, residents and community leaders worked to expand and enhance the recreation system with the development of a 70-acre park. The township’s updated Municipal Park, the keystone of the system, serves all ages and provides access to all abilities. … Continue reading

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From Grazing To Gazing

When parents and caregivers asked for a nature program for small children, staff at For-Mar created “Knee-High Naturalists” for little ones 3 to 6 years old. Photos Courtesy Of Genesee County Parks, Flint, Mi.

Fifty years ago, Forbes and Martha Merkley ran a successful dairy farm just a few minutes east of downtown Flint, Mich. It was a magnificent spread of land, a gently rolling landscape with open meadows, mature forests, wetlands, and ponds. In the 1960s GeneseeCounty commissioners were looking for property to convert to parkland, and the Merkleys were making plans to retire. It was the perfect partnership. The Merkleys donated 383 acres to the county with instructions for its development; the … Continue reading

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Purposeful Preservation

A collaborative effort by more than 20 national, regional, and local organizations provided enough labor and funding to restore a 29-acre preserve within the city of Gainesville, Ga. Through private and public efforts, the Redbud Project established a native plant preserve for environmental study and public recreation in the city’s Linwood Nature Preserve. It serves as an open-air classroom for those seeking to learn about environmental conservation for soil-erosion control, stormwater runoff, wetlands restoration, climate control and energy conservation. The … Continue reading

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A Lesson Worth Learning

“Kids,” now in their 60s, who grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, remember Fish Creek as a babbling brook running through Blueberry Bog at the city’s southern edge. It was a place where moose roamed, salmon swam up the creek to spawn, and bears ate berries, salmon, and an occasional roaming moose. Fast forward 30 years and the landscape had changed dramatically–the babbling brook was gone, replaced with a mostly culverted creek that, where exposed to the air, was in a … Continue reading

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A Budding Future

Wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow,
volunteers planted trees, killed
invasives, and laid down mulch
trails throughout the forest.
Photos Courtesy Of City Park Archives

In August 2005, prior to Hurricane Katrina, New OrleansCityPark’s CouturieForest was a healthy area home to a variety of trees, including mature live oaks, bald cypresses, sweetgums, magnolias, pecans, and palmettos. Birds traveling to and from Central and South America stopped to avail themselves of abundant food provided by hackberry, elderberry, and numerous other trees and shrubs. The forest also is the highest point in all of New Orleans. LabordeMountain is a whopping 43 feet above sea level. For those … Continue reading

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