Category Archives: Parks + Playgrounds

The Anatomy Of A New Park

Photos Courtesy Of ILT Vignocchi, Inc.

“Traditional beginnings, beginnings of traditions” is how the design team began to describe the new park. Located only a block away from historic downtown Libertyville in Illinois, the park had its origins with the village’s inception in the 1830s. As envisioned, the park is open green space with a small children’s area on one side and Milwaukee Ave.—a four-lane road—bookending the other. Used primarily by the adjacent church during its school recess, village officials wanted to transform the park into … Continue reading

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A Park With A Pulse

In the vast world of recreation, the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) in Louisiana leads the pack in new and innovative ways to help the community remain active. Over the past three decades, the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for adolescents between 12 and 19 years old, and it has more than tripled for children ages 6 to 11 years old, according to Stop Childhood Obesity. Louisiana proves to be at … Continue reading

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Pride And Pirate Ships

In discussing a theme for the park, the pirate ship emerged as the most popular.
Photos Courtesy Of Roger Stromgren

The needs of a community can only be articulated by the community at large. And when the conversation is about designing a universal-abilities playground, the needs of children with different types of disabilities must be considered. The city of Brentwood, Calif., did just that when officials met with representatives from the Special Kids Foundation to discuss the needs of the community’s disabled children, and to determine whether the city was meeting those needs. Immediately, 13 disabilities were generalized into five … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Issues, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business, September 2013 | Leave a comment

In The Flow

One of the benefits of bike-skills parks is that they don't require high obstacles to build confidence and improve ability. 
Courtesy Of Progressive Bike Ramps

If you were to visit Snyderville Basin Recreation District in Park City, Utah, you would find a bike-skills park, flow trail, pump track, and slopestyle trail, all unsupervised, wide-open, and available for your enjoyment. Just grab a bike, take your turn in line, and enjoy the ride. If you fall, get up, dust yourself off, and continue. Learn your limits. Push your limits.  And, increase your skill. But, if you were to travel back in time, say 10 years, you … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business, September 2013 | Leave a comment

Riverfront Revitalization

Photos courtesy of EDSA

PROJECT: Smothers Park LOCATION: Owensboro, Ky. ARCHITECTS/PLANNERS: EDSA, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. AMENITIES: Smother’s Park is the city’s newest open space on the Ohio River and includes an interactive children’s playground and outdoor museum; one of the nation’s largest, fully accessible playgrounds; a permanent home for the Shelton Memorial, Owensboro’s tribute to the men and women of the armed forces; two major water features and a riverfront promenade with numerous opportunities for special events, seating areas and places to enjoy the … Continue reading

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