Category Archives: Parks + Playgrounds

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

Posted in Departments, February 2014, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Departments, Issues, January 2014, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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