Category Archives: April 2003

The Scoop on Spraygrounds

The first annual Parks & Rec Business Zero-Depth Interactive Aquatics Playground Report. Last month we sent out surveys to companies who provide zero-depth interactive aquatics playground equipment to parks and recreation professionals. These features are becoming increasingly popular, and are finding great success at various parks and recreation facilities around the nation. What you’ll find is a breakdown of each company’s offerings into products and prices, product features, whether the products are designed for indoor or outdoor use or both, … Continue reading

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Interactive Aquatic Strategies

Thinking about an aquatic play park, or re-evaluating your current system? Here are some strategies and tips based on real-world experience. Parks and recreation departments are not planning to turn their pools into humongous water parks complete with tubing rides, multiple slides, giant tower slides and wave pools. However, a lot of them are taking some cues from the for-profit water park business and creating play areas that, while not competing with the large water parks, have brought new life … Continue reading

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Winning Ways to be Unique

Recent examples of grant awards tell the tale: The competition for funding parks and recreation projects is at an all-time high. Recently in Ohio, the Department of Natural Resources received 79 applications for the first round of the Clean Ohio Trails Fund, a program that provides funding for creating recreational trails in sync with the Statewide Trail Plan in Ohio. The requests for funding totaled $24.5 million, when only $6.25 million was available, leaving applicants with roughly a 1 in … Continue reading

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Home Sweet Home

The Tukwila Community Center is an award-winning recreational center point for Tukwila, Wash., a town of about 17,000 located just south of Seattle. But how would legions of teenage skaters pan out at a place that typically serves businesses, families and seniors? The community center — which includes a large indoor recreation and conference center, baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, picnic areas and playgrounds — was not the first choice for a skatepark. The school district didn’t want the … Continue reading

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Grant Alert

National Wildlife Refuge Support Group Grant Program Sponsor: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Award: Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations (applicants must either be tax exempt under section 501(c), or be in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status and submit with their grant application a copy of their 501(c)(3)), cooperative and interpretive associations, Audubon chapters and other citizen support organizations. Types of Grants: a. Start-up Grants — Funds will be provided to assist starting refuge support groups with formative and/or … Continue reading

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