Category Archives: August 2008

Modern Makeover

In the world of zoological gardens, accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums holds the key to legitimacy. It separates seasonal zoos with only exterior exhibits from those that maintain year-round operations and offer enclosed exhibit areas as well. In its quest for the coveted AZA designation, the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, N.J. recently underwent a major expansion and facelift that included the construction of an enclosed reptile exhibit area, a new education center, gift shop and … Continue reading

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Synthetic Turf Fields Save the Day

It had been raining for three days. Not the gentle, soothing showers that bring May flowers, but the raucous, hard-pressing rains that cause creeks to overflow their banks and basements to fill. The ribbon-cutting grand opening ceremony for our newest synthetic turf fields at James S. Long Regional Park in Haymarket, Va., was scheduled for the upcoming weekend. It had been a long road of meetings, discussions, fundraising and a carefully drafted partnership agreement between the Virginia Soccer Association (VSA) … Continue reading

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Dog Parks 101

We certainly love our dogs, don’t we? Pets mean the world to us, and we often see them as family members. They truly contribute to our quality of life. Take a look at some statistics: · There are approximately 75 million dogs owned in the United States. · About 40 percent of U.S. households own a dog, 25 percent own two, and 14 percent own three or more. · We spend lots of money on our pets–over $15 billion on … Continue reading

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Positive First Impressions

One of the reasons The Boeing Company chose Chicago for its new corporate headquarters was “the city’s quality of life, including recreation opportunities, its downtown and urban life.” Corporate officials–like those at Boeing–understand that the public realm is a key factor in a community’s quality of life. They want to know whether communities offer barren highways without provisions for pedestrians or bicycles, or tree-lined boulevards and parkways with wide sidewalks and bike lanes. Are there parks, greenways and trails? Will … Continue reading

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Going Gaga Over Gaga Ball

Statistics note that 70 percent of children who play organized soccer quit by the age of 12. Although children love fast-paced games that involve challenge and movement, traditional sports, such as tennis, soccer, baseball and football, are difficult for youngsters because they get frustrated trying to learn the required skills. If a game could be invented that incorporates the skills necessary for sports success, but is conducted in a fun and easy way, every child would do well. Gaga is … Continue reading

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