Category Archives: August 2009

Reflections Of A River

The new 41st Street Plaza in Tulsa, Okla., is a water-loving kid’s dream come true, and Tulsans are water-lovers by nature, given the city’s hot summer climate and its location on the Arkansas River. The park’s innovative fountains and pools are the key to its family-friendly design, and provide a central theme for its other purpose–a main city park and a “front porch” for the whole town, as civic leaders call it. “The 41st Street Plaza has definitely become a … Continue reading

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No Bark And No Bite

Dog owners faced with leash laws and looking for a safe place to let their dogs run and play off-leash may be scouting that seldom-used grassy spot in the park as the perfect stretch of land. But what constitutes a successful dog park, and how can you create one? Partner Power Most dog parks are a partnership between the government agency that owns and manages the land and local dog owners’ associations or friends-of-parks groups. “We encourage park managers to … Continue reading

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Financially Fashionable

As finances become tighter and legislation on pool regulations become tougher, parks and recreation departments are faced with finding new ways to use aquatics as summer entertainment, while keeping budgets in line. Some are turning to spraygrounds as a solution. Eliminating Swimming Pools Over the years, the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department has tried to find a winning combination to please its population with places to cool off in the hot summer months. Three years ago, the department incorporated … Continue reading

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Memorable Contributions

As park managers, we are in an extraordinary position to help people cope with grief. That may seem like an odd statement since we are in the business of helping people enjoy their leisure time, but park professionals not only help create a connection with the outdoors during good times; as soon as people experience a loss, they seek us out for comfort. After 9/11 there was a huge surge in the usage of the woodland trails, lakes and prairies … Continue reading

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Shear Perfection

The first lawn mower was invented by Edwin Beard Budding in 1830; he came up with the idea while observing a cloth mill, which used a cutting cylinder (or bladed reel), mounted on a bench to trim cloth. Budding’s first production mower was made from cast iron; it was so heavy that it took two people to operate it–one person to push and the other to pull. Naturally, these first mowers were known as reel mowers because the blades rotated … Continue reading

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