Category Archives: December 2007

Functional Fountains

For many communities, the prospect of installing a new park fountain can be daunting–even for cities that already have them. But careful planning and study–and expert advice–can help reduce the obstacles and challenges. In Portland, Ore., which has 20 municipal fountains ranging from small drinking “bubblers” to large computer-controlled decorative delights, the Water Bureau has administered the fountains for about 20 years, inheriting them in 1988 from the Bureau of Parks & Recreation during a budget shift, said spokeswoman Tricia … Continue reading

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Grinding Out The Details

At the heart of its business philosophy, Nike Inc. has a passion for innovation and product excellence. But it’s not just in the way its products are designed, made and used. Now, Nike boasts an environmental innovation that goes beyond the creation of a product to the end of its life cycle. Through Nike Reuse-A-Shoe and Nike Grind programs, worn-out tennis shoes that were once tossed into the trash now have a fighting chance at rebirth. The Reuse-A-Shoe program accepts … Continue reading

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Frequency-Of-Clip …

For the second time in as many weeks, I found myself in a well-stocked party bus surrounded by jolly people. The first time was at my youngest brother’s wedding as we took the obligatory ride around Milwaukee to snap post-wedding photos, and test the patience of Marquette University’s on-campus police. This time, I was surrounded by my fellow editorial brethren from trade magazines and Web sites, representing all branches of the “green media”–landscape, golf, parks and recreation, sports turf and … Continue reading

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Taking The LEED

When you think of an oasis, the Arizona desert may be the last image that comes to mind. But parts of the Sonoran Valley were once a lush, riparian backdrop when the Salt and Gila Rivers flowed through the area. Soon, you’ll find an environment reminiscent of yesteryear, when the City of Chandler opens Veterans Oasis Park in early 2008. Surrounded by housing developments and retail outlets in the city’s southeastern section, the 113-acre site will serve as a refuge … Continue reading

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Spread The Word

As in most parks and recreation departments, you probably offer a crowd-pleasing array of programs, such as road runs, craft classes, senior excursions and soccer clinics. How about adding an additional element to a class or activity? Pick a project and encourage participants to get involved in volunteering. Many people have a vague feeling of, “I know I should volunteer but don’t know where to start.” Your department can be a way to involve children and adults in finding opportunities … Continue reading

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