Category Archives: February 2013

Does Green Mean Clean?

It's important to test for effectiveness before committing to using "green" cleaning products.

We have all heard the popular term “going green.” In making a commitment to reduce global warming, pollution, loss of animal habitats, and other environmental concerns, many organizations, government agencies, and corporations have implemented substantial measures. Parks and recreation entities, specifically, have evolved over the past 10 years to sustain the environment by reducing waste, recycling more, using more environmentally sound products, and becoming more responsible through better policies and procedures. Environmental concerns are considered in all of these decisions. … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Boston

This former comfort station has been renovated and repurposed as a sandwich shop.

Boston has a long tradition of re-using historic structures—converting churches into housing, fire stations into theaters, woolen-industry warehouses into artist spaces, and many more. Given its place as steward of one of the first public park systems in the U.S., the Boston Parks and Recreation Department is in a challenging position when it comes to the use of historic buildings within its 2,600 acres of parks, playgrounds, urban wilds, and cemeteries. With strong protections for parkland in Massachusetts and Boston, … Continue reading

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Green Machine

As a child growing up in rural Wisconsin, my next-door neighbor, Little Jeff, got a Green Machine for his birthday. Like the Big Wheel before it, the Green Machine featured a jointed back end that allowed you to race like a bat out of hell up the street, then yank the wheel to the right or left, jam on the back wheel brake and execute a rip-roaring doughnut. It was awesome—and instantly vaulted Little Jeff to best friend status in … Continue reading

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