Category Archives: February 2010

Introduce Parks Through Programming

“Hmmmmm, I could smell the pine needles.” “Why don’t the low branches have needles on them?” “We saw two baby deer! They were so cute.” The words tumbled out, faster and faster, as two young park visitors described their walk. For them, the woods had become more than merely earthy aromas and birdsong. They were full of adventure and things to explore. Yes, the kids were on a quest to find a little box hidden somewhere in the park. But … Continue reading

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Lighting Up Leisure

City officials in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had wanted to build a new 43,500-square-foot facility because the Kirkwood Community Recreation Center was dark and underused. Instead, new glazing on the windows removed glare from the basketball courts and virtually eliminated any need for overhead lights. “The basketball players love it,” says Josh Toutman, Kirkwood’s Recreation Director. “Even on cloudy days, there’s enough natural light to play, and there’s no problem with shadows. The big payoff has been that usage rates by … Continue reading

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Selecting Sod

Whether you do or don’t believe in global warming, drought conditions are definitely evident after reviewing the U.S. Drought Monitor (www.drought.unl.edu). One way that municipalities and park agencies can lessen the demand on local aquifers is to carefully select the type of sod used in greenbelts and athletic fields. The variety of turfgrass in today’s market is vast and, in many cases, distinct to certain regions of the country. Modern turfgrass, with all of its science and engineering, is far … Continue reading

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Get A Grip On Rubber Flooring

Landfills full of used tires are becoming a thing of the past. Now, manufacturers and recyclers are finding a number of uses for discarded tires, such as horse stall and trailer mats, flooring in pet centers, backpacks, purses, wallets and much more. In fact, what is evolving as one of the most successful reuses of old tires is right under our feet. Rubber flooring, especially in heavy-use public facilities, such as those for park and recreation, is growing in momentum … Continue reading

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Forecast For The Future

Although Artie felt like whistling, he thought he had better not because things had been rough at the plant lately. The layoffs, the rescinded annual cost-of-living increases and the move from full-time to part-time for the majority of the clerical positions had created a rather grim atmosphere, but Artie wanted to whistle. The previous night, his daughter opened her college acceptance letter and realized her hard work had paid off. Her scholarships meant Artie’s cost to send her to school … Continue reading

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