Category Archives: January 2012

Beyond Accessibility

Sure, your indoor rec area complies with ADA regulations. The bathrooms, water fountains, and doors are accessible. The parking lots have handicap-friendly parking, and there are curb cuts where necessary. Where stairs once might have posed a problem for users, there are now ramps and elevators. But even with all of these amenities, is your facility really welcoming to visitors? With adapted sports programs on the rise, it’s likely that not only athletes but also spectators with mobility limitations will … Continue reading

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Create A Hub In Parks

What do grassy hillsides, dog parks, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, and sports fields have in common? Certainly they provide places to play, but they also provide a reason for people to get together. More than anything else, that may be the great modern goal of recreation facilities. The dogs, kids, and sports teams all enjoy running around and exercising. And the spectators–the dog guardians, the parents and grandparents, the team supporters–can connect with other people who share their interests. An emerging … Continue reading

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Girls Deserve Better

Some people out there actually think it is “unladylike” for girls to play certain sports, like football. These naysayers believe girls don’t have the physical strength, mental toughness, or endurance to be active, contributing participants. How ridiculous is it to think that in today’s society, some people have slammed the door in the faces of young girls who want to play sports simply because they have traditionally been played by boys? Knowing sports are amazingly powerful, wonderfully enriching, and tremendously … Continue reading

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Skating On Synthetic Ice

Want to bring the fun of an ice rink to your park, but don’t have the expertise for maintenance, the building to house it, or the money to pay the utility bills? There is another option–fake ice–also known as synthetic ice. This new synthetic ice is a high-tech polymer plastic engineered to create a low-friction surface similar to that of real ice. Figure skaters, hockey players, and recreational skaters all can use the surface. “The alternative ice skating-surface concept has … Continue reading

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Multi-Tasking Fields

As a city that functions as part military town and part college town with a population of 126,000, obtaining funds to upgrade existing facilities–much less build new ones–is a daunting task. Cities with similar diverse populations are forcing departments to utilize existing facilities to maximize limited space and resources with innovative, low-cost ideas. The city of Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department isn’t immune to this issue. When one of the largest venues–a 108-acre park, with the majority being open park … Continue reading

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