Category Archives: January 2013

A Wearing Problem

A dog enjoys a walk along a trail in Milwaukee's Granville Park. Photos Courtesy of R.A. Smith National

Granville Park in Milwaukee, Wis., is somewhat of a secret for the dogs and their owners who are drawn to the park because of its rustic setting, as well as its access to the Menomonee River. Owned and operated by the Milwaukee County Parks Department, the dog park was the first in the county where dogs could exercise and run off-leash. Today, it’s the largest park of its kind in the region. Although incredibly popular among regular users, there are … Continue reading

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Harboring Hot Air

The Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in Bellville, Ontario, Canada. Photos Courtesy of Recreation,Culture & Community Services staff

The expansion of the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in the city of Bellville (Ontario, Canada), is designed to do more than deliver heart-pounding exercise on state-of-the-art equipment—it also recaptures its own heat and uses it elsewhere in the facility. In a $35-million project that expanded the building to more than 300,000 square feet and added an artificial sports field to a nearby park, the facility is now capable of reclaiming heat in the process of making ice for one … Continue reading

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Double-Duty Pools

It's important to consider programming before designing a competition swimming pool. Photos Courtesy of Water Technology Inc.

A recreational professional at a pool can prevent a drowning by teaching a young child to swim, provide the gift of mobility to a grandmother, introduce a toddler to water, build the self-esteem of a teenager on the swim team, and motivate a 12-year-old child to simply play. So what if that professional—well-educated in the benefits of swimming—is challenged by operating only one pool that provides all of the above benefits? Ideally, a multi-generational aquatic center would include multiple pools … Continue reading

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Striping For Several Sports

Multisport fields need to be marked for all uses. Photo Courtesy of Synthetic Turf International, Division of Controlled
Products LLC, Dalton, GA

With the identity crisis they face, multi-sport fields could spend the entire playing season on a therapist’s couch. At the very least, they could wind up in a sports-medicine clinic from over-use injuries. One day, they’re hosting lacrosse. Later that same day, it might be soccer or field hockey. The next time, maybe the field is used for rugby, flag football, Ultimate football, or some other sport. These fields are the multi-tasking marvels of the park system, and as such, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Publisher’s Note In a few short days, I’ll be skiing down to the base lodge at Holiday Valley in western New York to watch fireworks fill the sky as the calendar turns to 2013. It’s one of my favorite times of the year–a night full of promise and hope–and a welcome respite from the rigors of work and parenting. I love watching the fireworks flash in the eyes of my five-year-old twins. I love watching the older kids ski down … Continue reading

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