Category Archives: January 2006

A Living Playground

What do you get when you cross a gecko, a king snake and a chuckwalla? A playground… Huh? Well, it’s partially a playground, partially a fun educational experience and a great transition between both. It’s found at Gecko Gulch at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in a most livable desert town, Palm Desert, Calif. Gecko Gulch features large, colorful creature sculptures manufactured by CemRock, which include the aforementioned desert animals — the gecko, king snake and chuckwalla, plus a … Continue reading

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Middle of the Action

Omaha, Neb., is in the midst of sweeping change at its parks and recreation venues, keeping it ahead of the curve and in tune with its community. Like many urban centers across North America, Omaha found itself facing diminishing returns in its downtown area. Most residents didn’t go downtown unless they worked there. But the downtown area fronts the Missouri River, and the space there was mostly going to waste with the remnants of a more industrial time. It was … Continue reading

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Design-Build: Heaven or Hell

Use the compound modifier “design-build” in the company of those who have used it, and you’ll probably get an equal dose of horror and success stories. The design-build construction delivery method is a process that can offer flexibility and cost savings for owners, architects, design consultants, and general contractors. However, like any other project, it can lead to cost overruns, unsatisfactory results and major headaches if not managed properly. A parks and recreation practitioner looking to build a facility should … Continue reading

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Preface — Experts Say …

One of my favorite features on Best of the Web at OpinionJournal.com is What Would We Do Without Experts? This daily series of What Would We do Without… questions is followed by a headline from a newspaper where “experts” or some class of “expert” is cited. Here are some examples: What Would We Do Without Experts? “Expert: Flu Outbreak Could Be Deadly or Mild”–headline, Rapid City (S.D.) Journal, Nov. 4 What Would We Do Without Teachers? “Teacher: Reading Leads to … Continue reading

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Family Time Redux

Editor’s note: For more information and tips regarding the family fitness concept, refer to Dr. Gibson’s article in the October 2005 issue of Parks & Rec Business magazine. The reasons for family to become fit as whole are all around us. We are getting bigger and bigger and doing less and less. We are obsessed with diets and quick fixes at all ages. Insurance and medical costs are skyrocketing for all segments of our society. This sounds pretty grim. However, … Continue reading

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