Category Archives: January 2010

Ditch Goes To The Dogs

Instead of having an ugly drainage basin collecting water from the new highway, which was proposed by the Arizona Department of Transportation, community planners in Gilbert, Ariz., decided to make the most of the 16 acres by creating CosmoDogPark. The idea-to-development task was assigned to Tami Ryall, assistant town manager. “The land was free, and we did our design before the freeway design,” she explains. “So we saved money by having the park excavated when the freeway was excavated.” System … Continue reading

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Playgound Fencing Specification Has Teeth

First published by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) nine years ago, a little-known and ill-respected national safety standard addressed playground fencing–the “Standard Safety Performance Specification for Fences/Barriers for Public, Commercial, and Multi-Family Residential Use Outdoor Play Areas,” or #F2049-09b. Originally called a “Standard Guide,” it was changed this year to a “Standard Safety Performance Specification,” which forces the playground industry to comply with the mandate. What difference does it make? A huge one. California, for example, has … Continue reading

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Weathering Winter

Staff reduction, inclement weather and a decrease in visitor traffic make the winter season a challenging, but ideal, time for park maintenance. Across the country, parks and recreation departments focus on different areas when preparing for this unpredictable season. Cutting Off Water Winter weather brings freezing temperatures, so in order to keep everything flowing smoothly once spring arrives, most parks systems opt to cut off water supplies. In Washington, D.C., all of the irrigation systems are winterized. Everything is taken … Continue reading

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Major League Maintenance

The city of Goodyear, Ariz., hit a homerun in 2009 with the addition of the Goodyear Park and Recreation Complex. The new facility is the spring training home for two Major League Baseball teams, the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds, and is accompanied by a recreational complex for the community that delivers entertainment, revenue and a place to play ball. The park provides 8,000 stadium seats, six suites, 500 premium seats and a party deck. “The ballpark gives us … Continue reading

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Moving On Up

George Jefferson may be eternally, “moving on up (to the East Side),” but the rest of us are simply moving on – to the New Year and the hope of an improved economy. That hope seems to be, in part, based on reality. Case in point? I’ve heard some version of this phrase every day for the last several weeks – “I can’t wait to kiss 2009 good bye!” It’s usually followed by some version of this phrase, “I think … Continue reading

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