Category Archives: July 2006

Art for Parks

Public parks and artistic expression were made for each other. In fact, they may be one in the same. Frederick Law Olmsted certainly believed that. His parks are outstanding examples of public design and construction doubling as art. Here in Orlando, we’re working to harness the power of art. Many of these programs are easy to implement and may fit with what you’re already trying to accomplish. Funding for the Arts Funding for artistic projects in public parks is often … Continue reading

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Branching Out

Nestled within a vast spectacle of trees, shrubs, twisting vines, plants and exhibits spanning 1,700 acres at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., lies one of the nation’s newest, most exciting children’s gardens. The new four-acre garden (one of the largest in the United States) allows children and their parents to scale canopies, follow stepping-stones through a pond or crawl across a net suspended above a prairie. The Arboretum’s project, titled “Branching Out!” was a high-profile, $10.5 million effort planned … Continue reading

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Worm Power

Organic/Natural Viewpoint The dirt on building natural soil fertility Editor’s Note: Building soil fertility the natural way may help you avoid/minimize your pesticide use. Or not. Just because something is built naturally (or organically) doesn’t mean it’s necessarily safer or better. The chemicals, whether synthetic or naturally occurring, are the same, they kill and nurture equally well. Some argue you have better control of the amount of chemicals applied when you use synthetics because you can measure exactly how much … Continue reading

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How Pesticides Are Saving The Earth

Pesticide Viewpoint An essay from a co-founder of Greenpeace Editor’s Note: This editorial, written by Patrick Moore, was first published in the editorials section of the National Post on Thursday, April 20, 2006. It is reprinted here, with permission from Dr. Patrick Moore as part of our ongoing series investigating the use/role of pesticides in parks and recreation. Back at the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, I was a grad student at the University of British Columbia, … Continue reading

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Big Air

2006 Skatepark Report Whether you’re looking for a permanent concrete park or a portable, modular system, the respondents to this year’s Camp Business Skatepark Survey are going big to help turn your dream into reality. The edited version of their answers to our extensive survey is printed here. For the complete report in all its gory technical details, visit us online at www.camp-business.com. American Ramp Company (ARC) Products and type of system: Portable, temporary, and permanent systems offered. Materials used: … Continue reading

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