Category Archives: July 2009

A Musical Solution

A neighborhood playground is more than steel and plastic, more than just slides and swings. It is a place for kids to explore their abilities, socialize with others, and develop skills they will utilize for the rest of their lives. A playground should be a source of pride for the surrounding community, providing them with a place to congregate and enjoy time with their families. The United City of Yorkville, Ill., is a community of approximately 15,200 residents located 50 … Continue reading

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Let Them Know Where To Go

For many business parks and campus-like areas, signage is an after-thought. But for parks and recreational areas that can cover from one to thousands of acres, signage becomes the key element that ties together the various facilities within the complex, sets the boundaries, helps visitors navigate a large geographic area, and creates an experience that teaches, captures the imagination, and (hopefully) inspires return visits. Given this wide array of needs, there are specific best practices that can and should be … Continue reading

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Seeing Green

The Cincinnati Park Board decided the best way to encourage people to become better stewards of the environment was to adopt a green piece of mind for the park system. And, it didn’t hurt that the mayor, Mark Mallory, announced a “Green Agenda” in the spring of 2006. That year, the park’s series of Green Initiative Pilot Projects began transforming the parks into learning laboratories. Beyond supporting public education, one of the goals for the green initiatives was to assess … Continue reading

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A Never-Ending Battle

In the last few years, the term, “home-field advantage,” has taken on a whole new meaning. With modern technologies, the athletic-sport field has advanced in durability, comfort, aesthetics and safety, particularly in high-school sports. Where athletic fields were once reserved for varsity game day, they can now support practices, competitions in various sports and physical education classes–all on the same day–thanks to synthetic-turf fields. In western New York, one of the most intense high-school football rivalries occurs between the Canisius … Continue reading

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The Root Of The Issue

How often have you seen a football field or another lawn area look worn, and wondered if you should fertilize it? I’m sure it’s happened to most of us. Then we pull out the tractor and spreaders, find some fertilizer lying around the shop that some salesmen told us to purchase because it’s the next-best thing to a perfect lawn, and send staff out to get it done. Sometimes the results are not as spectacular as we hope, so we … Continue reading

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