Category Archives: June 2011

Planting The Seeds Of Best-Maintenance Practices

It’s safe to say that in this industry, parks are the most visible manifestation of what is offered to each community. However, it’s also likely that park land is taken for granted — not only by residents, but also by the organizations that are responsible for developing and maintaining it. That’s not to imply that communities and agencies don’t value parks. Rather, in these still-challenging economic times, it comes down to doing more with limited resources — and something has … Continue reading

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Planting For The Future

The phone rings for the fourth time, and it’s only 8:30 a.m. A lady has heard from a neighbor that free trees are available for planting. Who should she talk to? The volunteer who takes the call explains that all the information and forms she needs are available online, but the homeowner does not own a computer. It’s the beginning of a typical day at the Forestry and Beautification (FAB) office, a division of the city’s parks and recreation department … Continue reading

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Riverfront Roots

Imagine standing under a pavilion looking out on the Mississippi River. As the city noise fades into the background, the sound of lapping waves tickles your ears and the wind dances across your face. Walking onto the “lookout,” you notice a compass embedded in the sidewalk pointing north, directly toward Iowa. Here, in Rock Island, Ill., the river takes a jog to the west on its way down to New Orleans. This is only one of many unique features in … Continue reading

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Natural Grass Or Synthetic Turf?

The good news is that you’re acquiring a new multi-sports field. The bad news is that your desk suddenly resembles a city skyline, with different stacks of brochures and catalogues advertising everything from seed to sod to synthetic turf to maintenance products you never knew existed. Welcome to the decision-making process. It’s nerve-wracking, especially since there’s probably been plenty of input (not all of it useful) from front-office management to end users who want to weigh in on what to … Continue reading

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A Closer Look

Unless you are a trail manager or an ADA-compliance supervisor, you may not know there has been a flurry of activity to address public spaces after the Department of Justice (DOJ) amended several areas of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The amendments apply to Title II, covering programs, activities and services of public entities, and Title III, covering public accommodations, commercial facilities and private entities offering specific examinations and courses. “The amendment allows virtually any type of vehicle … Continue reading

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