Category Archives: June 2006

Baytown Nature Center

The Baytown Nature Center is a 450-acre peninsula surrounded by three bays. More than 300 species of birds depend on this area for migration, feeding or nesting. But this recreated wetland isn’t just for the birds. Numerous animals also call the nature center home. In addition, it’s an important nursery area for a variety of aquatic species, including shrimp, crab and fish. Formerly the Brownwood residential subdivision, the Nature Center now features picnic shelters, three fishing piers, two pavilions and … Continue reading

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International Focus — England’s Newest National Park

The New Forest is an area rich in history. When it was designated a royal hunting ground by William the Conqueror in 1079, its heaths became the playground of English Kings for over six centuries. By the eighteenth century, the forest’s oaks made the frames of ships bound for the British Empire. The surroundings of the New Forest are of great interest to young campers. Just a few, short, water-skimmed stone-throws from the coastal edge is Brownsea Island; location of … Continue reading

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A Systems Approach to Managing Parks Infrastructure

Nation-wide, as a profession Parks & Recreation officials are challenged each year by insufficient budgets, growing expectations, unfunded mandates and aging infrastructure. We often gather at state and national congress and share disappointments and war stories. Frankly, it’s amazing we haven’t given up; miraculously, we rise above the challenge and adopt a “we’re not giving up, we’re just warming up attitude”. We put on our best face when we can and encourage our staff to hang in there and “Continuously … Continue reading

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Douglas County Regional Parks – Turf Alternatives

Located between the Denver and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas, Douglas County sits in the transition between the grasslands of the Great Plains to the east, and the Rocky Mountain foothills to the west, and ranges in elevation from 5,380 to 9,836 feet above sea level. This area is somewhat arid and receives approximately 12 –15 inches of rainfall per year. Not only is Douglas County very diverse geographically, it has also been one of the fastest growing counties in the … Continue reading

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An Uncommon Solution to an Age-Old Challenge:

The City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (population 50,000) has created a new facility that will be the heart and soul of the community. Sited downtown, the $26.7 million, 114,000 square ft. Natatorium Recreation and Wellness Center is constructed through a unique funding method: a revenue bond repaid with only user fees. This is an uncommon solution to an age-old challenge: building a center with no new taxes. Historical Background This story cannot be told without the benefit of discovering our … Continue reading

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