Category Archives: June 2007

Integrated Pest Management Update

Editor’s note: This article is part of an on-going series focused on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs. It‘s aimed at minimizing, not eliminating, the use of pesticides on sports fields. The author is Director of Leisure Services in Peachtree City, Ga., and is taking us play-by-play through his efforts to formulate an effective IPM program for sports fields. Shortly after an Integrated Pest Management series was launched in the July issue of Parks & Rec Business, a reader contacted me … Continue reading

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Labor of Love

“A trail is never quite done–it is ongoing,” says Jim Tomlin, volunteer hiking trail District Manager for Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) Great North Mountain division. “Nature is always trying to reclaim it, always taking it back.” The main purpose of the PATC, established in 1927, is to carry this battle against nature ever forward. The battleground is nearly 1,000 miles of hiking trails, 34 shelters and 32 cabins in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, … Continue reading

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The Tyner Nature Center

With environmental concern now a mainstream issue, community and park district leaders have become even more diligent, creative guardians of their natural resources, especially those in densely populated cities and suburbs. Many are building nature centers, primarily to help residents and visitors better appreciate and enjoy their natural surroundings. Some, however, are doing much more: designing these centers to demonstrate responsible environmental practices. In 2000, officials from Glenview, Ill., began planning for such a center on 32 acres of native … Continue reading

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Glendale Gets Kids Moving

Glendale, Ariz., At a Glance Location: Just northwest of Phoenix Population: 240,000 Days of Sunshine per Year: 320 Number of Parks: 78 Number of play structures: 50 The City of Glendale, Ariz., is accustomed to being in the news. It’s one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, home to the new University of Phoenix Stadium (ranked among the most innovative sports venues in the world) and, now, proud owner of the nation’s first installation of the Evos playsystem, a new … Continue reading

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Young Naturalist Camps

The Medina County Park District in Northeast Ohio is sponsoring a series of summer nature camps that rekindle what is in the heart of many parents: awakening a love and reverence for the natural world in their children. Through simple natural histories, and direct interaction with birds, insects, woods and streams, the Young Naturalist Camps beg kids to step out and enjoy the return of warm days and sunshine at some of the major parks throughout the county–Hubbard Valley Park, … Continue reading

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