Category Archives: June 2010

Sensory Play

Jeff Burley, adaptive recreation manager for Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, is charged with bringing sports and recreation opportunities to individuals with disabilities. So, in the fall of 2008, when he learned about a West Jordan Rotary Club project to build the county’s first Miracle League ballparks, he was enthused. He worked closely with the club and the city of West Jordan to find a site for the ballpark, fund the project and oversee the installation and programming of … Continue reading

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Grinding Out Games

Do the terms “airwalk grab,” “fakie” or “kickflip” mean anything to you? A few years ago, I would have thought they were from a foreign language. Now, with a little experience working with teenagers at the city skate park, I discovered these are maneuvers performed by millions of skateboarders throughout the world. The city of Painesville in Ohio hosts an annual skate-park series called The P-Games, which is open to skateboarders, bikers and roller bladers, ages 12 and up. There … Continue reading

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Solar Transportation

Zipping along at a top speed of less than 35 miles per hour, solar-electric-powered golf or work carts are helping park and recreation departments save money while reducing their carbon footprint. The carts–using a cross between solar and electric power–serve almost every purpose as those of gas-powered carts, including for golfers, food and beverage, maintenance crews, security vehicles, housekeeping, transportation and even emergencies. That last item might sound somewhat contradictory (Who wants to travel to the emergency room in a … Continue reading

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Seven Ways To Make A Skatepark Green

Typically, when the word “skatepark” is mentioned, “environmentally responsible” is not the first phrase that comes to mind. But in this eco-conscious age, sustainability is one of the most important factors in any municipal construction project. Even though concrete isn’t the “greenest” material, with proper foresight and planning, communities are finding ways to make skateparks more compatible with the surrounding environment. 1. Do it right the first time. The environmentally sensible way to approach a project is to do it … Continue reading

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Scrubbing Down To The “Nitty-Greeny”

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are found in many non-certified green cleaning products, can cause cancer in humans as well as a host of other health problems. In today’s “green” climate, however, there are safer, more efficient and environmentally preferable products to disinfect public spaces. Why should I bother? By definition, green cleaning is applying environmentally preferable practices in a maintenance program. Part of this is using products that are certified green, … Continue reading

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