Category Archives: March 2009

A View With A Room

At 25 years old, the Bolingbrook Park District’s 10th Hole Pub at its Boughton Ridge Golf Course in southwest suburban Chicago was long in the tooth. Outings were under a tent pavilion, subject to Mother Nature’s whims. The 2,000-square-foot pub was essentially a bar–with no separate dining area–and could seat only 48. Officials believed a clubhouse not only would draw in new business–including banquets and business meetings–but also would draw more golfers to the nine-hole executive course. So far, the … Continue reading

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A Return To Manual Maintenance

As we all know, parks are wonderful places for family and friends to enjoy any time of the year. Reunions, birthday parties, graduation parties and other events are often celebrated in recreational areas. And throughout most of the year, kids–of all ages–head to playgrounds to have fun. Some parks host organized sports leagues that attract hundreds of people. Users may also walk on paved and unpaved trails, and many bring their dogs. All of this is great, except it can … Continue reading

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Spring Startup

Vending machines can be found at almost every recreation center in the United States. They are an amenity our customers cannot live without. How can we be more environmentally responsible in operating these machines that bear liquid and edible refreshments? And, with many states now raising utility rates, how can vending machines be operated in the black? Electrical consumption–now more than ever–plays a key role in evaluating the cost-effectiveness of a vending machine. With so many avenues available now for … Continue reading

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A Refresher Course

No matter the climate where you live, spring brings new beginnings. In the challenge course world, the annual course inspection is often a piece of that. 1. When scheduling the inspection, the earlier the better. A reputable vendor will have their schedule full quite a few months in advance, particularly in the “busy season,” which begins in March and runs through early July. If there are other courses in the area which are serviced by the same vendor, see if … Continue reading

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From Trash To Treasure

In the 1960s, the city of Fort Collins, Colo., stopped using a city dump site north of downtown and immediately adjacent to the PoudreRiver. In the early 1970s, most of the 13-acre site was converted into a neighborhood park. Then in 1978, a 15,000-square-foot community center was constructed in the park. Almost immediately, the facility began to shift and sag as the landfill did the same. Several renovations occurred over a period of years, including replacing the gymnasium floor onto … Continue reading

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