Category Archives: March 2010

A Disc-Golf Course In The Woods

The city of Franklin, Tenn. found a unique way to blend a parks sports facility with urban forestry by incorporating a low-impact disc-golf course into an underutilized area within a park. Located on the east side of town, Liberty Park is 75 acres with heavily wooded land in the back 15 acres. With elevation changes of 100 to 200 feet and uneven terrain, the city’s parks department envisioned a disc-golf course as a great use for the area. With the … Continue reading

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Preserving Parks

In this tough economy, budgets for ball fields are being squeezed like every other area of parks and recreation. Because of this stress and an immediate need to make changes, parks departments are devising clever ways to cut costs while sustaining high maintenance standards for the community. In Tucson, Ariz., the parks and recreation department lost 10 percent of its budget in the last two years with more cuts coming. In Bloomington, Ind., budget challenges started five years ago. The … Continue reading

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A Healthy Partnership

The growing emphasis on maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit has led to a shift in programming provided by many park and recreation agencies. In an effort to address these needs and still maintain a responsible budget, park and recreation leaders may consider partnering with healthcare providers. The Buddy System When the Glenview Park District began planning its recreation center, they selected a former military base for the site. Although the 168,000-square-foot facility incorporated many recreation and aquatic programming … Continue reading

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A More Functional Floor Plan

With additional banquet-room space, a reconfigured kitchen and fresh finishes, the newly remodeled banquet and dining room at the Bonnie Brook Golf Course wins rave reviews on both sides of the dining room. When it opened, Char Piquette, now-retired food and beverage manager for the facility, declared it “absolutely gorgeous. The end result is beyond our wildest dreams.” The Waukegan Park District in Illinois owns and operates the clubhouse, which was built in 1987. Although some renovation was done nearly … Continue reading

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Bounce Back

Multi-use fields are becoming increasingly popular for parks and recreation departments, high schools and even colleges. Although natural-grass and crumb-rubber synthetic surfaces are often overused, certain measures can be taken to alleviate some of the damage: Get A Handle On Drainage For natural-grass fields with native soils, 10 events a week is overuse, and I suspect many schools and parks and recreation departments are hosting more than 10 events a week. The first thing to evaluate is drainage. If you … Continue reading

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