Category Archives: May 2006

Rip, Roaring Fun

It’s not the highest point in the state. But, strap on a set of inline skates, jump on a skateboard or hit the saddle of your BMX bike and that 12-foot drop to the bottom of Central Skate Park Plaza – Bolingbrook, Illinois’ newest skatepark — looks downright scary. “You’d have to see the lay of it to understand,” says Mark Peterson, president of Midwest Sales Company, the distributor who sold the Solo Ramps system to the park district. “It … Continue reading

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Range Creek Canyon

Heat from the summer sun reflects brutally off the sheer vertical rock walls of the canyon, turning the craggy, brush choked landscape into an oven. Hiking this section of southern Utah, takes patience, strength and water. Lots and lots of water. But, if you have the heart and desire and if you keep your eye’s open, hiking Range Creek, Utah’s newest Wildlife Management Area, can lead you on a path of discovery. One that offers up lessons and stories as … Continue reading

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Whole Hog

When the Navy decided to re-surface 56 playgrounds on two bases in the Jacksonville, Florida area landfills everywhere breathed a sigh of relief. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) is used to big jobs. These are the folks responsible for heavy-duty construction projects ranging from structures, bridges, and utilities to public works and recreation facilities for naval bases around the world. So, when funding finally came through for re-furbishing all 56 playgrounds at the Mayport Naval Base, Yellow Water Housing … Continue reading

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Totally Organic

It’s a big mission – building the greenest city in America, if not the world. But, big missions can’t be accomplished if they aren’t first demanded. (Think of President John F. Kennedy’s demand to put a man on the moon). Such is the case with the windy city and its mayor – Mr. Richard M. Daley. “The mayor’s whole greening agenda begins with the knowledge that when people are around beauty, they are calmer because they feel like they’re being … Continue reading

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Canada Goose

To the average citizen a flock of Canada geese flying north is a harbinger of spring; but to parks and recreation professionals responsible for lakes, ponds, parks or open areas such as golf courses nationwide, it means another season of dealing with the increasingly pesky birds. But they should take heart because they aren’t alone in the problem and there are ways to control it. Back from the Brink The Canada goose was once an endangered species, and according to … Continue reading

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