Category Archives: May 2008

Going Green For Teens

With floors made of recycled rubber tires, insulation made of cotton fibers from recycled denim/blue jeans, a geothermal heating and cooling system that uses 18 wells buried 265 feet deep to maintain a constant 55 F temperature, bathroom stalls and carpets made from recycled laundry detergent bottles, windows and skylights that maximize natural lighting, the Youth Center at Robertson Park proudly stands as the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland’s first green building. Opened in 2006, the city designed and built and … Continue reading

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Welcome To Tennis, Texas-Style!

Tennis is bigger and better than ever in Texas, thanks to the award-winning Arlington Tennis Center. ATC is a premier public facility located in Arlington–just a stone’s throw from both Dallas and Fort Worth. With 20 outdoor lighted courts, a full-service pro shop and experienced staff, ATC leads the way in Texas tennis. Owned and operated by the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department, ATC opened in 1995 with 12 lighted outdoor courts, a 3,000-square-foot pro shop, locker rooms … Continue reading

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Putting The Community First

“I was crazy one day,” says Administrator Mike Pollocoff of the Village of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., “and I had this idea for a recreation center that could offer this community something it needed.” “Crazy” seems to have spawned as many good ideas and stories as “once upon a time,” as Pleasant Prairie residents soon discovered. Pollocoff’s vision became the community’s LakeView RecPlex, a state-of-the-art recreational facility and new community focal point. LakeView RecPlex is a 260,000-square-foot facility that features a … Continue reading

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Play GROUND

In years past when playgrounds were built over asphalt and gravel, all that was required to maintain them was a resilient pooper-scooper and a hose. But with today’s technologically driven playground surfaces, specific maintenance practices are needed to keep the numerous available surfaces clean and safe. Playground surfaces are now available in various types of materials, but ultimately they all fall into two categories–unitary or loose-fill. Loose-fill materials are small, independently moving objects, such as sand, wood chips, engineered wood … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Two Playgrounds

Over the years, observing my own children and reading books and articles about play has led to some new ideas. Play is what children do when their time is not being organized by adults. It is essential for children’s development. It is not a time when care-giving is absent. However, it is a time when children control and manipulate their world into imagined environments. They set their own agendas and make up the roles. So the design of a playground … Continue reading

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