Category Archives: May 2009

On A Smaller Scale

Hitting a homerun in baseball and maintaining a softball field takes more than an occasional swipe of the ball and dusting off the bases after a game. In these tough economic times, field maintenance can help stretch your dollar and keep fields safe. “Maintain your fields throughout the year. Dragging and watering pay off,” says Jeff Nereson, Recreation Supervisor of the city of Roseville, Calif. “It costs [more] if you don’t maintain throughout the year.” Dragging And Leveling| Dragging and … Continue reading

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H.O.P.E. For The Best

Preston’s H.O.P.E is a fully accessible inter-generational park that goes beyond the traditional playground to ensure a unique opportunity for physical and imaginative exploration for all generations. Located on the property of the Mandel Jewish Community Center in Beachwood, Ohio, the park provides a recreational environment where families of children with all types of disabilities can participate equally with able-bodied peers. With an overall budget of approximately $2,000,000, The Preston Fund secured private funds and donated goods and services, and … Continue reading

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Purposely Playful

In searching for a definition of “natural play,” you’ll likely find descriptive words like “imaginative” or “ecological.” If you ask friends, neighbors or colleagues, it is unlikely any of them will give the same answer. However, if you ask young families in the Des Moines, Iowa, area, they are likely to respond, “Go see the Natural Playscape at JesterPark.” Jester Park is a 1,834-acre county park situated along SaylorvilleLake. The park offers a wealth of recreational opportunities, such as camping, … Continue reading

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Turn Up The Activity

Most parks and recreation departments have an abundance of amazing areas, so it’s easy for some of the smaller neighborhood parks to get lost in the shuffle. Here’s a program idea that can bring attention to those parks and your department: 1. Start small. Choose one park to highlight once a month during the summer. Evaluate current methods to carry out a program, and build upon those ideas. For example, in Pearland, Texas, we are starting a program called “Play-Full … Continue reading

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Lazy, Hazy, Shady Days Of Summer

The outdoor Greek-style Woodward Amphitheatre in Fresno, Calif., sat dormant for most of the last 15 years due to the area’s intense heat. Daytime temperatures reaching into the 100s made it impossible for residents to enjoy the venue. City administrators turned to the folks at Shade Structures to help devise a plan to bring the amphitheatre back to life. “With this project, they were trying to accomplish aesthetics, shade from heat and UV protection,” says Jay Rivera, Vice President of … Continue reading

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