Category Archives: May 2009

Safe Play

It’s a tough balance to strike: kids want to have fun at the playground, but they must be safe. It takes a lot of planning and care to pass playground safety standards. For a while, playgrounds were fairly basic and lackluster because the American Society for Testing and Materials and Canadian Standard Association standards became more difficult to meet. But now the face of park playgrounds is evolving as designers are developing innovative ways of meeting safety standards and maintaining … Continue reading

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Greener Public Restrooms

Whether installing a new restroom facility, renovating an existing one, or placing one in a remote location, you have several options to make it greener. Solar panels, solar-updraft tubes, micro-hydro generators, composting toilets and well-insulated buildings are only a few of the ways to improve the green rating of a park’s outdoor facility. One example of green technology is at the well-known and photographed Maroon Bells twin-peak mountain, located in the White River National Forest in Aspen, Colo. The mostly … Continue reading

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More Tennis Courts, Anyone?

Two million more people are playing tennis now than last year, according to Mike May, Director of Communications for the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, while the Taylor Research Group indicates that the number of people playing tennis has increased 20 percent since 2000. That’s a bigger increase than in any other traditional sport. With close to 28 million Americans playing tennis in 2008, courts are going to be busier. Does that mean your community needs additional tennis facilities to accommodate … Continue reading

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A Moment Of Clarity

If it appears that the William Paterson University men’s basketball team has a glow around it when it plays, it’s not only because the team has reached two NCAA Final Fours and 13 NCAA Tournaments. Actually, that radiant shine from the basketball court is due to a facility lighting retrofit upgrade that burns brighter lights while using far less energy. The 10,000-student William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., is one of nine state colleges and universities in the state, and … Continue reading

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Magical Places

The light filtered through the pine branches, illuminating the specks of pollen floating gently in the air, carried hither and yon by even the slightest breeze. Below, the carpet of brown, spent pine needles smothered my footsteps and those of my friends–Little Jeff, Big Jeff, Tyler, Wendy and my brother Ryan. It was here, in this forgotten glade of pine trees set high atop the peak of the biggest hill in our part of Wisconsin, that we had chosen to … Continue reading

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