Category Archives: May 2010

A Metropolitan Mecca

Vista Hermosa Natural Park–whose name in Spanish means “beautiful view”–has created a new model of park design in downtown Los Angeles. Located at the edge of a dense residential zone, the 9.5-acre park is nature’s reprieve from the intensity of urban life. Los Angeles is one of the most park-poor cities in America, with fewer acres of parkland per 1,000 residents than other major cities in the country. According to the Trust for Public Land, the national average for park … Continue reading

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Paint With A Broad Brush

The staggering amount of information about the importance of outdoor play, combined with the alarming rise in childhood obesity, has recently given playgrounds the spotlight as places to keep kids active. Playgrounds on which children are forced to stand in line and wait for a turn on the swings, slide and merry-go-round are designs of the past. Those areas then evolved into a continuous carousel of play with prescribed entry and exit points, as well as integrated access points for … Continue reading

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Sculpting A Masterpiece

Merging culture with the great outdoors is what the city of Des Moines, Iowa, was able to accomplish with the opening of the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The park occupies 4.4 acres in the heart of the city, with a new cultural center that has attracted more than 16,000 visitors since it opened in September 2009. “[The reaction has] been extremely positive from the residents,” says Jeff Fleming, Art Director of the Des Moines Art Center. “It was … Continue reading

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Pumped Up In The Outdoors

Water has always been important in Southern California, but it has never been as valuable a resource as during this summer’s scorching weather and brutal drought conditions. For the past three years, the California Department of Water Resources has reported that the state received only a fraction of its average annual rainfall, which means there is less water in the reservoirs and aqueducts that supply our parks and communities. Beyond just using water more efficiently, many large properties and water … Continue reading

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Summer Safety

Summer usually means an increase in visitors to recreation facilities; this year, expect an even larger crowd as people seek out free or inexpensive recreation during this economic downturn. Now is the time to prepare: take inventory of facilities, staff and grounds to ensure guests have a safe and enjoyable experience. Safety Committee Before you can assess facilities and grounds, assemble a safety team to lead the charge. Many facilities rotate safety-committee members every year or at least every two … Continue reading

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