Category Archives: November 2012

Bring Storytelling To Life

Themed playgrounds take lots of research and planning. Photos Courtesy of Brenda J. Iraola, Landscape Architect and Designer

Themed playgrounds not only challenge children to use their imaginations, but they also tell a story, educate, and engage visitors. But they are not play spaces that can be “thrown together” in a hurry. Designers must research the appropriate theme for an area so it piques the community’s interest. The Landscape Architecture Section of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, has taken the lead in creating new “imagination playgrounds” for residents. … Continue reading

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Pint-Sized Paradise

Tykes can explore the natural wonders of Michigan at Paradise Peninsula. Photos Courtesy of Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Paradise Peninsula playscape at Waterford Oaks County Park was designed to address issues of accessibility and promote inclusive play. This universally accessible playscape in the Oakland County park system is designed as a tribute to the many beautiful and unique landscapes found in Michigan. The project was made possible in part by a $250,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation—Access to Recreation Initiative administered by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association Foundation. Little explorers can discover Michigan’s wonders and learn … Continue reading

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Get “RevvedUP” About Fitness

Recreation centers can help their communities get revved up about fitness.

The epidemic that is wreaking havoc on the 21st century is not smallpox, yellow fever, or cholera; it is obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 every state had a prevalence of obesity greater than 20 percent; in 36 states, it was greater than 25 percent; and in 12 states, the rate was more than 30 percent. There is a need for private and public fitness/nutrition providers to ramp up programs to assist citizens with developing the … Continue reading

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Effective Or Inadequate?

Putting bather safety under the microscope. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Forgiss / Nicemonkey

Many states have only general aquatic guidelines, but those that have detailed, comprehensive pool codes, such as Florida and Nevada, along with the most in-depth service technician/operator certification programs, emphasize the importance of proper filtration and circulation. Along with sanitation regulations, user, structural, electrical safety requirements, circulation and filtration are also a key focus, yet by all indications, there is an oversight in the aquatic industry, and the Center For Disease Control (CDC), based on its published proposed modules, is … Continue reading

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Community Fitness Challenges

Turn community fitness into a challenge. Photo Courtesy City of Warrenville

Looking for the ingredients to host a successful fitness challenge? Combine ease of participation with a little friendly competition, fold in a partnership with a local medical facility, and add a dash of marketing. For good measure–sprinkle with incentives and a mayor or city manager in sweat pants and a pair of tennis shoes–and voila you have a perfectly prepared program that serves the entire community. Whether it’s inspiration from “The Biggest Loser” or a plea from local medical centers … Continue reading

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