Category Archives: November 2009

To Protect And Preserve

Five thousand years of history were discovered in Miami, Fla., when archaeologists unearthed a Native American site once occupied by the Tequesta Indians in 3,000 BC. The Miami-DadePark and Recreation Department named the newly developed 2.5-acre site ChittohatcheePark at Honey Hill. “Chittohatchee” is the translation of the Muskogee language phrase, “Cetto Hvcce,” which means “Snake Creek.” During the naming process, the Seminole Tribe of Florida–whose history includes a settlement on the site–was consulted, and tribe members approved the name. The … Continue reading

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Vista View

In the last few years, we have faced new environmental concerns in a world made aware of the need for “green living,” “green building” and other environmentally conscious initiatives. The city of Chandler, Ariz., is participating in this issue by taking on its second environmentally oriented project in reclaiming and reshaping the landscape of a former landfill to create a new vision for a premier park with recreational gems. Developing municipal parks from former refuse sites has been successful in … Continue reading

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Boundless Opportunities

The folks in Grand Forks, N.D., have discovered dreams really do come true when production is driven by a persistent teen and a committed community. Ali Karpenko was determined to make her dream come true–to build a Boundless Playground for kids with disabilities and their families. In March 2007, she attempted to win a $300,000 playground through a Playskool essay contest. Her essay made it into the top 20 out of 900 applicants, but did not receive the grand prize. … Continue reading

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Defending Against Disaster

Each year, more than 200,000 children nationwide are hurt seriously enough on playgrounds to require emergency treatment or hospital admittance, according to the Virginia Department of Health. As startling as that statistic sounds, parents and caregivers still expect playgrounds to be safe. As the manager of a playground, you have the responsibility to ensure that no child is hurt. You may assume it can’t happen because it’s just a playground–it doesn’t require helmets, safety pads or harnesses–yet the risk is … Continue reading

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Providing Equity For Parks And Recreation Facilities

Cities and counties throughout the United States are struggling with calculating and maintaining Levels of Service (LOS) for parks and recreation facilities. Populations are increasing, land is becoming more expensive, and competition is growing for scarce tax dollars. Furthermore, there are no commonly accepted LOS standards for parks and recreation facilities. The historical standard of ten acres per 1,000 residents is not achievable by most communities, and modern parks systems are far more complex than in the past. Also, there … Continue reading

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