Category Archives: October 2009

Develop A Course Of Action

A challenge course offers opportunities for visitors to explore, develop new skills, and gain confidence in their abilities. A challenge course may also help some overcome a fear of heights, strengthen relationships in groups, or develop new relationships. Before designing a course, discuss whether one is viable for your area, as well as who will be using it. “Determine what other recreational opportunities are already available in your community, and if there is a market for a challenge course,” says … Continue reading

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The Project Of The Century

Redeveloping a World War II-era military base into a 21st-century metropolitan park is no easy task. But after three years of planning, the Great Park Corporation Board approved in May the first major development of the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. Considered a large step forward, it will move the park toward its goal of being one of the largest metropolitan parks created in the United States in the past 100 years. The 1,347-acre park is being developed … Continue reading

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Soaring Adventures

Ever since Hollywood action heroes began flying on steel cables strung between cliffs, buildings and trees, zip lines have captured the imagination of the everyday person. The true birthplace of zip-line tourism, however, rests with the rainforest canopies of Costa Rica. It was here that zip-line excursions took hold, and then spread worldwide, offering an ideal “high thrill-to-skill” activity for almost anyone with an adventurous spirit and average fitness capabilities. How-To Guide The zip-line industry is growing rapidly, and keeping … Continue reading

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Floor-Care Maintenance

By Robert Kravitz and Michael Schaffer Hard-surface floors in all types of facilities, including park and recreation centers, make a big statement. Very often they not only are the initial impression visitors have of a facility, but leave a lasting impression as well. In years past, when budgets were ample and labor costs were lower, park administrators could spend money to keep the floors glossy and in tip-top condition. However, those days are but a memory now, as some centers … Continue reading

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Who’s Winning The Algae War?

The featured attraction at a municipal park is often a pond or lake, for fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking or walking on paths around the perimeter. But keeping recreational waters attractive and useable in these days of limited budgets can be challenging. Maintaining water quality can be expensive and unsuccessful. Algae blooms and bad odors can send park visitors elsewhere, despite the best efforts to provide an attractive open space. It can cost hundreds of dollars to clean up the water … Continue reading

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