Category Archives: October 2010

Drop In And Hang Out

In only two years, the Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC) and Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Chandler, Ariz., have become venues for community meetings and family parties, informal gathering places and activity-filled forums for all ages. These multigenerational facilities were developed by the Chandler Community Services Department concurrently, and both held grand opening celebrations the same day–April 19, 2008. Located in a central area of the city along a major freeway, the 62,000-square-foot TRC features a 6,000-square-foot fitness center with more … Continue reading

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Bending The Rules

As many recreational athletic administrators know, the most difficult programs to create are for teenagers. There is something about peer pressure, pursuing a job and the discovery of independence that pulls young adults away from recreational programs. Attempting to form leagues and teams becomes difficult, and spells doom for some of them. Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity applies well to programming for teenagers: “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Oftentimes, recreation programmers fall into … Continue reading

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A Heroic Plan

On November 15, 2008, the Carmichael Recreation and Park District in California dedicated Patriots Park. To some, it was simply a new neighborhood park with mature oak trees, a historic almond orchard, a large play area, butterfly garden, half-court basketball court, open lawn areas and a dedicated area for remembering fallen soldiers and community leaders. But it was an idea that took nearly 30 years to come to the surface. In 1984, a district-wide parks master plan provided direction to … Continue reading

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A Disc Golf Course In The Woods

The city of Franklin, Tenn. found a unique way to blend a parks sports facility with urban forestry by incorporating a low-impact disc-golf course into an underutilized area within a park. Continue reading

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The Sights and Sounds of Play

Play is a social catalyst as old as civilization–an activity that when harnessed properly incorporates all of society and builds a stronger culture. In the past, park playgrounds have focused almost exclusively on children. Playground elements were typically single-activity structures designed for sliding, swinging and climbing. The problem is that this type of play appeals to a small number of users and a certain age group. Large segments of the population, which are either physically challenged or of an age … Continue reading

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