Category Archives: September 2011

Moss In The Pool

In 2009, a proposal crossed my desk that couldn’t be passed up. With cost savings, a reduction of the environmental impact and an innovative transformation in the way the city of Saint Paul, Minn., managed its pool’s filtration system, the proposal for implementing an industry-transforming moss-conditioning technology was a no-brainer. The Pitch Creative Water Solutions, a Minnesota-based company led by Dr. David Knighton, approached parks and recreation department officials with a new way for municipal pools to manage chemical usage … Continue reading

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Strike Straight

“Either you make a decision or the decision makes you.” This little pearl was handed down to me by my Dad, who was incredibly good at walking away from “opportunities” if they didn’t meet his needs. No regrets. No confusion. No second-guessing. Just one assured step after another. It’s a quality I admire, because I sometimes struggle with the concept. I have a habit of seeing “opportunity” everywhere and often question decisions long after the decision has passed. On some … Continue reading

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A Virtual Park Tour Chimani, LLC announces the release of its newest app, Chimani National Parks–a complete resource for visitors and fans of the National Park System. It allows users to create a virtual passport of their visits to any one of the 394 National Park System locations. The app includes details on all national parks, monuments, memorials, seashores, recreational areas, sites, battlefields, historical parks, and parkways. For more information, visit ——————————————————————————————————————– Geyser Makes Debut In Michigan Richmond, Canada–WhiteWater’s … Continue reading

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Playground Compliance

Swings, sandboxes and slides–once upon a time, these were the usual suspects in park playgrounds everywhere. In fact, without them, it wasn’t really considered a playground. But times have changed. Today’s playgrounds are expected to be accessible and safe, and to engage a child’s imagination and senses, according to Kirsten Rimes of O’Boyle, Cowell, Blalock and Associates Inc., in Kalamazoo, Mich. Rimes, a Certified Playground Safety Inspector as well as a licensed landscape architect (and a parent of playground users … Continue reading

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Pushing The Limits

It all began in the sandlots–kids chose sides, set up makeshift bases, picked positions, and created their own rules. Miraculously, all of this was done without the help of any adults. Sadly, sandlot games have almost disappeared–a casualty of the travel-team frenzy that is sweeping through communities, disrupting recreational programs, and saddling children with a mind-boggling schedule of practices and games. In turn, this is forcing children at incredibly young–and often unsafe–ages to specialize in a sport before their growing … Continue reading

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