Marketing The Market

Instead of a "get the people in and out" attitude, Oakland County has tried to make the Farmer's Market a destination, adding benches, picnic tables, and food vendors with the hope that they will stick around and spend more money. 
Photos Courtesy of Oakland County Parks and Recreation

What amazed Market Manager Jeremy Brown when Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) in Michigan assumed management of the county’s Farmers Market 2 years ago was how many people in the area didn’t know the market existed, even though it had been in the same spot since 1953!  “I would talk to people who would say to me, ‘Oakland County has a farmers market?’ I knew there was work to do.”  Today, more than 300,000 people visit the market annually. … Continue reading

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The Inside Track

Photos Courtesy of Pillar Design Studios, LLC

Action-sport facilities offer sustainable design and construction practices as well as unique recreation opportunities. They are not only an efficient use of unused or perceived unusable land but also designed to be integrated into the natural topography of the area. A facility designed and built properly offers low maintenance and lower consumption of water, while providing flexible programming and seasonal activities. Ultimately, action-sport facilities create a substantial community benefit. Successful Planning These facilities can offer a diverse collection of activities … Continue reading

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Save $ With FMC’s Order Early Plan

PHILADELPHIA – With more products and incentives than ever before, the FMC 2014 Early Order Program offers significant savings, a Build Your Own Bonus program and extended terms on its most popular turf and ornamental products. The program is running from September 15 through December 12, 2014, allowing program participants to purchase products at current pricing but defer payment for select qualifying FMC products like Triple Crown, Solitare, and Echelon until June 10, 2015. The program features an amazing early … Continue reading

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History Filled With People Making Choices

Get young people excited about history.

I periodically have the opportunity to speak with young men and women about history. I got into an informal conversation recently with some students about history and I was a bit shocked at the attitude some of them had about it. One of them made the statement, “History is just a bunch of dates and names and places you have to memorize to get through a class.”  I challenged him on it. “You’re wrong,” I told him. “Behind each one of those … Continue reading

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Over The Drainage District

Photos Courtesy of Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Recycling isn’t limited to plastic, paper, and aluminum. A 6,700-acre parks system in Michigan turned land unsuitable for development into a recreation destination that serves more than 170,000 annual visitors. RedOaksCountyPark in Madison Heights features:  A Jerry Matthews-designed nine-hole golf course A waterpark, including a wave-action pool, waterslide, and river ride A 5-acre dog park Youth soccer fields A nature center surrounded by the Suarez Friendship Woods.  Much of the park is situated over a previously open-drainage system that had … Continue reading

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Hatfield Township Parks & Recreation

The Hatfield Community Park and nine other parks join to form a park system with a variety of natural and constructed features. Sports courts, a performing arts stage, woodland walking paths, and relaxing retreats make the Hatfield Township system an [...] More