Category Archives: Park Planner

Risky Business

As an expert witness called to testify by attorneys in numerous drowning or near-drowning cases, I’ve observed a victim’s family members attempt to ease the pain of losing (or almost losing) a loved one by finding someone to blame. In certain cases, a lifeguard or pool manager failed to perform his or her duties, or a facility didn’t provide a reasonable standard of care, and the finger-pointing is justified. At other times, however, the tragedy is exactly that: a tragedy. … Continue reading

Posted in April 2014, Columns, Issues, Park Planner, Parks and Rec Business, PRB Top Stories | Leave a comment

Pedaling Park Maintenance

Staff members of the Mt. Pleasant Parks Department in Michigan knew they needed a more efficient and earth-friendly way to complete daily park-maintenance tasks. After exploring several options, and noting at least one staff member who had a passion for bicycles, the department decided to incorporate this mode of transportation into its routine. This project—named the Green Maintenance Bike Initiative—provides new and recycled bikes for daily maintenance in the city’s parks. With connected access to five of the city’s most … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, March 2014, Park Planner, Parks and Rec Business, PRB Top Stories | Leave a comment

Preserving The Past

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In many ways, downtown Westminster in Maryland has changed little in the last 100 years. Located in Carroll County, the city’s street-level shops and upper-floor apartments capture a glimpse of olden days. Local business owners greet passersby, and farming still dominates the landscape on the outskirts of town. Westminster is the quintessential “Main Street USA” community, complete with quaint tree-lined streets and stunning historic architecture on every corner. A Look Back The Westminster Branch Library is on East Main Street … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Insider Access, Issues, January 2014, Park Planner, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Line Streets, Sidewalks, And Beyond

Photos Courtesy Of Pine Hall Brick Company

Stroll through downtowns, city parks, college campuses, and backyards to see the oldest trend return: genuine clay brick pavers used in sidewalks, streets, driveways, and patios. Because the pavers are the same color throughout, they combine classic aesthetic appeal with today’s emphasis on “green” construction. Durable enough to last centuries and made from clay and water—two of the most abundant building materials on the planet—these pavers are the essence of sustainability.  Some of the newest clay pavers are “green” twice:  … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, December 2013, Issues, Park Planner, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Retrofitting For Sustainability

To address environmental issues and create a site that meets the needs of the community, the Grass Lawn Park project was completed in three phases. 
Photos Courtesy Of Bruce Dees & Associates, LLC

For more than 30 years, GrassLawnPark has been the most utilized “year-round” park in Redmond, Wash., providing a variety of recreational opportunities and a unique respite in the middle of an urbanized area. After many years as a valuable regional amenity, the park’s fields and facilities were in need of renovation. Poor drainage affected the park’s winter-use potential, while the community was emerging with changing recreational needs that the old park could no longer satisfy. In response, the city’s parks … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, Park Planner, Parks and Rec Business, September 2013 | Leave a comment