Category Archives: Park Planner

Recruiting Selfless Services

Photos Courtesy Of Oakland County Parks and Recreation

To save on staff costs and expand programming and special events, Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) in Southeast Michigan began a volunteer program in 2011. Today, the 13-park system utilizes the talents of more than 700 volunteers.  Last year, 1.8-million guests visited the county parks. With only 65 full-time and 600 seasonal staff, volunteers are invaluable to the success of enhancing existing programs and special events, and developing new offerings.  Under the direction of a full-time volunteer coordinator, the … Continue reading

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Public-Public Partnership

Photos Courtesy Of Daviess-Martin Joint County Parks & Recreation Department

As public land managers across the nation examine new ideas to solve growing budget problems, a variety of old schemes have been altered into new ones. Some work and some don’t. This article describes our foray into what may be considered a new paradigm, as it involves crossing county borders to form a profitable partnership.  The Daviess-Martin Joint County Parks & Recreation Department is the only one of its kind in Indiana. As far as can be determined, it is … Continue reading

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Thoughtful Planning For A Peaceful Park

Photos Courtesy of Parviz Izadjoo

Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park in Silver Spring, Md., was originally built in the 1960s. The park provides a walk-to facility for residents of the single-family homes surrounding the park as well as the nearby apartments. The 7.5-acre park, which was in need of renovation, included an informal play field, playground, two tennis courts, a full-size basketball court, and open fields at both ends. A concrete-lined stream bisected the park in the eastern portion of the site. An old, rusty metal … Continue reading

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

Serene Latrine

Photos Courtesy of Miró Rivera Architects

Location: Austin, Texas Size: 70 square feet  The Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail is a linear park of scenic trails and landscaping that follows the banks of the Colorado River in downtown Austin. Very popular among runners and bike riders, the park provides residents and visitors with a rural escape in an urban setting. The public restroom—the first in the park in more than 30 years—was built by the Town Lake Trail Foundation, a community-based non-profit organization, in … Continue reading

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

Kid Magnet

Photos: Courtesy Of The St. Charles Park District

A river running through a city is a beautiful sight, and any park district lucky enough to have such a natural treasure would be remiss in not promoting it to its advantage. With the scenic Fox River at its doorstep, the St. Charles Park District in Illinois wanted to highlight its connection to the waterway in creating a new attraction and restoring an iconic destination in the jewel of its downtown park system—historic Pottawatomie Park.  In 2013, the park district … Continue reading

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