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Dallas Park Recognized With ASLA Award

Klyde Warren Park, a 5.2-acre urban park in Dallas designed by OJB Landscape Architecture (OJB), recently earned the Award of Excellence for General Design from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The park reconnects the city's downtown cultural district with the neighborhoods located to the north. Designed to reflect the district through its modern design, the park has bridged the eight-lane Woodall Rodgers Freeway, which had been a barrier between the downtown and uptown areas.

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APSP Releases Tools for Post-Flood or Hurricane Rebuilding Efforts

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced the release of the fact sheet, "Flooded Swimming Pools and Spas" for those involved in rebuilding communities affected by major flood incidents or hurricane.

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NFWF Announces Grants for Monarch Conservation

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced 23 grant awards totaling more than $3.77 million for projects to help conserve the monarch butterfly in North America.

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CPSA Expands Reach & Combines With NSPF

The California Pool & Spa Association (CPSA) is expanding its geographic focus, forming The Pool, Spa & Aquatics Alliance (The Alliance) and combining with the National Swimming Pool Foundation.

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National Park Service Announces Director's Partnership Awards

The recipients of the 2017 National Park Service Director's Partnership Awards are being recognized for providing fantastic opportunities for people to connect with amazing places and stories.

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NASC Launches Sports Tourism Learning Institute

The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) announced a new educational initiative called the Sports Tourism Learning Institute (STLI).

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Parks Plan Additions

Parks Plan Additions

A majority of parks and recreation respondents to our industry report survey indicated that they have plans for construction in the coming three years. Some 75.9 percent of parks respondents said they had such plans, with 55.9 percent planning renovations to existing facilities, 35.7 percent planning new construction, and 34.9 percent planning additions to their existing facilities. The average budget for this new construction is $4,689,000, up 22 percent from 2016, when parks respondents were planning to spend an average of $3,842,000 on their construction.

Some 51.8 percent of parks respondents said they had plans to add features at their facilities. The most commonly planned addition was splash play areas, with 29.2 percent of parks respondents who will be adding features indicating that they had plans to add splash play. Other popular planned additions include fitness trails and outdoor fitness equipment, park shelters, playgrounds, and park restroom structures.

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A Community Works Out: John S. Simms Park in Bellflower, Calif.

At this popular new outdoor fitness area, local residents of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are connecting over wellness.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Parks: Planning, Programming & Staffing to Better Serve All Residents

Social equity has long been a goal for parks and recreation professionals. Here, we talk to some experts to learn some best practices for ensuring everyone has a voice and can participate.

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Keeping It Safe: Designing a Safe Spray Park

When people come to the park, they expect the amenities they enjoy to be safe for their use. Here, an expert in splash play takes a closer look at how to design spraygrounds safely.

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From Land to Landscape: Effective Approaches to Park Design

From engaging your community to getting the right team together, turning your land into a landscape that will draw visitors is a big task.

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Fun for All: The Latest in Park Planning & Design

Parks are an essential part of a well-planned neighborhood, and as such, they require careful attention to planning and design. Collaborating with residents and other stakeholders and accommodating the interests of multiple generations are two keys to success.

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Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

2017 WWA Show, Presented by the World Waterpark Association, Oct. 16 to 19 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (
14th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference, Presented by the National Swimming Pool Foundation, Oct. 18 to 20 in Denver. (
ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo, Presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Oct. 20 to 23 in Los Angeles. (
FSB 2017 Trade Fair, Nov. 7 to 10 in Cologne, Germany. (

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