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Get Ready to Garden

Web Exclusive - February 2015

Many parks and recreation organizations offer community members the space—and even some education—to start gardening. This month, we'll take a look at things you can do to get your community garden's season off to a good start.

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Parks, Public Spaces Top Attraction for Urbanites

Before You Go - November 2014

The study, which looked at what people like and dislike about their built environment, queried 1,000 people who live and work in one of six cities: Austin, Texas; Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Happy Trails!

Outdoor Fitness Adventures Equal Fun for All Ages

Feature Article - October 2014

Helping a community get fit means providing a range of amenities that enable people to get out and get active. A wide variety of trails—from fitness-inspired to greenways—are cropping up across the nation.

Go Natural, Get Creative

The Latest Trends in Park Landscape Design

Feature Article - October 2014

The most beautiful landscapes involve far more than fencing off an area and calling it a park. Careful landscape design leads to parks that successfully gather communities together.

Want to Build a Better Community?

Web Exclusive - October 2014

The National Recreation and Park Association's Building Better Communities signature grant program's application period opens at the end of October. Learn more about the program, as well as some of the projects it's making possible.

Stronger, Faster, Cheaper

The Pros of Prefab Restroom Structures

Feature Article - September 2014

The right restroom structure can make a big difference in people's perception of your park. In this feature, we take a look at what you need to know to get your restroom up and running quickly and cost-effectively.

Find a Restroom Structure to Fit Your Site

Problem Solver - August 2014

Clean, safe and aesthetically pleasing restrooms can be a defining feature at your site, providing comfort to visitors whether you're located in a rural setting or set against an urban backdrop. When you install premanufactured concrete restroom structures, you get a quick, simple solution that can fit in well with your surroundings while standing up to bad weather, use and abuse.

Reduce Park Restroom Maintenance Costs & Improve Life Cycle

Problem Solver - August 2014

When park restroom designers or planners select components for their project, they often fall back on past practice and vendors. The same fallback practice for park restroom replacement parts continues the experience of the original component selection. In the past 10 years, innovative new components and system improvements have become available to increase life cycle and reduce maintenance costs. Some of those improvements are code-driven, and others come from vendors building park restrooms who provide extended warranties that drive the need for improved, longer-lived parts. Examples are everywhere, from toilet stall door latches that no longer latch to doors and jambs that rust from the hose-down maintenance. Light fixtures now have to meet new energy codes and vandalism is ever-present. The road to better answers is now here and growing with a plethora of new products that should be considered to close the chapter of light-duty design against life-cycle cost advantages.

Create a Park Centerpiece

Problem Solver - August 2014

When you think of the places and spaces that define a community, parks are at the forefront. Well-designed parks provide a place where people can gather to play and celebrate. When you provide a focal point to anchor the site, you create an unforgettable centerpiece for your community.

Create a Standout Gathering Area

Problem Solver - August 2014

Community parks are the perfect gathering spot. Whether it's a full-blown family reunion or a spur-of-the-moment picnic, when you're going to get together and dine al fresco, the park is the place to do it. Well-designed picnic areas aim to provide comfort and fun for visitors who are celebrating, dining and enjoying their time together.