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Feature Article - September 2016
Outdoor fitness provides a way for everyone to get active without having to pony up for a gym membership, and communities are increasingly using them to boost their health.
Problem Solver - August 2016
In addition to active areas, you'll want to include things like picnic areas and seating for individuals and families, along with fountains and aquatic elements for people to enjoy. You want to create an oasis—a haven for the community to gather, be active and enjoy beauty.
Also think about color. Steel furnishings can be powder-coated in a wide variety of colors to match the other features of your site. For example, you could install benches and waste receptacles near a playground in a color that matches your slides and swings. Recycled plastic is also available in a range of colors. Look to natural colors to suit a wooded site, or bright colors for a sports park.
Wooden park benches and picnic tables are a popular option, but they eventually rot or splinter, and they need to be repainted or stained regularly. With high-quality recycled plastic, you will never need to paint or replace rotting or splintered boards.
Selecting and placing your site furnishings requires close attention to materials as well as orientation to ensure that seats and tabletops don't get too hot.
Refuse containers should be located no further than 100 feet from a campsite. Make sure containers are durable and made of heavy materials. Receptacles should also be designed with lids that prevent insects and rodents from getting inside, and depending on the area, might even need to be bear-proof.
When choosing wood furnishings, you need to look for the highest grade woods possible. Durable and dense Ipe is a great choice for long-lasting furnishings that won't require regular application of preservative or paint.
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Supplement Feature - April 2016
Site furnishings bring character and balance to a park's open space, with benches, water fountains and picnic tables being just a few of the common accessories you can find. But furnishing your park site requires careful planning, too, with one of the best ways being to understand or determine the common or intended use for your specific areas.