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Pay Attention to Quality, Environment When Furnishing Your Site

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.

Find Animal-Proof Receptacles

Problem Solver - August 2015

How does it work? Visitors simply pull the front door open, and its tail will close the throat of the lid. This prevents animals from pulling open the door and reaching down into the can. When the door closes, the trash drops into the can. The weighted and balanced door will close on its own, further preventing problems.

Create a Contemporary Look for Your Site

Problem Solver - August 2015

Try to find furnishings that feature classic lines or elegant designs. You can go with the simplest of designs for a clean look, or you can look for decorative elements that will help lend more elegance to your site's appearance.

Start a Memorial Bench Program

Problem Solver - August 2015

Once all of this is determined, you'll need to establish a coordinator for the program, and then begin building community awareness. You can do this via local newspapers and radio, as well as placing a message in any direct mailings your organization sends out. Don't forget to make use of your social media page to let people know that sponsorships are available as well.

Find Green Site Furnishings

Problem Solver - August 2015

How can these products be used to encourage recycling? Many site furniture catalogs provide you with ways to promote green initiatives, particularly recycling initiatives. This can often be achieved with special lids and decals on existing litter receptacles or through recycling stations customized to accept your unique recyclables and litter.

Take It Outside

Outdoor Fitness Areas Brings Fitness to All

Feature Article - July 2015

Providing fitness equipment for free use at a park, along a trail or near a playground offers a smart way to build your community and help its members get more active.

Improve Your View

Find the Right Site Furnishings for Your Space

Supplement Feature - April 2015

Selecting site furnishings—from benches and picnic tables to trash receptacles, bike racks and more—is a crucial part of park planning. The right furnishings will enhance your space, and if you choose wisely, should last for the long haul.

Simplify Event Seating

Problem Solver - August 2014

Sometimes, you need to be able to provide seating in a variety of places throughout your community. When you want to do so quickly, transportable bleachers are an ideal solution. Even when there's a permanent grandstand located at your event, movable bleachers can be a great way to provide enough comfortable seating for everyone. What's more, temporary seating, such as transportable bleachers, can be a smart investment, paying for itself as you boost attendance, and eventually bring in revenues to help support your programs.

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.

Create Effective Memorials

Problem Solver - August 2014

Parks and recreation organizations often get requests from families, friends and community organizations to dedicate memorials. These can be beautiful plantings and gardens, dedicated trees, statues, or even site furnishings, such as benches with a dedication. There are many ways to memorialize and recognize someone in your community. Working with site furnishing manufacturers, you can create unique and effective memorials for your parks.