Editor's Desk - April 2015
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All Together Now

Whether it's a community coming together to fund and build a playground, or government agencies, conservancies and nonprofits coordinating funding to create and maintain an entirely new park, there is a preponderance of ways to combine efforts to do more with less in our parks and public spaces.

This month, we offer a look at some of the ways people are coming together to create effective park and playground spaces, from funding strategies to playground builds and more.

With budgets continuing to face challenges in parks departments across the nation, we kick off this Guide to Playgrounds & Park Furnishings with a closer look at creative funding approaches. We talked to experts at various nonprofits who have experience and knowledge to share about how to line up your team and your budget. We follow up with a look at creative playgrounds, from innovative and customized structures to clever approaches to bringing play out of the park and into the community. Finally, we offer an inside look at how to select, place and maintain site furnishings to enhance your site and turn it into a place that people will want to visit time and again.

Bringing your team together to create the most effective site possible will end up paying off big dividends, as your park brings the community together to play and recreate together.

Have Fun!

Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management