June 2016

Research Shows Benefits of Nature for Older Adults

A newly published research brief, "The Benefits of Nearby Nature in Cities for Older Adults," provides an overview of the health and wellness benefits of urban nearby nature—parks, gardens and trees that are easily accessible and close to one's residence.

Destination Play Comes to Draper, Utah

Developing a destination playground requires a combination of imagination and ingenuity. That's why Wheadon Farm Park deserves special credit. This recent project took a century-old piece of land and rebuilt it into a popular park featuring vestiges of American culture. Equal parts restoration and new creation, Wheadon Farm Park hearkens back to the final days of pioneer life while offering all the modern amenities parents and kids expect from a playground.

New Report Breaks Down the Data on City Parks

Recently, TPL's Center for City Park Excellence released the 2016 City Park Facts report, the nation's most complete compilation of data about parks in the nation's 100 largest cities. The report includes breakdowns of spending on public parks and recreation, acreage, number of park units, parkland by city and agency, comparison of designed versus natural parkland, data on specific recreational facilities, and much more.

Virtual Reality, Immersion & Interaction Lead Amusement Park Trends in 2016

As amusement parks and attractions begin to open their gates for the summer season, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) released its annual compilation of new attractions opening this year. Exciting trends for 2016 include virtual reality roller coasters, immersive 3-D/4-D attractions, interactive guest experiences, and edutainment.