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Update Your Site's Look

Problem Solver - August 2011

It's important to consider your site when selecting furnishings. If you're furnishing a downtown square, you might want to go with classic or modern cast-iron or steel pieces in basic colors. A shaded park site might look great with wood or recycled plastic furnishings. And a play area would look fantastic with brightly colored furnishings that coordinate with the play equipment.

Create the Perfect Gathering Place

Problem Solver - August 2011

Start by thinking about what you expect people to use the space for. If you're expecting lots of picnickers, you'll want to include picnic tables, garbage and recycling receptacles, at the very least. Make sure your receptacles are clearly marked, so patrons know what to throw where. You can use this as a chance to encourage recycling, but be sure to make clear what exactly can be recycled in your area.

Parks: Dreams Come True

Westminster Center Park in Westminster, Colo.

Facility Profile - July 2011

When designing this new park space and playground, the planning team looked to a sister city in England—and took some cues from the story of Peter Pan, as well.

Design for the Times

Stretch Your Dollars, Boost Your Impact

Supplement Feature - April 2011

Well-maintained parks add value to a neighborhood, realtors say, and there would be a huge public outcry if a municipality tried to sell one off. But these days, in light of diminishing resources and proposed federal and state budget cuts, park landscape design and architecture experts admit that they are being pressed to do more with less.

Mix and Match

When Outfitting Your Park, Context Matters

Supplement Feature - April 2011

When it comes to furnishing your site—from selecting the types of furnishings you will include to choosing the best designs for your location—there is no right or wrong. As you make those decisions, the most important thing to remember is context—the context of the environment and community in which the park sits.

Before You Go…

Investment for Better Health
Research Shows Recreational Funding Affects Overall Physical Fitness

Before You Go - April 2011

The research—commissioned by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and led by Dr. John L. Crompton of Texas A&M University—consists of five monographs that studied the broad and fundamental benefits of parks and recreation on local communities, with a focus on stimulating physical activity, youth development, alleviating stress and crime, improving air quality, and measuring the economic impact of park and recreation services.

Recreation Center: Sculpting a Space

John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in DES MOINES, Iowa

Facility Profile - February 2011

A creatively designed space offers a perfect backdrop for an impressive sculpture collection.

A Park for All

Todd Beamer Park in Fresno, Calif.

Facility Profile - January 2011

Less than 10 years after his tragic death on a flight destined to crash in a Pennsylvania field, the city of Fresno, Calif., celebrates Todd Beamer's legacy with a new park.

Before You Go…

Road to Education
Born Learning Trail Encourages Kids to Learn

Before You Go - October 2010

The trail—the first of its kind in Waukesha County—is based upon the Born Learning Concept, and was dedicated by the city of Waukesha on Sept. 25.

Kids Get Active

After-School Programs to the Rescue

Feature Article - September 2010

With childhood obesity still a major challenge, many after-school programs are tackling the problem head-on, with education and activities to help kids eat healthy and get active.