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The Outdoor Gym: Benefits & Best Practices

Guest Column - March 2015

Outdoor fitness areas can offer myriad benefits to a public that needs to fit in a bit more fitness. Learn more about some of the benefits and best practices associated with these amenities.

Out of the Ordinary

Making Fun Park Games Work

Feature Article - February 2015

Disc golf continues to be one of the more commonly planned additions among parks, camps and others. Learn more about adding disc golf to your lineup, as well as other popular favorites like mini golf, bocce and more.

Get Ready to Garden

Web Exclusive - February 2015

Many parks and recreation organizations offer community members the space—and even some education—to start gardening. This month, we'll take a look at things you can do to get your community garden's season off to a good start.

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Parks, Public Spaces Top Attraction for Urbanites

Before You Go - November 2014

The study, which looked at what people like and dislike about their built environment, queried 1,000 people who live and work in one of six cities: Austin, Texas; Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Happy Trails!

Outdoor Fitness Adventures Equal Fun for All Ages

Feature Article - October 2014

Helping a community get fit means providing a range of amenities that enable people to get out and get active. A wide variety of trails—from fitness-inspired to greenways—are cropping up across the nation.

Go Natural, Get Creative

The Latest Trends in Park Landscape Design

Feature Article - October 2014

The most beautiful landscapes involve far more than fencing off an area and calling it a park. Careful landscape design leads to parks that successfully gather communities together.

Want to Build a Better Community?

Web Exclusive - October 2014

The National Recreation and Park Association's Building Better Communities signature grant program's application period opens at the end of October. Learn more about the program, as well as some of the projects it's making possible.

Stronger, Faster, Cheaper

The Pros of Prefab Restroom Structures

Feature Article - September 2014

The right restroom structure can make a big difference in people's perception of your park. In this feature, we take a look at what you need to know to get your restroom up and running quickly and cost-effectively.

Find a Restroom Structure to Fit Your Site

Problem Solver - August 2014

Clean, safe and aesthetically pleasing restrooms can be a defining feature at your site, providing comfort to visitors whether you're located in a rural setting or set against an urban backdrop. When you install premanufactured concrete restroom structures, you get a quick, simple solution that can fit in well with your surroundings while standing up to bad weather, use and abuse.

Reduce Park Restroom Maintenance Costs & Improve Life Cycle

Problem Solver - August 2014

When park restroom designers or planners select components for their project, they often fall back on past practice and vendors. The same fallback practice for park restroom replacement parts continues the experience of the original component selection. In the past 10 years, innovative new components and system improvements have become available to increase life cycle and reduce maintenance costs. Some of those improvements are code-driven, and others come from vendors building park restrooms who provide extended warranties that drive the need for improved, longer-lived parts. Examples are everywhere, from toilet stall door latches that no longer latch to doors and jambs that rust from the hose-down maintenance. Light fixtures now have to meet new energy codes and vandalism is ever-present. The road to better answers is now here and growing with a plethora of new products that should be considered to close the chapter of light-duty design against life-cycle cost advantages.