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Horse Of A Different Color

I can’t back this idea up with a scientific survey, but I am willing to assume that a vast majority of parks and recreation departments don’t include horse-related activities as part of their offerings; therefore, they probably don’t fathom the type more »

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The Calming Effect Of A Building

A biophilic approach to design results in buildings that have valuable but complex influences and that can be grasped through effects on our own behavior: increased relaxation, a sense of delight, an improved capacity for personal reflection, etc. more »

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Special Delivery

Custom play environments are unique spaces that require trained and confident builders to construct. Moreover, there are many different types of delivery methods that serve the construction industry, but not all are suited to play environments. more »

Parks & Playgrounds

When A Community Treasure Crumbles

Parks and recreation departments often feel pressure from the community when facilities close for repairs or maintenance. For the city of Tampa, outcry was much stronger when a neighborhood pool was shut down in 2009 for being non-code compliant. more »

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Hooked On Habitat Conservation

In the first four months of the 2014-15 school year, high school students in Kent, Wash., have given more than 1,000 hours of community service by getting cold, dirty, wet, and scratched. And they keep coming back for more. more »

Parks & Playgrounds

A Charming Bond

Pumpkin Playground at San Martín Park in Lakewood, Calif., is a fairytale destination charmed with a custom pumpkin carriage drawn by two horses and a large Cinderella castle play structure. It reopened in fall 2014. more »

Parks & Playgrounds

A Pit Stop For Paddlers

In 2009, the Minnesota DNR completed a master plan for the Ottertail River. Part of that study concluded that an 8-mile stretch of the river was not navigable into Fergus Falls because no canoe/kayak access existed above Central Dam. more »

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Aging Facilities

In the 1980s and ‘90s there was a surge of water park projects and attractions across the United States that catered to public demands for fun; these facilities went beyond common rectangular swimming pools as places to beat the heat. more »

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Reeling With Memorable Moments

On a beautiful day in mid-May, the boys couldn’t stop horsing around. Running on the soft sand close to the lake’s edge and shoving each other playfully, they just couldn’t stay still. more »

Parks & Playgrounds

Train To Be A Champion

The Naval Station Great Lakes’ Warrior Zone, designed for functional fitness and high-intensity training, opened in November 2014 to meet the needs of its military personnel. more »

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