Features

Golf Amenities

There was a time in golf’s early history, back in the 15th century, when the condition of the course was dependent on how well local Scottish farmers took care of their pastures on which the game was played. more »

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Making Walls Talk

There were once hundreds of plantations dotting the landscape of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Today, few survive and even fewer provide the public with an opportunity to experience and learn about the complexity of life in the old South. more »

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A Splashing Success

Not many municipal services are guaranteed to put a smile on someone’s face, but on any given summer afternoon at Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center in O’Fallon, Mo., laughter and shrieks of fun can be heard long before one gets to the entrance gate. more »

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The Town Pool Comes of Age

Municipalities nationwide are coming to the realization that simply providing a place for swim lessons and getting wet isn’t what today’s aquatic facilities are all about. Citizens are more savvy, connected, and busier than ever. more »

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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 »

Columns

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 »

Parks & Playgrounds

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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