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Recreation center: Sculpting a space
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As far as lawn ornaments go, John and Mary Pappajohn had the volume and type that were sure to attract the attention of the neighbors. One would imagine they also attracted the attention and interest of world-class museums, because the Pappajohns are consistent and generous friends of the arts and their assortment of "lawn ornaments" — outdoor sculptures by major contemporary artists — was a treasure trove worth millions. But when the Pappajohns decided to donate the collection, it went to their local art center for use in a city park. More

Will A bike ride a day keep the doctor away?
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Researcher says Portland, Oregon's bike paths will cut its health costs. "The implication is if other cities invest in biking infrastructure, the same thing will happen," Boone-Heinonen says. "It's exciting and I completely support investing more in cycling infrastructure, but Portland is a unique city." The true innovation of Gotschi's study, according to Boone-Heinonen, is in showing that it is possible to put dollars-and-cents numbers on public policies that, until now, haven’t been quantified. "As this approach becomes more common, we'll improve our ability to compare different policy options such as parks vs. supermarkets vs. bike infrastructure," she says. More

New Pre-Engineered Water Walk Systems Now Ready-to-Order

"There's always a line at our PLAYTIME water walk," says David Withers, City of Brownwood Parks Director. PLAYTIME has simplified the water walk design and buying process by eliminating the need to contact multiple suppliers. Choose from two themes - TROPICAL or TIKI available in multiple span lengths, netting colors and floatable features. Read More

Exercise balls become fixtures in first grade classroom
Bangor Daily News via Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Any kid can tell you: There are all kinds of balls. There are balls to kick and balls to bat, balls to dodge and balls to volley. But at the Orland Consolidated School in Orland, Maine, the 16 pint-sized exercise balls in Mr. Christian's first grade classroom are for learning. Since the first week of January, the kelly-green balls have taken the place of the students' hard plastic desk chairs. So instead of spending the long school day squirming against slippery plastic seats, the children in this classroom room are allowed — encouraged, even — to jiggle and bounce, wiggle and sway as they take part in class activities while perched on the softly inflated balls. More

Earn Grants & Gain Recognition

There are now $2.1 million more reasons to become a Playful City USA! New Let’s Play grants available exclusively to Playful City USA communities. Join the 118 Playful City USA communities and gain national recognition for your city. Download the 2011 Application today.

Creative marketing, government style
San Diego Union Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The way to navigate through a challenging economy, the private sector has learned, is to offer price discounts such as daily deals and two-for-ones teamed with other forms of creative marketing to reach new customers. The San Diego Union Tribune is happy to report the public sector as well is trying new, creative approaches. Two agencies in particular deserve mention: The San Diego Coast District of California State Parks and the North County Transit District. More

Helping schools fight childhood obesity with new funding
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Saying schools are the "frontlines of our efforts to fight childhood obesity," first lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the government is amping up efforts to get schools to serve more nutritious meals. In a conference call recently with educators and parent groups from around the country, Vilsack said the Department of Agriculture is putting up $5.5 million dollars in an effort to entice more school districts to join the HealthierUS School Challenge. More

How safe is your playground surfacing?
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Texas state parks provide physical fitness events
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While most people visit Texas state parks to picnic, camp, fish, hike or just relax beneath a shade tree, there is a smaller, more physically-fit contingent that uses some of the state's most scenic spots for more rigorous recreational pursuits. Hardcore ultramarathoners who trod the trails each year at Huntsville State Park are perhaps the most extreme example. This year's mega-endurance challenge on the first weekend in February not only attracted more than 500 runners, it also produced an American record. More

State parks: Important for quality of life
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Some of Florida's state parks were the subject of rumored closures. The state's city preservation parks have been cited as possible sources of revenue, if they could be sold for private use. There are other communities that have embraced parks and preservation lands as resources by which they educate their children and by which they attract visitors and out-of-area dollars. More
Shaping the Future of Play
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DOGIPOT introduces its OXO-BIODEGRADABLE Litter Pick Up Bags. These new and improved litter pick up bags are one of the most environmentally conscious pet waste bags on the market and are designed to not only help rid parks of the unsightly, smelly, nuisance of dog waste, but also minimize the environmental impact of bagged dog waste. Experience the DOGIPOT Advantage! More info
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4 Colorado State Parks may be repurposed as wildlife areas
Summit County Citizens Voice    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Four Colorado State Parks may be converted to State Wildlife Areas administered by the Colorado Division of Wildlife in an effort to trim $3.3 million from the state's budget, as per Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget. The four parks singled out for repurposing by Hickenlooper are Bonny Lake, on the Eastern Plains near the Kansas border, Harvey Gap, near Rifle, where there are also two other state parks nearby, Sweitzer Lake, built near Delta expressly for recreation, and Paonia State Park, operated in collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. More

Hill will oversee Tenn. state parks
The Chattanoogan    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced recently that Brock Hill has joined the department as Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation, effective immediately. Hill will oversee Tennessee's 53 award-winning state parks and 81 state natural areas. More


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Popularity of a NC state park soars
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North Carolina's state parks and state recreation areas reported near-record visitation in 2010, with 14 million visitors — slightly below the record of 14.2 million visits in 2009, according to the N.C Division of Parks and Recreation. Among 39 state parks and state recreation areas, 21 reported increases in attendance from 2009 to 2010, including Lake Norman State Park near Troutman. More than a half million campers were registered during the year across the state. More

Active state parks need more than passive visitors
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To twist an old song lyric: If only every park could be as rich as Rockefeller State Park Preserve. On a recent Friday evening, the Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, a support group for the vast and graceful park in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. held a fundraiser to celebrate the Friends' 10th anniversary and to toast George Gumina, the organization's founder and president. More than 200 people attended the $400- to $600-a-plate dinner, held on the private section of the Rockefeller estate in a Tudor mansion originally built as a children's playhouse. More

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Maintain the parks
Buffalo News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Desperate times call for desperate measures, even if it means towns taking over state park operations in their own back yards. Buffalo News staff reporter Barbara O'Brien's recent story about the leaders of towns in New York taking over, to varying degrees, Woodlawn Beach, Knox Farm and Joseph Davis parks is not only a sign of the state's tough times, but evidence of a creative solution. More

5 questions: Hope runs high at state parks
Argus Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Only one major problem concerns South Dakota state Parks Director Doug Hofer as the tourism season nears, and it isn't fuel prices. "Most of the park system lies next to lakes and streams throughout the state, and we do anticipate some flooding along some of our major rivers this year," including the Big Sioux, he says. More
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