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2011 'Rock Your Park' Flash Mob Contest
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Be a part of the flash mob phenomenon through NRPA's 2011 "Rock Your Park" Flash Mob Contest (via YouTube) during Park and Recreation Month! Take this opportunity to "Rock Your Park" and demonstrate the power of parks and recreation. NRPA will choose one park and recreation agency and one citizen group as winners! Click here to access the rules and official online entry form. All entries are due on or before Aug. 1. More

Utah's Monkey Mountain Encourages Children to Learn through Play

“It’s amazing to see kids learn before they can even read,” says Director Powell Smith. “Kids as young as 18 months old play with our interactive ‘World Animals’ wall map. They touch an animal, hear its sound, and then see the map light up where the animal lives.” MORE

Participate in Pool Safely Day 2011
Widmeyer Communications    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's "Pool Safely" campaign invites water parks, municipal swimming pools and other indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities to celebrate Pool Safely Day on June 28. Pool Safely Day is an opportunity for aquatic facilities to demonstrate their support for the government's drowning prevention public education campaign and the message that "simple steps save lives." More

Former associate dean, wife commit $3 million to University of Montana forestry school
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Joel Meier always has practiced what he preached. The former University of Montana forestry professor has written books on backpacking, kayaked most of the rivers in the western United States and trekked through Nepal, Greenland and Siberia. Along the way, he stressed the importance of conservation and recreation education and leadership. Now the former associate dean of the UM College of Forestry and Conservation wants to ensure the next generation of recreation leaders continues to learn those core environmental and conservation values. More


Every parks and recreation board member and professional knows about the Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations that became effective March 15, 2011. But what is an Other Power Driven Mobility Device (OPDMD)? MORE

Celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day
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On Wednesday, May 25, an estimated 100,000 older adults will participate in local fitness activities throughout the country as part of the 18th National Senior Health & Fitness Day, the nation's largest health promotion event for seniors. More

California's next budget casualty: 70 state parks on closure list
San Jose Mercury News via California Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Seventy of California's 278 state parks will be closed under a plan announced by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration, a historic blow to the state's storied natural heritage that actually may get worse as lawmakers scramble to fix the budget crisis. More

Parks groups lobby to save California recreation areas
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The Neighborhood Parks Council, working with California State Parks Foundation, has established an online form to voice opposition to the proposal that permanently would close 70 state parks in California. More

New slide activity centers

Waterplay Solutions Corp. is releasing an exciting line of slide activity centers that are being described as stylish, versatile and exceptionally fun.

Communities find alternatives to eliminating learn-to-swim programs
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Five years ago, KNIK Aquatics, a USA Swimming club based in Anchorage, Alaska, took over the city's learn-to-swim program at the state's only 50-meter facility. That arrangement, in which the municipality charged the swim club 30 percent of lesson revenues, made sense at the time. But as Anchorage's budget gap widened, the city increased the fees it assessed the club, forcing KNIK Aquatics to charge more — and families to participate less. More

County parks now taking online reservations
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Miami-Dade residents now can make reservations for county parks and facilities from a computer or smartphone. The new online reservation system allows users to reserve many of the county's pavilions, playing fields, recreation centers and other amenities. Later this month, Miami Dade Park and Recreation will launch the second phase of its online initiative, enabling users to make online reservations for most of its summer camps. More

Combining hiking and weightlifting huge success at Fit Trails
New Britain Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Go to the park to enjoy the fresh air, the sun-warmed grass and... get pumped? New Britain, Conn., residents now have that possibility for summer workouts at Fit Trails at two local parks. The trails, installed about eight years ago, are among the parks' biggest attractions. More

How safe is your playground surfacing?
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Activists support parks, protest gas drilling
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A group of environmental activists spoke at Ohio's statehouse about the need to support state parks and protest drilling proposals. Gov. John Kasich's budget bill could allow the Ohio Department of Natural Resources the authority to lease state parks for gas and oil exploration. More

10 sport suggestions for children with autism
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No two children with autism are alike. What works for one may not be ideal for the next. As parents consider introducing sports to a child with autism, Georgia Frey, associate professor in the department of kinesiology at Indiana University, encourages families to try lots of athletic activities before settling on one sport. More
Eco-Friendly Park Furnishings.

Manufactured from 100% U.V. stabilized recycled plastic and assembled with stainless steel fasteners, Polly Products provides a myriad of park products. Made in the U.S.A. maintenance free with low life cycle cost, providing sustainability in all of our green products. Attractive highly functional designs are attributes of all Poly Products. MORE
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
Goal Transporter, Equipment to DO MORE With LESS

Picnic Table Transporter, Goal Transporters, Bleacher Transporters, Barrel Lift/Bag Lift, Easy/Safe Trash Collection. Equipment to help you move your park and school products, to add versatility to your recreation schedule with a minimum of labor and reduction in employee injuries. Simple, Easy, Durable, and Versatile.

First National Kids to Parks Day held
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The United States boasts a special day to take children to work. Now, with the help of National Park Trust, children recently were treated to a weekend experience: National Kids to Parks Day on May 21. This nationwide event, part of the Let's Move Outside Initiative, was held to promote healthy lifestyles and foster an appreciation for America's magnificent national, state and local parks. More

Fly fishing: The new golf in outdoor recreation?
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Outfitted, guided fishing trips have a $51.44 million effect annually on Montana's economy, according to a study by the Montana Institute of Tourism and Recreational Research. More

County plans to ban children from Virginia dog park
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The Shirlington, Va., Community Canine Area met recently. On the agenda was setting a date for the next cleanup day, the cost of waste pickup bags, park maintenance and rule changes. One surprise: an announcement that Arlington County plans to ban children under age 8 from being in the park. More


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Hot playgrounds pose danger to children
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Remember going to the playground as a child and being blinded by the sun glowing off the metal slide, making the toy look like it was radioactive? Remember the scalding surface that seared the backs of your legs? When it's hot outside, that playground equipment can be a real burn danger to children. More

Rent a garden?
The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Yearning for seeds, itching to rake, peeking through fences? These are signs of gardening envy, a common problem for people who don't have a yard. However, it's possible to get the pleasure of gardening without owning a plot. More

Report: South's forests in jeopardy
The Asheville Citizen-Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The South could lose 23 million acres of forestland during the next 50 years, an area the size of South Carolina. The Southern Forest Futures Project report, released recently, said the loss of forestland to population growth and increased urbanization could cause more frequent and intense wildfires, dirtier water and loss of native plants and animals across 13 Southern states. More

Veto override means park fees set to increase
Omaha World-Herald News Service via Lexington Clipper-Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Be prepared to dig out another five-spot to visit Nebraska state parks and recreation areas next year. Legislators handily overrode a gubernatorial veto recently to approve a bill increasing park entry fees. More

ICON Shelter Systems Inc.

ICON Shelter Systems Inc has provided shelters, gazebos, arbors and other outdoor structures for thousands of public parks nationwide. They are the Infrastructure of Fun!

Doggone great contest
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Does your local dog park need to put a little more wag in its tail? Enter the Purina Beneful 2011 Dream Dog Park Contest and win a $500,000 makeover. More

The greening of Dallas: New urban oases being built for downtown residents, visitors
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In the early 2000s, Dallas leaders looked around downtown and saw good hotels and restaurants amid business skyscrapers and a tangle of freeways. What they didn't see were people enjoying the great outdoors. That's changing. More

Park set to launch disc golf
The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Livingston County, Mich., soon will have its third 18-hole disc golf course. The Howell Area Parks and Recreation Authority plans to install a course in Marion Township. More

Texas city revises hike-and-bike plan
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A week after city officials in Arlington, Texas, backpedaled on how many miles of lanes would be available for on-street bike routes, the latest version of the hike-and-bike master plan reinstates some of those lanes but remains focused on off-street paths for cyclists. More


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