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Take the '5 in July' park pledge!
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There are five weekends in July this year! Create a healthy weekend habit by getting out to a park, trail, playground, swimming pool, natural area or other public space every weekend. Feel the energy of the crowds and have a great time! Make your personal commitment to get outdoors by signing our "5 in July" park pledge. Do it for the glory! More

Amazing Play Sculptures Begin with Large Blocks of Foam

While no one at PLAYTIME claims to be the next Michelangelo, you can't blame the company for comparing sculptures made of marble with the ones they carve. But these works of art are not meant to just be admired. No, they're meant to be climbed, played with and jumped on. MORE

Smell flowers, not smoke: Ban takes effect in New York City
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A spokeswoman for New York City's parks department said crews are in the process of erecting 3,000 to 4,000 permanent "Smell Flowers, Not Smoke" signs to alert people to a no-smoking law that took effect May 23. The new rule makes it illegal to light up in any of the city's public parks, pools, beaches, plazas and other outdoor areas. More

Parks providers respond to growing interest in community gardening
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Yielding obvious benefits at relatively minimal costs, urban community gardening has had its champions for decades. But according to most people who have spent careers digging in the public dirt, it has been only within the past few years that the movement reached full bloom. More

CIVIL ENGINEERING and Parks and Recreation:
Another W-T Engineering Experience

W-T Civil Engineering, LLC was retained by the River Forest Park District in River Forest, Illinois to prepare construction documents for two (2) new platform tennis courts in Keystone Park in River Forest, IL. Keystone Park MORE

After storms, a rush to install shelters
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What is on track to be the deadliest tornado season in the nation's history has prompted record-breaking sales for companies that sell safe rooms and shelters designed to withstand the powerful storms that have killed hundreds of people in the U.S. this spring. More

Ohio legislature passes bill to drill
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With Ohio facing $500 million in backlogged capital projects at its state parks and gas prices still flirting with $4 per gallon, House Republicans say now is the time to allow oil and gas drilling in parks and other state-owned land. More

How safe is your playground surfacing?
SofTILE is an exceptionally durable playground surface that locks in place, is vandal resistant, class A fire rated, and provides unmatched fall safety ratings. SofTILE is manufactured with strict performance benchmarks to provide exceptional value and reduced owner liability. Most importantly, SofTILE carries the only 10-year warranty that guarantees compliance with fall safety standards. Visit us online to learn more!

Parks in 9 towns split $51,000 windfall
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Butler County, Pa., commissioners have doled out $51,000 for recreation enhancements to parks throughout the county. Gary Pinkerton, county parks and recreation director, said the grants reflected a realization that the only county-owned park — Alameda in Butler Township — "can't meet the recreation needs of the entire county." More

Residents: Windscreens block more than wind
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More than 125 residents of Neenah, Wisc., signed a petition to remove the green windscreens recently installed by Neenah Baseball at two Little League fields. They claim the screens block their view of the park and pose safety concerns. More

Key West, Fla., seeks to prevent dengue fever outbreak
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With the rainy season approaching, Key West, Fla., has worked together as a community to try to prevent another outbreak of dengue fever by eliminating breeding grounds for mosquitoes. A big dose of education is planned to help the prevention efforts. 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.

How to spot a safe playground
The Indiana Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the weather is nice outside and you want to take the kids to the local playground, do you know what to look for to make sure your playground is safe? Sometimes the risks don't appear as obvious as those associated with swimming or biking, but they're there and easy to spot. More

Kansas treasure hunters vie for free permits
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Now in its fourth year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' geocaching contest has drawn treasure hunters eager to explore the outdoors and claim prizes in the process. More


Leading the pack with dog park agility equipment, dog park furnishings and off-leash park products, including dog drinking fountains and nature-based dog play activities.

Clean, drain, dry to stop aquatic invasions
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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission issued guidelines after invasive aquatic species, including zebra mussels, were discovered in the state. Boaters can use these tips to cut down on the spread of unwanted water life. More

Neighborhood parks dying of thirst
Colorado Springs Independent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In early May, Kurt Schroeder, manager of Parks, Trails and Open Spaces for Colorado Springs, stood on a dandelion patch in Wasson Park. It was a rare living island in an expanse of dirt. More

No bike lane? Make one yourself
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While cities are adding plenty of bike infrastructure, it still can be dangerous to hop on your bike and commute in any urban center, especially in places where there isn't a bike lane. But a new solution from the Czech Republic (more art project, really) creates your own bike lane for you. 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.

Changes coming to slides at Seattle parks
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Seattle is making changes to children's playgrounds after another toddler was hurt on a slide. More

Conservation group asks to be charged like sportsmen
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Conservation groups have asked Nevada lawmakers to create a system allowing them to be charged for using the state's wildlife management areas. Kyle Davis of the Nevada Conservation League told the Assembly Ways and Means Committee the $5 annual fee would enable non-hunters to participate in supporting those areas. More

C-130s prevent the bite
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An Air Force Reserve crew flying a C-130 Hercules has a new mission: mosquito control. The specially modified aircraft is tasked with dispersing pesticides over standing water where mosquito larvae breed. 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!

Illinois devotes $11.7 million to parks, land acquisition
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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has devoted $11.7 million to the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Grant program, enabling local communities to improve outdoor recreation areas and increase open space through funds from the real estate transfer tax. More

Put skateboarders where they belong
Metro    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund to develop the area's first citywide skate park master plan. It includes plans to design and update locations throughout the city to serve as free public skate parks. More

Plan for improving park security ready for review
The Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Clearing vegetation, improving signs and adding amenities, such as a life-sized chess board, to draw more people are among the recommendations for improving security at the parks and outdoor spaces in Valparaiso, Ind. More


Recreation software to run your REC programs. Does registration, rosters, recruiting, scheduling, tournaments. MORE

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