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Register now to get discount on NRPA Congress
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Only a few weeks remain to get the early-bird discount for the 2011 NRPA Congress and Exposition, slated Nov. 1-3 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Sign up by Sept. 1 to save $100 or more! The event brings together more than 6,500 park and recreation professionals for cutting-edge education, networking and the premier trade show in the business. More

Creative World Gets "Creative" with Three, Custom-Themed PLAYTIME Playhouses

The most popular playhouse is the one that looks just like Creative World’s branded storefront. “We sent PLAYTIME pictures of our school and they recreated our facade,” says Executive Director, Pam Leslie. “It even has a big crayon on it, which is part of our logo on the front of our building.” MORE

Against the grains: Wood chips replace sand at parks
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The move to replace sand with wood chips in Santa Clarita Valley, Calif., parks makes playground areas safer and more universally accessible, a county parks official says. But some park patrons don't like the change. More

By taking precautions, pools can be constructed in winter
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The dog days of August mean different things to different people: family vacations, football practices, back-to-school sales. For many facility operators, it's the winding down of the outdoor pool season and, soon after, the beginning of the pool construction season. More


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Federal directive challenges parks to increase access for all
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Changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act have a progressive goal: giving "mobility disabled" residents a better chance to enjoy public parkland by letting them use motorized vehicles on trails. But the federal directive has New Jersey and county staff scrambling to assess thousands of miles of trails. And they're rubbing up against the state's ban on motorized vehicles in environmentally sensitive lands. More

Parks could spark economic growth
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A significant infusion of cash into city coffers for the development and improvement of parks in Muskogee, Okla., could be the ticket for economic prosperity. More

How safe is your playground surfacing?
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Recreation center with pools pays off ahead of schedule
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Upper St. Clair, Pa., opened its recreation center and swimming pools at Boyce Mayview Park just two years ago, but they have proven so popular that the center is covering its operating costs ahead of schedule, and officials have added a potential expansion to the town's five-year capital improvement plan. More

Presto — Instant playground
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Can a trendy retail tactic promote healthier living in low-income urban neighborhoods? During the past few years, retailers have experimented with "pop-up" stores and restaurants that aim to generate buzz while trying out a new product or marketing concept. But now the pop-up approach is being applied to problems of public health. More
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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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Oklahoma tribe rescues park marked for closure
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The Chickasaw Nation and the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation have signed an agreement for the tribe to assume management and operations of the Boggy Depot State Park near Atoka, saving a park that otherwise would have been closed. More

Free Wi-Fi to be available in city parks
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Free wireless connection soon will be more accessible to New Yorkers in all five boroughs. The city renewed several contracts, amending them to make $10 million available for Wi-Fi in 32 parks and public spaces throughout New York City. More

Let's Play Grants Available Now

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Let’s Play grants valued between $750-$30,000 to build or fix up playspaces! For updates Like Let’s Play on Facebook.

Fallen leaves add as much mercury to environment as precipitation
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Fallen autumn leaves transfer as much, if not more, hazardous mercury from the atmosphere to the environment as does precipitation each year, according to recent U.S. Geological Survey research. More

Designing dog parks
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Dog parks — while not as ubiquitous as ball fields, picnic tables or tennis courts — are starting to become part of the American park landscape. Particularly in urban areas where dog owners are unlikely to have adequate residential space for their pets to run, the dog park serves as a community's backyard. More

Urban Oasis: Central Park enhancements earn Dream Design award

Turning a neglected urban setting into a haven for outdoor recreation earned this park a Dream Design award from Aquatics International magazine.

Grant helps clear invasive plants from forest
Forum Publishing Group via Sun Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hollywood, Fla., recently won a $50,000 grant to help stamp out invasive plants in Sheridan Oak Forest. The city's parks department applied through the Broward County Land Stewardship Program, a five-year capital improvement effort that provides funding for the Partners in Preservation Grant. More

Fishing line recycling program protects shoreline, wildlife
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The Bay City, Texas, Parks and Recreation Department, together with Keep Bay City Beautiful, has become the newest participant in the Texas Sea Grant monofilament recycling program. Its goal is to collect fishing line that otherwise would become entangled along the shoreline, threatening wildlife and boaters. 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!

New park reels in fishermen
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Idaho Falls, Idaho, is putting the finishing touches on a new park for fishermen. The attraction is slated to open in late summer. More

Invasive carp infiltrate Wisconsin waters
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An angler's catch of a bighead carp in the Lower Wisconsin River and traces of silver carp DNA — the carp known for its jumping behavior — in the St. Croix River late last month have state officials calling on the federal government to direct funding and attention to aquatic invasive species in the Mississippi River system. More


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