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Highlights of the June 2015 Issue


PLAYGROUNDS
The Art of Play: Park's Hi-Tech, Inclusive Playground

 

The inclusive, hi-tech playground at West Park in the City of Nampa, Idaho, is a great destination point for families within the Nampa community, providing engaging and accessible playground equipment and attractions for children of all ages and abilities.

“West Park is a large 44-acre park that is significant to the Nampa Parks system,” explained City of Nampa Parks and Recreation Director Darrin Johnson. “And because it is located in a heavily populated area, city leaders felt it was necessary to invest in a universally accessible ADA playground. It is important that all children, regardless of their physical abilities, have the opportunity to play, and city leaders also wanted the park to be a place that would serve citizens with all physical capabilities.” ...

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DOG PARKS/PARK AMENITIES
Room to Run: City of Fort Morgan Unleashes New Dog Park

 

Building Today's Tactical AthletesOne of the more exciting trends in parks and recreation today is dog parks. And to the howling delight of dogs everywhere, the proliferation of dedicated areas in parks on military bases, and outside the gate, too, continues unabated.

For the City of Fort Morgan, Colo., the need for such a dedicated pet-friendly space was brought to the attention of community leaders and parks and recreation department staff, paving the way for a project that culminated in an ideal dog park in a beautiful park.

“We are a community that has leash laws, and naturally, that becomes restrictive when we have a community where we have all of the parks and a 350-acre Riverside park, and yet dogs have to be on a leash,” said Josh Miller, Community Services director, City of Fort Morgan, who oversees parks and recreation, library, museum, golf course, sports fields and cemetery facilities. “We had heard that the community was in favor of having a safe place to take their dogs off leash, and we made the dog park project happen.”...

 

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AQUATICS/RECREATION
New Community Center Opens at Malmstrom AFB

 

Sacramento Firefighters Embracing New Wellness CultureWith the recent opening of a new community center at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., families on base now have a one-stop location for aquatics, fitness, sports and recreation.

“It gives the families a place to meet and come together in more of a group atmosphere,” said Jennifer Benski, community manager for Balfour Beatty Communities, which operates Malmstrom Family Housing. “It’s important to have a facility like this for families to get out and about and meet other families to build more relationships.”

At the grand opening for the community center on May 5, Balfour Beatty Communities Project Director Luke LaLiberty said, “I would like to remind you of the reason we are here today — the U. S. military family. In addition to the military members who serve and protect around the world, there are the family members who remain behind and serve on the home front. It is our mission to give our military world-class service, and communities in which to do that.” ...

 

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