Piece Together A Parcel Pie

Floods have no jurisdictional boundaries. Storm and flood waters demand land-use decisions on neighboring properties, in neighboring communities, and throughout watersheds. While this connection comes with unfair costs in handling upstream development, it also offers a unique and beneficial opportunity for net gains.    Local government agencies can manage stormwater more efficiently and effectively by working together. Each entity has a “comparative advantage” i.e., the capacity to provide certain resources more efficiently, than other partner governments. When these advantages are combined, … Continue reading

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Man Up Like In The Movies

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In 1953, George Stevens directed an American western for Paramount called Shane. The film was based on a 1949 novel of the same title, written by Jack Schaefer. It starred Alan Ladd as Shane—a drifting, gun-slinging cowboy, and Van Heflin as a land-settling farmer named Joe. Joe’s wife was played by Jean Arthur and their son Joey by Brandon DeWilde. No bad guys were colder than Jack Palance, who played a gunman named Wilson.  Most Americans over the age of … Continue reading

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Fountain of Rings: An Atlanta Icon

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Almost 18 years ago Muhammad Ali stood before an exuberant crowd at Olympic Stadium in Atlanta with a flaming torch grasped in his right hand. Symbols of that magical summer evening and the 100th Summer Olympic Games that followed remain throughout the city today. One of the most visible symbols of those Olympics is the Fountain of Rings, the centerpiece of Centennial Olympic Park.  Since 1996, millions of people have visited this icon, the largest interactive fountain in the world.  … Continue reading

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Liquid Assets — LBWA

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Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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The Anatomy Of A Splash Pad

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Because splash pads and spray decks provide wet entertainment with relatively low maintenance, they are a popular option for cities, homeowners’ associations, retail developments, and even private residences. A splash pad consists of one or more deck areas fitted with a combination of various nozzles and may include above-ground “spray toys,” (umbrellas, flowers, hydrants, tipping buckets, etc.) intermittently spraying, squirting, dumping, or gushing—while kids of all ages dash from feature to feature, thoroughly enjoying themselves.  Although the completed water feature … Continue reading

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Tiger Town Park

In 2014, the Byron Park District attained this park from the City of Byron. Facilities within the park include; two sets of play equipment for different age groups, two half-court basketball courts, a large picnic pavilion with tables that can [...] More