BCI Burke Commits $1.5 Million to “Play Today”

BCI Burke’s avid commitment to create outdoor recreation opportunities for kids’ play and fitness is ramping up savings on the most innovative and industry leading structures.  Burke’s NucleusTM, Intensity®, NaturePlay®, Little BuddiesTM, and VoltageTM play systems are featured in the “Play Today” grants totaling $1.5 million, along with an array of play freestanding favorites that include Burke Basics spinners, swings, climbers, drums and Rock ‘N’ Ride racecar. The “Play Today” grants incentivize leaders at schools, churches, child cares, municipalities, homeowners’ … Continue reading

ASLA Launches New Educational Resource

The American Society of Landscape Architects is launching two new educational resources that will help young people and teachers explore the landscape architecture profession—a newly redesigned Career Discovery website and the new Tools for Teachers. The launch is part of ASLA’s outreach for National Landscape Architecture Month in April. The Career Discovery website, aimed at students in middle school and high school, explains what a landscape architect does and how to become one. With a background that features the evolution … Continue reading

Top Landscaping Tips for 2014

Dan Hechtkopf and Reid Heidenry of South Beach Investment Realty – two of the top luxury real estate specialists in the city of Miami — offer advice on what their clients are looking for in their homes. (1) Outdoor Stone Fireplaces Outdoor fireplaces have been around for a long time, but in the last few years they have really gained in popularity.  They can serve as a focal point in the design of a backyard landscape, while providing the functional warmth of a … Continue reading

River“front” Yard

Photos Courtesy Of Heather NoeA Cincinnati Parks Master Plan called for a new riverfront park that would extend the chain of existing waterfront parks and reconnect the downtown area to the Ohio River. The park was intended not only to serve as the new “front yard” for the city and entire region, but also to act as a catalyst for the development of a new downtown neighborhood—The Banks. The city got more than it bargained for, however, when the range of notable features was … Continue reading

On A Wing And A Prairie

Many areas of the prairie are composed of native grasses from existing seed banks that have long been dormant. 
Photo Courtesy Of Fayetteville Parks and RecreationThe Fayetteville-Springdale area around Lake Fayetteville Park in Arkansas is surrounded by tall grass prairie and oak savanna, first encountered by early travelers and settlers more than 2 centuries ago. The historic Butterfield Trail—a 2,800-mile mail route connecting St. Louis to San Francisco—runs through the park. Waterman Ormsby, a correspondent for the New York Herald, wrote about his experience on the trail in 1858: “Even among these hills you do not lose site of the prairie nature of the West; … Continue reading

A Natural Fit

Made of acetylated wood, the boardwalk delivers the unique look, feel, and sound wood, and reduces concerns for rot, decay, movement, and extensive maintenance. 
Photos Courtesy Of: Perennial WoodIn the densely populated Boston suburb of Somerville, Mass., open space is at a premium. Residents gravitate to natural areas, even if those spaces are undeveloped city lots on side streets, blocks from the city’s busy thoroughfares.  The city seized the opportunity to make more of one empty property, creating the Quincy Street Open Space, dedicated a little over a year ago. Neighboring residents saw it as their own private garden and gathering area, so the city developed the space … Continue reading