Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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84 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 4 2 Playground Company Offers Scholarship to State Associations M i n n e s o t a - b a s e d playground equipment m a n u f a c t u r e r , Landscape Structures Inc., is accepting applications for their 10th annual Parks and Recreation State Speaker Scholarship program. The scholarship will support the appearances of acclaimed keynote speakers at state parks and recreation associations' annual and regional conferences. Landscape Structures' state association scholarship program was initiated in 2009 and has since awarded over $500,000 in support of park and recreation conferences throughout the United States. State associations that are selected to receive the scholarship will be awarded $2,500 to go towards finding and hosting conference speakers who are focused on ideas related to play, sustainability or other similar topics. The scholarship program application process opened July 24, 2018 and will accept entries until June 30, 2019. A specific keynote speaker and topic must be chosen before applying. To apply for the 2018-2019 State Association Speaker Scholarship, visit https://tinyurl.com/y9ocxpw5 . 2018 Sees Spread of Splash Pads According to the recently released 2018 edition of the City Parks Facts report provided by the Trust for Public Land, splash pads – also known as water playgrounds or, more historically, immersive fountains – have become increasingly more widespread in the last year across the United States. The report attributes the growing number to hot summers that leave some playgrounds too hot to use when school is out. The first contemporary immersive fountain in the U.S. was built in 1986 in Dallas, and these water playgrounds have only become more popular in recent years. Since 2017, the number of splash pads in the country has grown by 35 percent. There are currently 1,797 splash pads located across the United States. The data reveals that Louisville, Kent., Cleveland, Boston, NYC and Chicago are the cities with the most splash pads per capita. These 5 cities boast an average of 230 splash pads between them, while the average for most other cities is 2. The report insinuates that, if this rate of growth persists, splash pads may replace city pools in some areas. This may be due to the fact that children and adults who cannot swim well can completely engage in the activities of a splash pad, while they would be unable to take full advantage of a traditional pool setting. The City Parks Facts report also measures other aspects of park growth in U.S. cities, such as the growth of dog parks and sports fields and courts. To read the full report, visit https:// tinyurl.com/y8v6mdha .

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