Category: General Civil / Municipal

Splashpads Hose Down Cost of Fun in the Sun

By Blake Theisen, PLA The hottest trend in parks and recreation across the U.S. is ironically known for its cooling effects. It seems like every park or green space is spontaneously springing a leak. But these “leaks” are actually carefully designed and often whimsically outfitted splashpads with colorful features that purposefully hold children’s interest. And… Read More »

ADA Requires Park Designs to Keep People with Disabilities in Mind

By Blake Theisen and Travis Schroeder The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, providing comprehensive civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, and state and local government facilities. Title II of the ADA protects qualified individuals from disability-based discrimination in programs,… Read More »

Carefully Designed Sidewalks Take Center Stage

By Daryl Myers, PE Most people probably don’t spend much time thinking about sidewalks unless they: A) Have to pay for one. B) Have to walk in the street because their neighborhood lacks them. However, engineers and landscape architects give a lot of thought to sidewalks and/or multi-use paths when these pedestrian lanes are a part of… Read More »