Thursday, April 7, 2016

Summertime is calling...parks take center stage

Summer is just around the corner and that means activities in our city parks and recreation facilities ramp up. The April Uptown is full of great information about new things going in city recreation programs. 

From handicapped-accessible playground equipment to miracle fields that let disabled children play organized baseball to beach accesses wide enough for wheelchairs, the April Uptown spotlights efforts in Hartsville, Greer, Summerville, Myrtle Beach, Mauldin and Mount Pleasant to make park facilities more accessible to handicapped residents. 

While active parks such as playgrounds and ball fields may offer the most obvious physical benefits, passive parks, with their benches, trails or greenspace, also play an important role in the community’s well-being. The April Uptown also features diverse passive parks in Greenville, Walterboro and Charleston.

Rock Hill
Gone are the days when public parks consisted solely of some children’s swings and slides. New sports options such as Quiddich, ultimate frisbee and disc golf increase options for participation in city rec programs. Find out how Rock Hill, Conway, North Myrtle Beach and Barnwell are offering a wide variety of programming to attract everyone from youngsters to senior citizens. Read also about the growth of sports tourism in Rock Hill.

While these diverse parks and recreational facilities mean more opportunities for residents, they also increase the potential for injury and liability claims. Read about what city officials need to know to evaluate all risks to reduce potential liability. 

Finally, read about what Education Superintendent Molly Spearman told local officials at Hometown Legislative Action Day about the great potential for city parks to partner with their local schools for strong after-school and summer programs.

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