Magazine article Parks & Recreation

What an Idea Can Do!

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

What an Idea Can Do!

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Innovation is a beautiful thing. It's that next step beyond an idea, that spark of brilliance that transforms imagination and gives birth to something new, inspiring, and perhaps significant enough to motivate a change for the better.

In this month's Parks & Recreation, you'll follow a silver thread of innovation through several of the feature articles. In "Edgy Recreation," Jennifer Whalen writes about low-impact vehicles and devices that go far beyond rollerblades or a standard bicycle. She introduces you to the Trikke carving vehicle, a three-wheeled transport that you maneuver using a side-to-side, slalom-like action. Also read about the Kitewing, a large single wing that can sail users across a frozen lake and even lift them several feet off the ground.

In a sidebar to the article, our own Fletcher Slater writes about Powerbockers, jumping stilts that transform an ordinary walking stride into superhero bounds. Check out our Web site to see David Churchill, owner of DC Power Stilts in Washington, D.C., demonstrate how to use these very cool--and eco-friendly--devices.

In "Recreation Redo," Michael Pinto chronicles the process of taking La Palma, California's 30-year-old community center, a complex of disconnected outdated buildings, and renovating it with design innovations that capture light and blend bold and arresting colors. …

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