Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Strength in Numbers

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Strength in Numbers

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144: The number of parks Milwaukee's "The Park People" umbrella friends group supports.

30: The number of years that the Friends of Wildlife Prairie State Park (Illinois) existed as a supporting citizen volunteer organization before taking over the management of the park. (The transition became necessary when the state of Illinois cut funding for the 2,000-acre park.)

$500,000: The amount that the Friends of Wildlife Prairie State Park raised in 2010 to accomplish that transition.

8: The century (A.D.) in which a Norse runestone found in Oklahoma was inscribed. The runestone is now the focal point of Heavener State Park in Oklahoma. The park's friends group is, in the wake of Oklahoma state park closures, keeping this unusual destination park open--in conjunction with the Heavener City Council.

1995: The year in which the novel Runestone was published, offering speculation as to how a pre-Columbian Viking might have made his way to Heavener, Oklahoma.

55: The number of acres that will revert to the original owners of the land (along with the Norse runestone) if the park closes.

24: The number of columns that once made up the pergola that was the centerpiece of Kiest Park in Oak Cliff, Texas--a 1934 Works Progress Administration project.

11: The number of Oak Cliff residents who formed the citizen group that got funding for the restoration of the pergola, as well as construction of surrounding trails. (The rebuilding will begin later this year. …

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