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How the Federal Government Shutdown Is Affecting America's Parks on a National and Local Level

US National Parks closure sign at entrance to the Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming

It's a dark period for America's national parks as our celebrated parks are taking a beating because of the government shutdown. Piles of trash and human waste have spurred volunteers to clean up the parks for free. While federal funding has been stopped for almost three weeks, the parks are still technically open. There are [...]

How the National Parks Got Their Names – Part 1

America's national parks are among the nation's greatest attractions. They pull in millions of visitors from within the US and from countries all over the world, and serve as a symbol of America's love of the environment. When one thinks about some of the national parks, however, the thought "where did these names come from?" [...]

How to Increase Rents AND Lure New Renters using Site Amenities at Multi-Family Communities and Apartment Complexes

Property owners looking to increase the value of their multi-family rental centers need to take a variety of steps to ensure it looks attractive. For example, regular repair and maintenance procedures keep apartment complexes looking great and will catch the eyes of potential residents. However, there are many types of amenities that landlords can add [...]

Should dogs be allowed in public parks? Pros and cons of making your park dog-friendly or adding a dog park

Public parks and spaces are one of the most important parts of any community. They have been places to meet, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors from the very beginning. However, one of the toughest choices to make when it comes to such a space is whether to permit dogs to enter, and if so, how [...]

Exercising Outside: The Rise of the Outdoor Fitness Movement

Chances are you are already pretty well aware of the outdoor fitness movement. Whether it's tai chi in the park or boot camp style workouts complete with obstacle courses and no-nonsense drill instructors, we have all seen people taking their fitness out of the gym and into the wild. For those of us who suffered [...]