Parks & Rec board launches Recliner-in-the-parks project

Recliner in Central Park, NorthfieldNorthfield’s Central Park has been chosen by the Northfield Park & Rec Advisory Board to be the demonstration site for its new Recliner-in-the-parks project.

The goal of the project is to get citizens who spend too much of their leisure time watching television indoors to spend more time outdoors.

“We know it’s not realistic for most hard-core couch potatoes to become recreational users of our parks overnight,” said Knute Nathanial, PRAB chair.  “Research shows that the use of recliners are effective at helping people make a gradual transition. And since TV programs can now be watched on one’s smartphone, the time was perfect to try this.”

The PRAB has rescued a number of recliners for big men, namely, Barcaloungers and La-Z-Boys from the colleges’ dumpsters in recent years so that no taxpayer money has to be spent on acquiring them for the project.  All the recliners will have plastic tarps stored underneath them to protect them from the elements.


  1. Robbie Wigley said:

    Link to Recliner in the Park….. non existent. ????

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    October 7, 2011
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    I swear that link was working earlier, Sweetie. 😉

    October 8, 2011
  3. Ani Church said:

    My brother and our friend put that chair there. You see, we, the youth of Northfield like to enjoy the rolling fields we call Central Park, the chair was a beautiful addition to our daily lives.

    October 13, 2011
  4. Griff Wigley said:

    Ani, thanks for letting us know. It was fun to see. What happened to the chair? The day after I took the photo, it was gone.

    October 14, 2011
  5. Griff Wigley said:

    Oooh, great link, Ross. I like this quote:

    “I don’t see a future where any street is only used for one thing. We need our roads for movement during the week, but on the weekends, we need them for recreation,” Ms. Reimer said. “By trying things out, it really just makes people rethink public space.”

    October 14, 2011

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