• City Reaches Settlement in Splash Pad Sewage Case

    by Jason Scott March 2016

    A dispute over a 2013 splash pad renovation could be drawing to an end as Traverse City, Mich., commissioners accepted a settlement for $300,000. The city blamed the firm Hamilton Anderson Associates for design flaws that led to water contaminated with sewage to rain down on children.

  • Recreational Lake to Be Studied After Low Water Levels

    by Becky Kramer March 2016

    Last year's drought created conflicts at one of North Idaho's more popular mountain lakes. There wasn't enough water to keep Priest Lake at full pool for summer recreation as required by Idaho statute, while still providing for healthy downstream flows in Priest River. By late summer, the river was reduced to a trickle to protect the lake's tourism economy.

  • Youth Sports Association Revised Facility Plan Pays Off

    by AB Staff March 2016

    Abilene Youth Sports Authority stuck with a plan, though it tweaked it, and its goal may be coming to fruition.

  • Township Begins $5M Parks Overhaul

    by Jacob Tierney March 2016

    Hempfield Township has started a $5 million overhaul of its parks after about three years of planning and fundraising. The township recently began work on the first phase of its Parks and Recreation Revitalization Project, and supervisors Monday approved state grant applications that would accelerate the process if approved.

  • Engineers Recommend Closing Reservoir-Top Court

    by Greg Mellen March 2016

    For more than 40 years, the rhythmic thrumming of basketballs has punctuated the afternoon air at Cordata Park. Kids, teens and young adults gather for pickup games on the full-size court. What makes basketball here unique is that it is played on an elevated circle of concrete, 22 steps above the park below. In the summer and on weekends, youth baseball players sometimes take grounders off the hardtop. And on the Fourth of July, residents gather to watch fireworks.

  • Indiana Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Fantasy Sports

    by Zach Osowski March 2016

    Despite being banned in some states and under tight scrutiny in others, daily fantasy sports sites are here to stay in Indiana after Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill regulating the industry.

  • NFL PAC Donated to Concussion Reviewers in Congress

    by Wire reports March 2016

    The NFL’s political action committee has given campaign contributions to many of the lawmakers who are reviewing concussion research, Berkeley-based MapLight told the San Jose Mercury News. The nonprofit that analyzes campaign finance data reported the NFL’s Gridiron PAC has given money to 42 of 54 members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee that began informal hearings last week on one of the league’s most pressing safety issues.

  • Community Park to Get New Scoreboard, Other Upgrades

    by Alexandra Seltzer March 2016

    Currently, if someone scores a touchdown at a youth football game and the crowd wants to know the score, parents can't see it. Coaches have to ask the ref anytime they need an update. But next season, the scoreboard is being replaced.

  • $19M Parks Makeover Nearly Complete in Roseville

    by David Peterson March 2016

    In an era when lots of suburbs are gunning for awe-inspiring amenities, Roseville has decided to play small ball. Lots of money, sure: $19 million. But very little glitz.

  • YMCA, Proposed Library Spark Debate Over Park Land Use

    by Mark Niesse March 2016

    DeKalb County shouldn't have built a YMCA at Wade Walker Park near Stone Mountain because the land was partly purchased with federal funds dedicated for outdoor recreation, a state agency concluded last year.