• Tennis Court Surfaces Continue to Evolve

    by Mary Helen Sprecher July 2014

    No question, the sport of tennis has evolved. Players — like the colors they wear — are louder, bolder and more attention-grabbing than their predecessors. And the courts they play on have dragged the sport (some laughingly say kicking and screaming) into the 21st century. Courts have evolved since the days of green grass facilities and white chalk lines. Not that those don't still exist, but they're the exception, rather than the rule — particularly when it comes to recreational installations.

  • Synthetic Turf Gaining Traction Among County's Schools

    by Denise Jewell Gee; News Staff Reporter July 2014

    A new wave of school districts, having seen their teams play at rival fields that don't turn into muddy pits, are exploring new athletic projects that would include synthetic turf. Sweet Home has a plan to build an artificial turf sports complex behind its high school. Niagara Falls is laying down 11 acres of turf on ten fields throughout the district. And Clarence, Kenmore-Tonawanda and Williamsville are exploring the possibility of asking residents to vote on athletic projects within the next year that would include artificial turf.

  • 'Flagship' 31.5-Acre Sports Park Addresses Space Needs


    After a decade of planning, the city's "flagship" active park, to be built in 2016, will include four soccer fields, three ballfields, four tennis fields, two basketball courts and eight pickleball courts at the Tustin Legacy.

  • Lottery Proceeds to Help Fund Park Synthetic Turf Install

    by Debbie Kelley - July 2014

    A parent-driven charge to reduce the amount of scrapes and bruises their kids were coming home with is trumpeting victory. By the time school starts in August, a large dirt and rock lot that abuts Gateway Elementary School's playground in Woodland Park School District RE-2 will be a multi-purpose, artificial turf field for school and community use. The Gateway playground, as well as a community playground on school grounds, will be upgraded, all with the help of gambling money.

  • City Okays Turning Park into Sand Volleyball Destination

    by Daniel Moore July 2014

    Sand volleyball plans in Browns Park OKd New sand volleyball courts expected to draw tourneys By Daniel Moore,(509) 459-5406 City leaders have given a green light to a plan that could make Spokane Valley a regional destination for sand volleyball players in the coming years. The Spokane Valley City Council approved on Tuesday the Browns Park Master Plan that seeks to install 16 tournament-quality sand courts in the 8.2-acre park on the corner of South Pines Road and East 32nd Avenue. The plan would also renovate the existing neighborhood park facilities and add new play equipment, picnic shelters and a splash pad.

  • Tree Felled by Tornado to Become Park Play Structure

    by KATIE DEAN , The Capital Times July 2014

    Part of the Orton Park tree that was damaged in a recent tornado on Madison's east side will be saved for kids to play on, but the final design will not be as elaborate as neighbors had hoped.

  • Opinion: City Erred in Not Warning Public of Park Toxins

    by The Columbus Dispatch July 2014

    Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman's order to conduct health surveys of residents near a city park tainted with toxins is a step toward restoring trust and assuaging fear, especially since neighbors now know the city was aware of the problem for far longer than it had acknowledged.

  • City to Survey Residents on Effects of Tainted Park Fields

    by Mark Ferenchik July 2014

    Mayor Michael B. Coleman has directed Columbus Public Health to survey residents living near Saunders Park to determine whether industrial contaminants found at the city park have affected their health.

  • Toxins in Active Soccer Fields Known About for Years

    by Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch June 2014

    City and state officials knew as early as 2011 that Saunders Park contained elevated levels of arsenic and lead, according to surface-soil tests. But Columbus Recreation and Parks decided to allow city youth soccer teams to play at the Near East Side park in 2012 and 2013. "We didn't have complete information to know if it was a problem," said Alan McKnight, Recreation and Parks director. "We felt we need to do more study to understand what it meant."

  • Opinion: Don't Spend Road Repair Money on Soccer Fields

    by Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) June 2014

    A Pima County proposal to spend $8.75 million to purchase 167 acres for soccer fields makes sense, with a caveat: No road repair money should be touched to pay for it. Pima County Supervisors have already approved a county budget that allows the expenditure to be made, and they will decide July 1 if the land deal should move ahead and how to pay for it. The land is a piece of a much larger proposal to build a regional soccer complex that supporters say would attract soccer tournaments from outside Tucson and Arizona.