• Synthetic Turf Groups Adopt New Safety Standard

    by Jason Scott November 2016

    Recently, concerns about the safety of recycled rubber as a material for synthetic turf infill have raised questions about the future of the industry. Despite the fact that there’s been no evidence to suggest the material can be hazardous to athletes, the concerns remain.

  • Poorly Drawn Penalty Box Delays MLS Playoff Game

    by Jason Scott November 2016

    A playoff game between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC was delayed on Tuesday after officials found an error on the field.

  • Park and Rec Board Seeks Developer for Riverfront Site

    by Jim Buchta November 2016

    Wanted: A developer willing to help close a key gap along the Mississippi Riverfront. That firm must be willing to work with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and several community groups to re-imagine a vacant 3.55-acre site along the river north of downtown. "We want to see something that's a great complement to the park on the river," Michael Schroeder, assistant superintendent of planning services at the Park Board.

  • Funds Sought to Upgrade Worn-Out High School Field

    by Steve Brandt November 2016

    Emma Schluter, a captain next year on Minneapolis South High School's soccer team, has to keep her mind on more than the match when she plays at home on Barnard Field. There are water drains, long jump and pole vault runways that crowd near the pitch, and concrete pads that lie just 15 inches off the side line, threatening to send Schluter and her cleat-clad teammates skidding. "When you're playing, you have to be aware of all these outside safety issues," she said recently.

  • New $9.7M Sports Park Wows Residents

    by Michael J. Williams November 2016

    Though the sports facility is new, it was built on an existing park site that was only partially completed. Eight acres of the 22-acre site were constructed as a park, and the rest remained vacant.

  • University Kicks Off $1M Fundraiser for New Soccer Field

    by Staff report November 2016

    The University of Illinois Springfield athletic department officially launched this week a campaign to raise $1 million to replace the grass on its soccer field at Kiwanis Stadium with an artificial playing surface.

  • Collier County Commissioners Plan to Open New Park

    by Greg Stanley November 2016

    It will be two more years before the long-awaited Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park opens to the public, according to a timeline approved Tuesday by Collier County commissioners. The planned 150-acre park in Golden Gate Estates near Palmetto Ridge High School sat in planning limbo for nearly a decade before efforts to build it were revived in 2014. The county is still negotiating with Q Grady Minor, the firm that will design the park, over cost and the scope of the project.

  • Mobile Seating Offers Functional, Economic Benefits

    by Paul Steinbach November 2016

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  • New Bike Park Salutes Veterans

    by Joseph Dits November 2016

    Griffin Park opened in Terre Haute, Ind., last month with 300 acres of bike trails that jump dirt, swish through woods and float on water -- yes, float -- as the perfect salute to a beloved son and brother who died in an explosion in Afghanistan. It's only right that the park, built entirely from more than $1.5 million in donations and almost 20,000 hours of volunteer labor, is drawing people from across the country. Chalk it up to the late U.S. Army Sgt. Dale R. Griffin, a friendly guy who was "good at getting people to ride with him," says his dad, Gene Griffin. Gene says he and his wife couldn't understand Dale's impulse, at age 25, to leave a good-paying job in Indianapolis to join the service. Why not, they suggested, finish the 10 credit hours to complete his college degree? Dale replied, "I feel like I can make a difference."

  • Bond for $24.7M in Park Land Spending Up for Vote

    by Meris Lutz November 2016

    The Cobb County Commission appears divided over a proposal to issue $24.7 million in bonds to buy land for new parks. The commission is scheduled to vote on the bond issuance at its regular meeting Tuesday.