- Used Needles at Ballfield Concern Little League, Board
by Telegram & Gazette June 2017
Conditions at the baseball fields at Ash Street have the Clinton Little League concerned. So president Matt Kobus, while promising volunteers to help out, asked selectmen for support from the town to clear overgrown areas by the Oxford Court area.
- Rec Center Playground Blaze Causes $31K in Damages
by Andy Berg June 2017
Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a playground Wednesday at a St. Paul, Minn., recreation center.
According to a report from the Star Tribune, the fire at the Baker Recreation Center caused an estimated $25,000 damage to the structure itself, and an additional $6,000 damage to a nearby building. Only metal parts of the playground’s play structure were left standing after the fire had been extinguished. The playground was a total loss but no one was hurt in the fire.
The official cause of the blaze was undetermined, but St. Paul fire marshall, Steve Zacard, told the Tribune the fire was “suspicious,” noting that it was “surprising” how quickly the flames grew.
A spokeswoman for the parks department, Clara Cloyd, said the city has filed a claim with its insurance company and plans to rebuild the playground.
- Ordinance Proposed for Scoreboards in Park
by Nancy Bowman June 2017
A proposed ordinance would clear the way for a new larger scoreboard at the improved stadium being planned for City Park. The Tipp City Planning Board voted June 13 to recommend City Council approve the ordinance that would add scoreboard sign regulations to city codes.
- Playground Fixtures Stolen from Washington Park
by Pia Hallenberg June 2017
Spokane Valley parks staff found the nest emptied once again: The two remaining large eggs have been stolen from the Discovery Playground near CenterPlace Regional Event Center. It's not the first time the eggs have been stolen since the park opened in 2010.
- AstroTurf Merges Manufacturing Operations
by Mike Pare June 2017
AstroTurf Corp., the Dalton, Ga., maker of athletic playing surfaces, is merging all its manufacturing under one roof as it moves to meet rising demand for its products. The company, bought last year by Germany-based SportGroup Holdings after AstroTurf LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, has seen sales jump by 40 percent so far in 2017 and it's undertaking a multimillion-dollar investment in equipment, officials said.
- Cell Tower Plan Shifts from Ball Field to Park Option
by Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich June 2017
The 135-foot cellular tower originally planned for a Little League ballpark could now make its way into Stiglmeier Park in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
- New Projects: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | USI Physical Activities Center | Finley Center
by Courtney Cameron June 2017
The University of Southern Indiana has broken ground on a $27 million expansion and renovation of the existing Physical Activities Center (PAC) that includes a new 4,200-seat multipurpose arena. The facility, by CannonDesign of St. Louis, will be home to the university's basketball and volleyball programs, while providing needed space for convocation, campus concerts and other events. Included in the initial phase of the project are a new kinesiology lab, a hall of fame, several classrooms, locker rooms and an athletic training room.
- New Projects: Dickies Arena | ULM’s Brown Stadium | Atlanta United Headquarters
by Courtney Cameron June 2017
- Tax Revenue May Help Pay Off Target Field Early
by Sid Hartman June 2017
Ten years into the funding of Target Field, it's clear that the Twins and Hennepin County put together one of the better tax deals you can have for stadium financing.
- Casino Operator Donates $1.5M for Ballfield Renovation
by Sophia Chang June 2017
A languishing ballfield in the heart of Islandia is getting an extensive makeover funded with donations, including more than $1 million from casino operator Delaware North. Village Mayor Allan Dorman and several officials gathered yesterday at the ballfield on Old Nichols Road to break ground on the reborn 7-acre First Responders Memorial Recreation Field. The park is dedicated to the memory of five first responders who worked for local fire departments and died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.