• County Officials: Pokemon Go Requires Permit for Parks

    by Ken Shepherd August 2016

    Milwaukee County, Wis., officials have sent a letter to Niantic, Inc. — the company which created the summer smash-hit smartphone game Pokemon Go — "demanding it comply with county ordinances which require a permit before placing any Pokemon Go site in a county park," reported WISN on Tuesday.

  • Why Are More Communities Investing in Outdoor Fitness?

    by Emily Attwood August 2016

    This article appeared in the July/August issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • District Schools Get New Synthetic Turf Fields

    by Greg Mellen August 2016

    On a sunny midweek morning at Marina High School, a spreader machine, which looks a little like a scaled down version of a Zamboni, glides along spitting out rubber pellets into the shiny, electric-green synthetic surface of the school's newest sports field. The school's Viking mascot logo is vivid against the green backdrop at midfield as the finishing touches are being put on the first of four new athletic fields at campuses in the Huntington Beach Union High School District.

  • Board Approves New HS Baseball Field

    by Frances Parrish August 2016

    The Anderson School District 4 board of trustees approved the building of a new baseball field at Pendleton High School on Monday. The baseball field will be relocated to the 85-acres on Boscobel Road behind the high school. The project will be the first of several funded by the 1-cent sales tax, a referendum put before Anderson County voters in November 2014.

  • Youth Soccer Scrimmage Crashed by Drunk Driver

    by Rick McCrabb August 2016

    A Middletown man has been charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, and youth soccer coaches, parents and players say they are thankful to be alive. David Baker, 22, of Park Avenue, allegedly drove his vehicle at 5:30 p.m. Sunday through a red light at Elliott Drive and Grand Avenue, over a grassy embankment and onto a Jacot Park soccer field where two U13 soccer teams from Middletown were scrimmaging, police and witnesses said.

  • Charleston Southern Getting New Outfield Surface

    by Staff report August 2016

    Charleston Southern is installing a new playing surface in the outfield and along the foul territory at CSU Ballpark. The $250,000 project is expected to be completed in early September, according to Charleston Southern baseball head coach Stuart Lake.

  • Texas Parks Use Pokemon Go to Get People Outside

    by Texas Parks & Wildlife August 2016

    New species are popping up at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) sites and agency staff and state park visitors are arming themselves with poke balls trying to catch them all. Around the state, many TPWD sites are using the game as a new way to introduce the real natural world to players venturing into the great outdoors while on virtual hunts for the illusive Japanese characters known as Pokémon. The game uses augmented reality to guide players on a quest to try and catch Pokémon characters from the cartoon, video game and card game in real world locations.

  • Years Later, Approved Parks Projects Still Unbuilt

    by Alison Noon August 2016

    A decade after California voters approved spending $400 million to build parks in some of the state's poorest neighborhoods, an Associated Press review found fewer than half the 126 projects have been built. Now Democratic lawmakers are looking to add another $1 billion to the program. State officials say the long wait is the result of strong oversight, but people waiting for the parks see only empty lots.

  • Playground Equipment to Be Donated to Global Nonprofit

    by Jessica Cannady July 2016

    A playground in Oak Brook Park District that opened in 1994 in Central Park has an international future. The equipment, located at 1500 Forest Gate Road, will be donated to Kids around the World, a nonprofit organization dedicated to repurposing used playgrounds to impact the lives of children in countries affected by war, poverty, famine and disease.

  • Vandalism Drains Resources from Parks

    by Lauren Dake July 2016

    Julie Hannon, director of Vancouver's park department, has an idea of how to improve the city's parks without costing taxpayers a dime: Stop the vandalism.On a recent afternoon, Hannon pointed to trouble spots at Marine Park on the Columbia River.She was barely out of her car before she spotted black circles from hot-rodders all over the parking lot. She took a couple of more steps and noted an empty wine bottle in the brush and crumpled trash on the ground. Hannon walked down to the beach and looked frustrated when she noticed remnants of a wooden dresser that appeared to have helped someone start an illegal fire on the beach."Who brings a dresser down to the beach to burn it?"