• Martha’s Vineyard School Officials Choose Grass Fields

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    After a year of heated community debate, which drew large crowds in public forums and at least one threatened lawsuit, the Martha’s Vineyard High School Committee has voted unanimously to endorse a proposal to repair the district’s deteriorating athletic fields with natural grass.

  • Construction on New Park Set to Begin

    by Fox Valley Park District May 2017

    Construction on the much-anticipated Blackhawk Park is set to begin this summer, following approval by the Fox Valley Park District Board of Commissioners for a $640,900 bid to R.C. Wegman Construction Company of Aurora.

  • Study: Odds of Cancer Caused by Infill One in a Million

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    A $200,000 testing project to determine the safety of synthetic turf sports fields containing crumb rubber infill found that the likelihood of developing cancer due to contact with the surface is less than one in a million. 

  • Opinion: Proposed Sports Facility Would Boost Economy

    by Ben Salango May 2017

    Travel sports is an $8 billion-per-year industry. Its booming. Just follow the taillights of the hundreds of West Virginia families who load up each weekend and hit the road (traveling out of state) for soccer, baseball, football, softball and lacrosse tournaments. What if West Virginia was home to a facility that could host travel-sports tournaments? A state-of-the-art facility our community could use that would also attract out-of-state kids and parents to Kanawha County. That is exactly what the Kanawha County Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission want to accomplish at Shawnee Park.

  • Minneapolis Bans Tobacco Use in Public Parks

    by Faiza Mahamud May 2017

    New rules went into effect Monday prohibiting all tobacco products including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco on any land owned by the Minneapolis Park Board.

  • Officials: Nearby Fire Spread to Playground Surface

    by Stefanie Dazio May 2017

    The playground's rubber floor, made out of recycled tires, caught fire from burning rubbish, Wantagh Fire Department spokesman Kevin Regan said.

  • Small Soccer Field at Yankee Stadium Presents Challenges

    by Doug Roberson May 2017

    The Yankee Stadium field that NYCFC calls home may be the closest approximation soccer has to a bumper-car track. The field is listed as 110 yards long by 70 yards wide, but it's not even close.

  • Sloping Soccer Field Creates Scoring Disparity

    by Stephen T. Watson May 2017

    Students and administrators at the Park School of Buffalo, N.Y., always knew their main athletic field had a slope to it. But they never realized how severe it was until the Daemen College men's and women's soccer teams started using the field last fall for games.

  • School District Seeks New Track for Middle School

    by Lana Sweeten-Shults April 2017

    It's not quite a 100-yard dash, but the Wichita Falls ISD is making a run for getting a new track at Barwise Middle School.

  • What to Look for in Playground Surfaces

    by Dayton Children's Hospital April 2017

    A good playground challenges and engages children but is also designed to keep them safe. One of the best ways to lower the chances of serious injuries is to make sure there is safe surfacing under and around the equipment.