RECENT ARTICLES
  • An Overview of Advancements in Synthetic Turf

    by AB Staff April 2017

    The turf revolution started at the Houston Astrodome in 1966 with Major League Baseball's first synthetic turf field. The original AstroTurf — developed when glare reduction became more important than the ability to grow natural grass within the dome — did for the athletics industry what the original Apple I did for the computer industry, and it's now just as outdated as an original Apple I.

  • The Future Is Now for Turf Fields (Sponsored)

    by Josh Palubicki April 2017

    This sponsored content was provided by Brock. What is sponsored content?

    The NFL ran a series of short commercials this past season highlighting advancements in technology, treatment and training techniques in football. The “Future of Football” campaign acknowledged that shock pads play a crucial role in reducing risks of concussions and other injuries for athletes playing on artificial turf fields, but they were mistaken by using the future tense. Shock pads have been protecting athletes for over a decade and recently have become a key element in the majority of new-build field specifications, according to historical bid data. 

  • City May Convert Rail Line into Bike Path, Public Park

    by Cornelius Frolik April 2017

    A conceptual rendering of what the Norfolk Southern rail line could look like if converted into a bike path and park. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says the project is "a big deal."

  • City Pushed to Create More Soccer-Specific Space

    by Telegram & Gazette April 2017

    Driven in part by the growing number of Worcester immigrants raised on soccer, the city is being pushed to create more soccer facilities and to increase residents’ access to existing ones.

  • Charity to Recycle Used Playground Equipment

    by Chicago Daily Herald April 2017

    Lake Ellyn Park is getting brand-new playground equipment. And the equipment that's been in the park since it was installed in 1991 is going to a new home.

  • City Vies for $20K Grant for Outdoor Fitness Equipment

    by Victoria Bourne April 2017

    The city of Chesapeake is hoping to make ailing Northwest River Park and Campground a bit more fit, but needs some help to do it. Saturday marked the beginning the National Recreation and Park Association’s month-long Meet Me at the Park campaign, in which people can nominate Chesapeake to receive a $20,000 grant to install outdoor fitness equipment at the park. Other Hampton Roads cities are also vying for the grant, as well as others from across the country.

  • 'Pocket Parks' Help City Improve Fitness, Battle Blight

    by Tonyaa Weathersbee April 2017

    A study published in American Journal of Health Promotion in 2014 found that pocket parks compared favorably to playgrounds when it came to boosting the physical activity of people who lived within a half-mile of them.

  • Anti-Smoking Signs Set to Go Up at Ballfields

    by Liz Freeman March 2017

    Tobacco Free Collier has joined forces with the Blue Zones Project to reduce kids' exposure to secondhand smoke at parks and ballfields operated around the county, said Robert Ostbye, the tobacco prevention specialist overseeing the program at the Florida Department of Health in Collier County.

  • Greensboro Set to Host Youth Baseball Tournament

    by Jeff Mills March 2017

    The Inner City Classic is coming back to the Gate City. The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League announced Wednesday that Greensboro will host the organization's 27th annual signature event at city Parks & Rec baseball diamonds July 14-18.

  • Groundskeeper Looms Large in Sports Landscape

    by David Dorsey March 2017

    George Toma has guided the grounds crew at all 51 Super Bowls. He has installed and maintained fields for the NFL in London, Barcelona, Tokyo and Mexico City among others cities worldwide.