School's Fitness Playground to Be Part of P.E. Lessons
by JAMICA C. ASHLEY email@example.com; 919-419-6675 February 2014
It's the year of the playground at Hillsborough Elementary. Designated as such by the Hillsborough Elementary School PTA, the school's modest playground is just weeks and dollars away from a brand-new, age-appropriate play area.
Future Savings Drive Sports Park's $959K Turf Investment
by DAVID DOWNEY, STAFF WRITER February 2014
A popular Murrieta sports park is in store for a synthetic makeover. With the Murrieta City Council's approval this week of a $959,000 contract, the city is preparing to replace grass with artificial turf on two youth fields at Los Alamos Hills Sports Park.
Six-Month Pool Repair Displaces Summer Swimmers
by THOMAS BECNEL February 2014
When the Arlington Park pool closes for six months of repairs starting Monday, swimmers will scatter across Sarasota. Some say they'll join the YMCA and move to the nearby pool on Bahia Vista Street. Some plan to drive to the Sarasota County lap pool on Lido Key. Others talk about trying G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton or the Sun-N-Fun RV Resort east of Interstate 75.
Opposition to Park-Based Beer Garden Growing
by STEVE SCHULTZE, firstname.lastname@example.org Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) February 2014
The park's small size and mostly wooded area coupled with its proximity to an elementary school would make it a poor choice for a beer garden, said Sonja O'Brien, who lives near the park on the 5800 block of Lakeview Drive.
Park Redesign Would Move Clay Courts, Ease Flooding
by Earl Rinehart, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH February 2014
After a week with no rain, there's still standing water on the practice fields at Northam Park. Festival-goers at the Upper Arlington park walk a circuitous route around exhibits and don't see all the booths. And the senior-citizens center was built as a temporary classroom for kindergartners.
Arson Damages Playground at Year-Old $2.9M Park
by DAN GERINGER; Daily News Staff Writer February 2014
JASON GIAMMARCO drove to Torresdale from Kensington yesterday so his three children could enjoy the climbing towers, slides and tunnels of Pleasant Hill Playground on the banks of the Delaware River. He was pushing his son Logan, 1, on the swings when he noticed black smudges on the little boy's hands and jeans.
Village to Test Organic Weed Killer for Use on Fields
by KELLY SMITH January 2014
Organic weed killing is not a usual topic of conversation in the midst of a harsh winter with frequent double digit subzero windchill factors unless you are members of a park board with instructions from village trustees to explore alternatives to chemical weed killers.
Soccer League May Help Fund School Turf Installations
by CHRISTOPHER KUHAGEN January 2014
The Fields of Many Dreams project looks like it will get the financial boost that it needed. SC Waukesha, a longtime soccer league in Waukesha, could provide the school district with $600,000 for the project, one that would install artificial multipurpose ProGrass field turf at the stadiums of the district's three public high schools.
Q&A: Facilities Exec Tim O’Connell Returns to the Reds
by Paul Steinbach January 2014
Tim O'Connell grew up the son of a Cincinnati Reds season-ticket holder, following the Hall of Fame careers of Bench, Morgan and Perez (not to mention a guy named Rose) at Riverfront Stadium. Within six years of the 1976 World Series, the second of two straight championships won by that Big Red Machine, O'Connell was working for the organization, rising to director of stadium operations just two years later. Following the MLB players' strike of 1994, O'Connell headed to the University of Dayton, where he oversaw $40 million in athletics facilities improvements during a 19-year stay at the school (though he continued to commute from Cincinnati). This fall, O'Connell returned to the Reds as vice president of ballpark operations. Senior editor Paul Steinbach asked O'Connell to share the backstory of his homecoming.
Aesthetic Maintenance Techniques Add Appeal to Clay Surfaces
by Paul Steinbach January 2014
David Mellor had just mowed a giant star pattern into the outfield grass and four more smaller versions on the infield turf in anticipation of the 2000 Triple-A All-Star Game in Rochester, N.Y. — much to the amazement of officials from the host Rochester Red Wings. They asked Mellor, who at the time served on the grounds crew of the Milwaukee Brewers and had been retained by Rochester as a consultant, if he could somehow incorporate stars on the infield clay, as well.