- Historic Athletic Field Faces Uncertain Future
by Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich August 2017
Memories run strong at Depew's Dawson Field, where dreams came true with the crack of a bat. But now this gritty athletic field, where thousands of children and adults have competed in sporting events since 1926, may be forced to close.
- Delays Could Displace School’s Opening Games
by Courtney Cameron August 2017
After approving a $621,204 contract to replace the aging football field at Eagle High School with synthetic turf, the West Ada School District in Meridian, Idaho, is facing delays that threaten the first home games scheduled for August 24 and 25 at Thunder Stadium.
- Football Coaches Thankful for Turf Donations
by Mark Packer August 2017
When the official announcement came out during the fall of 2015 that all 13 Knox County football stadiums would receive turf, South-Doyle coach Clark Duncan was in shock.
- Outdoor Climbing Gym Proposed in East Memphis
by Tom Bailey August 2017
East Memphis commuters may be treated to some eye candy – up to 10 climbers at a time scaling a 40-foot-tall, outdoor climbing wall – if plans for a large climbing gym are approved. Chattanooga-based High Point Climbing proposes to build a $9 million, 32,000-square-foot climbing and fitness facility at a high-profile intersection just west of Shelby Farms Park. It's the second substantial rock-climbing project in the works in Memphis. Movie director and philanthropist Tom Shadyac is converting a long-vacant building at 879 E. McLemore in Soulsville into Memphis Rox, a 28,000-square-foot climbing gym and community center.
- HS Installs Synthetic Turf as Facility Revamp Begins
by Ryan Collingwood August 2017
Of the eight Northwest Conference football members last fall, Whitworth was the only team without artificial turf. Playing games at the well-manicured Pine Bowl was well and good, but even tiny Washington high schools were going the synthetic route.
- Work on Athletic Fields to Carry Over Into School Year
by Kristine Galloway August 2017
Cheyenne's McCormick Junior High's athletic fields renovation will continue into fall semester. The project will cost more than $1 million when completed.
- 2017 CrossFit Games: A Venue Transformed
by Andy Berg August 2017
The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games were held Aug. 3-6, in Madison, Wis., at the city's Alliant Energy Center. The venue features five main areas, including four primary structures and a 29-acre outdoor venue. CrossFit Games organizers added a number of temporary structures for food and merchandise vending, a two-story VIP lounge, an obstacle course, a Cyclocross course and other outdoor event areas. Here's an in-depth look at how one venue was transformed to host some of the fittest athletes on the planet.
- Fast-Growing Phoenix Plans for More Parks
by Andy Berg August 2017
The city of Phoenix, Ariz., is recognizing the need for more parks to accommodate a rapidly growing population.
As reported by the Mail Tribune, a parks master plan prepared by Community Service Center, part of the University of Oregon, recommends the city consider investing more than $1 million in current parks and acquire another 69 acres. That’s all to serve a population that is expected to grow by nearly 40 percent over the next 20 years.
Planning director, Evan McKenzie, said at a recent city council meeting that the plans involved significant input from the community. “This is a living document. It is a guiding plan and it is not ‘the’ plan. Nothing in it is set in stone. Just because something is in here doesn’t mean it will happen, and because something isn’t in the plan doesn’t mean it won’t,” McKenzie said.
The new parks would primarily serve residents to the north of the city, as nearly all the city’s current parks are located in the southern portion of the city.
The plan includes a community park of up to 20 acres that would be installed north of the current city limits and east of I-5, where more than 400 acres are expected to be annexed for development.
- Illini Utilizing New Practice Fields
by The Associated Press August 2017
After nearly 20 years of trekking about 15 miles north to Rantoul for summer training camp, the University of Illinois football team had its first day of practice Monday at the new Campus Recreation Fields.
- Texas Park Welcomes $160K Playground
by Claire Kowalick August 2017
The playground will have a 60-child capacity where little ones can jump, slide, climb and explore. The piece will rest on connecting foam-rubber tiles for added safety.