• New York Adds Solar-Powered Charging Stations to Parks

    by Emily Attwood June 2013

    Parks in New York will soon have a new amenity to draw users: solar-powered charging stations. Tested out last year in Brooklyn, a total of 25 locations are planned to open throughout the city this summer.

  • Technology, Education Keys to Keeping Athletes Safe from Lightning

    by Michael Popke April 2013

    Within a four-week span last fall, a 71-year-old soccer spectator in Demarest, N.J., and an 11-year-old middle school football player in Fort Myers, Fla., were struck and killed by lightning.

  • Biomass Projects Help Parks Departments Save Money, Environment

    by Emily Attwood April 2013

    When budgets need cutting, park maintenance and landscaping often take the hit before more public-centered programming, a decision that can end up costing more in the long run.

  • HS Football Field Becomes Triage Center After Texas Blast

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013

    The football field at West (Texas) High School was turned into an emergency triage center Wednesday night after a major explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant. Local residents and medical personnel attended to many of the injured. Later, after a strong odor was detected near the stadium, triage was moved to a softball field.

  • Group Calls for Overhaul of California State Parks

    by Emily Attwood March 2013

    The Little Hoover Commission, hired last year to examine operations of the California State Parks system, released a report on Monday calling for a major overhaul of parks' management and operations. Among the chief recommendations was outsourcing of some of the state's 280 parks that the department did not have the means of supporting.

  • Cooling Solutions Trending in Synthetic Turf Industry

    by Emily Attwood January 2013

    From its introduction in the late '90s, the role of synthetic turf infill was to make synthetic turf play more like natural grass, providing more cushioning for the athlete's safety and performance.

  • Playgrounds Need More Elements of Risk, Experts Say

    by Emily Attwood January 2013

    The thrill of the playground is gone. It hasn't just been supplanted by the lure of high-tech gadgets and fast-paced video games, although those do take their share of the blame for the nation's childhood obesity epidemic. The real problem, say playground researchers and child development professionals, is that building standards like those specified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission limiting how fast or high a child can go and accessibility requirements dictating equipment placement have brought too much order to playgrounds, making them unappealing to children.

  • Turf Vandalism Presents Short- and Long-Term Challenges

    by Paul Steinbach December 2012

    There's something about a home sports field that brings out feelings of pride and protectionism - defending one's own turf, if you will - and not just during games.

  • Blog: NIMBYs' Objections Sometimes Have a Darker Side

    by Mary Helen Sprecher December 2012

    When your career involves sports and fitness facilities, it's always kind of a buzz when you see a new field, court or pool going in.

  • Record FHL Crowd Warms Up to Outdoor Hockey

    by Paul Steinbach October 2012

    Two numbers to take away from Wednesday night's professional hockey game between the Williamsport Outlaws and the Dayton Storm (aside from the 5-2 final score in favor of visiting Dayton): 3,447 and 67.