RECENT ARTICLES
  • New Trends and Standards in Playground Safety Surfacing

    by Emily Attwood October 2014

    Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Parks & Playgrounds, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire digital issue here.

    Playground safety surfacing has come a long way since the asphalt days of the mid-twentieth century. Operators have a variety of surfacing options, from sand, wood fiber and pea gravel to more complex surfaces such as poured-in-place surfacing and even synthetic turf.

  • Inclusive Playground Design Leaves No Child Out

    by Anne-Marie Spencer October 2014

    Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Parks & Playgrounds, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire digital issue here.

    Unless you've been at a playground where a child is left sitting out because the play environment was designed with too narrow a skill set in mind, you might not understand the heartbreak that being left out can cause. Though the topic of inclusion is a popular one, situations like this are still happening — often by accident — in new play spaces all around the world.

  • Viral Video Ignites Change in San Francisco Park Policy

    by Michael Gaio October 2014

    Thanks to a viral video and an ensuing change of policy, teenagers in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood will no longer have to worry about being booted from their local public soccer field.

  • Synthetic Turf Council Responds to NBC Investigation

    by Michael Gaio October 2014

    By now it's likely you've seen NBC's story, "How Safe Is the Artificial Turf Your Child Plays On?" The 3,500-word story was first published on October 8th and has been the topic of a lot of conversation in the athletic and recreation industries. The video version of the story has aired on just about every NBC News program.

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: Chinguacousy Sports Park Redevelopment

    by AB Editors October 2014

    Chinguacousy Sports Park Redevelopment | Toronto, Ont.

    The word “materials” was mentioned by six of seven judges, who were impressed by the cohesive appearance of the redeveloped park’s structures and relationship to the park itself. “Artful” and “elegant” were also used to describe the overall design, which overcame the challenge of integrating separate volumes serving specific purposes.

  • Rec Project On Despite Human Remains, Power Lines

    by Michael Gaio September 2014

    Potentially dangerous power lines run overhead. What might be an ancient Indian burial ground lies below. In between will be Alabama's newest recreation complex.

  • One on One with the 'Guru of Glue' Norris Legue (Sponsored)

    by AB Staff September 2014

    The synthetic turf industry has grown from a small business about 50 years ago to one with rapid growth. It's because natural grass has certain limitations that synthetic turf does not.

  • Photos: High School Grounds Crew Mows Synthetic Turf

    by Michael Gaio September 2014

    A member of the grounds crew at a Maryland high school took a lawn mower to the school's football field yesterday morning. This typically routine task was complicated by one major problem: the field isn't grass, it's synthetic turf.

  • Video: 2014 Facilities of Merit Preview

    by Michael Gaio August 2014

    The Architectural Showcase is always one of the highlights of the year here at Athletic Business. We invite architects, builders, consultants and facility owners to submit their best work from the previous three years. The difficult part is choosing just 10 of these outstanding facilities to earn the honor of being recognized as our Facilities of Merit.

  • Buffalo-Shaped Pool Draws Variety of Colorado Students

    by Paul Steinbach August 2014

    A small component of the University of Colorado Boulder Student Recreation Center's 300,000-square-foot renovation and expansion produced some fairly substantial debate.