- 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.
- Outdoor Gyms Catching On in U.S. Parks
by Emily Attwood October 2012
Adult playgrounds have been popular in areas of Asia and Europe for some time, but these outdoor attractions have been slow to catch on in the United States. The Trust for Public Land brought its first Fitness Zone®, a collection of outdoor strength, cardio and balance equipment, to Los Angeles five years ago, and many California communities have also embraced the trend.
- Blog: Something's Missing from This New Outdoor Complex
by Mary Helen Sprecher October 2012
I recently attended the grand opening of the tennis area of a new sports park in Maryland. It was a great fall day - bright sunshine, happy people, everyone pumped up about the possibilities for kids and adults to get involved in physical activity.
- FIFA Program Certifies Synthetic Turf Performance
by Paul Steinbach September 2012
This month, a small fraternity of field inspectors will gather in Paris for an annual brush-up on the latest techniques in testing synthetic turf. The goal is to establish consistency among the entities entrusted by FIFA to conduct lab and field tests on synthetic turf product and the finished pitches that seek the world soccer governing body's stamp of approval. Using highly specialized instrumentation, FIFA-endorsed labs test everything from a fiber's melting point to a finished field's interaction with players' feet.
- Synthetic Turf Manufacturers Advance Field Cooling Solutions
by Emily Attwood August 2012
Global warming debates aside, this summer was hot. And dry. By mid-July, 64 percent of the country was suffering from drought conditions, the worst since the 1950s.
- Blog: Community Building Projects Need Formal Support
by Mary Helen Sprecher July 2012
A friend who lives in an urban area was telling me about her community association's idea for rehabbing a vacant lot. At present, it's just a weed-choked area, but residents have plans to turn it into a short fitness course, with stations for doing stretching, balancing and so forth.
- Smoking Bans Take Effect in Parks and Other Outdoor Areas
by Emily Attwood May 2012
Aligning itself with policies already in place in New York City, New York state parks, beaches and playgrounds went smoke-free in April.