- Exacting Design Standards Spur Quality Track Construction
by Paul Steinbach February 2012
It starts with a dotted line. Not the kind that stretches a short distance across the bottom of a contract, but one drawn to represent a closed circuit covering 400 meters.
- Rethinking Municipal Golf Course Operations
by Emily Attwood December 2011
Last November, the City of Duluth, Minn., hired a consultant from National Golf Foundation Consulting Inc. to evaluate its two 27-hole municipal golf courses and suggest improvements.
- Outdoor Sports Lighting Projects Don't Need to Rile the Neighbors
by Michael Popke December 2011
The Westport (Conn.) Planning and Zoning Commission, in granting the Installation of permanent lights at the Staples High School football field in November, brought to a close nearly 35 years of often-contentious debate between city leaders, sports boosters and school neighbors over spill and glare issues.
- Drought-Ridden Field Owners Reconsider Maintenance Practices, Synthetic Turf
by Andrew Cohen December 2011
Robert Lee, Texas, population 1,106, got three inches of rain in the first 11 months of 2011.
- Blog: Fitness Instructor Had It Right: Take It Outside
by Mary Helen Sprecher October 2011
Last Friday, I was passing by the room in our athletic club where group-cycling classes are held, and I heard the instructor tell the group, "I saw the weather forecast and it's going to be a wonderful weekend. I don't want to see any of you here on Saturday and Sunday. Go play outside!"
- New Projects: Oklahoma State University; University of Houston; Oregon State University
by Andrew Cohen July 2011
Construction has begun on the Sherman E. Smith Training Center, one of the key components of the envisioned Athletic Village on the north side of the Oklahoma State University campus.
- Is Jury Still Out on Recyclable Synthetic Turf?
by Joe Bush June 2011
The year 2010 saw the first synthetic turf field to be fully recycled.
- Blog: Come July, Your Parks Will Get Rocked
by Mary Helen Sprecher May 2011
With all the attention paid to glitz in our industry - new multipurpose rec centers, high-end health clubs and even glittering new high school facilities - we occasionally forget that some great opportunities for recreation are right in our own backyard.
- Dirtless Diamonds Give Teams Real Home-Field Advantage
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2011
More synthetic-turf baseball fields are being installed these days, but many of them still use real dirt on and around the base paths, home plate and pitcher's mound. Which is why some facilities are getting lots of attention this spring for using absolutely no dirt. Instead, brown and white turf doubles as dirt and chalk.
- When to Keep Field Maintenance In-House and When to Hire a Pro
by David Nardone and Mark Novak April 2011
Maintaining athletic fields is crucial to their performance, and doing it right takes expertise, time and money. For some athletic departments, in-house capabilities are more than sufficient and save the added costs of hiring outside professionals.