The AB Extra: May 1
by Laura Godlewski May 2015
Our weekly recap of news and notes from around the athletic, fitness and recreation industries. This week features news on a selfie-stick ban at Wimbledon, a stationary bike that will let you wash your clothes as your ride, and an 89 year-old Kansas University alumni and former football player who scored a touchdown in their spring football game.
Demolition of Skate Park Stayed Until End of Summer
by Eric Russell, Staff Writer May 2015
The city of Portland, after hearing from numerous residents, has decided to postpone demolishing a skate park on Peaks Island that was built three years ago without permits and in violation of a conservation easement.
Soccer Club Set to Buy 35 Acres, Build $7.6M Complex
by Matt Chittum, The Roanoke Times May 2015
After nearly two years of fits, starts and finally a stall, Roanoke's Valley AFC soccer club is on the brink of buying a 35-acre site in southeast Roanoke where it plans to develop a $7.6 million complex with up to 16 fields.
Futsal Anyone? Empty Courts Spark Change at Park
by Jeff Rumage, email@example.com, North Shore Now May 2015
Where some people might see deteriorating tennis courts, Keith Tozer saw future futsal courts. He created a daily log of the inactivity at Lincoln Park, which he presented to the Milwaukee County Parks Department along with his proposal to turn the four tennis courts into two, 70-by-85-foot futsal courts.
Residents' Patient Wait for Passive Park Near an End
by MIKE SALINERO; Tribune staff April 2015
Terry Flott remembers going to see the late Hillsborough County parks director, Ed Radice, to ask that the county build a park at Kingsway Road and Old Hillsborough Avenue in the Seffner-Mango community.
Golf Courses Battle Drought with New Turf, Less of It
by David Downey, Staff Writer April 2015
In places where grass soaked up irrigation water by the bucketful, low-water trees such as Aleppo pines and drought-tolerant shrubs and flowers sit in beds of mulch.
Residents Oppose Parks Dept. Plan to Scrap Ball Field
by Aisling Swift firstname.lastname@example.org; 239-263-4739 April 2015
As Naples officials prepare to mail surveys to gauge city park use, the parks director has reached out to residents who emailed their opposition to plans to eliminate Cambier Park’s ball field.
Ventura, Calif., Bans Smoking in Parks, Sports Venues
by Saff reports April 2015
There are a whole lot more places where smokers are unwelcome in Ventura after the City Council’s approval to adopt an ordinance that bans smoking in many outside spaces.
Mud Run Yet Another Casualty of California Drought
by Craig Shultz, The Orange County Register April 2015
San Jacinto-based Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District had scheduled the Jurassic Classic Mud Run for May 16 at Diamond Valley Lake Community Park. The 5K race, which was to feature obstacles and mud pits, had more than 500 participants last year.
Track Plans Stir Debate Over Fate of U. Golf Course
by Jason Gonzalez, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) April 2015
The imminent displacement of the University of Minnesota's track and field complex has stirred debate over the future of another piece of university athletics land.