• Tax Revenue May Help Pay Off Target Field Early

    by Sid Hartman June 2017

    Ten years into the funding of Target Field, it's clear that the Twins and Hennepin County put together one of the better tax deals you can have for stadium financing.

  • Casino Operator Donates $1.5M for Ballfield Renovation

    by Sophia Chang June 2017

    A languishing ballfield in the heart of Islandia is getting an extensive makeover funded with donations, including more than $1 million from casino operator Delaware North. Village Mayor Allan Dorman and several officials gathered yesterday at the ballfield on Old Nichols Road to break ground on the reborn 7-acre First Responders Memorial Recreation Field. The park is dedicated to the memory of five first responders who worked for local fire departments and died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

  • BYU to Install Synthetic Turf, Subsurface Heater

    by Jeff Call June 2017

    The BYU baseball team has played on the same grass on its home field since the mid-1960s, but that's about to change. In June, construction crews began tearing out the natural grass to make way for artificial turf that will cover the entire field.

  • City Council Votes to Rename Lee and Jackson Parks

    by Chris Suarez June 2017

    After months of public debate, official decisions and heated controversy, Charlottesville's City Council on Monday voted to rename Lee Park as Emancipation Park and Jackson Park as Justice Park.

  • Elementary School Wins Contest, Playground Equipment

    by Kate Brennan May 2017

    Earlier this month, Sunset Park in Wilmington, N.C., was announced as the grand winner of the 2017 Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes, a program run by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation in partnership with Discovery Education. The award means the downtown Wilmington school will receive a playground set from Playworld as well as a $30,000 grant to put toward sporting equipment and the school s wellness program.

  • Martha’s Vineyard School Officials Choose Grass Fields

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    After a year of heated community debate, which drew large crowds in public forums and at least one threatened lawsuit, the Martha’s Vineyard High School Committee has voted unanimously to endorse a proposal to repair the district’s deteriorating athletic fields with natural grass.

  • Construction on New Park Set to Begin

    by Fox Valley Park District May 2017

    Construction on the much-anticipated Blackhawk Park is set to begin this summer, following approval by the Fox Valley Park District Board of Commissioners for a $640,900 bid to R.C. Wegman Construction Company of Aurora.

  • Study: Odds of Cancer Caused by Infill One in a Million

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    A $200,000 testing project to determine the safety of synthetic turf sports fields containing crumb rubber infill found that the likelihood of developing cancer due to contact with the surface is less than one in a million. 

  • Opinion: Proposed Sports Facility Would Boost Economy

    by Ben Salango May 2017

    Travel sports is an $8 billion-per-year industry. Its booming. Just follow the taillights of the hundreds of West Virginia families who load up each weekend and hit the road (traveling out of state) for soccer, baseball, football, softball and lacrosse tournaments. What if West Virginia was home to a facility that could host travel-sports tournaments? A state-of-the-art facility our community could use that would also attract out-of-state kids and parents to Kanawha County. That is exactly what the Kanawha County Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission want to accomplish at Shawnee Park.

  • Minneapolis Bans Tobacco Use in Public Parks

    by Faiza Mahamud May 2017

    New rules went into effect Monday prohibiting all tobacco products including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco on any land owned by the Minneapolis Park Board.