• New $9.7M Sports Park Wows Residents

    by Michael J. Williams November 2016

    Though the sports facility is new, it was built on an existing park site that was only partially completed. Eight acres of the 22-acre site were constructed as a park, and the rest remained vacant.

  • University Kicks Off $1M Fundraiser for New Soccer Field

    by Staff report November 2016

    The University of Illinois Springfield athletic department officially launched this week a campaign to raise $1 million to replace the grass on its soccer field at Kiwanis Stadium with an artificial playing surface.

  • Collier County Commissioners Plan to Open New Park

    by Greg Stanley November 2016

    It will be two more years before the long-awaited Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park opens to the public, according to a timeline approved Tuesday by Collier County commissioners. The planned 150-acre park in Golden Gate Estates near Palmetto Ridge High School sat in planning limbo for nearly a decade before efforts to build it were revived in 2014. The county is still negotiating with Q Grady Minor, the firm that will design the park, over cost and the scope of the project.

  • Mobile Seating Offers Functional, Economic Benefits

    by Paul Steinbach November 2016

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  • New Bike Park Salutes Veterans

    by Joseph Dits November 2016

    Griffin Park opened in Terre Haute, Ind., last month with 300 acres of bike trails that jump dirt, swish through woods and float on water -- yes, float -- as the perfect salute to a beloved son and brother who died in an explosion in Afghanistan. It's only right that the park, built entirely from more than $1.5 million in donations and almost 20,000 hours of volunteer labor, is drawing people from across the country. Chalk it up to the late U.S. Army Sgt. Dale R. Griffin, a friendly guy who was "good at getting people to ride with him," says his dad, Gene Griffin. Gene says he and his wife couldn't understand Dale's impulse, at age 25, to leave a good-paying job in Indianapolis to join the service. Why not, they suggested, finish the 10 credit hours to complete his college degree? Dale replied, "I feel like I can make a difference."

  • Bond for $24.7M in Park Land Spending Up for Vote

    by Meris Lutz November 2016

    The Cobb County Commission appears divided over a proposal to issue $24.7 million in bonds to buy land for new parks. The commission is scheduled to vote on the bond issuance at its regular meeting Tuesday.

  • City Funds App to Combat Childhood Obesity

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    O’Brien Park in Parker, Colo., has become the test site for a new system of tracking technology designed to encourage a healthier lifestyle in Colorado youth, more than 14% of whom were found to be overweight or obese in a study by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in 2014. The city of Parker is working in conjunction with Innovation Pavilion and Under Amour to fund the new project called 21st Century Parks.

  • $15M Park Upgrade Includes Rec Fields, Playground

    by The Charleston Gazette November 2016

    The renovation of Valley Park in Hurricane will be conducted in two phases and require a minimum of two years to complete.

  • Atlanta Opens Miniature Soccer Pitch in Transit System

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    The MARTA transit system in Atlanta, Ga., has found a unique way to make youth soccer more available to widespread urban residents.

    MARTA has partnered with Soccer in the Streets and Atlanta United to build the world’s first soccer pitch inside the boundaries of a major urban transit system. Located at MARTA’s Five Points station in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the new field will sit right at the hub of Atlanta urban transit, making it convenient and accessible for all Atlanta residents.

  • New Punishments Discussed for NY Parks Rule Breakers

    by Alison Fox November 2016

    If climbing a tree and playing a game of poker in the park with friends sounds like the perfect fall activity, think again. Both of these activities are against the law in the city.