• Youth Baseball Group Building $3.2M Field Project

    by Aubree Reichel July 2016

    Caleb Kimmel has a vision of what the World Baseball Academy and the ASH Centre can do for the Fort Wayne community and its potential to help even more kids than it does now. It's been a vision the organization's CEO has had for almost 12 years, and it has finally picked up momentum as the World Baseball Academy broke ground on new fields Tuesday. "I walked in here in 2004 and had that vision laid on my heart as I looked around this campus seeing what it could be," he said. "How we got there was a different path (than I envisioned).

  • Rainouts Prompt Call to Reevaluate Field Standards

    by Emily Attwood July 2016

    The Calgary Minor Soccer Association has had to cancel or reschedule hundreds of games this summer due to fields rendered unusable by heavy July rains. The association is asking the community for help finding locations to play, and asking the city to take a hard look at its construction standards.

  • Board Approves $150K in Tennis Court Improvements

    by Lana Sweeten-Shults July 2016

    In the summertime volley of school district construction work, one project on an extensive list of maintenance projects is the redo of Hirschi High and McNiel Middle schools’ tennis courts. The school board on Monday approved awarding a bid of almost $150,000 to Austin-based Hellas Construction for the overhaul — about $90,000 for asphalt removal and resurfacing at Hirschi and $60,000 for the same work at McNiel. The renovation at the McNiel courts, however, is contingent on the Hirschi project not consuming the $225,000 budget the district has set aside from tax maintenance notes for the two revamps, since Hirschi’s courts will be tackled first.

  • Donated Field Creates Opportunity for Refugee Students

    by Kristen Taketa July 2016

    It’s been more difficult than it should be for Joe Weis to teach physical education at the Nahed Chapman New American Academy. Not only did he alone teach PE at the school of 400 refugee and immigrant children this year, but the school’s outdoor play area also looks like a dried riverbed. Its aged asphalt is laced with webs of cracks. The sun-bleached, gray ground is uneven and full of valleys, hills and gaping pits of gravel and dirt.

  • Community Works Toward Natural-Themed Playground

    by Denisse Salazar July 2016

    Vista Del Verde I Park on Lakeview Avenue has been constructed in phases. The final phase, which was approved for $508,000, includes construction of a playground and landscaping next to the existing restroom building.

  • Youth Football League Searching for Home

    by Jane Ford-Stewart July 2016

    Muskego Youth Football will not use a portion of Denoon Park; there are too many unanswered questions about how adding a football field would affect youth soccer and baseball that already use the park, the Muskego Parks and Conservation Committee decided.

  • Quinnipiac Presents Revised Field Reno Plan

    by Kate Ramunni July 2016

    Quinnipiac University's proposal to renovate two athletic fields and build stadiums around them isn't dead, despite a denial last week from the Inland Wetlands Commission. The university's attorney and others representing the school were before the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night with a new application, this one addressing one of the two fields near the intersection of Mount Carmel Avenue and Hogan Road. They will submit a second application for the other field, attorney Bernard Pelligrino told the commission. That field, at the southof the property, was problematic because it didn't conform to one of the conditions of the original approval issued in January 2015 because it infringed on the wetlands buffer.

  • Legal Challenge Offers Lessons in Parking Lot Siting

    by John Wolohan July 2016

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  • School Board Can't Agree on Field Fix

    by James Fuller July 2016

    Every St. Charles school board member agrees the athletic field at St. Charles North High School is in such bad shape that it borders on being dangerous to students. That situation will continue at least awhile longer, as the board couldn't agree how to fix the field Monday night.

  • Study: Composition of Turf a Factor in Football Injuries

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    A study presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting showed that the infill weight of synthetic turf surfaces plays a role in the rate of injuries among high school football players.