RECENT ARTICLES
  • Lottery Proceeds to Help Fund Park Synthetic Turf Install

    by Debbie Kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com - July 2014

    A parent-driven charge to reduce the amount of scrapes and bruises their kids were coming home with is trumpeting victory. By the time school starts in August, a large dirt and rock lot that abuts Gateway Elementary School's playground in Woodland Park School District RE-2 will be a multi-purpose, artificial turf field for school and community use. The Gateway playground, as well as a community playground on school grounds, will be upgraded, all with the help of gambling money.

  • City Okays Turning Park into Sand Volleyball Destination

    by Daniel Moore July 2014

    Sand volleyball plans in Browns Park OKd New sand volleyball courts expected to draw tourneys By Daniel Moore danielm@spokesman.com,(509) 459-5406 City leaders have given a green light to a plan that could make Spokane Valley a regional destination for sand volleyball players in the coming years. The Spokane Valley City Council approved on Tuesday the Browns Park Master Plan that seeks to install 16 tournament-quality sand courts in the 8.2-acre park on the corner of South Pines Road and East 32nd Avenue. The plan would also renovate the existing neighborhood park facilities and add new play equipment, picnic shelters and a splash pad.

  • Tree Felled by Tornado to Become Park Play Structure

    by KATIE DEAN , The Capital Times kdean@madison.com July 2014

    Part of the Orton Park tree that was damaged in a recent tornado on Madison's east side will be saved for kids to play on, but the final design will not be as elaborate as neighbors had hoped.

  • Opinion: City Erred in Not Warning Public of Park Toxins

    by The Columbus Dispatch July 2014

    Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman's order to conduct health surveys of residents near a city park tainted with toxins is a step toward restoring trust and assuaging fear, especially since neighbors now know the city was aware of the problem for far longer than it had acknowledged.

  • City to Survey Residents on Effects of Tainted Park Fields

    by Mark Ferenchik July 2014

    Mayor Michael B. Coleman has directed Columbus Public Health to survey residents living near Saunders Park to determine whether industrial contaminants found at the city park have affected their health.

  • Toxins in Active Soccer Fields Known About for Years

    by Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch June 2014

    City and state officials knew as early as 2011 that Saunders Park contained elevated levels of arsenic and lead, according to surface-soil tests. But Columbus Recreation and Parks decided to allow city youth soccer teams to play at the Near East Side park in 2012 and 2013. "We didn't have complete information to know if it was a problem," said Alan McKnight, Recreation and Parks director. "We felt we need to do more study to understand what it meant."

  • Opinion: Don't Spend Road Repair Money on Soccer Fields

    by Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) June 2014

    A Pima County proposal to spend $8.75 million to purchase 167 acres for soccer fields makes sense, with a caveat: No road repair money should be touched to pay for it. Pima County Supervisors have already approved a county budget that allows the expenditure to be made, and they will decide July 1 if the land deal should move ahead and how to pay for it. The land is a piece of a much larger proposal to build a regional soccer complex that supporters say would attract soccer tournaments from outside Tucson and Arizona.

  • Town Mistakenly Builds Football Field on Private Property

    by Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) June 2014

    SKOWHEGAN -- A Maine town will spend $27,500 to correct mistakes it made that led to a youth football field being accidentally built on private property.

  • Playground Repair Among City's Post-Recession Priorities

    by Art Marroquin, Staff Writer June 2014

    City officials plan to hire 10 police officers, repair playground equipment at parks and upgrade the utility system as part of a $1.6 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, reflecting a 3.7 percent spending increase over the past year.

  • Eagles to Return to Franklin Field Roots for One Practice

    by Staff Report June 2014

    THE LAST time the Eagles won an NFL championship, the game was played at Franklin Field, the team's home from 1958-70. As part of this year's training camp schedule, one of the Birds' three open practices will take them back there for what's believed to be the first time since 1970.