• Los Angeles' 29th Inclusive Playground Now Open


    Children climbed, ran and crawled on Los Angeles' newest inclusive playground, a farmhouse-themed play space in Fernangeles Park designed to provide kids with disabilities a fun and safe way to use facilities from which they are often excluded.

  • Ex-Players, $200K Playground Part of Redskins' Outreach

    by Erik Brady, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    Mark Moseley, a former Washington NFL placekicker, told members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe in council chambers Tuesday that the club's team name is meant as a sign of respect for Native Americans.

  • Council Will Put 19 Park Closures on November Ballot

    by Kirsten Crow July 2014

    The City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to put 19 parks on the November ballot, which would leave the choice with voters on whether to decommission the recreational areas. But even if voters give city officials the authority to close and auction the parcels of land, that doesn’t mean the parks would immediately be sold, officials said.

  • Anderson U. to Build Athletic Facilities on Old Fairgrounds

    by Mike Ellis July 2014

    The university plans to have several tennis courts, a softball field and a pool ready around the spring and workers will begin grading much of the 44-acre site soon. The athletic fields will be for university uses, not the public.

  • Tennis Court Surfaces Continue to Evolve

    by Mary Helen Sprecher July 2014

    No question, the sport of tennis has evolved. Players — like the colors they wear — are louder, bolder and more attention-grabbing than their predecessors. And the courts they play on have dragged the sport (some laughingly say kicking and screaming) into the 21st century. Courts have evolved since the days of green grass facilities and white chalk lines. Not that those don't still exist, but they're the exception, rather than the rule — particularly when it comes to recreational installations.

  • Synthetic Turf Gaining Traction Among County's Schools

    by Denise Jewell Gee; News Staff Reporter July 2014

    A new wave of school districts, having seen their teams play at rival fields that don't turn into muddy pits, are exploring new athletic projects that would include synthetic turf. Sweet Home has a plan to build an artificial turf sports complex behind its high school. Niagara Falls is laying down 11 acres of turf on ten fields throughout the district. And Clarence, Kenmore-Tonawanda and Williamsville are exploring the possibility of asking residents to vote on athletic projects within the next year that would include artificial turf.

  • 'Flagship' 31.5-Acre Sports Park Addresses Space Needs


    After a decade of planning, the city's "flagship" active park, to be built in 2016, will include four soccer fields, three ballfields, four tennis fields, two basketball courts and eight pickleball courts at the Tustin Legacy.

  • Lottery Proceeds to Help Fund Park Synthetic Turf Install

    by Debbie Kelley - 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,(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 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.