- Groundskeeper Looms Large in Sports Landscape
by David Dorsey March 2017
George Toma has guided the grounds crew at all 51 Super Bowls. He has installed and maintained fields for the NFL in London, Barcelona, Tokyo and Mexico City among others cities worldwide.
- County Makes Impressive Progress on Parks
by Susan Ladd March 2017
After a year of turmoil in which the Guilford County Commissioners, the Guilford County Parks and Recreation Department and the volunteer Parks and Recreation Commission were frequently at odds with the public - and sometimes each other - this year is beginning with a flurry of positive activity.
- Parking Outside NCAA Venues Costly
by Barbara O'Brien March 2017
Some basketball fans were surprised to see Buffalo parking rates doubled or more for the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament Thursday.
- District Rules Out Crumb Rubber Infill Amid Concerns
by Sun Journal March 2017
School Administrative District 75 has ruled out a controversial product as an option for synthetic turf field infill at a new Mt. Ararat High School.
- European Report: No Need for Crumb Rubber Concerns
by Jason Scott March 2017
A report published by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on Tuesday indicated that there is little cause for concern regarding exposure to chemicals as a result of contact with synthetic turf surfaces and recycled crumb rubber infill.
- Maintaining Quality Athletic Fields on Any Budget
by Emily Attwood January 2017
It's a common theme across the country: youth sports organizations want more fields or more field time. Most don't have the funding to buy land and build their own fields, and municipal parks and recreation departments often have space but can't afford the cost of building or maintaining fields in the long run.
- Washington DOH Finds No Link Between Turf and Cancer
by Courtney Cameron January 2017
The Washington State Department of Health has released the results of an investigation wherein it examined the relationship between playing soccer on synthetic turf and the early development of cancer. The DOH partnered with researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health to investigate a list, compiled by the UW women’s assistant head soccer coach, of 53 Washington residents who both played soccer and developed cancer between the mid- ‘90s and the year 2016.
- CEO Defends FieldTurf Amid Reports of Product Failures
by Jason Scott January 2017
FieldTurf CEO Eric Daliere responded to recent negative coverage his company has received in an op-ed published by the New Jersey Star-Ledger last month.
- Turf Industry Asks EPA for Final Decision
by Courtney Cameron January 2017
In response to a status report released on Dec. 30 by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding progress made on the Federal Research Action Plan on artificial turf, the Safe Fields Alliance (SFA) and the Synthetic Turf Council (STC) made a joint statement on Tuesday urging the EPA to present their full findings as soon as possible.
- New High School Track Deemed Unsalvageable
by Jason Scott December 2016
The track at Plainville (Conn.) High School will need to be replaced after less than a year of use. The track, which was installed in early spring, has been deemed unsalvageable after a bubbling problem in the track’s synthetic turf material.