RECENT ARTICLES
  • City Invests $400K to Keep Fields Dry, Playable

    by Tony Doris Palm Beach Post Staff Writer December 2014

    A trench digger has taken its first bites out of the playing fields at Gardens Park, a heavily used 7-acre expanse of soccer fields behind City Hall with poor drainage that put them out of commission for 18 days in September.

  • NYC Won't Remove 'Deadly' Tire Swings from City Parks

    by Kevin Fasick and Natalie O'Neill December 2014

    The city won't remove the tire swing that killed a doting uncle at an East Village playground - or any of the 53 other tire swings in 33 city parks, officials said Wednesday.

  • $1M Naming Rights Deal Funds Park Improvements

    by Ron Maxey maxey@desotoappeal.com 901-333-2019 December 2014

    Southaven has agreed to a $1 million, 10-year deal with Mississippi-based BankPlus for naming rights at the city-owned Snowden Grove Park, and money from the agreement will help finance improvements to Snowden Grove Amphitheatre and other venues within the park.

  • Price Tag of Park Atop Landfill Jumps from $15M to $21M

    by Aisling Swift December 2014

    Revised estimates for Naples’ proposed $15 million Baker Park have been released, and the price tag has risen to more than $21 million — even after key features were scrapped. The city’s environmental engineering consultant, CDM Smith of Fort Myers, will present cost estimates at City Council’s workshop Monday, when supporters and detractors are expected to pack council chambers to speak out. The 389-page consultant’s report shows much of the increase is because the 15-acre park sits atop an old horticultural landfill, so up to 24 feet of soil and debris must be “over-excavated” and the ground strengthened before construction.

  • For Cleaner Parks, City to Purchase Goose-Chasing Dog

    by Lucas High December 2014

    In October, the city of Cheyenne began an experimental program to rid local parks of geese by chasing them away with specially trained border collies. The trial program proved successful, so the city now plans to buy a goose-chasing dog of its own.

  • Popularity of Multigenerational Playgrounds Growing

    by Diane C. Lade Sun Sentinel (TNS) December 2014

    These all-purpose recreational areas are popping up throughout South Florida, where retirement complexes sit next to family-friendly subdivisions, and the weather allows everyone to be outside most of the year.

  • Natural-Surface Bike Trail Coming to Municipal Park

    by Toni Lepeska Special to The Commercial Appeal December 2014

    An off-road natural surface bicycle trail will be created in Olive Branch City Park, the first of its kind in a municipality in DeSoto County, officials said.

  • Turf Type Has Impact on Maryland Field Hockey

    by Andrew Brandt November 2014

    High school field hockey participants in Maryland have found themselves on unstable ground.

  • What to Consider When Adding Outdoor Fitness to a Park

    by Emily Attwood October 2014

    Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Parks & Playgrounds, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire digital issue here.

    Working out at a health club isn't for everyone.

  • New Trends and Standards in Playground Safety Surfacing

    by Emily Attwood October 2014

    Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Parks & Playgrounds, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire digital issue here.

    Playground safety surfacing has come a long way since the asphalt days of the mid-twentieth century. Operators have a variety of surfacing options, from sand, wood fiber and pea gravel to more complex surfaces such as poured-in-place surfacing and even synthetic turf.