- Community Mulls $12M Tournament Complex
by Nick Blizzard April 2016
A multipurpose athletic complex in West Carrollton would be built on 200 acres and hold basketball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball and winter guard competitions, said Steve Thomas, director of Centerville United Soccer Association Crew SC.
- San Jose Considering Dirt Soccer Fields
by Takara Scott-Johnston February 2016
Bare patches of dirt are something any keeper of natural grass athletic fields typically wants to avoid. Given economic and environmental concerns, however, San Jose's Parks and Recreation Commission is considering whether entire dirt fields are a viable alternative to traditional soccer fields.
- Youth Soccer League Sues NFL Over Field Use
by Jason Scott January 2016
The NFL plans to transform the turf at a youth soccer complex next to Levi’s Stadium into a space for media broadcasts for the upcoming Super Bowl, but representatives of the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League plan to fight them.
- Crumb Rubber Concerns Halt Turf Installation
by Jason Scott November 2015
Seminole County has stopped installation of artificial turf on several athletic fields at a new sports complex after Commissioner Lee Constantine raised concerns about the crumb rubber material that substitutes for dirt.
- Nebraska Adventure Center Supports Exterior Climbing Wall
by Paul Steinbach October 2015
"Everybody keeps pushing the edges on these buildings," says Al Oberlander, principal and COO at Des Moines, Iowa-based RDG Planning & Design.
- Spotlight: Stadiums & Outdoor Sports Surfaces
by AB Editors September 2015
A roundup of the latest stadium and outdoor sports products from AB advertisers.
- Pre-Programming and Re-Programming at Maggie Daley Park
by Emily Attwood September 2015
The neighborhood surrounding Daley Bicentennial Plaza has changed a great deal since the plaza was built in 1976, and when the city needed to completely remove the plaza to renovate the parking garage underneath it, the Chicago Park District saw an opportunity to redefine the space.
- Feral Hogs Invade Texas High School Football Field
by Jason Scott August 2015
A pack of feral hogs is causing trouble at Liberty High School near Houston, Tex.
- Packers Unveil Plans for Titletown District Development
by Jason Scott August 2015
The Green Bay Packers and team president/CEO Mark Murphy unveiled plans Thursday for a new development called the Titletown District.
- Budget Woes Take Toll on Brooklyn's Basketball Courts
by Paul Steinbach July 2015
In an effort to find out why it was so hard to find a decent place to play basketball in New York City, Wall Street Journal writer Stu Woo personally visited all 172 of Brooklyn’s public courts listed on the Parks and Recreation Department website this spring, and found that only a third of them were in good shape. “The rest had problems that varied from the annoying, such as bent or missing rims, to the ankle-breaking, such as cracks so wide that weeds actually grew out of them,” Woo writes at WSJ.com.
Woo wasn’t surprised, having conducted a similar review of Manhattan’s courts in 2013 (NYC boasts 1,800 courts in all). But, he writes, parks officials were disappointed to learn of the widespread problem while explaining that shrinking budgets make it hard to keep up with repairs. According to Woo’s report, the parks budget in the 1960s was 1.4 percent of NYC’s total budget. The current year’s $400 million parks budget is only half a percent of the city’s budget, and that amount is already spread thin among labor, gardening, playground equipment, recreation centers, pools, restrooms and other sports courts.
“We’re underfunding parks relative to New York City’s history and relative to where other big cities are today,” Parks and Recreation Committee chairman Mark Levine told Woo. “Your survey reveals, in pretty stark ways, the unmet needs of the system.”
Parks and Recreation Department commissioner Mitchell Silver added that Brooklyn’s reliance on recreational basketball is unique. “What makes Brooklyn different is that other boroughs have a lot of large parks. Brooklyn has a lot of small parks,” he told Woo. “Open space in Brooklyn is basketball.”
Parks are inspected twice annually by a team of 300 full-time inspectors. In addition, a hotline fields roughly 150,000 parks-related complaints (though off-leash dogs are among the most typical targets). But awareness is only the beginning, and court repairs don’t come cheap. A rim replacement runs $100, and a rim and backboard is $550. It costs $3,000 to paint a basketball court with a sports coating, and up to $150,000 to both resurface and repaint.