RECENT ARTICLES
  • City Vies for $20K Grant for Outdoor Fitness Equipment

    by Victoria Bourne April 2017

    The city of Chesapeake is hoping to make ailing Northwest River Park and Campground a bit more fit, but needs some help to do it. Saturday marked the beginning the National Recreation and Park Association’s month-long Meet Me at the Park campaign, in which people can nominate Chesapeake to receive a $20,000 grant to install outdoor fitness equipment at the park. Other Hampton Roads cities are also vying for the grant, as well as others from across the country.

  • 'Pocket Parks' Help City Improve Fitness, Battle Blight

    by Tonyaa Weathersbee April 2017

    A study published in American Journal of Health Promotion in 2014 found that pocket parks compared favorably to playgrounds when it came to boosting the physical activity of people who lived within a half-mile of them.

  • Anti-Smoking Signs Set to Go Up at Ballfields

    by Liz Freeman March 2017

    Tobacco Free Collier has joined forces with the Blue Zones Project to reduce kids' exposure to secondhand smoke at parks and ballfields operated around the county, said Robert Ostbye, the tobacco prevention specialist overseeing the program at the Florida Department of Health in Collier County.

  • 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.

  • N.J. Schools File Fraud Suit Against Top Turf Company

    by Jason Scott December 2016

    A class-action lawsuit filed by the Newark, N.J., school system alleges that the country’s leading manufacturer of synthetic turf fields defrauded it and hundreds of other schools and municipalities across the state.