• HS Track and Field Programs Make Do Without Tracks

    by Brent W New, March 2015

    Hours before Vanguard had its first-ever track and field practice, coach Steve Read took out a spray can and made a large oval on the asphalt of the school parking lot.

  • Opinion: Youth Soccer Complex a Good $15M Gamble

    by Henderson column March 2015

    There are lots of things Hillsborough County leaders could do with $15 million besides building a youth soccer complex.

  • Former School Properties to Remain Recreation Sites

    by Mike Gangloff, The Roanoke Times March 2015

    Two former school properties in Eastern Montgomery County are best suited to recreational use, county supervisors decided this week.

  • Sponsored Video: Kifco Irrigation Solutions

    by AB Staff March 2015

    Kifco is a leading provider of water-reels, hoses, pumps and sprinklers based in the USA. Whether you are watering one football field or irrigating multiple playing and practice fields for football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, or golf courses, Kifco® has the perfect traveler for the job.

  • Sinkhole in Newly Resurfaced Track Sinks Home Season

    by Donna Walker, Correspondent March 2015

    A sinkhole on the Conestoga Valley High School track will halt home track meets for the Buckskins, possibly for the season.

  • Packing Activists Rally Against 'Gun-Free Zone' in Parks

    by MORGAN ZALOT; Daily News Staff Writer March 2015

    The specter of people openly toting guns several yards from a kids' jungle gym isn't something you see every day.

  • Environmentally Friendly Athletic Field Maintenance

    by Emily Attwood March 2015

    College campuses nationwide are getting greener, focusing on environmental sustainability, from designing LEED-certified buildings to launching zero-waste recycling campaigns and taking "Carbon-Neutral" pledges. College athletic programs are doing their part, increasing energy efficiency through the use of LED lighting and alternative energy sources, reducing water consumption and implementing gameday recycling programs.

  • Teens Raise Profile of Slacklining as Parks Activity

    by Karen Nazor Hill March 2015

    A slackline is a length of webbing suspended between two anchors. Anything that you do on this slackline is 'slacklining' -- most commonly, walking.

  • New Effort Aims to Save California's Parks System

    by Record Searchlight (Redding, California) March 2015

    The 12-member California Parks Forward Commission was formed in the wake of revelations in 2012 that, even as it was preparing to shut down 70 parks, the department had been hiding a $20 million surplus for years.

  • Community Supports Footing Tax Bill for Church Ballpark

    by Emily Attwood March 2015

    While nonprofit and religious organizations have been under the microscope in recent years when it comes to tax-exempt status of their fitness and recreation facilities, voters in Boscawen, N.H. last night approved a plan that would donated $6,000 to a local church to cover property taxes and maintenance on its baseball field.

    The field, owned by Boscawen Congregational Church, was built in 1915 and has been offered free for use by local groups over the last century, including Merrimack Valley Youth Baseball and Softball. But in 2014, the city’s tax assessor determined that because the lot was not being used for religious purposes, it was not tax exempt, and the church was billed $1,600.

    In addition to covering the property tax bill, the city’s donation will also help defray maintenance and upkeep costs for the church ballpark. Church and community volunteers had been assisting with the efforts and will continue to do so.

    “It does need some work,” Merrimack Valley Little League president Eric Crane told the Concord Monitor. “Our plan has always been to revitalize and rebuild the church park.”

    Not all voters agreed that the donation was a grand slam, however. “My concern isn’t about the kids playing baseball. If you give money to one nonprofit, how do you deny others that come forward?” one resident asked.