• Soccer Club Set to Buy 35 Acres, Build $7.6M Complex

    by Matt Chittum, The Roanoke Times May 2015

    After nearly two years of fits, starts and finally a stall, Roanoke's Valley AFC soccer club is on the brink of buying a 35-acre site in southeast Roanoke where it plans to develop a $7.6 million complex with up to 16 fields.

  • Futsal Anyone? Empty Courts Spark Change at Park

    by Jeff Rumage,, North Shore Now May 2015

    Where some people might see deteriorating tennis courts, Keith Tozer saw future futsal courts. He created a daily log of the inactivity at Lincoln Park, which he presented to the Milwaukee County Parks Department along with his proposal to turn the four tennis courts into two, 70-by-85-foot futsal courts.

  • Residents' Patient Wait for Passive Park Near an End

    by MIKE SALINERO; Tribune staff April 2015

    Terry Flott remembers going to see the late Hillsborough County parks director, Ed Radice, to ask that the county build a park at Kingsway Road and Old Hillsborough Avenue in the Seffner-Mango community.

  • Golf Courses Battle Drought with New Turf, Less of It

    by David Downey, Staff Writer April 2015

    In places where grass soaked up irrigation water by the bucketful, low-water trees such as Aleppo pines and drought-tolerant shrubs and flowers sit in beds of mulch.

  • Residents Oppose Parks Dept. Plan to Scrap Ball Field

    by Aisling Swift; 239-263-4739 April 2015

    As Naples officials prepare to mail surveys to gauge city park use, the parks director has reached out to residents who emailed their opposition to plans to eliminate Cambier Park’s ball field.

  • Ventura, Calif., Bans Smoking in Parks, Sports Venues

    by Saff reports April 2015

    There are a whole lot more places where smokers are unwelcome in Ventura after the City Council’s approval to adopt an ordinance that bans smoking in many outside spaces.

  • Mud Run Yet Another Casualty of California Drought

    by Craig Shultz, The Orange County Register April 2015

    San Jacinto-based Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District had scheduled the Jurassic Classic Mud Run for May 16 at Diamond Valley Lake Community Park. The 5K race, which was to feature obstacles and mud pits, had more than 500 participants last year.

  • Track Plans Stir Debate Over Fate of U. Golf Course

    by Jason Gonzalez, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) April 2015

    The imminent displacement of the University of Minnesota's track and field complex has stirred debate over the future of another piece of university athletics land.

  • California Water Crisis Affecting Safety of Ball Diamonds

    by Loren Ledin April 2015

    The effects of the state’s water crisis continues to draw comments, with Thousand Oaks High Athletic Director Gary Walin pointing out there’s a fine line for local schools to walk.

  • Portland Council Bans E-Cigarettes in Public Places

    by RANDY BILLINGS Staff Writer April 2015

    The City Council voted 7-1 Monday night to prohibit people from using e-cigarettes in public places, making Portland the 275th U.S. community to restrict use of the relatively new technology.