RECENT ARTICLES
  • Record FHL Crowd Warms Up to Outdoor Hockey

    by Paul Steinbach October 2012

    Two numbers to take away from Wednesday night's professional hockey game between the Williamsport Outlaws and the Dayton Storm (aside from the 5-2 final score in favor of visiting Dayton): 3,447 and 67.

  • Outdoor Gyms Catching On in U.S. Parks

    by Emily Attwood October 2012

    Adult playgrounds have been popular in areas of Asia and Europe for some time, but these outdoor attractions have been slow to catch on in the United States. The Trust for Public Land brought its first Fitness Zone®, a collection of outdoor strength, cardio and balance equipment, to Los Angeles five years ago, and many California communities have also embraced the trend.

  • FIFA Program Certifies Synthetic Turf Performance

    by Paul Steinbach September 2012

    This month, a small fraternity of field inspectors will gather in Paris for an annual brush-up on the latest techniques in testing synthetic turf. The goal is to establish consistency among the entities entrusted by FIFA to conduct lab and field tests on synthetic turf product and the finished pitches that seek the world soccer governing body's stamp of approval. Using highly specialized instrumentation, FIFA-endorsed labs test everything from a fiber's melting point to a finished field's interaction with players' feet.

  • Synthetic Turf Manufacturers Advance Field Cooling Solutions

    by Emily Attwood August 2012

    Global warming debates aside, this summer was hot. And dry. By mid-July, 64 percent of the country was suffering from drought conditions, the worst since the 1950s.

  • Shock Pads Make Bigger Impact in the Synthetic Turf Industry

    by Michael Popke April 2012

    One of the more popular seminars attended by industry professionals at the Synthetic Turf Council's March Spring Membership Meeting in Las Vegas didn't boast a sexy name or even a call to action.

  • Different Color Combinations Enliven Tennis Courts

    by Andrew Cohen April 2012

    Your eyes are on the athletes as they run, jump, slide, swing. The surface beneath their feet slides by, mere background.

  • Exacting Design Standards Spur Quality Track Construction

    by Paul Steinbach February 2012

    It starts with a dotted line. Not the kind that stretches a short distance across the bottom of a contract, but one drawn to represent a closed circuit covering 400 meters.

  • Rethinking Municipal Golf Course Operations

    by Emily Attwood December 2011

    Last November, the City of Duluth, Minn., hired a consultant from National Golf Foundation Consulting Inc. to evaluate its two 27-hole municipal golf courses and suggest improvements.

  • Outdoor Sports Lighting Projects Don't Need to Rile the Neighbors

    by Michael Popke December 2011

    The Westport (Conn.) Planning and Zoning Commission, in granting the Installation of permanent lights at the Staples High School football field in November, brought to a close nearly 35 years of often-contentious debate between city leaders, sports boosters and school neighbors over spill and glare issues.

  • Drought-Ridden Field Owners Reconsider Maintenance Practices, Synthetic Turf

    by Andrew Cohen December 2011

    Robert Lee, Texas, population 1,106, got three inches of rain in the first 11 months of 2011.