• Lack of Snow Hits Winter Recreation Programs

    by Jessie Van Berkel March 2017

    Warm weather means fewer aspiring skiers and snowboarders signing up for lessons in St. Paul parks. The lack of snow and cold leads to a drop in participation at parks that costs cities and counties thousands of dollars.

  • Park District Installs Plastic Tennis Court in Trial Run

    by Matt Trowbridge March 2017

    The Rockford (Mass.) Park District laid a plastic court made of square plastic tiles. Each tile has a pattern of 16 squares by 16 squares, and the court inside the lines is 92 blue tiles long and 52 tiles wide with many more tiles, in green, outside the lines.

  • Commission Weighing Millions for Recreation Upgrades

    by Greg Stanley March 2017

    The slew of upgrades to Collier County's park system is set to continue Tuesday. Collier County commissioners will be asked to approve a $10 million deal to build swimming pools at Eagle Lakes Community Park in East Naples. The same day, they'll be asked to: Spend $2 million to convert two grass soccer fields in North Naples to artificial turf.

  • Greensboro Set to Host Youth Baseball Tournament

    by Jeff Mills March 2017

    The Inner City Classic is coming back to the Gate City. The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League announced Wednesday that Greensboro will host the organization's 27th annual signature event at city Parks & Rec baseball diamonds July 14-18.

  • Parks and Rec Convention to Go On Despite Snow

    by the Telegram & Gazette March 2017

    Convention-goers at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association forged ahead with their event despite a snowstorm, and served notice that sunnier days lie ahead.

  • As Rec Participation Grows, City Mulls Facility Upgrades

    by Kirk Brown March 2017

    The number of players in Benton, S.C.'s youth baseball, basketball, football, soccer and softball leagues has increased by about 20 percent in the past two years, said Joey Lance, the city's recreation director.

  • Officials Hope Rec Space Could Draw Tournaments

    by Myron Madden March 2017

    Though Signal Mountain is still years away from meeting all its sports-field space needs, acquiring that additional recreational space could one day bring more than just sporting opportunities for the mountain's 400 baseball leaguers.

  • Local Climbing Gym Drives Popularity of Bouldering

    by Steve Ahillen March 2017

    Bouldering is big at Onsight Rock Gym in Knoxville, Tenn. The facility opened in April 2016 and has become a central hangout for the climbing community.

  • Park Officials Considering $1.8M for Synthetic Turf

    by Greg Stanley March 2017

    To lengthen sports seasons and get more daily use out of its fields, Collier County is considering a $1.8 million proposal to take out the grass on two soccer fields at North Collier Regional Park and replace it with artificial turf.

  • Skate Park to Open in Late Summer

    by Stefanie Dazio March 2017

    The skate park will cost about $300,000, with half the funds expected to come from the state, and the village footing the rest through contingency funds and a payment from the village's downtown revitalization project.