• Viral Video Ignites Change in San Francisco Park Policy

    by Michael Gaio October 2014

    Thanks to a viral video and an ensuing change of policy, teenagers in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood will no longer have to worry about being booted from their local public soccer field.

  • Park Department Doubles Cost of Memorial Tree Program


    Want to memorialize someone with a plaque and tree at a local park? That will be $700, please - and according to Albuquerque's Parks and Recreation Department, that's a steal.

  • Bill to Balance Public-Private Roles in Park Maintenance

    by Honolulu Star-Advertiser October 2014

    A new proposal before the Honolulu City Council seeking to amplify the private-sector role could yield improvements at city parks that would serve the public interest -- as long as the city does not relinquish its own obligation.

  • Soccer Academy Vying with Rec Program for Field Space

    by Kevin D. Thompson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer October 2014

    Organizers of an elite soccer academy are looking for a field to play on in the village, but the community's youth football and recreation soccer program could keep the academy on the sidelines.

  • AB Survey: Tell Us About Your Rec Center

    by AB Editors October 2014

    How many basketball courts does your facility really need? Is racquetball still popular? Is anyone using your locker rooms?

  • Committee OKs Broad Hikes in Recreation Program Fees

    by Jennifer Berry Hawes; October 2014

    The hikes would raise an estimated $165,000 more in gross recreation revenue per year for Mount Pleasant. The bulk of that would come from higher fees to join the town's popular Thomasena Stokes-Marshall Senior Services Center and to use its indoor aquatic centers.

  • Youth Sports Association Confronts Need for More Fields

    by Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) September 2014

    Enrollment in Minot-Hebron Athletic Association programs is way up, and with success comes problems, two in particular that board of directors member Mike Rioux wanted to discuss with selectmen.

  • Lawmaker Pushing for More School-Community Partnerships

    by Nell Gluckman BDN Staff September 2014

    The idea is to extend the programs schools can offer students beyond the academic curriculum by working with organizations such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls clubs, local colleges, libraries or other groups.

  • Youth Sports a Defense Against Terrorist Recruitment?

    by MILA KOUMPILOVA; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) September 2014

    Some Somali community leaders are arguing that programs such as youth soccer are a key line of defense against attempts to recruit young people locally and making a case for more funding for after-school and athletic programs for Somali youths.

  • Multipurpose Activity Courts Deliver Campus Rec Options

    by Paul Steinbach September 2014

    They are confined playing fields with near-limitless functionality. Since their rise to prominence on college campuses two decades ago, multipurpose activity courts have maintained their go-to status among both recreation facility designers and end-users looking to pack the most programming punch into one self-contained indoor space.