• Bill Gives City Officials Flexibility in Setting Race Fees

    by MATT MURPHY, Daily Mail STAFF August 2014

    A new bill will still charge event organizers fees for holding foot and similar races in Charleston, but it gives city officials greater flexibility in determining cost. Council's Parks and Recreation Committee discussed and unanimously approved the bill during a meeting Monday afternoon. It must go to council's finance committee before being voted on by the full council.

  • Youth Sports Events Have Become For-Profit Enterprise

    by Diane Mastrull, The Philadelphia Inquirer August 2014

    Jeff Long could torture himself with "what ifs." Especially: What if that financial backer had come through with the $250,000 Long needed to sustain his ticket-outsourcing business for college sports events until critical mass was achieved? But after that potential investor bailed, a fortuitous thing happened to Long. A neighbor convinced him to come watch his son play in a high school lacrosse playoff game.

  • Key Considerations When Building a Splash Pad

    by Paul Steinbach August 2014

    They're bubbling up from Texas to Minnesota and from coast to coast as complements to traditional dry playgrounds and existing pools, as well as stand-alone aquatics amenities replacing traditional pools altogether. For many municipalities, both urban and suburban, splash pads offer a simpler, more affordable aquatics recreation alternative.

  • Youth Coaches Learn Ways to Reduce Concussions

    by Thomas Clouse,, (509) 459-5495 August 2014

    Area youth coaches taught how to address concussions NFL-sponsored USA Football leads seminar By Thomas Clouse, (509) 459-5495 Youth football coaches sat around a room Saturday at the Spokane YMCA and had safety regarding concussions drilled into their heads. Head-injury awareness has been heightened in what many view as a violent sport. Concussions have been further thrust into the spotlight through litigation by former players who claim the National Football League overlooked head injuries that have caused debilitating effects.

  • 'Roger Goodell of Cricket' Drives Sport's Growth in Md.

    by PHIL TURNER Correspondent August 2014

    Jamie Harrison volunteered to organize and coach a cricket team with the Linthicum Ferndale Youth Athletic Association this spring. The team consisted of 13 boys and girls ranging from ages 7 to 11. It was the only team of its kind in Anne Arundel County.

  • Football Program a Model City-County Partnership

    by Gerald Witt 865-342-6357 August 2014

    Joe Walsh, Knoxville’s parks and recreation director, said unified parks and recreation departments often are a starting point for combined government. Every year or so, somebody suggests combining city and county parks programs.

  • YMCA May Rescue Lewiston Gymnastics Program

    by DANIEL HARTILL, Staff Writer July 2014

    The city and the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA are quietly working on a deal that may save a popular, city-run gymnastics program squeezed by tightening budgets.

  • Editorial: Bad Business Deal Reflects Drifting Park Board

    by Dmedit July 2014

    The Putnam County Commission met with Scott Williamson, parks director, to go over the finances of the county's Parks and Recreation Commission. The meeting was illuminating. The parks board bought a building and renamed it The Commons. The plan was to pay off the mortgage by renting the building to businesses.

  • Handball Enthusiast Brings Sport to Albuquerque Park


    Handball has long been a gritty, blue-collar sport: One small, rock-hard ball, no racket, no net, no frills. It's you and an opponent, bare walls and sometimes bare hands. The game can be found in numerous public parks, many of those in Brooklyn, N.Y.

  • Tennis Court Surfaces Continue to Evolve

    by Mary Helen Sprecher July 2014

    No question, the sport of tennis has evolved. Players — like the colors they wear — are louder, bolder and more attention-grabbing than their predecessors. And the courts they play on have dragged the sport (some laughingly say kicking and screaming) into the 21st century. Courts have evolved since the days of green grass facilities and white chalk lines. Not that those don't still exist, but they're the exception, rather than the rule — particularly when it comes to recreational installations.