• 'Flagship' 31.5-Acre Sports Park Addresses Space Needs


    After a decade of planning, the city's "flagship" active park, to be built in 2016, will include four soccer fields, three ballfields, four tennis fields, two basketball courts and eight pickleball courts at the Tustin Legacy.

  • City Okays Turning Park into Sand Volleyball Destination

    by Daniel Moore July 2014

    Sand volleyball plans in Browns Park OKd New sand volleyball courts expected to draw tourneys By Daniel Moore,(509) 459-5406 City leaders have given a green light to a plan that could make Spokane Valley a regional destination for sand volleyball players in the coming years. The Spokane Valley City Council approved on Tuesday the Browns Park Master Plan that seeks to install 16 tournament-quality sand courts in the 8.2-acre park on the corner of South Pines Road and East 32nd Avenue. The plan would also renovate the existing neighborhood park facilities and add new play equipment, picnic shelters and a splash pad.

  • Police Propose Taking Over City's Rec Department

    by Thomas J. Prohaska; News Niagara Reporter July 2014

    Although no final decision was made, the Common Council seemed pleased Wednesday with a proposal from the Police Department to take charge of the Youth and Recreation Department. "We talked about it earlier. We think it's a good idea," Council President Joseph C. Kibler said. The plan put forward by community policing aide Mark Sanders and Capt. Douglas E. Haak, who also is chairman of the Youth Board, calls for the Police Department to take over all administrative functions of the youth programs, including payroll, grant applications and state compliance forms.

  • Officials Hope to Convert Swim Site into Rec Center

    by Justin Runquist Columbian staff writer July 2014

    By the end of the year, officials in Camas say, they hope to finally have the new community center they've long sought to bring to the city.City leaders are in the midst of working out a multimillion-dollar deal to buy LaCamas Swim & Sport and convert the 41,000-square-foot facility into a new public recreation center. The option would be faster and more cost-effective than building a facility from scratch, City Administrator Pete Capell said.

  • Lifeguards Put Skills to Use in Rec Competition

    by Amanda Coyne, June 2014

    More than 30 lifeguards ran, dove and swam at Isle of Palms County Park on Friday morning, but nobody at the beach needed help. The guards from Charleston County beaches and waterparks and Mount Pleasant town pools competed in the 17th annual South Carolina Recreation and Park Association Lifeguard Competition.

  • Rival Developers Proceeding with Separate Rink Plans

    by laura kinsler; Tribune staff June 2014

    - When Gordie Zimmermann announced plans last month for a massive ice-skating complex on Interstate 75, it seemed to put an end to speculation about where Pasco County's first ice rink would be built. But rival Pat DeLorenzo said he hasn't given up his dream to build a hockey arena one exit north, on County Road 54 near The Grove shopping center. We're going forward, DeLorenzo said.

  • Mayor's Education Focus Includes Rehabbing Rec Centers

    by Joy Lukachick June 2014

    The once bright-red jungle gym is now a faded light pink, splotched by rust. Under the play structures, eroded rifts in the mulch expose a shard of glass here, an empty ketchup packet there. The Eastdale community has been asking for major upgrades to the game room, the gym and playground at their 50-year-old city recreation center for more than a decade. Each year, the requests are denied, said Eastdale manager Dank Hawkins. But when Mayor Andy Berke took office, he said the city's 18 recreation centers would be part of his focus on education. He renamed them Youth and Family Development Centers and funneled nearly $200,000 total for each center to add computers and the Lexia reading program and mentorship programs for teens.

  • Free Youth Event Includes Baseline Concussion Test

    by Pamela Dillon June 2014

    Your family can have some serious fun this weekend. Serious, because parents can receive loads of good information about sports injuries to get their kids back on the playing field much faster.

  • Indian Tribe Donates Additional Little League Equipment


    More than 500 baseballs and softballs, 60 bats, 20 batting tees, umpire gear and other items have been donated to the Banning-Pass Little League by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

  • US Youth Soccer Regional Tournament Taxes Refs


    Officially, there is no major problem with the officials this week at the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships. While there were some rumblings of referee shortages entering the 237-team event, and tournament officials acknowledged they could have used a few more bodies, there was only one instance in the first three days of 360 games played in which a referee was forced to call a fourth game in a day - one game more than what organizers consider their max for a regional event. Rob Martella, head of operations for the tournament, said this week's event at the New Mexico Soccer Complex near Bernalillo has 188 referees and 34 assessors, who essentially grade the performance of the on-field referees. Every game has had four referees and one assessor.