• 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.

  • Race Official Works to Correct Half Marathon Blunders

    by John Rolfe July 2014

    The Old Port Half Marathon, held last Sunday, has seen impressive growth in its four summers of existence. This year, 2,448 runners finished what has become one of the state's biggest races, second only to the Beach to Beacon 10K (6,247 finishers last August). It has become Maine's largest half marathon (the Maine Half Marathon had 1,974 finishers last October). The Old Port Half is part of a two-day, Portland waterfront event (Shipyard Brewing Co. Old Port Half Marathon & 5K & Summer Festival) with music, food and such on Saturday, and races and more on Sunday. The 5K has boomed, too, with 759 finishers this year. Overall, the combined numbers have ascended from 1,000 to 1,500 to 3,000 to 4,000 registrants.

  • Lower Fees Double Basketball Sign-Ups at State Games

    by Kevin Carmody July 2014

    At this time last year, Kelley Stewart loved her life as a basketball coach, but didn't much like having her team comprised of several members of her Pine Creek girls' basketball team on the road, again.

  • Maryland Youth Soccer Officials Resign Amid Lawsuit

    by The Capital (Annapolis, MD) July 2014

    ROCKVILLE (AP) - The president and secretary of the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association have resigned as part of a temporary resolution to a lawsuit filed by the association's board accusing them of trying to usurp the organization.

  • Little League Shake-Up Follows Bingo Hall Disclosures

    by John Holland July 2014

    By John Holland | The Virginian-Pilot virginia beach The longtime president of the Aragona-Pembroke Little League and his wife are out as officers, but the league won't say whether they resigned voluntarily or whether they will continue running the league's gambling hall.

  • As Resident Survey Begins, More Sampling at Toxic Park

    by Mark Ferenchik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    Columbus Public Health workers will survey residents who live near Saunders Park beginning Friday to determine whether they have been affected by toxins found in the park. Meanwhile, a consultant will take samples near a pool that has yet to open at the Near East Side park to make sure the soil around it isn't contaminated with arsenic, lead and other toxins found in the park. Mayor Michael B. Coleman talked about those initiatives yesterday, the latest in response to a series of Dispatch stories that revealed that city recreation and parks officials knew of the toxins as early as 2011, yet allowed youth soccer teams to play there for two more years.