• City Disputes Validity of Millennium Park Concessions Deal

    by Tim Novak May 2015

    The operators of the Park Grill in Millennium Park should pay taxpayers more than $8 million to cover lost rent, natural gas and trash-hauling, City Hall lawyers say.

  • Kids' Triathlon Pool Fails Inspection, Used Anyway

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    Thousands of children participated in a triathlon this past weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., despite reports that the pool used had failed a health inspection earlier in the week. But that’s okay, event and city officials say.

    As part of the two-day conversion of EverBank Field to host swimming, biking and running for the 7th Annual First Coast Kids Triathlon, a portable pool was constructed on the site. The event was a success, despite reports that swimmers had to be pulled from the pool by lifeguards due to the absence of pool ladders. 

    Because the pool was temporary, city officials say it was not considered a public pool under the state’s Department of Health, and thus was not subject to the same inspection criteria. In particular, the water used for such pools is pumped in and out and not recalculated. 

    “They actually don't have guidelines to monitor portable pools, so we actually work with them to set up a structure that allows us to circulate the water and make sure that it's safe,” event director Tom Gildersleeve told

    Furthermore, while the status of portable pools for city inspection purposes is still a little murky, the event still had to fulfill the guidelines set forth by USA Triathlon. 

    “Our events are all sanctioned by USA Triathlon, which is the governing board underneath the U.S. Olympic Committee so there's a safety protocol we follow,” Gildersleeve said.

    Such pools have been used at other kids triathlon events. Lifeguards were also on hand both in and out of the pool to monitor participants’ safety. 


  • Park Director Agrees to Stay Put, Gets $20K Raise

    by Marie Wilson, Chicago Daily Herald May 2015

    Naperville Park District Executive Director Ray McGury has received a $20,000 raise and a contract extension through 2020 in exchange for not pursuing other job opportunities, including the possibility of leading the DuPage County Forest Preserve District.

  • Will Injury Fears Have Negative Effect on Youth Play?

    by Adam Fisher, Naples Daily News May 2015

    When Steven Quinn created the Southwest Florida Youth Football League years ago, he couldn’t imagine how quickly it would take off. After just two years, the league had to add an extra team in most age divisions to satisfy demand.

  • Soccer Club Set to Buy 35 Acres, Build $7.6M Complex

    by Matt Chittum, The Roanoke Times May 2015

    After nearly two years of fits, starts and finally a stall, Roanoke's Valley AFC soccer club is on the brink of buying a 35-acre site in southeast Roanoke where it plans to develop a $7.6 million complex with up to 16 fields.

  • Futsal Anyone? Empty Courts Spark Change at Park

    by Jeff Rumage,, North Shore Now May 2015

    Where some people might see deteriorating tennis courts, Keith Tozer saw future futsal courts. He created a daily log of the inactivity at Lincoln Park, which he presented to the Milwaukee County Parks Department along with his proposal to turn the four tennis courts into two, 70-by-85-foot futsal courts.

  • New League to Bring Pro Hoops Back to Tampa Bay

    by Jeff Rosenfield; Gazette Correspondent April 2015

    For years, Tampa Bay area fans of NBA-level basketball have had to travel to Orlando to watch the Magic or settle for one of the preseason games the team has played at Tampa's Amalie Arena.

  • Mud Run Yet Another Casualty of California Drought

    by Craig Shultz, The Orange County Register April 2015

    San Jacinto-based Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District had scheduled the Jurassic Classic Mud Run for May 16 at Diamond Valley Lake Community Park. The 5K race, which was to feature obstacles and mud pits, had more than 500 participants last year.

  • Picklelball Taking Root in YMCAs, Rec Centers, Ice Rinks

    by Jay Rey, News Staff Reporter April 2015

    During the summer, unused ice rinks in West Seneca and East Aurora are striped for pickleball. Upgrades to the tennis courts on State Street in the City of Tonawanda were planned with pickleball in mind.

  • Photo of Cops vs. Kids Football Game in Park Goes Viral

    by Mitch Dudek April 2015

    It's not something people regularly see, which perhaps explains why a photo of three Chicago Police officers playing football with a few kids on a vacant lot in North Lawndale has gone viral on social media.