• Purchasing Guide: Shade Structures

    by AB Staff June 2019

    When the sun is out, it usually means outdoor activities can commence with Mother Nature's blessing. However, too much sun can make watching or participating in outdoor events unbearable, if not potentially harmful. Thankfully, there are shade structures designed specifically for sports applications, which are available in a range of materials and mounting strategies. The solution you choose will depend on the venue you're looking to accommodate. In many cases, a custom solution will need to be created by your provider. Here's a look at some of the different types of shade structures and their ideal applications

  • New Product Roundup: Turf | Fitness | Aquatic Solutions

    by Courtney Cameron June 2019

    Check out the newest products as seen in the June 2019 issue.

  • Master Planning at the South Maui Community Park

    by Courtney Cameron June 2019

    When David Yamashita, planner for the parks and recreation department of Maui County, Hawaii, first moved to the island after working for 30 years in Portland, Ore., it was like stepping back in time in terms of what the parks department was doing in the area of master planning. After working in city planning for seven years, Yamashita was recruited by the parks and recreation department to help establish a parks-specific planning function within the local government — and that's when the fun began.

  • High Temps Make for Dangerously Hot Playgrounds

    by Andy Berg June 2019

    As summer temperatures across the western United States hit triple digits this week, even playground equipment can be dangerous.

  • Disney Donates $1M to NRPA for Park Improvements

    by Andy Berg June 2019

    The Walt Disney Company has committed $1 million to the National Recreation and Park Association, which will go toward projects to increase access to play spaces in local parks for children and families.

  • New Projects: First Data Field | New Westminster Aquatic and Community Centre | UPMC Events Center

    by Courtney Cameron June 2019

    Breaking Ground

  • Philadelphia Closes Athletic Field over Lead in Soil

    by Andy Berg June 2019

    The Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department is closing an athletic field at a local park after soil samples showed elevated levels of lead.

  • Tornadoes Ravage Dayton Area Sports Facilities

    by Jason Scott May 2019

    The Dayton, Ohio, area has been buffeted with more than a dozen tornadoes in recent days and many of the community’s youth sports facilities have been damaged.

  • Denver Lays Out 20-Year Plan for Parks and Rec

    by Andy Berg May 2019

    The Denver City Council on Monday approved a 246-page document that lays out a 20-year master plan for its Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Turf Central to Revitalized Stadium, Neighborhood

    by Paul Steinbach May 2019

    Entering downtown Madison from the east, one can see Wisconsin's Capitol building for miles along East Washington Avenue. Until recently, the boulevard approach to that skyline-defining landmark was flanked by blocks of tired buildings and used car lots. One such structure was hardly identifiable from the street — a fortress-like wall of sandstone topped by stadium light fixtures and terminating in a grandstand curiously positioned within the grid.