• Parents, Staff Raise $60K for Inclusive Playground

    by Telegraph Herald February 2018

    Parents and staff of an elementary school in eastern Iowa have raised nearly $60,000 in the past three years to build a playground accessible to kids with physical disabilities.

  • Grant May Save Town's Softball Fields

    by Myron Madden February 2018

    Signal Mountain planners are exploring a grant opportunity that could help restore the town's baseball and softball fields to their former glory. The grant, offered through the state's Local Parks and Recreation Fund, would go toward renovations at Driver Field and Marion Field, both of which sit behind Signal Mountain Golf & Country Club. The fields have not seen any significant improvements since they were built in the 1950s, planners explained, and residents who support the grant say the touch-up is long overdue.

  • Voters Reject Synthetic Turf Proposal

    by Barbara O'Brien February 2018

    It was a proposal, they thought, that couldn't be beat: Build a $6.6 million synthetic turf field for soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and football, as well as an eight-lane track, all for an extra $6.24 a year in taxes for the owner of a $200,000 home.

  • City Dedicates $26.2M Community Park

    by Mike Harris January 2018

    Twenty years in the making, the newly-completed, $26.2 million Westlake Village (Calif.) Community Park was dedicated Sunday. Located about 100 feet above Thousand Oaks Boulevard on an 18-acre site that offers spectacular views of the Conejo Valley, the park features eight acres of lighted, synthetic turf athletic fields for soccer, football, baseball, softball and other sports year-round. The park's other amenities include a walking/jogging trail, a skate park, picnic areas, outdoor volleyball and basketball courts, fitness equipment, restroom/concession facilities and children's play areas.

  • Council Seeks Donation for 'Smart Park'

    by Marie Wilson December 2017

    Naperville City Council members who don't want some club leaders' names on a plaque at a potential "Smart Park" almost held up acceptance of a $200,000 donation to fund the park. But after much discussion Tuesday, council members put their critiques into the open and accepted the money, pending negotiation to address the issue of the plaque with names and other concerns. Naperville Jaycees have offered to donate $200,000 during the next 10 years to fund an outdoor area with seating, shade, power and Wi-Fi where people can plug in and check email.

  • How Climate Change is Impacting Olympic Practice

    by Eddie Pells and John Leicester December 2017

    The athletes' half-hour commute in the Swiss Alps – up two gondolas, then through a tunnel in the world's highest underground train to a glacier at 11,000 feet – served up daily grim reminders that global warming is threatening their line of work.

  • Partnership Will Build 50 Mini Soccer Fields

    by Jason Scott December 2017

    A partnership between the Chicago Fire, the U.S. Soccer Federation, the city of Chicago and the wealthiest person in Illinois will bring new places to play to underserved areas in the city.

  • New Product Roundup: Turf | Scoreboard | Workout Solutions

    by AB Staff December 2017

    Check out the newest products as seen in the November | December 2017 issue.

    Power Systems
    The brand-new Power Systems Axle is an ultra-light barbell that is fully collapsible for easy storage in any training facility, suitable for indoor or outdoor use, and easily portable for a workout on the go. This unique piece of equipment can function as a barbell, core roller, planking tool, or foot anchor for core exercises. It's also capable of holding Olympic plates for added resistance. Programming is available for hundreds of exercises in a wide range of vertical and horizontal planes.
    (800) 321-6975

    After 40,000 hours of research and testing, FieldTurf introduces the new FieldTurf CORE, the first multilayer super fiber. FieldTurf CORE reinvents the playing field and redefines the player experience. The dual-polymer fiber design optimizes the system's performance, delivering a more durable, resilient and realistic grass-like shape. FieldTurf CORE has earned Labosport's highest Fiber Performance Score to date.
    (800) 724-2969

    The SMARTfit™ action-based play approach provides fitness centers with a functional workout solution that is inclusive, fun and conducive to team building. This system develops balance, cognitive function, cardiovascular fitness and range of motion through its unique combination of enjoyable, scalable and trackable physical activity, which provides a solid foundation for daily life skills. SMARTfit's app-driven programming can be tailored to the physical, motor and skill levels of the users.
    (805) 383-0080 Ext. 110




    Nicros prides itself on offering the finest products and services in the climbing industry. Years of experience allow the company to push the boundaries of innovation. Nicros' new line of handholds, made from proprietary urethane, redefines high quality. The company offers a variety of handholds that allow for endless possibilities. With an updated website, it's now easier than ever to browse and buy for both retail and wholesale customers.
    (800) 699-1975



    Kay Park Recreation Corp.
    The new Solar Charging Station Table by Kay Park enables patrons to charge mobile devices while making use of fitness, athletics and recreation facilities. Available with or without a protective umbrella, the Solar Charging Station Table is a valuable addition to any outdoor venue.
    (800) 553-2476




    TransLux Corporation
    Now the largest in-arena scoreboard in the world, the new Trans-Lux center-hung display is four stories high. The video screens are the equivalent of 1,300 50-inch televisions, and the pixel count is more than 29 million. With a square footage of 9,585 feet, the scoreboard is more than three times the size of the average single-family home in New Jersey and the surrounding areas.
    (512) 426-2643




    This article originally appeared in the November | December 2017 issue of Athletic Business with the title "New & Improved." Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.


  • Board Approves $7.5M for New Park

    by Mark Ferenchik December 2017

    Metro Parks is committing $7.5 million to purchase property at the Marble Cliff Quarry site for its newest and 20th Metro Park.

  • ETFE Screens Enhance The Pavilion Skating Experience

    by Paul Steinbach December 2017

    Bend Parks and Recreation District executive director Don Horton envisioned an open-air ice facility for the central Oregon community 10 years ago, before ETFE emerged as an innovative building skin material for Beijing's National Aquatics Center at the 2008 Olympics.