• High School Eager to Showcase New Synthetic Turf

    by Randy Sharer April 2018

    Anyone needing to boost their level of community pride this week may want to drive past Bloomington (Ill.) High School's Fred Carlton Field. There is eye candy at the corner of Colton Avenue and East Locust Street featuring a new synthetic field that will accommodate football and soccer games along with physical education classes and marching band performances.  "The green just pops," said athletic director Tony Bauman. "I think it's just an awesome looking facility that is going to get a great amount of use."

  • Weather Keeps Players From Baseball, Softball Fields

    by Kyle Sokeland April 2018

    Isaiah Dunham was camped out near third base. The senior fielded a routine grounder and quickly put his foot on the bag to get the lead runner before firing the ball to first to complete the double play.

  • Packers Estimate Titletown District Drew 60K Visitors

    by Richard Ryman April 2018

    The weather was quirky when it wasn't downright hostile, the park was new and the Green Bay Packers had no experience making snow and ice, but all-in-all they are pleased with the first winter season at the Titletown District.

  • Masterplan Proposes Locations for Multipurpose Fields

    by Telegram & Gazette March 2018

    Two sites have been identified in the Great Brook Valley area as possible locations for multipurpose, rectangular athletic field in a comprehensive draft master plan that incorporates input from residents and organizations.

  • $300K Project Would Double Park's Size

    by Cornelius Frolik March 2018

    Five Rivers MetroParks would nearly double the size of Wesleyan MetroPark by acquiring nearby land from a local church as part of a project that could cost more than $300,000.

  • Park Board Awards Naming Rights for Soccer Field

    by Cheryl McCormack March 2018

    The Mandan Park Board recently awarded naming rights to Dakota Community Bank & Trust for the Dacotah Centennial Park Soccer Field, which will now bear the bank's name.

  • How to Maintain Playable and Safe Infield Dirt

    by Paul Steinbach March 2018

    America's pastime is a time-consumer. Just ask anyone entrusted with prepping a baseball playing surface, which can encompass as many as four distinct surface types. Today, a single baseball field might feature natural grass, synthetic turf, a screened-gravel warning track and finally an infield mix that may represent several different concentrations of sand and clay based on location on the diamond.

  • ETFE Screens Enhance The Pavilion Skating Experience

    by Paul Steinbach February 2018

    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.

  • 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.