- Scout Spearheads Playground for Special-Needs Students
by Caleb Hutton September 2017
Special education students at Lake Stevens (Wash.) Middle School have a new place to hang out this fall, thanks to a year of work by a local Boy Scout.
- Fires, Air Quality Jeopardize Sports Across Northwest
by Steve Christilaw September 2017
When the experts suggest that air quality is such that, for your own safety, you should stay indoors, it holds equally true for young athletes trying to play sports outdoors. Area high school athletics directors, from as far north as Colville and Newport to as far south as Clarkston and throughout the Spokane area, keep a close watch on the rating index produced by the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency. While casual observers are content to know that the area's air is rated Unhealthy, Very Unhealthy or Hazardous, ADs are watching the numbers. If air quality goes above 150, the line air categorized as "Unhealthy for Some Groups" and "Unhealthy," they go into action.
- Rec Department, Church Chip In for Playground
by Alec Johnson September 2017
Village board members approved the Pewaukee Park and Recreation Department's request to spend $3,860 to do its part, along with Gethsemane United Methodist Church, to replace playground equipment at Valley Forge Park.
- Minor League Ballpark to Slowly Phase In Upgrades
by Eric Peterson August 2017
A consultant has recommended nearly $13 million in improvements to Schaumburg Boomers Stadium to keep it competitive with the new Rosemont ballpark.
- Parks Director: More Lights, Not More Ballfields
by Joe Napsha August 2017
The head of North Huntingdon's parks department offered a solution last week to the township's problem of not having enough athletic fields when all of the community's sports teams want to use them "” install lights to allow for night games rather than build more ballfields.
- Skate Parks Balance Recreation and Risk
by Taft Wireback August 2017
Greensboro is playing catch-up with other North Carolina communities by only recently opening its first public parks for skateboarders and aficionados of similar "extreme sports."
- Delays Could Displace School’s Opening Games
by Courtney Cameron August 2017
After approving a $621,204 contract to replace the aging football field at Eagle High School with synthetic turf, the West Ada School District in Meridian, Idaho, is facing delays that threaten the first home games scheduled for August 24 and 25 at Thunder Stadium.
- 2017 CrossFit Games: A Venue Transformed
by Andy Berg August 2017
The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games were held Aug. 3-6, in Madison, Wis., at the city's Alliant Energy Center. The venue features five main areas, including four primary structures and a 29-acre outdoor venue. CrossFit Games organizers added a number of temporary structures for food and merchandise vending, a two-story VIP lounge, an obstacle course, a Cyclocross course and other outdoor event areas. Here's an in-depth look at how one venue was transformed to host some of the fittest athletes on the planet.
- Fast-Growing Phoenix Plans for More Parks
by Andy Berg August 2017
The city of Phoenix, Ariz., is recognizing the need for more parks to accommodate a rapidly growing population.
As reported by the Mail Tribune, a parks master plan prepared by Community Service Center, part of the University of Oregon, recommends the city consider investing more than $1 million in current parks and acquire another 69 acres. That’s all to serve a population that is expected to grow by nearly 40 percent over the next 20 years.
Planning director, Evan McKenzie, said at a recent city council meeting that the plans involved significant input from the community. “This is a living document. It is a guiding plan and it is not ‘the’ plan. Nothing in it is set in stone. Just because something is in here doesn’t mean it will happen, and because something isn’t in the plan doesn’t mean it won’t,” McKenzie said.
The new parks would primarily serve residents to the north of the city, as nearly all the city’s current parks are located in the southern portion of the city.
The plan includes a community park of up to 20 acres that would be installed north of the current city limits and east of I-5, where more than 400 acres are expected to be annexed for development.
- Citizens Question Availability of Parks’ Water Facilities
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
Public park facilities in Statesville, N.C., have recently come under scrutiny after concerned citizen Nande Kristi noticed children drinking from a ground spigot while playing at her neighborhood park.