Make Lasting First Impressions

Photos Courtesy of PARD Planning & Development

First impressions are lasting impressions in Grand Prairie, Texas, a growing city located between Ft.Worth and Dallas. Many visitors come to the city to experience venues such as the Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department’s Farmers Market Pavilion, Tangle Ridge Golf Course, the SummitActiveAdultCenter, the historic and remodeled Uptown Theatre, RutheJacksonConferenceCenter, JoePoolLakePark, and LakePark pavilions. However, parks staff, including those who maintain park land and facilities, agreed that more could be done to make the gateways (entry areas) more visually attractive … Continue reading

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ASBA Publishes Sports Fields Manual Ellicott City, Md.—The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for sports fields, running tracks, tennis courts and indoor and outdoor synthetic sports surfaces, has published the 2014 edition of Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.  The new publication includes enhancements such as chapters on multi-use fields as well as on sustainability and on reclamation and reconstruction of artificial turf fields that have reached the end … Continue reading

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Mowers, Chainsaws, And High-Ethanol Gas

Photos Courtesy of Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)

Keeping outdoor power- and small-engine equipment running and reliable is important for park rangers and staff at national parks. Maintenance staff relies on chainsaws to clear roads and trails so campers and hikers can reach their destinations. Utility task vehicles (UTVs) are used to haul debris and supplies, and generators provide electricity for lights and other equipment when the power fails. The staff relies on trimmers and leaf blowers to help remove debris from walkways and signage. Fueling outdoor power … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Grounds + Sports Turf, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, PRB Top Stories, September 2014 | Leave a comment

Pass It On

Photo Courtesy of NAYS

Growing up in Raleigh, N.C., in the late 1960s and early 1970s, young girls like Jane Bailey didn’t have many opportunities to participate in organized sports. But times have certainly changed there—thanks in large part to the enthusiastic and tireless efforts of Bailey and her staff at the city of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.  “Part of me wants to be sure that every child in the Raleigh area has the opportunity to participate in sports,” says Bailey, … Continue reading

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Fall Chaos–Publisher’s Note

Next week, the kids go back to school—which means the seasons, they are a-changing. In our home, this change is abrupt. The languid pace of summer shifts quickly, literally overnight, to the barely controlled chaos that is morning bus stop runs, homework, soccer games, car pools, and everything else that comes with using two cars to get seven people where they need to go on time (and with all the things they need to do whatever it is they’re doing). … Continue reading

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Apple Valley Conference Center

The Apple Valley Conference Center provides 6,000 square feet of civic meeting space and is available to rent for everything from business meetings to wedding receptions. Audio/visual equipment, covered patio areas, a large lobby and catering kitchen make this the [...] More