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ASBA Honors Distinguished Sports Facilities

Forest Hill, MD – The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the winners of its annual awards. Awards are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify construction excellence.  Awards are presented in various categories: Tennis Courts, Running Tracks, Sports Fields, Indoor Facilities and Track and Field Facilities. Within some categories, there are divisions; for example, the Tennis Court category recognizes facilities in … Continue reading

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Collecting Water For Conservation

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A rain-barrel program won’t provide a revenue stream or make a park and recreation department rich, but it will educate the public on the importance of water conservation.  Working in partnership with the Conservation Foundation, a Naperville, Ill.,-based, not-for-profit land and watershed protection organization, the St. Charles Park District’s rain-barrel program has distributed nearly 100 barrels since its inception 2 years ago. “While our program is in its infancy, we have made great strides in creating public awareness concerning the … Continue reading

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Cold-Blooded Killers

Photos Courtesy of Jonathan Schechter

  Without a hook, it is tough to catch fish. And without words and art blended into a creative, eye-catching package, interpretive signs often go unread and the opportunity to ”hook” a visitor’s attention is lost.  Powerful words—“Cold-Blooded Killers”—were the sharp hook for a new sign at the edge of a marsh boardwalk at Rose Oaks County Park, a 640-acre Oakland County Park 45 miles north of Detroit, Mich. Rose Oaks boasts 5 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, glacially … Continue reading

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2014 Project Portfolio


American Muscle Docks Facility Name: The Haddad Riverfront Park City/State: Charleston, WV Type of Facility: Dock The Haddad Riverfront Park dock consists of a 10-foot x 500-foot main walkway, an 8-foot x 120-foot stationary access walkway, three aluminum gangways, custom dock flash siding and matching pile caps to compliment the stern wheel theme of the park. The new docks allow boating access to the city’s major venue for their robust concert and outdoor activity programs.     AZEK Facility Name: The Living … Continue reading

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Nearly Half of Americans Participate in Outdoor Recreation

WASHINGTON, DC  – Almost 143 million Americans, or 49.2 percent of the US population, participated in an outdoor activity at least once in 2013. Although the actual number of outdoor participants increased since 2012, the participation rate fell slightly, due to population growth. The findings are part of The Outdoor Foundation’s 2014 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, the leading report tracking American participation trends in outdoor recreation with a focus on youth and diversity. The Outdoor Foundation’s eighth annual Outdoor Recreation … Continue reading

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