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No Messy Mud At K9Grass Dog Park

Central Park Dog Park in Fremont, Calif., is the largest synthetic grass dog park in the nation, measuring 40,000 square feet. The city park opened last summer, offering dogs and their pet parents a place to exercise, play, and socialize in a clean, mud-free environment.

K9Grass by ForeverLawn was chosen as the surface for the park, due to features that allow for instantaneous drainage, simplification of waste removal, and antimicrobial blades.

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Signature Expands Web Presence

Signature Control Systems Inc. launched an online store, “SCS Shop,” which lets U.S.-based customers purchase a variety of irrigation products and services direct from Signature.

“In addition to buying from our 500-plus dealer locations, the SCS Shop will allow our end-user clients an alternative purchase point, along with the ability to research products to best fit their specific local needs,” says Vice President Curt Schaubel.

The shop will also highlight and bring into focus the Signature Weather email and the Signature ET data.

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Bobcat Expands Operations, Announces Launch of Innovation Center 

Bobcat Company and Menlo Worldwide Logistics are expanding operations at Bobcat’s Manufacturing Support Center (MSC) in Bismarck. As many as 150 new positions will be created to support expanded production operations for the compact attachments line.

Bobcat also announces plans to acquire additional land at the Northern Plains Commerce Center (NPCC) to create an Innovation Center for product development and testing. Officials say it will bring together customer-, product-, and dealer-focused functions and processes, creating an environment for evaluating customer research, conducting product testing and training, and refining manufacturing processes.


Lifescapes International Founder Establishes Scholarship 

Students in the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona have a new scholarship opportunity thanks to alumnus Don Brinkerhoff, the founder and chairman of landscape architectural firm Lifescapes International Inc. The $10,000 annual scholarship will go to a landscape architecture student with demonstrated need and ability as a leader and self-starter.

Brinkerhoff used a $1,000 scholarship he received more than 60 years ago from the Sears Roebuck Company to remain in school and graduate. He decided to travel the globe, learning different styles in architecture that would later bolster his career. Lifescapes International Inc. gained recognition in the 1980s following projects in Las Vegas, and has expanded to China with footholds throughout the world.

Brock International Unveils New Website

Synthetic turf is not just carpet, says Dan Sawyer, CEO of Brock International, a leader in performance base systems for synthetic turf. It is one of the key pieces of equipment that a sports program will offer teams, impacting speed, accuracy, and injury rates among players.

End-users looking to improve the quality of their sports field projects have a new website to review––featuring a “Designers and Builders” section, and links to news, articles, and information on trends and developments in sustainability practices, preventing concussions, and innovations within the synthetic turf industry.

Hitchcock Design Group Clients Earn Nod

The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects recognized the following Hitchcock Design Group projects with Honor Awards: Three Oaks Recreation Area, City of Crystal Lake; and the Lake Riverdale Sustainable Master Plan, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association. For more information about these projects, visit

Sports Turf Managers Association Partners With Plant Management Network International

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