When each of our sons leaves the ‘nest,’ we find ourselves wondering what it’s going to be like ahead. It’s sort of a scary thought, but your article shined a positive light on the situation we are facing in the future. I just wanted to let you know your article was almost a ‘relief’ for me to read! I am certain there will plenty to find to fill the ‘voids’ and keep ourselves feeling ‘relevant.’


Marilee Gray

Kay Park-Rec Corp.

Janesville IA

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“Keep up the great work promoting the importance of parks and recreation in our communities.”

–City of Henderson, Nev., Parks & Rec via Twitter


Field Notes

Neptune~Benson, Inc., a manufacturer of commercial pool filtration systems, announces that is has acquired the business of Lawson Aquatics, Inc. (“Lawson”), a manufacturer of main drain and rim-flow system components.

Jim Kirchdorfer, Sr. was the recipient of the Don A. Rossi Award given by The Golf Course Builders Association of America. The award is given to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the game of golf. Kirchdorfer is founder and chairman of Louisville, Ky.-based ISCO Industries, LLC, a pipe supplier and manufacturer of HDPE piping products.

BSN SPORTS, formerly Sport Supply Group Inc., has entered an agreement with Mission Athletecare to market and distribute Court Grip to team dealer and institutional markets.




4-7 New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association Conference & Exhibition;

7-9 National Drowning Prevention Symposium, San Diego, Calif.–Hyatt Mission Bay;


1-4 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association Spring Conference, Waterloo, Iowa—Ramada Inn/Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center;

2-4 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference & Exhibit, Ocean City, Md.–Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel;

15-18 Indiana University Executive Development Program, Bloomington, Ind.—Indiana University; call Julie Knapp at 812-856-1068

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