What do cities need most? Money. Through a partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, KaBOOM! has grants ranging from $750-$30,000 to help communities build, improve and open playgrounds. This is part of a $15 million, three-year commitment through the Let’s Play initiative, designed to build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five-million children across North America. For more information, visit

Turface Issues ‘Field of Year’ Award

Buffalo Grove, Ill.–Turface Athletics honored Jesuit High School’s Paul Straub Field at Hyer Family Park in Tampa, Fla., as the Baseball Coaches Association “National Field of the Year.” The 500-seat stadium opened last season and includes covered batting cages, a training room, separate junior-varsity and varsity locker rooms, individual showers and a trophy hall. For more information call (800) 207-6457, or visit

From Adventure Playgrounds To Zoos

Look to the Play & Playground Encyclopedia for a broad range of topics in play and playgrounds including organizations, companies, and people who have contributed to the industry as well as listings about important issues regarding play, safety, and playground construction. The encyclopedia currently has over 400 listings and is growing with at least 5 new listings added weekly. For more information, visit

National Park Service Launches Civil War Website

Washington–The National Park Service has launched a Civil War themed website at that provides an overview of the war, with special emphasis on the Civil War sites administered and preserved by the National Park Service. It features stories of the Civil War; biographies of notable individuals associated with the war; and places within the National Park System that interpret the Civil War. For more information, visit

RivCoParks Making Waves

Riverside, Calif.–The Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District was awarded four awards of excellence by the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS). Two awards were for the Cove Water Park (design, marketing), which opened to rave reviews in 2012. The 7-acre Caribbean-themed site includes four small waterslides, spray features, water canyons, lazy river, dry play structure, 3 180-foot water slides, double flow rider, 35-meter pool, and a food area.




17-18 North Dakota Recreation & Park Association Quarterly Meeting, Williston, N.D.;


27-31 Florida Recreation and Park Association, Orlando, Fla.—Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek;


TBA Nebraska Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference, Reno, Nev.—Best Western Airport Plaza;

9-11 South Carolina Recreation and Park Association Conference, Greenville, S.C.—Embassy Suites;

17-21 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, Knoxville, Tenn.—Knoxville Crown Plaza;

18-21 Minnesota Parks & Recreation Association Annual Conference and Exhibit, Brainerd, Minn.—Cragun’s Resort;

25-27 South Dakota Parks & Recreation Association Annual Conference, Huron, N.D.;

25-29 Montana & Idaho Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Missoula, Mont.—Holiday Inn Downtown;

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