Bobcat Company broke ground on a $20-million renovation and expansion to create the Acceleration Center. The project includes expanding an existing building as well as developing a new test track and indoor testing facility—all at the Northern Plains Commerce Centre in Bismarck, N.D. The expansion will include a two-story office building and provide a total of 160,000 square feet of modern workspace. Additionally, a 35,000-square-foot indoor testing arena will be constructed next to a 22-acre outdoor testing and track area. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2014.


STMA Announces Sponsorship For U.S. National Arboretum Exhibit

The Sports Turf Managers Association announced its sponsorship and planning support of the United States National Arboretum’s (USNA) “Grass Roots” Initiative, the first peer-reviewed exhibit of its kind hosted by the governmental research center. The exhibit will feature an educational section entitled “Game Winning Grass” that will examine turf in sports fields and its importance to athletes and athletic performance, among other related topics.

Fundraising efforts are currently underway to meet the USNA’s $400,000 goal. Those interested in donating to the turfgrass exhibit—both individuals and companies of all sizes—are encouraged to contact U.S. National Arboretum Director Dr. Colien Hefferan at or 202-245-4539.


Grant Program Aims To Increase Recycling

Thirty-three grants were awarded in 23 states by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group /Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program. In its first year, the program is designed to establish or expand recycling opportunities in different park settings from neighborhood parks with playgrounds or athletic fields to regional parks with trails and natural settings. The grant program was open to all government agencies that own or manage local, regional or state parks. Nonprofit organizations and KAB affiliates were eligible to apply on behalf of government agencies. For a full list of communities receiving grants, visit


I just read your April article on Teaching Toughness (by Ron Ciancutti). I loved it. I am a father of 6-year-old and 9-year-old boys. I also coach baseball and take martial arts with the boys. I don’t see enough parents teaching their kids character. Kids need to face adversity to know how to deal with it. In fact, I see the majority of parents just give their kids whatever they want. Great article!

Thank you.

Steve Waring, CPRP

Parks and Recreation Manager, Leisure Services

Seminole County Government

Sanford, Fla.

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Your article in PRB confirmed to me that I should start reading biographies (“Make Integrity A Mainstay,” May 2013). I tend to read self-help, leadership and faith-type books. Dennis Prager talks about learning history by reading biographies. Your article has encouraged me to read biographies to learn about other things and principles—like integrity.

Thank you,

Jorge Benavides

Supervisor of Parks

Cerritos, Calif.




South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association, Pierre, S.D.

17-20 Nevada Recreation and Park Society Conference, Incline Village, Nev. at Lake Tahoe;

24-27 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Brooklyn Center, Minn.—Earle Brown Heritage Center;

25-27 Colorado Parks & Recreation Association, Vail, Colo.



1-3 West Virginia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Twin Falls State Park;

8-10 National Recreation and Parks Association National Congress, Houston, Texas

16-18 10th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference, Indianapolis, Ind.—Hyatt Regency Downtown;



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