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Hi Ron,

I just wanted to say kudos on the great article in PRB (Game Changers, June 2013)!

Nikki Sopchak, AICP

Planner

Parks and Community Services Department

Planning and Resource Management Division

Fort Worth, Texas

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Word On The Web

On “When School Goes In, Seasonal Help Goes Out” Aug. 9 Week-Ender blog:

The staff at the East Goshen Township Youth Recreation Camp is wonderful. I have known these kids since they were enrolled in camp- most since first grade. All of them became volunteers and then were chosen as paid staff.

They are intelligent, dependable, conscientious, loyal, hard-working, and most come back until they graduate college. Some become teachers who continue spending summers with us—a great situation. I am a very lucky recreation director.

Frank Vattilano

East Goshen Township, Penn.

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Great article, Randy! We truly appreciate all of our seasonal staff who kick it just as hard as our year-round folks who keep our programs and facilities moving here in Hutto, Texas!

Mike Hemker

Director

City of Hutto Parks & Recreation Department

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Town Of Babylon, N.Y. Gets New Spray Ground, Pavilion

Cheered on by hundreds of gathered children and families, the town of Babylon opened a new pavilion and 14,400-square-foot spray playground at Geiger Lake Memorial Park.

The one-story, 2,500-square-foot pavilion with a 1,400-square-foot veranda houses a concession stand, a ticket window, an office, public bathrooms, and a pump and filter room for the spray park.

The spray ground’s 25 play elements include a bridge, three large water slides, multiple water cannons, a rope climb net, bucket water dumps, and a large spider and snake water play feature equipped with several twisting and spiraling slides. There is also a water play area for smaller children. The total capacity of re-circulated and treated water supplied to the play features is approximately 1,600 gallons per minute.

The project team included general contractor Stalco Construction; construction manager, site surveyor, spray park designer, and mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and civil engineer Sidney B. Bowne & Son; and pavilion architect Keller Sandgren Architects (KSA).  The Town of Babylon’s in-house landscaping team developed the landscape design.

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Field Notes

Redexim Turf Products recently hired Chris Hilmes of Aviston, Ill. He has worked in the turf business for more than 15 years. Before joining Redexim, Hilmes was in sales with Erb Turf Equipment, and prior to his days in sales, Chris managed production crews and satellite branches for local and national landscape management companies.

The Turfgrass Group (TTG) has redesigned its website at www.theturfgrassgroup.com. The new site has increased functionality and a complete list of all producers who are licensed and certified to grow TTG’s grasses. The site also offers tips for professionals installing high-quality turf on golf courses or sports fields.

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Full Field Recycling A Reality

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