Category Archives: Sports Fields

Defying Boundaries

What started as an interactive art project by Swedish artist Johan Ferner Ström has the potential to become an all-inclusive sport that does not discriminate by age, gender or physical ability. “Puckelball” is an artistic impression of the phenomenon of European football (soccer) and how it resembles the playground of life, which is neither equilateral nor level. The ball doesn’t go where you want, the different halves of the field are not the same for everybody and the goals are … Continue reading

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Synthetic Turf Field Contest

Behind every synthetic turf field, park or installation, there could be a sports team winning against the odds, kids improving their fitness and self-esteem, or a community hosting a local Special Olympics event. The Synthetic Turf Council recognizes these powerful stories and more with its annual Search for the Real Field of Dreams Contest. The 2011 Search is now accepting nominations from the United States and Canada. “More than 6,000 synthetic turf fields are open across North America, along with … Continue reading

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Synthetic Turf Council Memberships

The Synthetic Turf Council is expanding its membership options. For the first time, the council is opening up membership to indivduals, through its affiliates category. Affiliate members will be able to attend council meetings and participate on committees and task forces, but will not have voting rights. “We are striving to give voice to all those in the synthetic turf industry and now consumers,” said Rick Doyle, council president. “Hearing from buyers like athletic directors and municipal officials, as well … Continue reading

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Planning For Flexibility

Parks and recreation leaders across the country are trying to figure out how to provide a wider variety of programming options to satisfy as many sectors of a community as possible. That means cities must maximize uses at increasingly constrained and overburdened facilities, or build new parks designed to accommodate multiple uses. In the case of Arlington Heights Sports Park–a $13.7-million sports and community-lifestyle amenity located in Riverside, Calif.–the challenge of incorporating the maximum number of athletic fields in a … Continue reading

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Make Water Work

Of the many debates held and decisions made when designing a sports field, the durability of synthetic turf versus the immaculate look, feel and maintenance of natural turf is one of the most divisive for parks and rec officials. Maintenance budgets are being cut, the cost of water is rising, and participation in sports is increasing. As a result, many municipalities and schools are going with the more durable, less-maintenance option. Offering potential LEED points (Leadership in Energy and Environmental … Continue reading

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