Category Archives: Grounds + Sports Turf

Nothing But Netball

Photos Courtesy Of Sonya Ottaway

Have you ever heard of netball? Although this sport is not perhaps familiar to those on this side of the pond, it is a fast-growing staple elsewhere. According to Business Review Australia, the national netball women’s team—the Diamonds—is ranked higher than the national union rugby team and the national cricket team in terms of success. In contrast, netball barely makes a blip on the screen in the United States. This will soon be changed if grassroots netball teams and organizations … Continue reading

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Over The Drainage District

Photos Courtesy of Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Recycling isn’t limited to plastic, paper, and aluminum. A 6,700-acre parks system in Michigan turned land unsuitable for development into a recreation destination that serves more than 170,000 annual visitors. RedOaksCountyPark in Madison Heights features:  A Jerry Matthews-designed nine-hole golf course A waterpark, including a wave-action pool, waterslide, and river ride A 5-acre dog park Youth soccer fields A nature center surrounded by the Suarez Friendship Woods.  Much of the park is situated over a previously open-drainage system that had … Continue reading

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Piece Together A Parcel Pie

Floods have no jurisdictional boundaries. Storm and flood waters demand land-use decisions on neighboring properties, in neighboring communities, and throughout watersheds. While this connection comes with unfair costs in handling upstream development, it also offers a unique and beneficial opportunity for net gains.    Local government agencies can manage stormwater more efficiently and effectively by working together. Each entity has a “comparative advantage” i.e., the capacity to provide certain resources more efficiently, than other partner governments. When these advantages are combined, … Continue reading

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Mowers, Chainsaws, And High-Ethanol Gas

Photos Courtesy of Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)

Keeping outdoor power- and small-engine equipment running and reliable is important for park rangers and staff at national parks. Maintenance staff relies on chainsaws to clear roads and trails so campers and hikers can reach their destinations. Utility task vehicles (UTVs) are used to haul debris and supplies, and generators provide electricity for lights and other equipment when the power fails. The staff relies on trimmers and leaf blowers to help remove debris from walkways and signage. Fueling outdoor power … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Grounds + Sports Turf, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, September 2014 | Leave a comment

Digitally Logging Cleaning Details

Photos Courtesy of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.

Yosemite National Park, known for majestic scenery featuring breath-taking waterfalls, deep valleys, and high mountain peaks, spans nearly 1,200 square miles in California’s High Sierra region. First protected in 1864, the park continues to serve as a haven for fishing, hiking, biking, camping, and more. Because the four-million people who visit annually come to enjoy this national treasure, maintenance is a high priority and a job taken seriously by the park’s authorized concessioner, Delaware North Companies (DNC) Parks & Resorts. … Continue reading

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