Category Archives: Grounds + Sports Turf

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

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

Keeping Up With Henderson

Photos Courtesy of the City of Henderson

With 57 parks and counting, and at least six parks and trails projects under way or nearing construction in Henderson, Nev., residents and officials in nearby parks and recreation agencies are scratching their heads wondering where the funding comes from. Over the last few years, Henderson has relied on two primary sources—the federal government and developers.  To date, the city has been awarded more than $238 million for 35 parks and trails projects. The funding was received from the Bureau … Continue reading

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

For The Love of Nature

Photo Courtesy Of Douglas Kelly

Former President Jimmy Carter once said, “Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” Working for municipal golf courses for more than 27 years, I have found this statement to be true. But in Ann Arbor, Mich., in order to resonate with area golfers, courses have had to provide much more than a “love of nature.”  Tough Times In 2006, the city—like many around the country—was facing tough economic times. … Continue reading

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There Is A There There

Photos: Courtesy of Land Images

One thing visitors immediately perceive when arriving at the newly completed Sepulveda Basin Park and Sports Complex in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley is, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, “There is a there there.” What creates this immediate impact at the 65-acre, $9 million public facility, where half the space is dedicated to athletic activities, is a two-building complex highlighted by waving rows of utility poles flanking the entry point between the two buildings. “Working with Land Images, the master planner … Continue reading

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