Category Archives: Grounds + Sports Turf

Partnering To Meet Common Goals

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The area around Raleigh, N.C., is experiencing unprecedented growth in a time of economic downturn and recovery. With revenues declining over the past few years, combined with the continuing growth of soccer, a partnership with a non-profit athletics provider and land owner was an ideal opportunity. The city consulted with a private organization, the Capitol Area Soccer League (CASL), which currently owns 24 open, multi-purpose fields that range in size from full-scale fields to smaller fields   for child-league play. Most … Continue reading

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Lighthouse Preservation

Photos Courtesy Of The National Park Service

Far north of the shining city lights lies a place where the water is clear and bright. In this place is housed a beacon that has guided mariners safely home for more than a century.  However, after so many years, the structure itself needed its own assistance. In 2011, the lighthouse on SouthManitouIsland in Michigan underwent a restoration and exterior whitewashing that returned the building to its heyday.  A History Lesson Located 8 miles northwest of the town of Glen … Continue reading

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Standardize For Savings

Standardization saves time and money.
Photos Courtesy Of Andrew Greess

You may have noticed that when you order a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder in Anchorage, Alaska, it is exactly the same as the one you purchase in Miami, Fla. This is also true for a cup of Starbucks coffee. The business strategy–called standardization–is used by many great companies to ensure a dependable result. Creating a uniform product means people know what to expect and can rely on a good experience. Southwest Airlines is another example of standardization. Every plane the company … Continue reading

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Order On The Court

In many areas of the U.S., outdoor sports facilities, including basketball courts and tennis courts in parks, can remain open year-round. The rest of us, well, we’re not so lucky. And in those areas, municipal workers are prepping their courts for the winter hibernation. The good news is that this is a great time to requisition supplies for next year, and budget for repairs and improvements. After all, the first time a spring breeze whispers by, players will be anxious … Continue reading

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An Outpouring Of Opportunities

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When the Stark County Park District in Canton, Ohio, in creating a Countywide Trail and Greenway Plan to expand its park system, built a 300-mile network of recreational trails, it could not have foreseen that preserving and restoring flood plains would become a valuable strategy in reaching its goals. But such has been the case. In the last 8 years, the district—which serves 375,000 rural and urban residents 1 hour south of Cleveland—has become the “go-to” agency for removal of … Continue reading

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