Category Archives: Grounds + Sports Turf

Contracting For Maintenance Services

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In recent years, most parks and recreation agencies have had to deal with the economic realities of reduced revenue and higher personnel costs. On the recreation side, program fees and charges can be revised, and/or programs can be eliminated or given to other service providers to close budget shortfalls. However, on the parks side—which is charged with maintaining the amenities, facilities, and landscape—raising additional revenue can be problematic. As a result, many agencies either are considering or have started to … Continue reading

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On A Wing And A Prairie

Many areas of the prairie are composed of native grasses from existing seed banks that have long been dormant. 
Photo Courtesy Of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation

The Fayetteville-Springdale area around Lake Fayetteville Park in Arkansas is surrounded by tall grass prairie and oak savanna, first encountered by early travelers and settlers more than 2 centuries ago. The historic Butterfield Trail—a 2,800-mile mail route connecting St. Louis to San Francisco—runs through the park. Waterman Ormsby, a correspondent for the New York Herald, wrote about his experience on the trail in 1858: “Even among these hills you do not lose site of the prairie nature of the West; … Continue reading

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Sustainability–The Silent Megatrend

Illustration: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / jbrouckaert

With their attention focused on the need to stretch ever-dwindling budgets, many managers may not have noticed a trend now taking hold in all types of facilities, from offices and hotels to schools and, yes, even park and recreation centers. This new phenomenon—or megatrend—is sustainability. In creating a “culture of sustainability,” individuals throughout an organization look for ways to reduce their resource usage and their impact on the environment. This trend may be how park and recreation facilities are operated … Continue reading

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Spray-Equipment Filtration

Photos Courtesy of Andrew Greess

When it comes to parks and recreation spray equipment, the single most effective means of boosting productivity, improving service, and reducing repair expenses is proper filtration. While filtration is defined as the removal of suspended foreign material, such as dirt, sand, rocks, or trash, it can also include unusual debris, such as chemical bottle labels, soda cans, rubber gloves, men’s underwear, and fish.  Filters are measured by plumbing size and mesh. Plumbing size (either ¾ of an inch or 1 … Continue reading

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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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