Category Archives: Grounds + Sports Turf

Sustainability–The Silent Megatrend

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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

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

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

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

Lighthouse Preservation

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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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