Category Archives: Grounds + Sports Turf

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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Backpack Sprayers

Photo Courtesy Of Andrew Greess

Many parks and recreation professionals use some type of manual backpack sprayer for weed control, fertilization, watering, etc. To ensure maintenance crews are getting the maximum results and value from a backpack, here are some suggestions to optimize your investment: Start With The Proper Equipment  Select a quality product that can stand up to long hours, harsh chemicals, and rough treatment. Pay particular attention to the spray wand and the pump mechanism. The best spray wands are made of brass, … Continue reading

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Listen, Create, Construct!

The indoor pavilion also can accommodate trade shows, reunions, weddings, banquets, fundraisers, and other special events.
Photo By Dorian’s Photography

As many people can attest, building a successful sports and events complex has its challenges. Among the toughest decisions are where the money will come from, which amenities should be included, and how to ensure the complex will be successful. All of these questions can be answered with a little research. Oftentimes, when building a complex that costs millions of dollars, the decision even to move forward can be overwhelming. The city of Kennewick in Washington was in dire need … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Grounds + Sports Turf, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, September 2013 | Leave a comment

Finance Fur-Friendly Spaces

Photos Courtesy Jonathan Rudie

It seems that every day I receive calls or emails from another sports-enthusiast group, requesting space or accommodations for its particular recreational pursuit. So when I received a request three years ago for an off-leash dog park, it seemed reasonable enough. The KenoshaCounty park system had a number of suitable areas where a dog park could be built; the issue was how to pay for the construction and operating costs. After a bit of research, the parks division developed an … Continue reading

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