Category Archives: January 2012

Special Moments

Following our Monday weight workout, my 15-year-old son and I bid the ladies manning the desk a good night as we headed for the door of the Medina Community Rec Center. As we approached the doors, my son chirped, “Hey, Dad? I was just wondering. What does it feel like to be old, fat and bald?” “If I could lift my arms right now, I’d show you.” Then I smiled, clapped him on the back and opened the door. I’ve … Continue reading

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Creating Chemistry

Albert Einstein is credited with saying, “Play is the highest form of research.” If that is the case, then our nation’s playgrounds are our most important laboratories. Playgrounds offer children challenge, excitement, and a place for strenuous physical activity that health experts tell us is vitally important. Playgrounds are a place to test physical limits, interact socially in coordinated play, and learn first-hand the implications of the laws of physics. Like most laboratories, playgrounds are risky places, but that is … Continue reading

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A Synthetic Landmark

Chesterfield County officials had a unique opportunity in creating the county’s first public synthetic-turf field in Stratton Park. But the idea was even better than that; officials decided to partner with the Richmond Kickers and utilize the multi-purpose fields adjacent to the private soccer group’s existing natural-grass and synthetic-turf fields so that the fields could be jointly programmed for larger events. The plan was developed through a public process involving the Kickers organization and stakeholder groups representing soccer, football, lacrosse, … Continue reading

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Biting The Synthetic Bullet

It’s 4 p.m. in late October, and it’s been raining buckets for most of the day. The phone lines are ringing off the hook. With the crisp air and saturated ground, parents everywhere want to know the status of tonight’s games. Luckily, teams can still play youth football. Until recently, the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department was in the same situation as many other facilities–teams needed to play, but it was a tough decision whether to sacrifice the integrity of … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Brock Receives Recognition For Sustainability Boulder, Colo.–Brock International, a provider of performance-based systems for synthetic turf, became the first company in the synthetic-turf industry to have a Cradle to Cradle Certified product. Recognized as a rigorous environmental certification process, the designation is administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, which evaluates products and materials for their impact on human health and environmental health and design for future life cycles. Brock was awarded the Silver Designation for its PowerBase, … Continue reading

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