Category Archives: January 2008

Soccer Goal Safety

Unanchored soccer goals have become a real safety hazard. Children–even adults–pull themselves up on the front crossbar, attempting to climb the goal, do chin-ups, etc., but the weight is offset by the person, and the goal tips over, often striking the individual, sometimes causing serious injuries, even death. And every one of these accidents was preventable. The Warning Signs Since April 10, 1992, there have been numerous notices from the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to anchor soccer goals. In … Continue reading

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Spray Away!

The pump is the heart of power-spray systems used for pest and weed control, landscaping, golf courses and tree fertilizers. The right pump can make the job a breeze; the wrong pump will quickly ruin your day. And a high-quality pump in the wrong application is a waste of money. Selecting the right pump requires answering some important questions: · What is the application? · What is the material being sprayed? · How hard will the pump be used? · … Continue reading

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A Community Affair

Located just east of Des Moines, Iowa, Pleasant Hill is a growing suburban community of nearly 7,000 residents. Over the past ten years, the community has experienced a growth rate of nearly 40 percent. This rise in population, coupled with increased participation in outdoor recreation programs, created a need for additional facilities in order for the city to continue providing the same level of recreation services to the community. Early discussions of a new outdoor recreation complex among various leagues, … Continue reading

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Hondo Heaven

The City of Hillsboro, Ore., is a rapidly growing and diverse community of 85,000, just west of Portland, where agriculture meets high tech and everything in between. When the parks and recreation department began developing plans for its first off-leash dog park, the organization was committed to making it more than just lumpy grass inside a fence. With a combination of community input, strong partnerships and creative planning, HondoDogPark opened in September 2007 to hoards of wagging tails and howls … Continue reading

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Code of Conduct

Remember when a batter would “accidentally” hit one up the middle just over the pitcher’s head or slide hard into second base to break up a double play? Oddly enough, it was a rarity that anyone would get mad enough to start a fight over it. The usual response was whoever got up first–the fielder or runner– helped the other up. Players believed it was “part of the game.” They loved playing and showing off for fans, even when the … Continue reading

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