Category Archives: November 2008

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To the locals, it came as no surprise when Ann Arbor, Mich., recently topped the list of America’s healthiest cities (“Healthiest Hometown, No.1,” AARP Magazine, September/October 2008). The cities were chosen based on 30 factors–everything from the percentage of residents who commute by walking and biking to the number of fast-food outlets per capita. Ann Arbor is a 27-square-mile city that boasts 156 city parks, including trails, golf, canoe liveries, tennis courts and athletic fields. A whopping 86 percent of … Continue reading

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A Natural Debate

A team of young players charges onto the field, smelling the fresh-cut grass. But this experience may become a distant memory as some communities convert their natural-grass fields to artificial turf. However, there are many advantages to staying with or converting to a grass field. Grass provides more than good feelings. There are environmental, financial, health and safety advantages, as well as athletes’ preference in playing on natural grass. Environmental Obligations With the climate changing and the ongoing movement to … Continue reading

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Lead-ing The Discussion

Igniting concerns and headlines nationwide, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) announced on April 14 that elevated lead levels were found in several synthetic-turf fields. The NJDHSS turned to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for further evaluation. On July 30, the CPSC announced that synthetic-turf fields are suitable to install and play on for children and people of all ages. Faced with numerous questions, the Synthetic Turf Council (STC) is sharing the story of … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Sand In Your Face

It doesn’t take much to catapult a sport like beach volleyball into people’s recreational agendas when the United States celebrates gold medals won by Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers in men’s and Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in women’s competitions during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. In fact, each time the United States has won a gold medal in a sport, the interest in that sport has increased. When America won the gold in ice hockey at the Squaw … Continue reading

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A Complex Trio

About 18 months ago, the city of Fresno Parks, After School, Recreation & Community Services Department (PARCS) embarked on a mission to create a bike complex at one of its most beloved regional areas–Woodward Park. With the right combination of available open space, BMX enthusiasts hungry for a place to ride and a director with a distinct vision to create action sports destinations, Fresno had just the formula necessary to make it happen. Many cyclists in Fresno have traveled some … Continue reading

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