Category Archives: September 2009

This-N-That

Sprinturf Installs More Than 1 Million Square Feet Of Turf New York, NY–Eleven new Sprinturf athletic fields on New York City’s Randall’s Island, part of the largest project aimed at renovating athletic fields in the United States, are already getting rave reviews. Sprinturf is a provider of synthetic turf systems. The Randall’s Island fields featuring Sprinturf’s Ultrablade DF synthetic turf system with a CoolFill infill system, cover 1.1 million square feet. The undertaking, led by the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation … Continue reading

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Closing Time

As the first chord of Matchbox 20’s song “Closing Time” strikes my ear, I reflexively reach over and turn the radio up. I’ve always loved this song, but today, driving to work through the gray, rain-soaked morning after putting my kids on the bus for the first day of school, it somehow seems perfect–like somebody up above is tuning the radio’s playlist to my particular emotions. It’s funny how that happens sometimes. Better than an iPod playlist or (I’m showing … Continue reading

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Stop Making Excuses

My father probably wouldn’t think to call himself an “outdoorsman.” He has simply lived his life as a man, outdoors. Being outside is part of who he is. He skis, climbs, hikes, bikes, hunts, and fishes. His friends call him “Bear,” and his grand adventures have spanned a lifetime. Luckily for me, he shared his love of getting outside and even put up with my (sometimes) less-than-enthusiastic attitude. He and my mother also raised me without a television, so I … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Recycled Plastic Lifeguard Chairs Make A Splash Lexington, Va.–ParknPool donated three recycled plastic lifeguard chairs to the DIY Network’s design show “Indoors Out,” but it wasn’t for a pool redesign. The lifeguard chairs (complete with cup holders) made perfect seats for a family to be able to see over their 6-foot-high fence to watch their favorite baseball team play on a nearby field. Each lifeguard chair, manufactured from post-consumer and post-industrial milk containers (high-density polyethylene) keeps landfills from becoming even … Continue reading

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Pre-Fall Prep Time

I bet you’re sweating right now, thinking about how to create a little shade and protect your grass from turning crispy. But August is the last hurrah of summer, and before you know it, the nights are going to start turning cooler. Fall can sneak up on you, so now’s the time to make a plan for the next season. With turf that has taken a pounding all summer, start making a recovery plan. For Virginia Tech, a change of … Continue reading

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