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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 and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, includes the renovation of more than 65 athletic fields on the island. The project, first conceived nearly seven years ago, is about 65 percent complete. The multi-use fields are available to soccer, lacrosse, rugby, field hockey, football, baseball and softball players. For more information, call (877) 686-8873, or visit www.sprinturf.com.

InfillPro Earns Eco-Friendly Distinction

New York, NY--GeoTurf announces an endorsement by the National Green Energy Council for eco-friendly products. InfillPro Geo—an organic infill made of coconut fiber and cork—contains no toxins, maintains low temperatures, absorbs humidity, reduces abrasion and naturally resists bacteria and mold, the company claims. When combined with any lead-free turf products, it creates a surface for sports, landscaping and playground applications. The organic InfillPro Geo can be recycled in landscaping, gardening and other outdoor applications as a thermal insulation material. For more information, visit www.geosafeplay.com.

New York Studies Validate Safety of Synthetic Turf

New York, NY--In response to the public’s desire for more scientific data, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Department of Health released a new study on May 29 which validated the safety of synthetic turf fields with crumb rubber infill. The findings, available at www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/46856.html, concluded that “crumb rubber material used in synthetic turf fields poses no significant environmental threat to air or water quality and poses no significant health concerns.” For more information, visit www.syntheticturfcouncil.org.

Missouri Parks & Recreation Mourns A Member

On Friday, June 5, 2009, Elizabeth (Liz) Lucas Gilbert passed away after a brief illness. She was recently inducted into the inaugural class of the Missouri Recreation and Parks Hall of Fame, and was instrumental in creating and leading the St Louis Association for Retarded Citizens; bringing joy and strength to many children and their families over the years. Gilbert will be greatly missed by her family and many, many friends. Her contributions to the parks and recreation profession were unforgettable.

Zamboni Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Paramount, Calif.--Frank J. Zamboni & Co., Inc. announce that the company is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2009. In 1940, Frank Zamboni, his brother and a cousin opened the Iceland skating rink in Paramount, Calif. While managing the business, Frank soon learned that maintaining the ice was a labor-intensive task and set out to develop a machine which could create a good sheet of ice in a fraction of the time. After numerous attempts, Zamboni had a working prototype of the “Model A” by 1949 for which he applied and was granted a patent. The machines being built today by the Zamboni Company are almost exclusively alternative fuel powered, with 90 percent of the products leaving the Zamboni factories being propane, natural gas or electric powered. For more information, visit www.zamboni.com.

John Deere Golf And Watertronics In Agreement

Cary, N.C.--John Deere Golf and Watertronics Inc. announce a new manufacturing agreement in which Watertronics will build Orion pump stations customized to interface with John Deere Golf’s Aurora control systems for golf-course irrigation. The companies claim the integrated irrigation system allows the operator to collect data and compile reports, as well as react to specific alarms for flow output and pressure settings. For more information, call (866) 674-4628, or visit www.JohnDeere.com.

Playworld Joins Head Start Preferred Provider List

Lewisburg, Penn.--Playworld Systems, a manufacturer of playground equipment, was recently included as part of the Head Start Body Start (HSBS) Preferred Provider List. The Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play (HSBS) was created to foster physical activity, outdoor play and nutrition education among children, families and staff. The list includes vendors selected by a panel of early childhood movement professionals. For more information, visit www.playworldsystems.com.

New Resource For Parks And Rec Professionals

Cleveland, Ohio—Parks and recreation professionals now have the ability to communicate with their community for free with Shoutback. The Web site provides local news feeds and encourages users to add their own local news, or suggest blogs, Twitter feeds and other local content sources to enhance their community page. It also updates local gas prices and movie theater times to keep communities informed of what’s happening in their area.In addition to local news, Shoutback posts news feeds for 44 major U.S. metro cities and the world. For more information, visit shoutback.com.

PVC Pool Renovator Makes A Splash

In a story about commercial swimming pools, RenoSys—a pool renovation company—was featured in an NBC Nightly News clip called “Making a Difference.” Brian Williams introduced the piece about a $43,000 two-pool renovation for the city of Alexandria, Ind. that was made possible by donations from the community. RenoSys provided discounted pricing to help and ended up providing two new PVC Pool Shell’s complete with a 15-year warranty. To watch the two-minute clip, which aired on July 20, can access it at www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/.

A Step Ahead Draws A Crowd

I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed your article in the April issue of PRB (“Put The Blame On Me”). Thanks.

Gilbert Smith

Park Superintendent

Harris County, Texas

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Hi Ron,

I just wanted to drop a line and let you know how much I appreciate your articles in PRB. I love to read them.

Thanks a bunch!

Alana McCoy

Project Manager

Duvall, Wash.

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Calendar

September

13-16 Idaho Recreation & Parks Association Conference, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho; www.irpa-idaho.org

21-24 Mississippi Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, McComb, Miss.—Percy Quin State Park; www.aboutmrpa.org

21-24 Wyoming Recreation and Parks Association State Conference, Lander, Wyoming; www.wyorpa.com

22-23 Certified Pool Operator Course, Lee’s Summit, Mo.—Legacy Park Community Center; www.mopark.org

22-24 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association, Fall Workshop, Ames, Iowa—Hotel Gateway & Conference Center; www.iowaparkandrecreation.org

22-24 Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course, Fort Thomas, Ken.—Tower Park Community Center; www.kyrec.org

22-24 North Dakota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Minot, N.D.; www.ndrpa.org

22-25 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Blaine, Minn.—National Sports Center; www.mnrpa.org

22-25 Colorado Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference, Steamboat Springs, Colo.—Sheraton Steamboat Springs Resort; www.cpra-web.org

23 Georgia Recreation And Park Association Facility and Grounds Maintenance Field Day hosted by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department—Mill Creek Regional Park; www.grpa.org

23-25 Michigan Recreation and Parks Association Therapeutic Recreation Institute, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.—Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel and Conference Center; www.mrpaonline.org

29-1 South Dakota Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, Rapid City, S.D.; www.sdpra.com

October

13-16 NRPA Congress & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah; www.nrpa.com

14-16 British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association Aquatics Provincial Conference; for more information contact Heather Muter at hmuter@bcrpa.bc.ca; www.bcrpa.bc.ca

28-29 Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo, Vancouver, BC—Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre; www.cwre.ca28-30 World Aquatic Health Conference; Atlanta, Ga.—Sheraton Atlanta Hotel; www.nspf.org

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