John Deere Looks To Global Reorganization

Cary, N.C.--To enable greater global growth, John Deere underwent a global reorganization of its golf business, which will now fully integrate into the John Deere Agriculture & Turf Division. The enhanced organization puts its full resources--innovation, expertise and history--behind its golf business to better serve golf superintendents and greenskeepers, club managers, and maintenance professionals.


Otter Cove Makes Noise In Illinois

The St. Charles Park District was awarded the Outstanding Parks & Facility Award by the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) for Otter Cove Aquatic Park. Situated on more than nine acres in the James O. Breen Community Park, the facility opened to rave reviews the summer of 2011. It features two diving boards, a body slide, drop slides, and a 600-foot long lazy river. In one season, the facility drew more than 120,000 patrons.


Nasco Releases 2012 Catalog

Fort Atkinson, Wis.--Nasco’s 2012 Physical Education & Team Sports catalog, featuring thousands of products selected especially for professionals in health, physical education, recreation, and dance; athletic directors; and coaches is now available. You’ll find sections for movement and balance, rhythm and dance, indoor and outdoor fun, coaching equipment, soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball, football, track and field, golf, floor hockey, racquet sports, bowling, playground equipment, fitness, storage, health and nutrition, and much more. For more information, visit .



Canadian Geese Not Welcome

To Whom It May Concern:

In the December 2011 issue of PRB, in the 2011 Project Portfolio, you identify the project at Wascana Centre – Candy Cane Park, as “A hand-crafted Canadian goose slide…” The correct name for this bird is Canada goose; it is not a citizen of Canada (i.e., a Canadian). Please take more care in the future when identifying wildlife.

Thank you.

Rita A. Au

Executive Director

Preservation Parks of Delaware County

Sunbury, Ohio

Editor’s Note: Indeed, Parks & Rec Business incorrectly identified the origin of the Canada goose. The publication regrets the error.

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Functional Facilities

Good job on your December 2011 issue, I especially liked thumbing through the numerous project profiles. As a landscape architect/park planner, I always like to see what other parks departments are doing “design wise” with their facilities. I attached three photos of a project I designed last year for Willamalane Park and Recreation District in Springfield, Ore. We added the new shelters which we designed and constructed “in house” using locally fabricated glulam beams. The layout offers renters the option of renting one or both of the shelters and we can accommodate groups from 25 to 250 people. For larger groups, another 250 people could be seated in the open lawn between the two shelters. The food-preparation building is one facility with duplicated sinks, hot plates, and gas BBQs on each half. We are getting great feedback from our park users and the renters are lining up!

Thanks for a great issue!

Jacob. Risley IV

Landscape Architect

Willamalane Park and Recreation District

Springfield, Ore.


Word On The Web

On “Inevitability of Irrelevance,” January 6 Week-Ender blog post:


I just wanted to thank you for the article you wrote about the “Inevitability of Irrelevance.”

When each of our sons leaves the ‘nest,’ we find ourselves wondering what it’s going to be like ahead. It’s sort of a scary thought, but your article shined a positive light on the situation we are facing in the future. I just wanted to let you know your article was almost a ‘relief’ for me to read! I am certain there will plenty to find to fill the ‘voids’ and keep ourselves feeling ‘relevant.’


Marilee Gray

Kay Park-Rec Corp.

Janesville IA

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“Keep up the great work promoting the importance of parks and recreation in our communities.”

--City of Henderson, Nev., Parks & Rec via Twitter


Field Notes

Neptune~Benson, Inc., a manufacturer of commercial pool filtration systems, announces that is has acquired the business of Lawson Aquatics, Inc. (“Lawson”), a manufacturer of main drain and rim-flow system components.

Jim Kirchdorfer, Sr. was the recipient of the Don A. Rossi Award given by The Golf Course Builders Association of America. The award is given to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the game of golf. Kirchdorfer is founder and chairman of Louisville, Ky.-based ISCO Industries, LLC, a pipe supplier and manufacturer of HDPE piping products.

BSN SPORTS, formerly Sport Supply Group Inc., has entered an agreement with Mission Athletecare to market and distribute Court Grip to team dealer and institutional markets.




4-7 New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association Conference & Exhibition;

7-9 National Drowning Prevention Symposium, San Diego, Calif.--Hyatt Mission Bay;


1-4 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association Spring Conference, Waterloo, Iowa—Ramada Inn/Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center;

2-4 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference & Exhibit, Ocean City, Md.--Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel;

15-18 Indiana University Executive Development Program, Bloomington, Ind.—Indiana University; call Julie Knapp at 812-856-1068