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Want to know how to choose a pair of binoculars? Ford a stream? Pack a backpack? Check out the American Hiking Society’s Hiking Resources Center for all sorts of hiking info, tips, and how-to's. Download, print, or share articles on social media with other hikers, Scout troops, hiking clubs, park visitor centers, etc. For more information, visit .


Design Guide Gets An Upgrade

Lewisburg, Penn.—Playworld Systems, a manufacturer of playground and fitness equipment, has updated its Inclusive Play Design Guide to include feedback from the community as well as industry influencers. The only guide of its kind, the nearly 70-page document provides detailed insight into creating playgrounds that enable children and adults of all abilities to play side-by-side. Download a free copy at .


NSPF Apps Available

Colorado Springs, Colo.--Two service apps from the National Swimming Pool Foundation are available for download—the Pool Chemical Dosing App and the Saturation Index App.

  • The Chemical Dosing App ($3.99) makes chemical dosing easier, faster, more accurate and safer for pool technicians, facility managers, water treatment managers and home pool and spa owners.

  • The Saturation Index App ($2.99) provides all the tools needed to achieve properly balanced water. It incorporates the five balance factors—pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, temperature, and total dissolved solids.

To purchase these apps, visit iTunes or the Google Play Store and search for National Swimming Pool Foundation, NSPF or the App name.


Second Edition Of Turf Manual Debuts

Guelph, ON – The Sports Turf Association has published the second edition of its Athletic Field Construction Manual, a staple reference for those in the sports turf industry. The manual, written by Dr. R.W. Sheard in conjunction with an editorial committee of professionals, brings uniformity to the construction of grass athletic fields. The opening pages have been restructured to improve readability. Classifications based on the root zone material for categories three and four have been more adequately defined, as have the tolerances for grade control and depth of the stone layer and root zone material. For more information, visit .


STC Creates Funding Strategies Toolkit

Atlanta, Ga.—Recognizing that raising funds for synthetic turf fields has become more challenging in light of the economic conditions of the past few years, the Synthetic Turf Council has created a new Funding Strategies Toolkit for prospective buyers. Content includes educational materials, fundraising ideas, tips on gaining community support and overall recommendations for bringing synthetic turf to one’s school and community. The packet is available as a free download at .


Field Notes

The Brouwer Company is celebrating its 40 th anniversary. The company is known for manufacturing its landmark sod harvester that cuts sod, transfers it onto a conveyor, rolls it and puts the rolls on a pallet—all in one operation

Barbara Zakrzewski retired after more than 33 years in the parks and recreation profession. She most recently held the position of recreation supervisor for the New Britain Parks and Recreation Department in Connecticut.

PlayCore Holdings, Inc., a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of play and recreation products, has acquired Colorado Time Systems, which provides athletic venues with timing, scoring, and display systems.

SolarBee and GridBee , brands of water-circulation systems for potable water, wastewater and raw water reservoirs, will now be marketed under the name of the parent company, Medora Corporation, to encompass expanded product offerings.


Word On The Web

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On “Empty Sacks,” July 20 Week-Ender blog post:


I’ve been reading and enjoying your writings in PRB for a while now, but a side note in your recent “Empty Sacks” column caught my eye and made me laugh at the small coincidences in life. You mentioned reading the AP wire at the BGSU radio station your freshman year. I went running to your LinkedIn page to see when that was, but we missed each other in the timing. If you did that your senior year, in 1982-83, you would have been reading my scribbles. I wrote sports for the AP radio wires for 23 years starting in 1982, and now I learn I’m reading material from someone who may have been reading my writs back in those days of papyrus from machines that were as loud as a KISS concert. I love those tweaks in life and thought you’d enjoy a little feedback.

Dave Ochs

Manager, Stewardship Communications

Resource Management Division

Fairfax County Park Authority (Va.)

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Nice, Ron. Keep up the good work. You’re a good read. I hope you consider putting some of your stories into book form. It might even sell!

Steve Trauger, Recreation Programs Coordinator

Kenton County Parks & Recreation

Independence, Ken.

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Boost Recycling and Sustainability Efforts

Baltimore, Md.—Looking for a way to increase recycling rates in neighborhood parks and recreation facilities? Communities across the country are taking advantage of the ability of Fan Cans to attract fan attention, which not only increases waste and recycling collection, but also enables local, regional and national sponsors to support their communities and promote sustainability initiatives on a local level.

The product line includes 45-gallon recycling and waste receptacles in customizable colors and logos with baseball batter, football, and motorsports helmet lids. Fan Cans utilize up to 50 percent post-consumer and industrial plastic, and all Fan Cans are 100 percent recyclable at the manufacturer at the end of their life cycle.

For more information, visit .




5-9 Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference, Chula Vista, Wis.;

19-20 Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association Annual Tradeshow and Conference, Montville, Conn.--Mohegan Sun Casino;



15-19 STMA Conference and Exhibition, Daytona Beach, Fla.--Daytona Beach Convention Center;


4-6 Southeast Pool & Spa Show, Atlanta, Ga.—Cobb Galleria Centre;

25-27 Ohio Parks & Recreation Association Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio;

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