Design Standard For Athletic Field Light Structures Coming

Reston, Va.—The collapse of more than 12 light structures at athletic fields around the country over the past several years, and another 200 other sports lighting structures removed from service as a safety precaution, has prompted members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to examine these structures and create a new design standard for the industry.

The ASCE Athletic Field Lighting Structures Standard Committee was created in the fall of 2011 and is working to create a national consensus standard for the proper specification, design and system support of these structures.

Until a formal standard is finalized, the committee recommends the following measures:

  1. Design professionals should use the AASHTO Standard Specifications for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, Luminaries and Traffic Signals , fifth edition 2009 with 2010  and 2011 interim revisions.

  1. Design should be made for a minimum life of 50 years and Fatigue Category I as it applies to the AASHTO Standard Specifications.

  1. Owners should be encouraged to develop routine scheduled inspection and maintenance programs and contact qualified inspection professionals if cracks or corrosion is observed.

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ASBA Publishes Updated Running Tracks Manual

Ellicott City, Md.--The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) has published the seventh edition of Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance Manual .

The book is designed for anyone involved in building, maintaining, repairing or renovating any type of running track. It includes technical information on all aspects of tracks, including design, budgeting and planning, site requirements, surface selection, construction, maintenance, repair, amenities and accessories and more. In addition, it includes diagrams, photos, governing bodies and sources for further information.

Copies can be purchased for $44.95 each can be ordered by contacting ASBA at 866-501-ASBA (2722), or by visiting . The book is also available instantly as a download.



I certainly enjoy reading your maintenance-related information as it appears in PRB . I do have a question/request and was wondering if you could provide sample info that I am looking for:

  • Would anyone have available a template/spreadsheet that would list long-term maintenance schedules with the cost estimates and timeframes for community centers, senior centers, sports centers, and aquatics complexes?

  • I am looking to compare/update our Aquatics Complex and the daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual maintenance task/checklist. Would anyone have a task/checklist that I could review and compare to what we are currently doing at our complex?

Ron Collins

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There are basically two ways you can go on this: find a free source, or buy an off-the-shelf product. There are many options under both choices.

I did a quick internet search and found quite a few of each, such as Manager Plus, a computer program that allows you to document and track all your work orders and preventive maintenance. The advantage of this is it’s designed for exactly what you’re asking for, the “templates” are in the program; one disadvantage—it’s going to cost money.

There are quite a few free samples out there. Free is good, but the catch is that you have to do more work up front because it’s not nicely digitized like the more costly programs—however, you may be able to deal with that and in today’s economy, it might be your best bet.

Another source of information is Sagamore Publishing. They put out most of the texts that deal with parks and rec maintenance and at least one of their books, Parks and Recreation Maintenance Management , has examples of various templates from departments around the country. It’s a handy book to have around.

Hope this helps you some.

Best Regards,




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Push your parks to the top of these lists. Download the app marketing materials from, post around your park district and encourage your patrons to download and use the app.

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Log in to your Insider account (your username is on the mailing label) and load your parks.

Need an Insider login? Renew your free subscription to PRB ( Parks & Rec Business ). The account is automatically created for you.


Field Notes

Jerad Wells was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Eldorado Climbing Walls , a climbing wall design and construction company. He has been with the company since 2008 as Director of Sales and Business Development.

Hopkins Rides (formerly O.D. Hopkins) has joined the WhiteWater family of companies. Hopkins Rides will continue to operate under the same name and will continue to offer its amusement park attractions: the Log Flume Ride, Super Flume, Shoot the Chute, River Raft Ride, as well as other water transportation systems.

UV disinfection company Aquionics has appointed Tricia Rich as Aquatics Aftermarket Customer Service Representative. In her new role, Rich will be the single point of contact for aquatics aftermarket customers.


New Financing Program For Federal Agencies

Bloomington, Minn.--Toro has announced several financing options for federal agencies. Specifically developed for the needs of federal purchasing officials, these new Lease to Own Plans—with terms ranging from three to five years and options for monthly, quarterly, or annual payments—are designed to comply with the U.S. government’s Federal Acquisition Regulations. For additional information, visit .


Quality Equipment & Spray Offers Money-Back Guarantee

Phoenix, Ariz.—Phoenix spray equipment manufacturer Quality Equipment & Spray has announced a no-questions-asked, money-back satisfaction guarantee on its best-selling pest control spray rigs and weed control sprayers. The company focuses on building reliable sprayers to boost technician productivity and reduce downtime, and make routine preventive maintenance easier. For more information, call (602) 371-1993, or visit .


NSGA Extends Humana Sponsorship

Baton Rouge, La.—National Senior Games Association, the governing organization for the largest multi-sport event in the world for adults over age 50, announced a new sponsorship agreement with Humana, one of the nation’s health care companies. The six-year agreement designates Humana as the Official Presenting Sponsor at the Summer National Senior Games starting in 2013 and significantly expands the existing relationship with additional activities. For more information, visit .


SIMA Build A Bid Program Available Online

Milwaukee, Wis.—The Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) recently adapted its Build a Bid course to an online format, available on the SIMA Resource 24/7 Training Center. Phil Harwood, CSP of Pro-Motion Consulting presents the program, which helps snow and ice companies improve at bidding and estimating more accurately.

The package includes 4 educational sessions (Know your Numbers, Customers are Key, Putting it all Together, and Delivering the Bid) totaling approximately 2 hours, and also comes with an estimating tool and video demonstration. For more information, visit .





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;


6-7 California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference & Expo, San Jose, Calif.--San Jose McEnery Convention Center;

13-15 Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Fort Smith, Ark.—Fort Smith Convention Center;