Field Notes

Billy Casper Golf —an owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts—has acquired Women on Course, a golf-networking organization. Women on Course will maintain its name and Donna Hoffman, who founded the organization in 2005, will remain as president.

Racquet Sports Industry (RSI), the world’s largest tennis trade magazine, has announced it is changing its name to Tennis Industry (TI), going back to the publication’s original name after 10 years. The new name, along with a redesign, will debut with the January issue.

Neptune-Benson , a manufacturer of commercial aquatics filtration systems, promoted David Monk to Director of International Sales. He will be responsible for business development outside of the U.S. working with representatives in Western Europe, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

John Deere announced two new distributors will be joining its distributor network—Potestio Brothers Equipment Inc., in Colorado and Belkorp Ag, LLC in California.

Turface Athletics , a manufacturer of soil amendments and sports field conditioners, has renewed its partnership with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

In its ongoing efforts to build and develop relationships with dealers and customers, Jacobsen Company recently hired the following people: Doug Foucheaux, Director of Sales; Lee Frie, Territory Sales Manager; Kyle Mirk, Territory Sales Representative for the Western Michigan territory.

Profile Products —a manufacturer in hydraulic mulch production—celebrated 750,000 consecutive hours without a lost-time incident at the company’s manufacturing facility in Conover, N.C. The company reached the milestone in August 2013, following a streak that began more than five years ago in February 2008.

The manufacturer of Hydretain, Ecologel Solutions, LLC , has launched an online Hydretain Applicator Directory designed to connect potential Hydretain customers with local professional applicators. To be included in the directory, visit . To explore the directory, visit .

DeltaUV , manufacturers of commercial ultraviolet water treatment products, has combined forces with RWB Sales rep group to sell and market its products in the Southeastern region of the U.S. RWB will be promoting Delta UV and its products in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

SeaKlear water treatment products hired Alex Steele as the company’s new marketing director. She will be responsible for developing and executing Marketing Activation Plans for SeaKlear and define the marketing activities that drive sales growth.

BSN SPORTS , a marketer and distributor of sporting goods, has acquired Beaver Distributing Company dba Sols of Ambridge (Sols) based in Ambridge, Penn. Sols, family owned and operated since 1929, is a distributor of team apparel and equipment in western Pennsylvania, and parts of Ohio and West Virginia.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------ BagSpot 2-n-1 Dispenser Receives U.S. Patent

St. Louis, Mo.—BagSpot, an ecologically friendly pet-waste solutions provider, was granted a U.S. patent for its pet waste bag dispenser, BagSpot 2-n-1 Dispenser. This product is the first dispenser to accommodate both continuous-roll and one-pull bag styles. This feature allows customers the flexibility to change the style of bag without purchasing additional units or conversion kits. For more information, visit .


It Takes A Community

Looking for a way to get the word out and raise money for your next park project? FundOurCommunity is a website that helps most anyone with an important and needed community project by creating awareness and support opportunities for the project so it can actually happen. To learn more, visit .


Letters To The Editor

Solve A Problem With Volunteers

We have had a vibrant volunteer program since 1995; in 2009, we found ourselves at capacity. At the same time, maintenance crews were fighting a losing battle with invasive species in our 1,300+ acres of forested parks, wetlands and other natural areas. How could we mobilize this enthusiastic but untrained workforce to help us systematically restore and manage these resources?

Kent has joined the Green Cities Network, becoming one of six Puget Sound cities to create a 20-year plan that challenges residents to be part of the solution. More than 20 trained volunteer Green Kent stewards have been holding work parties over the past 3 years, largely in parks but also in sites overseen by Public Works wetland crews. They clear areas choked with Himalayan blackberry, English ivy and other invasives, then replant with appropriate native species, adding cardboard and chips as weed barriers. The final phase monitors those areas to prevent invasive regrowth. To date, we have 35 active sites covering about 50 acres; additionally, 39,290 trees and shrubs have been planted, and 3,950 volunteers have contributed 9,408 hours to the Green Kent Partnership.

For more information, visit or contact me.

Victoria L. Andrews

Special Programs Manager

Parks, Recreation & Community Services

Kent, Wash.


Hayward Introduces Mobile App For AquaConnect

Hayward Pool Products has launched a new iPhone and iPad app for its AquaConnect Remote Pool Management Platform. Apple device users can manage pH and sanitization; turn lights on and off; activate water features; enable, disable or set the temperature for any heater; all while conserving energy. The Android app will be available in early 2014. Access the iPhone and iPad app in the Apple Store. The Android App will be available in the Android Market.


From Flood Prone To Storm Resilient

New York, N.Y.—An attempt to mitigate a flood-prone intersection at Carroll Street and Denton Place resulted in a 3,140-square-foot garden retrofitted with permeable pavers, flood-tolerant plants and a rain garden. The renovation of the Gil Hodges Community Garden in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood received support from Jo Malone London and a New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Green Infrastructure Grant. Known as a New York Restoration Project (NYRP), project contributors also installed a DEP-designed bioswale in the sidewalk adjacent to the garden that manages stormwater runoff from Denton Place and the sidewalk. In total, these components will manage 150,000 gallons of stormwater annually, thereby easing pressure on the city’s sewer system and reducing overflows into the Gowanus Canal.

The design in and around the garden incorporates new elements that naturally absorb and filter rain water. The bioswale, which is a street tree in an enlarged bed with native plants and a low curb, diverts and reuses about 65,000 gallons of storm water annually. Monitoring equipment has also been installed in the bioswale that will record data for three years and be analyzed by the City College of New York. This data will supply helpful information about how the bioswale performs over time. A rain garden and permeable pavers will manage the nearly 85,000 gallons of stormwater that falls on the garden each year, making it a model for outdoor urban architecture and landscape design.

In addition to being a model for outdoor urban architecture and landscape design, community members enjoy the garden’s new fragrance walk featuring sweetbay magnolia, ruby spice summersweet, orange azalea and mountainmint. A birch reading grove and patio provide quiet getaways for passive recreation. The garden also has an outdoor classroom area complete with blackboard, and a composting station and raised vegetable beds.

Together, these garden features make it a beautiful retreat for all ages and seasons.

The garden was designed by Yvi McEvilly, NYRP’s Director of Design and Stantec Consulting Inc., with help from EDesign Dynamics and Patrick Cullina, former High Line VP of Horticulture and Park Operations, and consulting from George Smith of The City College of New York.


New Guide To Assist With ADA Compliance

Harrisburg, Penn.—As the playground industry strives to maintain compliance with playground surfacing to meet ADA standards, the International Play Equipment Manufacturer (IPEMA) has released a new guide that provides a complete source of regulations concerning proper installation and maintenance of all IPEMA certified playground surfaces, including: artificial turf, engineered wood fiber, interlocking tile, poured-in place and rubber mulch. Download it at .





7-9 Northern New England Recreation & Parks Conference, Bartlett, N.H—Attitash Summit Hotel;

13-16 Mid America Pool & Spa Show, Schaumburg, Ill.—Schaumburg Convention Center;


2-5 Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Conference, Sandusky, Ohio;


5-6 66th Annual California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference & Expo, Ontario, Calif.—Ontario Convention Center; contact Susan Wipf, Director of Marketing, (916) 665-2777, or