Baltimore Playground Gets Facelift

Federal Hill Park (FHP), a landmark in Baltimore, Md., recently renovated its playground area with new equipment that incorporates iconic, local historical structures. The playground includes: the Federalist Ship, Signal Hill Tower, Fort Federal Hill, and, in the future for Phase Two of the project, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

The playground committee selected ECORE, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into performance surfacing, to supply playground tiles that complement each symbolic icon. A mixture of tan and brown tiles were installed around the tower to simulate dirt or sand, grey tiles were inserted to mimic stone around the train track, and a bright blue surface was installed to make the ship look like it’s on water. To learn more, visit .


AquaClimb Donates Climbing Wall To Fort Hood 

On April 2, 2014, a shooting spree occurred at several locations on the Fort Hood military base near Killeen, Texas. Four people, including the gunman, were killed, while 16 additional people were injured. As a grandmother and mother of a family stationed at Fort Hood, Laura Grandner wanted to do something to help all of the military families whose lives were changed that day. And, as the General Manager of Pyramide USA, the manufacturer of the AquaClimb Poolside Climbing Walls, Grandner thought of one of the best ways possible to bring a sense of joy, resilience, and determination to the families at the base. After months of working to get approvals, the wall is up at Fort Hood and is being enjoyed by the families at the base.


Word On The Web

On “Simply Satisfying,” October 10 Week-Ender blog post:

Hello Ron,

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that I very much enjoy your articles in PRB. I receive the Week-Ender in my inbox each Friday and enjoy the opportunity to take a break from my work to read your thoughts.

As I prepare for my weekend, which includes volunteering at a teen center retreat weekend, I will print your relevant article and have it available as reference when the topic of depression and finding joy comes up from some of our vulnerable population. 

Julie Raddell

Recreation Supervisor

Cicero Youth Bureau, Parks & Recreation

Cicero, N.Y.

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Today your mention of Robin Williams captured my attention and I clicked on the blog. Yes, somehow you sucked me in and as I began reading, I realized your words were jumping out at ME. See, my husband and I own our own little company, have a nice house, belong to a country club, have 3 wonderful children and 6 grandchildren, travel when we want and have many friends. Simply put, we have so much to be grateful for in our world.

Somewhere along this journey I have forgotten to be grateful. I have forgotten to keep it simple. I got tangled up in the complexities of the goal and forgot to live one day at a time and to the fullest!

I “simply” want to thank you for the inspiring words, the uplifting message and the profound perspective! I am grateful for you blog.

Patti Everts

Triple M Recreation

Phoenix, Ariz.


Field Notes

Salsco, Inc. named Brandon Cole to the position of Regional Sales Manager for the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. This area has needed a dedicated salesperson to service and maintain existing dealers and end users, as well as create new relationships and opportunities.

BSN SPORTS, a direct marketer and distributor of sporting goods to the school and league markets, announced it has completed the acquisition of Todd & Moore Sporting Goods, Inc. Team Sales Division based in Columbia, SC. 

The Toro Company was recently recognized by The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) with the Gold Medal Award, which is given to an individual or company in recognition of their outstanding and long-term achievements and/or contributions to the green industry. 


Hayward Races Go-Carts For Local Charity

Palm Springs, Calif.--A go-cart race at Hayward Pool Products’ recent global sales meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells, Calif., ended with a local charity emerging as the true winner. Martha’s Village & Kitchen was presented with a $1,500 donation towards continuing their mission: to serve its neighbors by responding to their needs with food, clothing, shelter and an opportunity to become self-sufficient by affirming their dignity with love, compassion, and respect. 

As part of a team-building exercise, Hayward’s sales teams built and raced custom-made go-carts. The winning team was awarded prize money based on design and speed.  They chose the Indio-based Martha’s Village & Kitchen to benefit from their winnings.


Nonprofit Climbing Programs Need Shoes

Boulder, Colo.—Eldorado Climbing Walls has launched Sole Purpose, a nationwide program that gets unwanted and unclaimed climbing shoes to nonprofits that can use them. The purchase of shoes is a major challenge to starting or maintaining a climbing program. Access to free shoes is a solution. Sole Purpose will work with facilities like climbing gyms and college recreation centers to get thousands of lost, unclaimed shoes into the hands, and onto the feet, of the kids participating in rock climbing activities offered by nonprofits like YMCAs, community recreation centers, and Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Sole Purpose is seeking gyms that want to collect climbing shoes and nonprofits that need shoes for new or existing climbing programs. Organizations can apply through the Facebook page /SolePurposeProgram or contact Christina Frain at or 303-447-0512 x 132.




1-4 Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference, Sandusky, Ohio—Kalahari Convention Center; (614) 895-2222;

2-5 Southeast Pool & Spa Show, Charlotte, N.C.—Charlotte Convention Center;

14-20 Association of Aquatic Professionals Annual Conference & Exhibit, San Diego, Calif.—Town and Country Resort and Convention Center;

20-22 American Sports Builders Association Winter Meeting, Grand Bahama Island.— Grand Lucayan;

24-27 Missouri Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Expo, Springfield, Mo.;


1-4 New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association Conference & Exhibition, Atlantic City, N.J.—Trump Taj Mahal;

2-6 Texas Recreation & Park Society Annual Institute & Trade Show, Abilene, Texas;

24-25 Maine Recreation & Parks Association 2014 Annual Conference, Portland, Maine—Holiday Inn by the Bay; 

24-26 Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, Lancaster, Penn.—Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square;  


31-2 Louisiana Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference, Lafayette, La.—Cajundome;

6-9 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association Spring Conference, Davenport, Iowa—River Center;

14-16 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, Ocean City, Md.—Carousel Hotel;