World’s Fair Office Renovated For NYC Parks

The New York City Parks and Recreation Department is renovating the Olmsted Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The building, once home to the World’s Fair Corporation, is now the headquarters for New York City’s Parks Department. 

The project, designed by BKSK Architects in New York City, will be split into two phases: the expansion of the center with a 10,000-square-foot annex and enhancements to the building’s infrastructure. New water channel systems will lead excess water into bioswales and resolve existing flooding issues. Pine River Group, the master distributor of Kebony real-wood alternative products in North America, is providing Kebony wood for the center’s walkways. Stainless steel cabling and handrails will flank the pathways.

Phase one of the project is near completion. Additional improvements include new siding to improve durability and weather resistance and reconfiguration of the building’s interior to accommodate visitors and employees with disabilities. The entire project is expected to be complete by early 2015.


Dixie Chopper Employee Sets Guinness World Record

Coatesville, Ind.— Dixie Chopper Marketing Manager, Eli Kean set the Guinness World Record for “Largest Area of Grass Mowed by a Single-Deck Ride-On Lawn Mower in 24 Hours.”

Kean set the Guinness World Record at the 2,000-acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. From noon, August 19, to noon, August 20, Kean continuously mowed approximately 106.14 acres, using a Kawasaki powered Dixie Chopper XCaliber 3574.

Per Guinness World Record requirements, Dixie Chopper hired two adjudicators, which had no affiliation to the company, to stay the entire 24 hour period to make sure Kean mowed using the appropriate equipment. Dixie Chopper was also required to hire a local land surveyor to measure the exact amount of acreage mowed.


Cre8Play Cleared For Takeoff in Belmar, N.J.

A DC-8 has landed safely at one-of-a-kind Maclearie Park in Belmar, N.J. Situated just a few short miles from the Monmouth Executive Airport, Ed Brown playground features maps similar to the real airport’s runways. This all-inclusive play environment includes a ramp that stretches all the way into the airplane cockpit. Little aviators can check weather reports, radio to incoming pilots, and control air traffic from the control tower through a sound panel. Little pilots of Belmar, you’re cleared for takeoff! For more information, visit


Field Notes

WhiteWater has acquired the LatiTube line of products world-wide with the exception of New Zealand and Australia. LatiTube is a surfing attraction that ‘does things a little differently’ and offers wave-generating products called the Pocket Single, Pocket Double, Pocket Outbreak and Pocket PRO.

Rain Bird Corporation – Golf Division has two new golf distributors in the Northeast. Atlantic Irrigation will now represent Rain Bird Golf in upstate New York and Connecticut. Northeast Golf & Turf will represent Rain Bird Golf in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

DOGIPOT is proud to be a part of the opening success of Muttnation’s Redemption Ranch, a 5-acre safe haven for dogs in Tishomingo, Okla., hometown to Muttnation’s co-founder and country music superstar Miranda Lambert. The company donated six DOGVALET and four Pet Stations, which according to the Ranch have been embraced and are a welcome addition to the project established to provide a no-kill shelter for dogs in crisis. 

Country Clipper Mowers, a division of Shivvers Manufacturing, donated a zero-turn mower to the Wayne County Conservation Board. The conservation board, located in southern Iowa, was established in 1955 to help obtain and develop county parks, preserve forests, wildlife and to promote good citizenship by programs and public recreation. 


Word On The Web

On “The Feel Of A Memory,” Nov. 7 Week-Ender Blog Post:

Ron, once again you tug at my heart with your story. I have gone through a few months of “rebooting” this year and came to the same place you are with this story. I am more present in my life now and hope I have more empathy and concern for others. Thank you!

Sue Donohue Smith

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On “A Recipe For Successful Youth Programming” by Zach Mural (PRB Oct. 2014)

I loved this article and plan to share with staff.

Angela Verges

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On “What The Dickens” Does That Mean?” Oct. 17 Week-Ender Blog Post:

I got a kick out of your article, but come hell or high water I can’t think of anything. Oh well, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

Billy Moore

Gloucester, Va.

Guess the “cat’s got my tongue” on this one! Ha, ha!

Carrie Gazda

Still LOL after reading the article. Randy, you’re “batting 1,000.” [Baseball metaphors everywhere!]

Karen McElroy

My grandfather and father used to say “Gonna go see about a dog.” Just a way of saying, “I’m leaving for a while to do a few things.”

Bill Brooks


GameTime Opens Demonstration Sites for Adult Outdoor Fitness

GameTime, a manufacturer of commercial playground and outdoor fitness equipment, recently opened three new fitness parks in Chattanooga, Tenn. The parks are designed to complement health and wellness programs at adjacent recreation centers and feature GTfit Advanced Series fitness products. The parks include elliptical machines, a chin-up and push--up station, leg and chest press stations and more, including accessible options for adults who use mobility devices.

The parks, located at Carver Recreation Center, East Lake Community Center and South Chattanooga Recreation Center, are the result of bringing together the right partners to accomplish the project.

Each of the fitness parks have been designated as a National Demonstration Site for Adult Outdoor Fitness by PlayCore. National Demonstration Sites are selected through a rigorous screening process that ensures they provide all four elements of a well-rounded fitness program. Moreover, communities must agree to regularly monitor usage of the parks to maximize their effectiveness for every member of the community. The sites will be added to a national database of fitness parks at


Vortex International Introduces Watermark

Montreal, QC—Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a manufacturer of aquatic play landscapes and entertainment solutions, introduces Watermark, an architectural installation that creates patterns and words by synchronizing lights and manipulating the flow of water.

Designed for urban spaces, shopping centers, airports, exhibition centers, amusement parks, and hotels, Watermark features 25 valves per 3.3-feet unit, which generates clear words, logos, and patterns that create unique sequences with tailored messages. An interactive solution, Watermark designs can easily be updated via a secure app, making it ideal for advertising, welcoming guests, and showcasing promotions.

Watermark can be installed indoors and outdoors in customized seamless configurations, and is designed to integrate into existing structures. Watermark’s minimal water usage (because of recirculation) and power requirements means it can run around the clock, even after operating hours, which can be important in high traffic areas.

See Watermark in action at


STMA Announces “Field” Award Winners

Congratulations to the following facilities for earning the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) 2014 “Field of the Year Award” distinction:

  • Baseball—Don Dunker Field at Noblesville Schools (Noblesville, Ind.): Joshua Weigel, Superintendent of Grounds
  • Football—Clover Memorial Stadium at Clover School District (Clover, S.C.): Will Rogers, Sports Turf Manager
  • Softball—Waukegan Park District (Waukegan, Ill.): Noel Brusius, CSFM, Sports Turf Manager
  • Soccer—North Area Athletic Complex Soccer Field at Jefferson County School District (Golden, Colo.): Sun Roesslein, Stadium Manager; Christi Clay, Stadium Manager
  • Sporting Grounds—Championship Field at Pleasant View Sports Complex (Boulder, Colo.): Don McGhee, Head Sports Turf Manager

Since 1992, STMA’s Field of the Year Award is given to members who manage baseball, football, soccer, softball and other sporting grounds at the professional, collegiate or schools (K-12) and parks and recreation level. Awards were presented at the 26th STMA Conference & Exhibition in Denver, Colo. in January.




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;

10-12 Massachusetts Parks & Recreation Association State Conference and Trade Show, Amherst, Mass.—University of Massachusetts—Conference Center

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;

12-16 National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Annapolis, Md.— Loews Annapolis Hotel;

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