Field Notes

ECORE, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, donated PlayGuard Safety Surfacing to the Lancaster Day Care Center, a non-profit organization in Lancaster, Pa., to replace the mulch which was previously used on the playground.

Jacobsen, a provider of turf equipment, hired Chris Makowski as Territory Sales Manager. Makowski comes to Jacobsen from Toro distributor Grassland Equipment and Irrigation in Rochester, N.Y. where he spent 13 years as a sales representative.

Redexim Turf Products, the factory direct store for Redexim North America, based in Fenton, Mo., has added a new staff member: Michael Moyer of Lamar, Mo. He has extensive experience on both the golf and sports turf sides of grounds keeping.

PlayCore Holdings, Inc. (PlayCore), a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of play and recreation products, has acquired Power Systems. Founded in 1986, Power Systems is recognized throughout the sports and fitness industries for its selection of fitness, strength training, and sports conditioning products.

Congratulations to Cre8Play for being selected as one of 11 companies to appear in a web series for their unique entrepreneurship and pioneers of industry. The custom play environment company was selected out of 40,000 companies. Their webisode can be seen at


Word On The Web

It’s Just So Noisy Out There!

From: Connie Ledbetter []

Sent: Monday, November 24, 2014 12:38 PM


Subject: Your Article about Silence

I have had similar experiences of ignoring noise and enjoying the contrasting peace.  Thank you.  I had forgotten as gas has gotten more expensive.


Connie Ledbetter


PCA Aims To Make The Most Of Youth Sports 

Mountain View, Calif.—Wondering how to get the most from youth and high school sports? A new website from the national non-profit Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) seeks to provide answers at

The site offers research-based concepts and practices that help improve athletic performance while creating an environment in which youth learn life lessons that have great value beyond sports. Content comes from leading sports psychologists, educational psychologists, organizational leaders and top athletes and coaches.

Focusing on “hot topics” such as hazing and bullying in sports, and sports concussions and injuries, as well as team-building, motivating athletes and character development through sports, many answers come from tips and tools delivered in short videos featuring the top pro and college coaches and athletes on PCA’s National Advisory Board.

Be sure to check it out!


Rain Bird IC Wins Gold For Innovation

Tucson, Ariz.—Rain Bird Corporation—Golf Division announces that the Rain Bird IC Integrated Control System has been recognized by the European Irrigation Association (EIA) as the winner of the 2014 EIA Golf Gold Award. 

The system provides rapid two-way communication, real time diagnostics and centralized control directly to individual rotors from a central control computer, tablet, radio or smart phone.  It uses 90 percent less wire and 50 percent fewer splices than a traditional decoder system, which means fewer areas that can break down, wear out or malfunction.

For more information, visit


High Performance Means More Economic Opportunities

Park and recreation can transform communities, enhance economic development, and more. But they can only achieve this potential if those organizations are strong, mission focused, and thinking outside of traditional park and recreation models. This is the premise of a new book by Paul Gilbert that applies some of the best approaches from the business word to the public sector. Visit to pick up a copy.




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;