Winter Thaw Brings Spring Mud

Spring mud is both refreshing and messy. When the newness of spring wears off, though, all that we are left with is the mud. As a mom who loves to go nature adventuring with three young kids, I have learned to keep towels, extra shoes, and plastic bags handy during those first weeks of spring. The dirty paws and snouts of our very favorite adventurers are what stump me. I can chase after them with an old beach towel, but in the end, it seems the interior of our vehicle becomes a canvas for muddy paw prints and nose kisses. We are never going to stop adventuring, so we need an intervention.

Thankfully, pet washes today have been designed for the likes of mud. Non-porous and wipeable surfaces throughout the interior allow for every nook and cranny of a pet wash to be hosed down. It is a welcomed relief for park management to know that whether patrons rinse their muddy buddy on the floor of a pet wash or in the tub, the clean-up process is a cinch. With an interior that can be sanitized and rinsed in a matter of minutes, muddy pets are welcomed patrons. In the end, pet washes are a simple, practical, and useful addition to park and recreation communities. Three cheers for the impending spring and all the mud it brings!

--Submitted by Heather Steines, CCSI International, Inc.

Field Notes

Family-owned sustainable chemical manufacturer BioSafe Systems announces the addition of Brad Bonnett to its horticultural team as Technical Representative for the northern area of the state of California. Bonnett has been an active member in the greenhouse industry for over 30 years as a licensed pest control applicator. 

BSN SPORTS, a direct marketer and distributor of sporting goods to the school and league markets, has completed the acquisition Milwaukee Sporting Goods (“MSG”) based in Menomonee, Wis. 

Mansfield, Texas-based Ramtech Building Systems, a design-build construction firm for relocatable modular buildings and prefabricated permanent facilities, has hired commercial MEP design veteran Robert Frick who will join the company's engineering group as Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Design Manager. This marks Frick's return to Ramtech after 18 years working as an MEP consultant. 

RTP Contracting, the new turf contracting business representing Redexim Turf Products, based in Valley Park, Mo., has added a new staff member: Sean Rademeyer of St. Louis, Mo. He will be leading RTP Contracting as the Contracting Business Manager.

Bandit Industries continues to add to its network of dealers in North America with the addition of three new dealers—Southland Machinery, FMI Equipment, and Yancey Bros. All locations will offer Bandit equipment and world-class support and service to customers.

Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a manufacturer of aquatic play landscapes and entertainment solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with Denzak Recreational Design & Supply Inc., based in Syracuse, NY. The partnership will allow Vortex to service the upstate New York area with their range of aquatic play products and structures.

Landscape Structures Inc., a designer and manufacturer of commercial playground equipment based in Delano, Minn., has acquired Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Aquatic Recreation Company, LLC (ARC) and Commercial Aquatic Engineering. ARC is a splash pad and water park designer, manufacturer and installer, founded in 2002.


BOB-CAT Expands Warranty Coverage

Johnson Creek, Wis. – BOB-CAT, a manufacturer of commercial-quality turf mowers, is pleased to announce “Mow With Confidence”—a new warranty with expanded coverage across its entire product line. Backed by the BOB-CAT Promise, the improved warranties give customers greater confidence and protection on their equipment investments.

BOB-CAT has significantly extended the warranty period on all Predator-Pro and ProCat mowers, to an industry best 6-year/2,750-hour protection plan. The company is also backing its midsize walk-behind mowers, with a 3-year/2,500-hour program. The company is also extending warranty coverage on all other mowers.

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Keep Up The Good Work


Just wanted to let you know I enjoyed your article in the September issue of PRB.

Every issue, you deliver an insightful, well-written piece relevant to any professional in any industry.

Thank you for sharing!

Best regards,

Ray Piattoni

Village of Orland Park

Recreation Department


Playworld Joins P21 To Support 21st-Century Learning

Washington, DC – Playworld, a playground equipment manufacturer committed to saving outdoor unstructured play, has joined P21, the nation’s leader advocating for 21st-century learning for all children. By becoming a P21 member, Playworld joins P21’s diverse coalition of business community, education leaders and policymakers working together to prepare learners along the entire continuum of learning.

Playworld’s Chief Marketing Officer Greg Harrison will represent the company on P21’s strategic council and contribute to P21’s ongoing work in ensuring high-quality learning happens on the playground as well as in the classroom.


Ecore Announces Rebrand

Lancaster, Penn. – Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into performance surfaces that make people’s lives better, has undergone a corporate rebranding effort to reflect the company’s core values: safety, health, and wellness.

“Our customers and people in the industry think of Ecore as the original recycled rubber flooring manufacturer,” said Arthur Dodge, III President and CEO of Ecore. “Or they recognize us by our multiple sub-brands, such as Everlast and ECOsurfaces. Last year, we decided to change all that. We want to be a company that is known by one name, Ecore.” Ecore began rebranding itself and transforming from a house of brands into a branded house in 2014.

As a result, a refreshed Ecore brand now sits atop all company business units and product families—Ecore Athletic, Ecore Commercial Flooring, Ecore Industrial, and Ecore Construction. Ecore’s business units remain the same, supported by the product families with which everyone is familiar.

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4-Feb. 19 UMass Winter School for Turf Managers, Amherst, Mass.—University of Massachusetts;

5-7 Northern New England Recreation & Park Conference, Bartlett, NH—Attitash Grand Resort;

13-15 Indiana Park & Recreation Association State Conference, Bloomington, Ind.—Bloomington Convention Center;

18-21 Mid-America Pool Spa & Outdoor Living Show, Indianapolis, Ind.—Lucas Oil Stadium;

19-22 Sports Turf Managers Association Conference and Exhibition, San Diego, Calif.

21-22 WESTERN Nursery and Landscape Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show, Kansas City, Mo.—Crown Center Exhibit Hall;

28-30 Illinois Park and Recreation Association Soaring to New Heights Annual Conference, Chicago, Ill.—Hyatt Regency,

31-Feb 3 Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Conference, Sandusky, Ohio—Kalahari Convention Center;


1-3 Southeast Pool & Spa Show, Charlotte, N.C.—Charlotte Convention Center; (630) 308-1363 

19-21 American Sports Builders Association Winter Meeting, Dominican Republic—Paradisus Palma Real Resort;

23-26 Missouri Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Expo, Columbia, Mo.;

29-March 3 New England Regional Turfgrass Conference & Show, Providence, R.I.--Rhode Island Convention Center; (401) 848-0004,


5-10 Association of Aquatic Professionals Annual Conference & Exhibit, San Diego, Calif.—Town and Country Resort and Convention Center;