YURT BUILDER 3D Puts Possibilities At Your Fingertips

Pacific Yurts introduces “YURT BUILDER 3D,” the newest addition to its website. It works like a virtual shopping cart for Pacific Yurts’ many options and amenities, an online visual tool that allows prospective buyers to choose their yurt’s size, color and accessories, then view their custom creation from any angle and even take a look inside. As they build their ideal yurt, a price quote is automatically generated, and for the final touch, the online visitor can place their yurt in one of several idyllic virtual settings. To begin designing your custom yurt, visit



Great story (Cueing Up For Last, PRB December)!

Thanks for writing about a concept many men, in my life, just don’t get. Time and time again, I will lose something when I don't put myself last.


Mark Frever

Director of Grounds

Albion College

I read your excellent story in PRB ... reminded me of Bible verses along the way, in particular 2 Timothy 2:3. You might be interested in a book I wrote: 13 Things Rock and Roll Can Do For You. I used song lyrics to amplify lots of good life lessons.

Frederic Gratto

Dear Ron,

I just wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful and insightfully articles in PRB. Your article is the first one I look for whenever my PRB magazine arrives. I especially enjoyed the “Cueing Up For Last.” Please keep up the good work and know there are readers out there that really appreciate your work. 


Jack Leahy

Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation

Blacksburg Community Center

Blacksburg, Va.

Profile Products Website Delivers Responsive Design, Search Functionality

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.— In its effort to expand superior customer service and site-specific solutions online, Profile Products launched a new, redesigned website at It features a mobile-friendly responsive design and enhanced search functionality.  

Adam Dibble, senior marketing and erosion control brand manager for Profile’s erosion control products, said the redesign provides a more intuitive user experience and easier navigation to help engineers, contractors and distributors find the erosion control and vegetation answers they need more quickly.

In addition to comprehensive information for erosion and sediment control, the database of “site-specific” solutions has been expanded to include design and product advice tailored to specific industries, including coal-fired plants, drill pad and pipeline sites, waste management, post-fire and mine reclamation, transportation, commercial and residential development, airports, landscapes and golf courses.

IPS Controllers Presents New Remote Monitoring Website

Temecula, Calif.—IPS Controllers, manufacturer of pH and ORP chemical controllers, introduces its enhanced Remote Monitoring Website for users who want to monitor, manage and make changes to their IPS controllers from wherever they are.

The website is simple to log into and multiple users can remotely access the IPS Controller at the same time. Just like the IPS Controller operation, the new intuitive site facilitates a number of management functions that may be attended to even when users are away from the controller.

Learn more at, or call (877) 693-6903.

For A Down-On-The-Farm Feeling

A family farm dating back to the early 1900s is now a one-of-a-kind play experience for the lucky lil’ farmers of Salt Lake County, Utah. Textures, colors and materials used for Wheadon Farm Play Environment were selected to immerse children into a farm experience of some time ago. Most unique is a real vintage Massey-Harris Model 101, carefully restored by Cre8Play for safe play. For challenge, a barn tool climbing wall and scavenger hunt. Other unique features are a replica Hay Derrick tire swing and crop-circle surfacing. There is a transfer deck for those in wheelchairs and transition color changes throughout indicating steps for those with visual impairments. Discovery finds and interactive farm sounds with some surprise sounds are sure to make kids laugh. The design also features Cre8Play’s new Hay-Bale benches. Visit to learn more.

Field Notes

SmithGroupJJR, an architecture, engineering and planning firm, has promoted Martha dePlazaola Abbott, Mark Adams, Vince Avallone, Kathleen Hudson-Beitz, Mary Jukuri and Tim Tracey to vice president.  

Bandit Industries has added CTW Equipment Company to its network of authorized Bandit whole tree chipper dealers in the United States. CTW, based in Williamston, N.C., will offer customers Bandit’s complete lineup of whole tree chippers, in addition to unparalleled service from factory trained technicians and Bandit-approved replacement parts.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his curriculum and approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim. Jim is the first American to win the award in 10 years!

Build A Dream Pool With Hayward

Elizabeth, N.J. – With Hayward’s new, potential pool owners can get an idea of a possible budget and create a virtual dream pool right in their own facility. Referrals are sent to participating Totally Hayward Builders, so they can make contact with potential pool owners and begin the working relationship to build the client’s perfect dream pool.

According to Hayward Vice President of Sales Michael Massa, “Hayward’s newly redesigned will give our builders more qualified leads, which can help a pool professional better understand a consumer’s vision and expected budget for their dream pool design.” From pool shape, to landscaping, pool lighting, water features, pool controls, pool safety, and more, creating an aquatic facility has never been easier.

To experience the new and improved website, visit

Clay Pavers Make Way Into Lincoln Park Zoo

Visitors arriving to the western entrance of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago are greeted by a hardscape of permeable clay brick pavers. The installation won a Silver Award in the Brick Industry Association's Bricks In Architecture competition in 2015. Just beyond the entrance, the Regenstein Macaque Forest and the Lionel Train Adventure is one of the newest—and at a cost of $15.5 million, one of the most ambitious—exhibits in the zoo’s history.

StormPave permeable pavers by Pine Hall Brick Company were specified because city ordinances now call for stormwater to be treated on site and the alternative of installing underground holding tanks was cost-prohibitive.  The clay pavers had three other advantages, in that they were aesthetically beautiful; worked well with handicapped access; and were durable enough to withstand both the harsh winters of Chicago and heavy vehicles such as delivery trucks, fire engines and ambulances.

--Information submitted by Pine Hall Brick Company



12-14 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, Ocean City, Md.— Princess Royale Hotel;

25-28 Louisiana Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference, Lake Charles, La.;


16-20 River Management Symposium and National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Boise, Idaho— Riverside Hotel;