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Popular Asheville sports complex remains closed because of flood damage !

 

Flood damage is still plaguing parts of the mountains.

The John B. Lewis Soccer Complex was covered by several feet of water following the storms. Though the waters have receded, the park remains closed awaiting cleanup and repairs.

Not an ideal situation as organizers were getting ready to host a The Asheville Lacrosse Classic.

“When you have a situation like this, you don’t have weeks to prepare.We only had days,” Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission executive director Demp Bradford said.

And in those same days, they also had to keep the person running the event from moving it to another city.

“We were like, ‘no we want this event to stay,'” Bradford said.

So, Bradford said they got right to work.

“Commissioner Belcher, the superintendent of schools Dr. Tony Baldwin, you know everyone stepped up as a community and really came together to make this work,” Bradford said.

Originally, the plan was to have 40 of the 100 teams play at the John B. Lewis fields.

Instead, they ended up having to find a way to fit nearly 5,000 people at the Buncombe County Sports Complex and neighboring Sand Hill-Venabel Elementary School.

“I never imagined that we would be looking to find ways to move the events off of turf fields,” Bradford said.

He said, normally during bad weather situations, people move games from grass fields to turf fields.

But even though they were able to host a successful tournament, their problems aren’t over.

The John B. Lewis Soccer Complex is an extremely popular location, with people using it for pickup games, rec leagues and hanging out at the playground.

“We have our granddaughter from Maryland, and, every time she comes, we go to this playground,” Asheville resident Inge Robert said. “Today, we can’t.”

That’s because there are fences down and trees on the playground equipment.

“I don’t know how long it’s going to be until they fix it, but we’re waiting,” Robert said.

“The community came together and did what they could to volunteer and do some of the preliminary cleanup, and, now, we have to leave the rest up to the professionals,” Bradford said.

Bradford said the complex will be closed until the city can better assess the situation and fix the damage.

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Massive indoor sports complex planned for Cedar Park, TX. !

iSports indoor complex is planned for Cedar Park this fall. (Courtesy: iSports Real Estate Development LLC)

iSports indoor complex is planned for Cedar Park this fall. (Courtesy: iSports Real Estate Development LLC)

CEDAR PARK, Texas – A massive 157,000-square-foot indoor sports complex is slated for development in Cedar Park.

Real estate developer iSport announced the plans to create the complex, which would feature two ice rinks, turf fields, food options, virtual reality and spaces for private events. 

The operator of the ice rink will be family-owned business Chaparral Ice. The complex will house two regulation-sized National Hockey League ice rinks for traveling hockey games, figure skating, curling and public ice skating. 

There will also be two turf fields; one indoor and one outdoor. The fields would be used for soccer, lacrosse, football and other sports.

Athletes of all ages can also work on their skills injury-free with the augmented reality and virtual reality technologies. 

The complex would be located on 15.4 acres off of U.S. Highway 183A Toll and Scottsdale Drive. The sports complex is just a piece of the 120-acre Scottsdale Crossing Master Plan Industrial Park. A mixed-use development, Scottsdale Crossing plans to bring the Cedar Park community a variety of amenities.

“Right now, we hear a lot about how diversification of activities is the best path to success for our children. However, most parents shudder at the thought of driving from place to place, chasing two or more kids around the metro area,” said Ryan Raya, owner of Chaparral Ice. “We understand entirely, so at iSports, we are bringing an array of athletics together in a single spot. We are very excited for this opportunity.”

The sports complex is expected to break ground in early fall this year. 

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Ball Diamond Specials from BEACON Ballfields ! (June)

June 19, 2018       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com
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THIS WEEK’S FIELD THOUGHTS

Are you looking to replace the old field hose you have been using? You may not be sure which type of hose to buy, but luckily Beacon has plenty of experience with the various hoses we sell. They have all been rigorously tested at our research facility at West Madison Little League. At the facility, our hoses are out in the elements all day long, every day, to give them the full abuse. They are left on the infields from April through October where they are plugged in and used several times a day to hydrate the infield skins. Our irrigation system operating pressure is 90 psi. We have taken note about how long, on average, each of these hoses typically lasts and how they will likely fail over time as they wear. Based on the testing that we have conducted at our facility, along with customer feedback and tendencies, I have ranked the hoses according to your typical “Good, Better, Best” rating…

Click to continue reading learn about the Good-Better-Best hose ratings from Beacon’s Paul Zwaska: “Hey, Hoser!”

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Ultralite High Pressure Irrigation Hose
SAVE $14

IN STOCK! Typically ships the next business day. You won’t believe how ultralight this 1″ irrigation hose is — the 100-ft hose is only 18 lbs! And, it’s feature rich: abrasion resistant polyester cover, helical interior reinforcement to retain its shape, and 1-inch full flow couplings. Working pressure is 300 psi. Fits 1″ nozzle. (Discount applied automatically)

ProFlex Hose
SAVE $36-$50

IN STOCK! Typically ships the next business day. Our most durable and longest lasting hose. This premium 1″ ID PVC hose looks and feels like rubber but the PVC material adds great durability. Long shank machined brass fittings for professional performance. Working pressure up to 150 psi. (Discount applied automatically)

GH Field Hose
SAVE $10

IN STOCK! Typically ships the next business day. Redesigned to handle increased working pressure up to 150 psi. This high-quality hose features a smooth PVC inner tube. The cover is smooth opaque green PVC compound reinforced with high-tensile yarn. Features include: high working and burst pressures; abrasion resistant cover; lightweight, ozone and ultraviolet resistant. (Discount applied automatically)

Big Red Field Hose
SAVE $20

IN STOCK! Typically ships the next business day. Working pressure is 150 psi. Heavy-duty, 1” diameter PVC hose with solid brass couplings. (Discount applied automatically)

OPEN BOX ITEM OF THE WEEK

OPEN BOX Item — Deluxe Temporary Fence w/ top cap (100′)  — SAVE $54!  Speed up setup and removal of portable fences. In-ground temporary 100′ fence with poles included. Barely used. Almost-new condition. (Reg. $249) NOW ONLY $195 

By Groundskeepers, For Groundskeepers.

The time and effort necessary to train new staff each year can become overwhelming, and that’s exactly why we developed Groundskeeper U. GU is the perfect online tool for teaching new staff, summer help, and volunteers. Through videos, photos, audio, and written material your staff will learn the right way with the tried and true practices taught by Paul Zwaska.

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Groundbreaking set for Erie County’s new $50M indoor sports complex !

Panama City Beach Breaks Ground on $37 Million Sports Complex !

Panama City Beach Sports Complex groundbreaking
PHOTO: Panama City Beach Sports Complex groundbreaking. (photo courtesy of Panama City Beach)

Ball Diamond Specials from BEACON Ballfields ! (June)

June 12, 2018       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com
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THIS WEEK’S FIELD THOUGHTS

Drying agents are a must-have tool for dealing with rain situations but be sure to use them correctly in order to use the least amount and get the biggest bang for your buck. These products aren’t cheap and a rainy season can have you plowing through budget dollars in no time if your crew is not careful with when, where and how they are using the product. Here are a few things to keep in mind about when to use drying agent, where to use drying agent, and how to use drying agent…

Click to continue reading about tips for Drying Agent from Beacon’s Paul Zwaska: Drying Agent Etiquette

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Lute Scarifying Rake
SAVE up to $10

IN STOCK! Typically ships the next business day. Designed with a leveling blade on one side and small tooth/small gap finishing blade on the other… and the all-important, fatigue saver — the curved rake head. The lute end is basically a straight edge that can be used for grading and leveling. The fine toothed scarifier side works particularly well on fields that have a topdressing layer on their infield skin surface. 48″ wide or 30″ wide. (Discount applied automatically)

OPEN BOX ITEM OF THE WEEK

OPEN BOX Item — 3-Wheel Streamliner Field Chalker  — SAVE $74, this is the last one available!  Now is your chance. This easily maneuverable 3-wheel chalker is an outstanding value. Get the 35 lb capacity field liner and don’t look back. Slightly-used condition. NOW ONLY $295 (Reg. $369)

By Groundskeepers, For Groundskeepers.

The time and effort necessary to train new staff each year can become overwhelming, and that’s exactly why we developed Groundskeeper U. GU is the perfect online tool for teaching new staff, summer help, and volunteers. Through videos, photos, audio, and written material your staff will learn the right way with the tried and true practices taught by Paul Zwaska.

Enjoy this by-groundskeepers-for-groundskeepers resource and, when you find a lesson or technique you know others will benefit from, be sure to share it on social media and with your colleagues!

Visit Groundskeeper University

Find what you need, it’s all here.

If you there’s something your field needs, you’ll find it in our catalog. Request your copy of The Ultimate Ballfield Resource. Our catalog features a complete listing of products to keep you rolling with everything you need all season long. This is your go-to must-have resource.

Request a Catalog

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Officials share plans for safety, reopening of shooting sports park; special meeting !

ST. GEORGE, UT — At a special meeting of the Washington County Commission, commissioners and other representatives discussed their decision to approve the recommendation of a temporary partial closure of Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park, outlined safety concerns that initiated the closure and what is being done to reopen the park.

The meeting included members of the Washington County Commission, county and city officials, representatives of the Shooting Sports Park Special Service District and interested parties.

Washington County Administrator Dean Cox addressed a packed county commission chamber, reassuring many board members and enthusiasts that it is Washington County’s intention to reopen a safer Southern Utah Shooting and Sports Park. Due to an increase in police reports, among other things, the Commission felt it was necessary to initiate a partial closure of the park, giving the Board time to enlist the help of professional range management specialists, Cox said.

Practical shooting at the Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park, Hurricane, Utah, circa 2012 | Photo courtesy of Ken Nelson, president of the Southern Utah Pistol & Revolver Club, St. George News

Background

The Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park is located just past the Washington County Regional Park, or fairgrounds, in Hurricane, and is home to six recreational shooting venues; as listed on its Website they include the following: Purgatory Clays, Red Cliffs Rifle/Pistol Range, Cowboy Action (Dixie Desperados), Southern Utah Practical Shooting Range,  Archery (RedRock Bowmen) and Blackpowder (High Valley Mountain Men).

Washington County was alerted to problems with the shooting sports park when law enforcement voiced their concerns of reported errant bullet strikes and rounds found in residents’ yards, siding and mailboxes. Rounds and fragments were also discovered in various locations around the nearby subdivision and in the surrounding area, Hurricane City Police Lt. Jerod Brisk said.

Reports of bullets and casings reportedly found in different residential locations created safety issues and the increase in the number and escalation of these reports caused them great concern, including bullet strikes on state Route 9, Brisk said.

There were three reports of bullet strikes on SR-9; the last reported shot lodged a bullet near the framing of a truck window after shattering it, Brisk said.  At that point, the Hurricane City Police Department appealed to Washington County advising of the risk to public safety and recommending the Southern Utah Shooting and Sports Park be temporarily closed.

A Special Board of Directors Meeting was held  Nov. 20 at the Washington County Administration Building during which it was decided that immediate partial closure of the Shooting and Sports Park was necessary until the safety issues were resolved.  Previously scheduled events would be allowed under certain conditions:

  • Close supervision by certified field safety officer
  • Venues will forward a list of scheduled events through the end of December 2015, which will be forwarded to law enforcement.
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Ball Diamond Specials from BEACON Ballfields ! (June)

June 5, 2018       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com
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THIS WEEK’S FIELD THOUGHTS

To the average Jane or Joe, when you look at a ballfield and see tarps on a mound and home plate area, they assume groundskeepers put those in place to protect those areas from getting wet from rain and irrigation. Little do they know that mound and plate tarps are critical tools to assist in maintaining moisture to these two high-wear areas of the ballfield. Protection from rain is actually a secondary benefit of using area tarps.

Mound and plate areas frequently use a high clay content soil for extra binding power in these high wear areas. Depending on the brand and the level of play the clay is designed for, high quality mound clay soils will have clay content anywhere between 30% and 70%. The higher the content, the better the holding power. But it is not just about the clay content…

Click to continue reading about controlling moisture with area tarps from Beacon’s Paul Zwaska: Area Tarps… They’re Not Just for Rain Protection

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8oz FieldShield Standard Hem Area Tarps
SAVE up to $20

Typically ships within 3-5 business days. Protect your batters box and home plate area. Lighten up, but stay tough.These pitching mound covers and home plate tarps handle easy, but wear hard. Made in the USA and high quality. Includes spurred, rolled rim grommets every 3 to 4 ft. (Discount applied automatically, valid only for 8oz tarps)

OPEN BOX ITEM OF THE WEEK

OPEN BOX Item — 4-Wheel Streamliner Field Chalker  — SAVE $74, this is the only one available!  Great value on this 4-wheel workhorse. Our legendary field chalker is only slightly used, so this is your chance to get the industry-standard chalker. You won’t find a better way to line your fields.Slightly-used condition. NOW ONLY $325 (Reg. $399)

By Groundskeepers, For Groundskeepers.

The time and effort necessary to train new staff each year can become overwhelming, and that’s exactly why we developed Groundskeeper U. GU is the perfect online tool for teaching new staff, summer help, and volunteers. Through videos, photos, audio, and written material your staff will learn the right way with the tried and true practices taught by Paul Zwaska.

Enjoy this by-groundskeepers-for-groundskeepers resource and, when you find a lesson or technique you know others will benefit from, be sure to share it on social media and with your colleagues!

Visit Groundskeeper University

Find what you need, it’s all here.

If you there’s something your field needs, you’ll find it in our catalog. Request your copy of The Ultimate Ballfield Resource. Our catalog features a complete listing of products to keep you rolling with everything you need all season long. This is your go-to must-have resource.

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