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East Hills, NY park to get indoor sports facility !

The Park at East Hills is where Mayor Michael Koblenz plans to build a new indoor sports complex. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)
The Park at East Hills is where Mayor Michael Koblenz plans to build a new indoor sports complex. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

The Park at East Hills, NY will be getting a new indoor sports complex in the place of a run-down Air National Guard building that will be demolished in 2019, said Mayor Michael Koblenz.

The vacant building was formerly part of the Roslyn Air National Guard Base but is now hazardous and in total disrepair, Koblenz said. He plans to have it demolished before Memorial Day.

The sports facility could potentially host a variety of activities including basketball, volleyball and maybe even tennis and pickle ball, depending on available funding, the mayor said.

He said he also hopes to include party rooms and maybe relocate the village’s fitness center there.

“This would be an enhancement of the park so people could have it all year round,” Koblenz said.

The village completed the Park at East Hills in 2006, a $17 million project that developed a pool, tennis courts, sports fields, playgrounds and dog park among other amenities for village residents.

It is on a 50-acre site that previously was an array of buildings making up the Air National Guard base.

The cost and timeline for a sports complex is undetermined, Koblenz said. He will have bids for the demolition in January and has interviewed some architects to potentially enlist to design the sports center.

“When I went to start building the park it was the same thing: ‘Well, how are you going to do it?’” Koblenz said. “And it’s done.”

The village also has plans to renovate the pool before it opens next summer.

It will be repainted before Memorial Day, Koblenz said. He hopes to upgrade the water park by that time as well.

“It’s old, it’s tired and there’s new gadgets for kids for the water that would be more exciting for them,” Koblenz said. “It’s time for a little change.”

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JANUARY 3-6, 2019
American Baseball Coaches Association Conference
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JANUARY 10-12, 2019
World Baseball & Softball Coaches Convention
Uncasville, CT
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JANUARY 22-25, 2019
Sportsturf Managers Association Conference
Phoenix, AZ
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Illinois Park & Rec Conference
Chicago, IL
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FEBRUARY 8-9, 2019
Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Conference
Middleton, WI
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MARCH 15-16, 2019
American Fence Association – Fencetech Conference
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City Council sticks with concrete concession stand !

Fort Dodge, IA – Confusion over proposed building materials for a concession stand and an ensuing mayoral veto were resolved Monday by the Fort Dodge City Council.

The end result is that Woodruff Construction, of Fort Dodge, will build a concrete concession stand at the north end of Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex at a cost of $230,000.

The council actually awarded that contract on Nov. 26.

At that meeting, the elected officials were presented with several options. The least expensive of those was said to be a metal-sided building.

Mayor Matt Bemrich said he later learned that the least expensive option would actually be made of a concrete board material with a finish similar to a poured, smooth concrete wall.

Because he wanted the decision to be based on accurate information, on Thursday Bemrich vetoed the resolution awarding the contract to Woodruff Construction for a concrete building.

“Some of the information was not 100 percent accurate,” he told the council Monday.

The council members stuck with their original decision, voting again to award the contract to Woodruff Construction for the $230,000 concrete building. Councilman Jeff Halter was absent from the otherwise unanimous vote.

The building is to be finished by July 1, 2019. It will replace a concession stand that was demolished this year.

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$4.5M sports complex to break ground in Northglenn, CO. !

The Courts Sports Complex is opening in Northglenn CO. next year. (Courtesy of The Courts Sports Complex)

Three parents in Denver’s northern suburbs have teamed up to build a $4.5 million sports complex, which is set to break ground this month.

The Courts Sports Complex, located at 11295 Washington St. in Northglenn, CO. will be a 32,000-square-foot facility with wood courts for volleyball, basketball and other sports. It’s expected to open in September 2019.

“Currently, in the north metro area, there’s no facility around, other than 48 miles north or 27 miles to the west,” co-founder Dean Teuber said, referencing the Gold Crown Fieldhouse in Lakewood and Power 2 Play Sports in Windsor. “This community currently uses a lot of school gyms, and those are becoming fewer and harder to get access to.”

Teuber, who has lived in Thornton for 30 years and works for a medical device manufacturer, said he couldn’t help but notice the lack of gym access. He’s coached multiple soccer, football and basketball teams through the years. And his 16-year-old daughter plays basketball at Horizon High School.

Teuber said he and business partners John Wray Sr. and Christopher Porter started working on the idea for The Courts two years ago.

“It’s something that each of us individually have had in the back of our minds for years, as we have kids and grandkids in youth sports,” he said.

The three co-founders purchased 2 1/2 acres in March for $385,000. The Courts will have four regulation-sized basketball courts, a reception area, concession stand, trainer’s room and two-tiered bleachers running the length of each court.

The Courts will charge between $35 and $65 per hour for use of a court, depending on the time of day. Teuber said youth and adult sports teams will use the courts for practices and games, and the facility also will host its own tournaments.

The facility also will have 4,200 square feet of retail space, half of which already has been leased by Second Time Sports, a local used sports equipment company.

“By having a retail or commercial space, it provides a consistent source of income for the business,” Teuber said. “It’s a form of diversification.”

Integration Design Group designed the complex. Chamco Construction is the general contractor.

The Courts have received a $1.4 million SBA loan, according to public records. Teuber said he’s also working with the Adams County Small Business Development Center, First Bank of Colorado and Colorado Lending Source on various loan and funding efforts.

Teuber said he’s planning to hire 12 to 15 workers initially.

Other athletic complexes being built in the metro area are mostly tennis-related. Examples include the Randy Ross Tennis Center in Englewood, the Denver Tennis Park near Washington Park and the Parker Racquet Club.

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Lindsay Sports Complex officially open to public !

Game on

Members of Lindsay High School’s JV girls soccer team hold out soccer balls in preparation for a free soccer clinic Saturday, Dec. 8 at the dedication of the Lindsay Sports Complex.

City Council celebrates with soccer clinic and fire truck dedication . . . . .

The fog and cold of Saturday morning didn’t diminish the high spirits of the Lindsay City Council, who celebrated the grand opening of the new Lindsay Sports Complex as well as the dedication of the city’s new fire truck.

The City Council teamed up with Lisa Davis, wellness, aquatics and recreation supervisor at the Lindsay Wellness Center, to plan the celebration, which was complete with a free soccer clinic for children and a fire truck parade.

Registration for the soccer clinic opened at 8 a.m., and throughout the hour many parents made the trip out to the park to sign up their children.

When the clock struck 9 a.m., a short parade began featuring a fire truck from 1914, which took the lead, followed by Lindsay’s brand new red fire engine and a fire patrol truck taking up the rear.

Sirens broke through the misty air as the line of trucks pulled in to the parking lot, stopping parallel to the audience, who broke out in applause at the trucks’ arrivals. The members of the City Council climbed out of the truck, waving at those who had gathered on the wet grass. Fire crew members raised the truck’s ladder, where a massive American flag swayed in the breeze.

“Welcome everybody,” said Davis. “Thank you for coming. If I could have our Mayor and Council come and join me on stage please.”

The Council members filed onto the stage next to Davis and stood facing the crowd. Davis introduced herself, before handing the microphone over to Mayor Pamela Kimball.

“Good morning everybody,” said Kimball. “Welcome to the grand opening of the Lindsay Sports Complex and dedication of Lindsay’s new fire truck. It’s an honor for me to stand here with the other members of Lindsay City Council.”

Kimball introduced each Council member and County Supervisor Kuyler Crocker.

“These people have done so much for our town,” continued Kimball. “They really have been all about Lindsay and have served to benefit everyone here.” 

Kimball went on to explain how excited she was to see the new truck out and about. She said when the Sun Tree packing house fire happened two years ago, the city realized the need for a new fire truck, but at that time they couldn’t afford one. She stated that after the city had passed Measure O, a local one cent tax increase, the truck was able to be purchased.

She thanked the Lindsay Fire Truck Museum for keeping the oldest fire truck in useable conditions.

“I want you to note that the two trucks, the old one and the new one, look a little similar,” said Kimball. “That was on purpose so we could tie in old with the new.”

Kimball transitioned into speaking about the complex. She reminisced on the time when the complex was once a golf course, and said the soccer fields will hopefully get much more use. She pointed out that one hole from the course had been saved, so those who wanted to practice golfing still can.

“We want our park to be used by everybody and to be well-used,” said Kimball. “This is a step forward for us, and we’re excited today to be able to open these fields.” 

A red ribbon was rolled out in front of the Council members and Kimball took hold of the scissors. 

“We officially dedicate the new fire truck for the service of the City of Lindsay,” said Kimball. “Now we will officially cut the ribbon for the Lindsay Sports Complex, and as we cut this ribbon we will officially open the Lindsay Sports Complex for the use of the public.”

The ribbon was cut and the audience broke out into a round of applause.

Kimball passed the microphone back to Davis, who introduced Isaias Cabrera, coach of the Lindsay High School JV girls soccer team. The JV team was out on the fields getting ready to assist with the soccer clinic.

“There is love in this community,” said Cabrera. “I’m glad we got these soccer fields here. We are building up little by little.”

Once Cabrera had finished speaking, Davis took the microphone one last time to announce that the clinic was now open. Children cheered and ran towards the open soccer field, eager to kick the ball around. 

The group of children warmed up before running basic soccer drills with Cabrera and the JV team. Three girls stood in the goal post, trying to block the balls that were kicked toward them.

Soon, the group of kids were split up into two teams and a scrimmage began. Kids of all skill levels ran up and down the wet field, giggling with cold noses and rosy cheeks. 

Now that the complex is officially opened, the Council and city staff members are looking forward to seeing the fields in use. The complex is a piece of the city the Council had been working hard to bring to life, and they are optimistic about what the future holds for the complex.

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BEACON ATHLETICS – YEAREND Deals ! ( Dec.’18 )

Make sure your remaining budget doesn’t go to waste…

End-of-Year Budget.

2018 is almost wrapped up… get ready for 2019!
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Your ‘Other’ Family…
With Holiday Season upon us, I often think of the great times I used to have with my Orioles ground crews around the holidays. We always laid our ground crew off for the winter just before Thanksgiving. From that point until March 1, it would just be myself and my assistants. We were usually eating up our vacation during that time. As many of you have realized by now, in our industry we spend a lot of hours during the growing / sports season with our “other family” — our crew.

Back in the late 1980s and 1990s, my crew was made up of young inner city men. Most of whom didn’t have anything more than a high school diploma. College educated sports turf interns were just coming into the picture at that time. Some of my crew didn’t have much, but they worked really hard for me and the holidays was a chance to show them my appreciation…


Continue reading at Ballfields.com about the unique gift giveaways back in Baltimore during the 1980s and 90s from Beacon’s own Paul Zwaska, former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles… “Your ‘Other’ Family”

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Safety matters. Take it from some of our most-seasoned veterans, making sure your crew is able to do their jobs in a way that is smart and safe is not only good for their bodies, it can help make everyone more productive.”
— Paul Zwaska, former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles

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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 with your colleagues on Facebook or Twitter !

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