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EP County Leaders to Review Alcohol Policy at Sportspark !

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – On Monday, El Paso County Commissioners are expected to vote on whether they will continue to sell alcohol at the Eastside Sportspark. 

Last month, the Public Works Department asked 307 park users for their feedback on alcohol consumption at the park.

According to county documents, 15% strongly disagreed alcohol should be served during youth games, 21% strongly agreed, and 29% were neutral.

When it came to being able to drink in designated areas of the park, 23% strongly disagreed and 9% strongly agreed.

Documents also show that the Sportspark made nearly $40,000 during the 2016 fiscal year.

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BEACON Ballfields Exclusive Weekly Tips ! ( June’17 )

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June 5, 2017       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com

THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP

They’re basic, but essential. Shovels are the most basic of tools used by the groundskeeper. While primarily used for material movement or excavation, round- and square-end steel shovels can have their front edge sharpened with a grinder to also make them more effective at shaving off compacted clay and soil. Shovels are also an effective tool for mixing clay when remoistening. Working in moisture with a shovel ensures even distribution and prevents clumping. The back heel of a square-end shovel can be used to initially pack or “seat” new clay repairs in high wear areas before tamping begins.

Like shovels, there are many types of rakes that are used in sports field maintenance. Some for grooming and finishing, others to cut or rip into soil. Learn all about the different rakes & shovels that can help you do your job better at the Groundskeeper University lesson “Shovels & Rakes”, Module 101. Tools of the Trade 

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We remain cautiously optimistic about planned Rocky Mountain Sports Park in north Windsor !

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Greeley, CO. – It’s hard not to be impressed with the plans for the Rocky Mountain Sports Park in north Windsor.

It’s hard not to get excited about the potential for the youth sports facility.

And it’s hard not to ask: Is this really going to happen ?

It was a mixture of emotions with which we greeted the announcement earlier this week.

It’s certainly an impressive project: About 65 youth baseball fields; a 10,000-seat featured stadium that eventually could be home to a minor league team; slightly more than 400 acres for the sports fields; and 200-plus acres for commercial development, which could include hotels, restaurants and retail shops.

And the real kicker: This will be a $225 million investment.

There’s no question this has the potential to be a game-changer for Windsor and the entire northern Colorado region. It is billed as the largest such sports park in the world. Cooperstown, N.Y., which also is home to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, plus Las Vegas, Nev., have similar facilities for youth baseball tournaments and clinics, but the Windsor facility will be bigger.

The economic impact could be huge. Thousands — no, tens of thousands — of people could end up visiting the sports park in a typical summer.

A former Colorado Rockies player and current broadcaster is involved in the project, leading us to believe perhaps other major league baseball players or executives are involved as investors or advisers. Perhaps Dick and Charlie Monfort of Greeley, the majority owners of the Rockies?

Plans for the facility are impressive, and construction likely will start this fall, said Sean Logan and Mike Billadeau of Windsor. Billadeau is the president of Rocky Mountain Sports Park, and Logan is the director of marketing.

But there’s a lot of unknowns so far.

The investment of $225 million is a lot of money. Who in northern Colorado has that kind of money sitting around? Who has such passion for youth sports, especially baseball?

We’ll eventually find out, we are told, but for now, we have to wonder — not if they will come but if it will be built as planned.

We’re also wondering how Windsor, and perhaps some adjacent government entities, will pay for the necessary infrastructure to make this happen: Traffic will grow immensely, and roads will have to be expanded, stoplights installed, water and sewer extended.

We’re not sure how much all of that will cost, and who will pay for it, but it won’t be cheap.

On the other hand, it’s easy to get excited about the regional economic impact of such a facility. Logan described it as the “ultimate stay and play” facility in the world. Those who stay will spend money. All municipal entities in northern Colorado — more specifically, the town of Windsor — will see an increase in sales tax revenues, restaurant sales and hotel stays.

We’ll be more excited when we hear more details that put some of our doubts to rest, but for now we are in the cautiously optimistic camp the Rocky Mountain Sports Park will be one of the most positive developments to occur in our region.

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Baseball and Softball Combine to Become Most Participated Team Sports in United States, According to SFIA Report !

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as the most participated team sports in the United States in 2016 according to the annual report produced by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), Major League Baseball announced. Findings in this year’s Topline Participation Report were presented during the quarterly MLB owners meetings, which concluded, and included the following data.
Overall baseball participation increased by 7.7% and slow-pitch softball par- ticipation increased by 8.1% in 2016, with casual participation in both baseball
and slow-pitch softball showing the highest growth. In 2016, casual participation in baseball rose by 18.1% and slow-pitch softball increased by 12.4%. Casual partic- ipation in baseball and slow-pitch softball is up 34% over the last ve years. When combined, baseball and softball (fast-and slow-pitch) have more casual participants than any other sport (10.25 million total casual participants).
Tom Cove, SFIA President and CEO said: “The growth in Baseball and Softball participation is signi cant as traditional team sports do not usually see these kind of double digit increases. These numbers suggest something special is happening with baseball and softball. We believe basic e orts to put a ball, bat and glove in more young people’s hands really connect with the joy of the game. The biggest increas- es are in casual participation, and this uptick represents a huge opportunity for the baseball and softball community to build ongoing and deeper player engagement with the game in the future.”
Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “No goal is more import- ant to Major League Baseball than making baseball and softball accessible and to
engage with children in all communities.
The results of the SFIA Report demonstrate that participation in baseball and softball is growing. We are encouraged by the success of the PLAY BALL initiative toward our objectives and grateful for partnerships with USA Baseball, USA Softball and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Together, we will continue to work to provide memorable experiences for young people, especially those from underserved areas.”
In 2015, Major League Baseball launched the “PLAY BALL” initiative as the sport’s largest collective e ort to encourage young people to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, special events and casual forms of play. PLAY BALL events have become MLB’s signature youth engagement activity during the professional and amateur baseball and softball calendar, particularly in connection with key dates from Spring Training, through the MLB Championship Season and into the Postseason and World Series. PLAY BALL aims to highlight the fun and community-focused natures of the game at the Major League, professional, amateur and youth levels. In addition to agship partnerships with USA Baseball and USA Softball, PLAY BALL is also supported by all 30 MLB Clubs, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and MLB Corporate Partners Chevrolet, Scotts and Nathan’s Famous. In 2016, MLB Network launched Play Ball, a weekly player interview and demonstration show geared to- ward kids. In the program, MLB stars, including Bryce Harper, Dexter Fowler, Francisco Lindor and Anthony Rizzo, have discussed their experiences reaching the Major Leagues and shared tips in one-on-one demonstrations and conversations with MLB Network analysts. Currently in its second season, Play Ball is available on multiple platforms, including MLB Network, MLB At Bat, MLB.com and Facebook.
“We are pleased to see that this latest round of SFIA data showcases baseball and softball as healthy and ourishing sports,” said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball. “While this progress is encouraging, we remain steadfast in furthering the many sport development initiatives that have helped to make this growth possible. The collective e ort being led by MLB, its 30 Clubs, USA Baseball and USA Softball, as well as the support of the many national amateur organizations around the country, is having a discernible impact on families and communities in the United States.”
“Seeing the growth of both baseball and softball means that opportunities continue to expand for people to get involved in bat and ball sports,” said USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress. “We are honored to be partnered with MLB and USA Baseball for the PLAY BALL initiative and believe that the e orts of all three organizations has greatly contributed to the growth in participa- tion in both sports. By putting a bat and ball in kids’ hands and growing the game at the grassroots level, it fosters a passion and love for the game, which is the reason why so many get involved in our great sports. We look forward to continuing to work with MLB and USA Baseball in providing more opportunities for young people across the country to get involved in baseball and soft- ball.”

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World’s Largest Sports Park Will Be Built In Colorado !

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WINDSOR, Colo. (CBS4)The world’s largest sports park will be built in Colorado.

Developers announced the construction of the Rocky Mountain Sports Park on Tuesday.

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It will be built in Windsor. The quarter of a billion dollar project will include 65 sports fields, a 10,000 seat stadium and more than 200 acres of retail space.

“It will have restaurants, retail shops for the athletes, for the families who come into town and also for our wonderful community and surrounding areas,” said Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway.

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The first phase of the park is scheduled to be completed next fall and all of it by spring 2019.

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BUFFALO GROVE, ILL., (May 23, 2017)Xcluder®, the rodent and pest exclusion brand preferred by professionals around the globe, is now offering a lifetime guarantee on its Rodent-Proof Commercial Door Sweeps. The sweeps, designed to protect the small gap underneath an exterior door, feature reinforced rubber gaskets lined with patented Xcluder fill fabric. Xcluder’s sharp, coarse fibers cannot be gnawed through by rodents, and its patented combination of stainless steel and poly-fiber will not rust or degrade over time. Xcluder now guarantees that its Rodent-Proof Commercial Door Sweeps will be completely impenetrable to mice and rats for the lifetime of any properly-installed product.

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Professionals agree that exclusion – creating physical barriers against rodents and pests to keep them from entering a home or building – is more effective than attempting to remove them once they have taken up residence. Rodents can enter a building through an opening as small as 1/4 inch, which makes the tiny gap beneath an unprotected door an easy target for these tenacious pests. Standard rubber door sweeps can be gnawed through easily by even the smallest of rodents, and damaged or missing door sweeps are one of the most common entry points for rodents and pests. Xcluder fill fabric has been USDA tested and proven effective against rats and mice.

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Spring Fest offers good clean fun !

The event, a collaboration between Steen Sports Park, Klamath Freedom Celebration and Youth Rising, is an expansion of the Winter Fest event held last December at the same location. A wide assortment of activities are being planned, including sumo wrestling, an obstacle course, various relay races, basketball, a bounce house and carnival games. The activities are designed to cater to youth from elementary through high school ages as well as families.

Two new activities will be tested, for which Steen Sports Park hope to make a more permanent fixture in Klamath Falls – archery tag and knockerball. Archery tag incorporates foam-tipped arrows and bows in an enclosed course with bunkers and hiding areas, providing an experience similar to paintball or laser tag. Knockerball adds an unusual twist to soccer, placing each player inside a large protective bubble allowing a lot of safe and often hilarious collisions on par with protective sumo wrestling suits. In addition to archery tag competitions, targets will also be setup.

Carnival tradition

Any carnival of course needs food, and the traditional treats will be available such as cotton candy, hot dogs and drinks.

Dispelling the myth and all-too-common complaint from youth that there’s nothing to do, Spring Fest is the latest effort by Youth Rising to get kids active and involved. The organization, which launched roughly two years ago as a spin-off from Marta’s House, operates a downtown facility providing games and positive activities after school.

“Youth Rising is a community-driven program empowering youth to take control of their own lives so they can positively impact themselves and their peer group while being more active in the community,” explained Rich Ortiz, Youth Rising assistant director. “It’s a safe place to hang out after school during the time frame that has been shown to be the most critical when kids get into risky behaviors when parents may still be at work. Spring Fest is the latest in alternate activities we try to provide, giving people something different in ways to have fun.”

Giving back

The effort to provide positive activities for youth hits close to home for Doug Brown, founder of Klamath Freedom Celebration, who has sought to expand on his efforts to give back to the Klamath Falls community beyond veterans. Brown is active in coordinating community events surrounding Memorial Day, veterans Day, Fourth of July, and the annual Basin Brew & Q, and sees Spring Fest as one more way to give back.

“I saw that there was something missing, one area I’ve always wanted to provide to the community, beyond veterans and fighting cancer, is something for the youth,” said Brown. “I’m honored to have been asked to be on the board of directors and I love being a partner with Steen Sports Park to bring in activities to make our community better. This is something I fell in love with, we just want to make the park successful and along the way make the community more successful.”

Activity trends

Adding archery tag and knockerball are the result of Basin United Soccer Club President Mark Dodson’s recent trip to Atlantic City to experience the latest and greatest activities growing in popularity in other communities. Dodson spent a week trying out new sports and activities that could be brought to Steen Sports Park, while learning from other community representatives from across the country how they coordinate events and regional tournaments. Knockerball groups have already launched in Portland, Eugene and Bend, and Dodson likes being at the forefront of new trends.

“As the largest privately funded athletic facility in the Pacific Northwest, we’re trying to find different avenues and more opportunities to get people out there,” said Dodson. “Knockerball is one more thing to try. We want to provide any sort of physical activity that gets people together, these are the kind of things that could be rented for a birthday party. For the size of this community we are very fortunate to have a facility of this size, and we are going after more regional events.”

Teen volunteers

Staying in line with Youth Rising’s philosophy, Ortiz is particularly proud that around half of all volunteers operating activities at Spring Fest will be teenagers from the community.

“We want to make sure that young people are actively involved,” added Ortiz.

Net proceeds from the Spring Fest will be split between Youth Rising and Klamath Freedom Celebration, helping both organizations continue to serve the Klamath Falls community. Admission for the event is $5, which includes 10 carnival tickets. Additional carnival tickets may be purchased on site. Additional fees and height restrictions are placed on knockerball participation.

For more information visit www.youth-rising.com or www.steensportspark.com.

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BEACON Ballfields Weekly Field Tips ! ( May – ’17.)

May 15, 2017       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com

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I grew up in California, in the San Francisco area. Over the course of the first twenty-five years of my life we experienced a major drought and some other moderate droughts, too. If you have ever lived in an area where water scarcity is a concern, your role as a groundskeeper or sports turf manager becomes heavily scrutinized in a hurry. “Why on earth are you watering dirt?!!!!”Believe me, I heard that loudly a number of times in my teens and early twenties, when I was tending to fields or working as a baseball coach in California. To the novice, the notion of watering around home plate, on the baselines and the infield dirt is about dust control. To the grounds manager on a baseball field, watering dirt is about ensuring that the entire soil profile players hit, pitch, run and field on has sufficient moisture not just on the surface, but through the surface…

Click here to continue reading this article on Ballfields.com from Minnesota Twins Head Groundskeeper Larry Divito, “Give Me Some Water”…


You can also learn more about hoses & nozzles at the Groundskeeper University lesson, Module 105. Moisture Management: Hoses & Nozzles …

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Orange Mushroom Anchor Plug — 10% OFF

Use on ground anchors when bases are not in use. Prevents dirt buildup around stake and inside sleeve. Orange Mushroom plug is sold as single plug. Exclusive Orange Mushroom Base Anchor Plug, use mushroom10 during checkout (offer valid thru May 21).

Open Box ITEM OF THE WEEK

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ONLINE TRAINING for Staff & Volunteers

COMPLETELY FREE & MOBILE FRIENDLY. We’ve relaunched the web’s premier online field maintenance training tool, Groundskeeper University. Our goal is to bring professional training directly to you and your staff. But that means it has to be done right. Learn the tried & true practices of the pros. Our dedicated online resources by groundskeepers for groundskeepers are available in whichever format works for you: blog articles, online field dimensions, innovative products and training at Groundskeeper U. Whatever you need for your ballfield, think Beacon. 

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Get the Ultimate Ballfield Resource…

If you need it for your field, you’ll find it here. Request your copy today. Our 2017 catalog is a complete listing of products to keep you rolling with everything you need all season long.

 

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BEACON Ballfields Weekly Field Tips ! ( May – ’17.)

May 8, 2017       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com

THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP

Wet fields are just a fact of life when it comes maintaining your ballpark. After a rain event, your first order of business is to remove any standing water. The less water that is allowed to deeply penetrate the infield soil, the faster you can turn the field around and get it back to playable. Your best bet is using a tool like a puddle pump or a puddle pillow/sponge. When using a puddle pump, find the deepest spot of the puddle or dig a small hole that you can rest the pump in to suck up the water. A piece of filter fabric over the pump will prevent silt or other soil material from getting up into the pump. Run a hose from the pump out to the outfield grass and pump as much water as you can off the infield skin.

Learn all the do’s and don’ts for your wet fields at the Groundskeeper University lesson, Module 104. Rainfall Rescues: Ways to Attack a Wet Field …

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Beacon Plow Pan Spiker — 10% OFF

Designed for punishing fractaction of compacted infield soils. This unit features two offset rows of heavy-duty forged spikes. Available in 4’W and 6’W. Exclusive Beacon Plow Pan Spiker, use plow10 during checkout (offer valid thru May 14).

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ONLINE TRAINING for Staff & Volunteers

COMPLETELY FREE & MOBILE FRIENDLY. We’ve relaunched the web’s premier online field maintenance training tool, Groundskeeper University. Our goal is to bring professional training directly to you and your staff. But that means it has to be done right. Learn the tried & true practices of the pros. Our dedicated online resources by groundskeepers for groundskeepers are available in whichever format works for you: blog articles, online field dimensions, innovative products and training at Groundskeeper U. Whatever you need for your ballfield, think Beacon. 

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Get the Ultimate Ballfield Resource…

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Miami may kick-start sports park on Virginia Key landfill !

May 2, 2017 – Miami, FL

Miami may kick-start sports park on Virginia Key landfill

Miami Commissioner Ken Russell is ready to kick-start a sports park on an old Virginia Key landfill.
He made his pitch to the Virginia Key Advisory Board. He’d asked to discuss potential development of a sports and recreational facility on the city-owned key.
It’s not a new idea: it’s part of the 2010 Virginia Key Master Plan, which includes information on the landfill, the scope of a park on top of it, and a site plan of sporting fields, parking and more. It’s even referred to as Landfill Park.
“It is 116½ acres of open land – a blank canvas on which we can dream,” Mr. Russell told the board April 25.
“I wanted to bring it up here first… I’m hoping it sparks a discussion and leads to a recommendation to the city commission from you,” he said, noting he hadn’t discussed the idea with commissioners or the city manager’s office.
“Park space is so limited in the city,” he said. “If we start planning this now, we can get it right.”
Board members agreed there’s a lack of city park space. Without a vote, they supported pursuing a sports park there.
Members did ask that Jeovanny Rodriguez, director of the city’s Office of Capital Improvements, and a representative from the county report on the status of remediation at the site at the board’s May 23 meeting.
“We have some time. The county is still remediating until 2018,” said Mr. Russell.
Board member Blanca Mesa said, “We would like an update on what’s happening with remediation. It will dictate what happens there.”
According to the master plan, the centrally-located site formerly was a municipal and regional dump. It’s south of the Miami-Dade County Sewage Treatment Plant. The city has a commitment from the county to close and remediate the landfill.
“The closure plan has provided impetus for creating a premier regional park for the City of Miami that caters to the needs for active recreation, environmental education and supporting facilities that will add varied opportunities to provide fitness and education for users of all ages,” says the master plan.
The plan’s proposed improvements include a recreation center with restrooms, multi-use recreation space, classrooms, offices, locker rooms and covered outdoor terraces.
There are 19.9 acres of sports fields for competition in softball, little league, football and soccer, and a 9-acre open recreation meadow for informal play. An ADA accessible playground, batting cages and four tennis courts would provide additional active recreation.
The balance of the proposed park is 85 acres of trees with multi-use nature trails that connect to all park facilities. The park is also served with amenities such as picnic areas and a nearby 160-space parking lot, in addition to existing parking along Arthur Lamb Road.
“I do like open recreation,” said Mr. Russell, but suggested staying open minded to consider non-traditional sports.
As for specifics sports, he suggested leaving room for the community to weigh in: “Maybe there are voices out there we’ve not heard yet.”
Kevin Kirwin, city’s parks department head and a non-voting board member, said: “It can be a really great park for the City of Miami.”

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