Mike Jiggens

Mike Jiggens

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An outfield fence and bleachers are coming to a baseball diamond in Gagetown, N.B. following the announcement of an influx of $10,000 from the Toronto Blue Jays charity foundation. The absence of an outfield fence often meant a lost baseball whenever a home run was hit.
A projected two-week delay to the start of golf season in Lacombe, Alta. is expected to result in lost revenue of about $50,000 for the Lacombe Golf & Country Club. Although snow is melting, it is ponding in places, including the first fairway where geese are enjoying a haven of their own.
Stay off the sports fields and keep out of some of the parks, residents of Prince George, B.C. are being told. The turf isn't yet ready for foot traffic after a rougher than normal winter.
No timeframe has been set as to when golf courses in the North Battleford area of Saskatchewan will open for the season. Even if snow melts entirely over the next few days, course may not be playable for some time.
Spring sports seasons are scheduled to begin in just a couple of weeks in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, but the area's recent ice storm followed by a fresh blanket of snow seem destined to push opening day back a while.
An iron chelate herbicide will be applied to 60 per cent of Edmonton's sports fields this year to combat dandelions. No longer able to use 2,4-D, the city will apply the iron-based herbicide up to four times this summer.
A public hearing is being scheduled in Kamloops, B.C. to discuss a proposed campground that would be situated between two holes at the Eaglepoint Golf Course.
What is believed to be the first multi-million-dollar sponsorship for the City of Kitchener, Ont. is poised to bring major developments to South Kitchener District Park, including new soccer fields. RBJ Schlegel has contributed $2.3 million toward the project.
Even though the snow has largely melted from Steinbach, Man.'s sports fields, users are being told to stay off them for a while yet until they are sufficiently dry. "Those fields do a need a bit of time before they start taking a lot of wear and tear," Jason Peters of Steinbach Parks and Rec said. "It’s going to be a couple weeks before they’re all ready to go."
Calgary high school rugby teams are being forced to practise indoors in cramped gymnasiums as they await the green light to move outdoors on fields that are still snow-covered. The extended winter season could keep athletes indoors for most of April.
A First Nation community in the Yukon will be building its field of dreams after being awarded a significant windfall from the Toronto Blue Jays' charity, Jays Care Foundation. The Kwanlin Dün First Nation will see its existing ball diamond refurbished to include new fencing, an electronic scoreboard, as well as new dugouts, bleachers and LED lighting.
The City of Toronto's parks, forestry and recreation department is dedicated toward delivering safe and functional parkland and providing the economical, environmental and aesthetic recreational values associated with healthy parkland. Helping to meet the city's mandate is its integrated plant health care program that was founded in 2002 in response to new pesticide legislation Toronto was ready to adopt.
Sodium and bicarbonates in the soil are a “big deal” and can rob golf courses of their nutrient dollar, superintendents attending BrettYoung’s annual spring turf academy were told in March at the Links of Kent Golf Club in Chatham, Ont.
A partnership agreement made last year between Husqvarna Canada Inc. and Major League Soccer's three Canadian teams has resulted in 17,600 new trees to be planted this spring in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.
The return of winter in southern Saskatchewan is going to cut into the playing time of young soccer players who were ready to begin their outdoor 2018 season. Official are hoping the season can begin by the beginning of May, but irrigation start-up, aeration, fertilization and a first mow still need to be tackled first.
Saskatoon's urban forest is under attack by a "vampire-like" predator called the cottony ash psyllid that is projected to claim about 1,000 trees this year in the city.
The Ontario Government has passed a law that will better protect Oakville, Ont.'s Glen Abbey Golf Club. "I am extremely pleased that the determination of Glen Abbey's future will be made locally, here in Oakville," local MPP Kevin Flynn said.
Already in the lawn maintenance profession for six years, 19-year-old Simon Rosas-Leon has created a thriving business in Winnipeg. Top Notch Yard Care is a city-wide venture that offers commercial and residential lawn care, small landscaping, vegetation control and snow removal.
Fort McMurray Golf Club superintendent Jeff Hacior will be the lone Canadian member of the North American maintenance team this September for the 2018 Ryder Cup tournament in France. He was one of 10 North American superintendents chosen from among 374 eligible members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
Private snow removal contractors in the North Bay area have been caught off guard by the re-emergence of winter in their part of Ontario. Staff from several companies are currently vacationing in tropical locations during a period that ordinarily follows snow cleanup yet precedes spring start-up, and companies have found themselves shorthanded.
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