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Calgary, Toronto chosen for sports turf field days


May 27, 2016
By Mike Jiggens

Sports Turf Canada (STC) and the Western Canada Turfgrass Association (WCTA) have teamed up to present Alberta’s first Sports Turf Field Day, scheduled for Aug. 25 in Calgary.

The inaugural event is aimed at providing a first-class educational and networking opportunity for professional sports turf managers from across Western Canada. It will be held at Calgary’s Ralph Klein Park and New Brighton Athletic Park.

WCTA president Jason Pick said he is enthusiastic about the collaboration.

“The Western Canada Turfgrass Association is thrilled to partner with Sports Turf Canada in the presentation of this event,” he said. “With the generous support of the City of Calgary, we will introduce a new summer model for education and demonstration with the focus on sports turf management. By leveraging the collective resources of both our associations we are able to connect new suppliers and distributors to this rapidly-growing market segment.”

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Tab Buckner, STC president, concurred.

“This is a true partnership between WCTA, the regional organization, and STC, the national association, working together for our collective and future members to bring a topnotch Sports Turf Field Day to Alberta. I am very appreciative of the City of Calgary parks department for hosting this event. Without them it would be challenging and very costly. We anticipate a great response from our industry suppliers and are already fielding sponsor and exhibitor requests.”

Sports Turf Canada has presented an annual Sports Turf Field Day in Ontario since 1988 and a biennial Atlantic event since 2011. It is seen as a natural progression for the national association to present and support educational and training opportunities for sports turf managers in Western Canada.

Ontario field day

The Ontario Sports Turf Field Day returns to the City of Toronto and Centennial Park on Thursday, Sept. 22. This city venue hosted the new association in 1988 for what was then a fledgling endeavour, laying the foundation for what has become a flagship event, now in its 29th year.

It, too, offers top turf education and the opportunity to network with colleagues and industry suppliers.
The field day committees are in the midst of applying the finishing touches to both of this year’s programs.

For more information or to register, visit http://sportsturfcanada.com or http://wcta-online.com .