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May 18, 2018 – A more "aggressive" approach is being taken in Edmonton to combat dandelions. The first of nearly 1,500 sports fields has already been treated, with the first round of treatment expected to be completed within two to three weeks.
May 17, 2018 – A $3.8-million, multi-use artificial turf field at a Nanaimo high school was officially dedicated yesterday. The new field replaces a previous natural field associated with mud and rabbit holes.
May 16, 2018 – Residents of Coquitlam, B.C. have been given permission to plant low shrubs and flowers on boulevards separating their front sidewalk and the street as a means of dealing with chafer grubs.
May 15, 2018 – Residents of Brampton, Ont. are being told to keep their properties neat and tidy or face being fined. Five areas are being targeted in the city bylaw: trees, grass and weeds, stagnant water, debris and boulevard maintenance.
May 15, 2018 – The Town of Bonnyville, Alta. is looking to construct two new baseball diamonds to accommodate the growing interest and enrolment in local minor baseball. The local minor baseball association told town council it has $100,000 in seed money to get the project started.
May 15, 2018 – The first phase of a six-part "Field of Dreams" project at Trafalgar Sports Park in Georgetown, Ont. has been approved by Halton Hills town council. The premium baseball diamond project is tagged at $2.8 million.
May 15, 2018 – Untreated stormwater will be used to irrigate parks in a new Saskatoon neighbourhood as part of a pilot project aimed at saving money and reducing the city's carbon footprint.
May 11, 2018 – The local minor baseball organization in Prince Edward County in Ontario is asking local municipal council to foot the bill to have a large electronic scoreboard it was provided Wellington Baseball Park but could not afford to install.
May 10, 2018 – A campground that will be situated between the 17th and 18th holes at Eaglepoint Golf Resort in Kamloops has been given the green light to begin construction. City council approved the project that will allow 70 campsites to be built on the property.
May 8, 2018 – The City of Kitchener has drafted a new strategy to protect and develop its forest cover. The city previously had no real plan to ensure its urban canopy could remain healthy and withstand changing climates and urban life.
May 8, 2018 – The future of the McArthur Island golf course property in Kamloops may be decided tonight at a meeting of city council. A number of recommendations have been made for the shut down golf course.
Following multiple complaints from residents about the noise generated by gas-powered leaf blowers, the City of Beaconsfield, Que. is contemplating a partial ban of the machines. The news, however, is not sitting well with landscape contractors.
Input from Thunder Bay residents is being sought to determine how North Neebing Park might look in the future. One idea under consideration is the possible reconfiguration of two existing athletic facilities, including the area where a boarded rink is erected in the winter and the baseball diamond.
User fees – the cost of maintaining outdoor sports facilities – aren't always the same from one municipality to the next. “It really depends on what the recovery mandate is for the individual community,” Mary Creighton, director of recreation services for the City of Markham, said. "Each municipality has a formula to determine recovery costs so there really is no right or wrong answer.”
Four educational awareness campaigns have been launched for this season in Richmond, B.C. to inform the public about invasive plants and animals. A session about the chafer beetle and lawn care is scheduled for June 21.

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