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March 20, 2019 – Kelowna's Quail Golf Course will be losing its 18th hole to make way for a 23-unit multi-family development. Although the project has yet to be approved, the golf course is in the process of reconfiguring its layout to accommodate a new finishing hole.
March 19, 2019 – A recommended national strategy that would deal with invasive species such as the emerald ash borer is being applauded by politicians representing the Oakville-Burlington area in Ontario. Both Oakville North-Burlington MP Pam Damoff and Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said the problem had previously been left in the hands of municipalities, but noted a national strategy is in the best interests of everyone.
March 18, 2019 – The public may have its say on proposed new development at the Twin Lakes Golf Course in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley if the local municipality votes to send the matter to a public hearing. The development proposal is for 232 new residential units and tourism facilities.
March 15, 2019 – The Toronto FC Major League Soccer Club is hoping for better field conditions at BMO Field for its game on Sunday. Team captain Michael Bradley said the playing surface was slow for the team's most recent home game, but conditions are expected to improve as the field emerges from winter and awaits the introduction of artificial fibres to strengthen the natural turf.
March 15, 2019 – A 72-unit subdivision has been approved for the north end of the former Bright's Grove Golf Course near Sarnia, Ont. The Groves Active Lifestyle Community will see eight new single-family homes and 64 condominiums built on the higher part of the 31-acre property, and a nine-hole, par-three golf course on the lower, southern two-thirds.
March 15, 2019 – York University's Keele campus stadium in Toronto is being renovated into a multi-use facility with artificial turf and a seasonal dome cover. The stadium was built for the 2015 Pan American Games.
March 14, 2019 – The City of Halifax is investigating the operations of a local landscaping company engaged in snow and ice management services following accusations of loud late-night noises coming from an illegal salt depot. Area residents are being asked to report any salt depot activity to the police.
March 13, 2019 – It's not uncommon to find artificial turf in several locations within the Langford, B.C. area. It has been installed in most public spaces, along boulevards and on road medians, and the trend is becoming increasingly more popular. In fact, a local bylaw states that all new development in the city must have artificial turf frontages.
March 12, 2019 – Windsor, Ont.'s Optimist Park has sustained significant turf damage in what appears to be an act of vandalism. Tire ruts are numerous on turf next to an old baseball field near a dog park in the Walkerville area.
March 11, 2019 – New development at a Calgary golf course has been placed on hold after a drainage report produced some bad news. The report suggests a public safety risk exists that, for now, is preventing the construction of 16 new buildings and more than 2,000 residential units.
March 7, 2019 – A farmhouse built in 1861 and declared a heritage property has been relocated on the site of a Kitchener park that will be home to new sports fields and other amenities. The former farmhouse will serve as washroom facilities during the second phase of the RBJ Schlegel Park project. Two artificial fields, one natural field, a cricket pitch and a multi-purpose field are part of the project's first phase.
March 5, 2019 – A celebration of life will be held March 10 for the late Mike Warriner, former superintendent at the Eagle Ranch Golf Course in Invermere, B.C.
March 1, 2019 – The Propane Education & Research Council recently launched a new look for its website to better showcase all the things propane can do, including how propane maintenance equipment can help professional landscape contractors.
March 1, 2019 – The City of Kamloops is looking to reduce mowing operations on its sports fields this summer by applying plant growth regulators. The strategy is expected to make the turf more durable for user groups and requires less downtime and maintenance, less irrigation during hot summer months and about 40 per cent less mowing.
Feb. 28, 2019 – The emerald ash borer remains a threat in Manitoba in spite of an extremely cold winter in the province. Manitobans were hoping the extreme cold would have killed off the invasive insect, but many have survived and are expected to continue to destroy ash trees.
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