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April 24, 2019 – A Brantford, Ont. elementary school's yard will be getting a $64,000 makeover this summer to green it up and give students the outdoor oasis they didn't have before. With a rundown ball diamond and a couple of old goalposts, the students ended up playing on asphalt without any shade.
April 24, 2019 – A new Handsworth Secondary School is soon to be built in North Vancouver, but getting a tournament-sized sports field and six-lane track to go with it may not happen. At issue are parking and traffic concerns in the tight neighbourhood.
April 23, 2019 – Wright Landscape Services' lawn care division has been sold to Apex Lawn Services of Waterloo. The Bloomingdale, Ont.-based Wright was founded in 1967 by John Wright and will now focus its business on grounds maintenance, design/build and commercial snow removal services.
April 22, 2019 – A $25,000 donation from the Jays Care Foundation will help the Swift Current Minor Ball Association expand one of its peewee diamonds to a bantam-sized playing field. Swift Current is one of 15 minor ball associations in Canada to receive a part of an overall $1.3-million contribution from the foundation.
April 18, 2019 – Registration is now open for GIE+EXPO 2019. The industry's largest annual gathering is set for Oct. 16-18 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville and online registration is available at www.gie-expo.com. Early bird registration is $15 through Sept. 5.
April 18, 2019 – A "dust devil" spun itself over a school's sports field earlier this week in Brooks, Alta. Dust devils are common at this time of year and are usually short-lived and weak.
April 18, 2019 – The emerald ash borer has an ally in its quest to destroy Winnipeg's ash trees. The cottony ash psyllid, also known as jumping tree lice, is also threatening black ash trees in the city, resulting in the planned removal of 700 trees.
April 17, 2019 – More than $1 million in contracts have been awarded by city council in Delta, B.C. to replace the artificial turf sports field at Holly Park and bring in new goals and bleachers. The field originally opened in 2005.
April 16, 2019 – The general public is being urged to provide input about what should become of the land currently being used by the Regent par three golf course in Regina. Four different development plans are being considered for the site.
April 16, 2019 – The City of Burlington, Ont. is stepping up its efforts to control invasive pests, including the emerald ash borer and gypsy moth. The number of moths in the city is believed to be too high for natural predators to stay on top.
April 12, 2019 – Four sports fields at the Vollmer Complex near Windsor, Ont. have been maliciously damaged by tire tracks. The ill timing of the damage is coinciding with the imminent start to the spring sports season.
April 12, 2019 – A "sewing machine" the size of a motor home is stitching artificial turf fibres into the natural turf at Toronto's BMO Field. Once the work is complete – expected within the next five or six days – the hybrid turf system is expected to deliver a firmer, truer and more consistent playing surface for the Toronto FC soccer team.
April 11, 2019 – Boxer®, manufactured by Morbark, LLC, recently added six new companies to its worldwide Boxer distributor network, including Bradford Rental Sales & Service Ltd. in Bradford, Ont.
April 11, 2019 – The four associations that sponsor GIE+EXPO and Hardscape North America, the industry's largest gathering, have announced a keynote for landscape and hardscape contractors at the 2019 event. "Never Fly Solo," set for Wednesday, October 16, 2 - 3 p.m., will feature Lt. Col. Rob "Waldo" Waldman, who motivates business owners and crew members alike to trust their wingmen. Admission to the keynote, which is sponsored by John Deere, is included with registration.
April 11, 2019 – A redesign of Stouffville, Ont.'s Memorial Park could see its lawn bowling facility relocated to accommodate more parking. The possible relocation of the lawn bowling pitch isn't sitting well with many club members.

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