NEWS VOL. 2, NO. 3
THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MINNESOTA PARK AND SPORTS TURF MANAGERS ASSOCIATION
World Series Hero Jack Morris Set to Keynote Fall Workshop Minnesota Twins World Series hero Jack Morris is set to keynote this year's Fall Workshop on Wednesday, September 5 at the Oxford Community Center located on Lexington Parkway in St. Paul. Also on hand will be Dr. J. Tim Vanini, Ph.D, New York, along with Connie Fortin, Fortin Consulting. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear from one of our countryâ€™s finest educators in the turfgrass industry! Vendors will display equipment in the afternoon between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. The athletic fields are both synthetic and natural turf. Make plans to join your vendors and customers for a worthwhile day of education and a trip down memory lane with Jack Morris. Tim Vanini is a writer, speaker, turfgrass scientist, and co-inventor of a topdressing crumb rubber to natural turfgrass systems. He has worked and consulted on golf courses, sports fields and lawns. Dr. Vanini studied Ornamental Horticulture at Cornell University (B.S.) and Turfgrass Science at Michigan State University (M.S., Ph.D.). Dr. Vanini is continuously researching the most up-to-date products and management strategies for sound environmental stewardship. In 1993 and 1994, Vanini was intimately involved with construction and management of the portable turf field system implemented at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit for the 1994 World Cup. At Nichols School, he provided expertise for sports field and landscape management for the campus as well as two sports field construction projects. Troy Carson, The Toro Company, will discuss the variability in hardness (Gmax) that can exist across an athletic field, examine some of the causes of the variability, and look at a mobile platform that can collect hundreds of Gmax values for an entire field in less than an hour. Dave Hanson, Park Maintenance Supervisor, City of Bloomington, will address the relationship between the Park and Recreation Department and Park Maintenance.
Agenda 7:00 - 7:45 a.m. REGISTRATION 7:45 - 8:00 a.m. Welcome from the City of St. Paul History of Oxford Community Center 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Tim Vanini, Turfgrass Scientist, New York 9:40 - 10:30 a.m. (option 1) Troy Carson, The Toro Company Synthetic Terra Firma and Concussions: Understanding the variability in hardness across synthetic and natural fields 9:40 - 10:30 a.m. (option 2) Bill Johnson, Flanagan Sales, Inc. Playground Safety and the Importance of Resilient Surfacing 10:30 - 12:00 noon Dedicated Vendor Time at Dunning Fields Vendors introduce themselves and their businesses Tabletops & Equipment Displays
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - LUNCH 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Jack Morris 1:15 - 2:30 p.m. Dave Hanson, City of Bloomington Addressing the Relationship Between the Park and Rec Department and Park Maintenance
PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT DAVID NOZAL Tree Trust firstname.lastname@example.org
The MPSTMA Board of Directors has discussed trying something new and I wanted to put a request for some feedback. We are considering an idea to host a social gathering at the MNLA/MTGF Northern Green Expo in January we would like to hear from membership if it’s a good idea or not. Hospitality Night at the Green Expo Here’s the concept: On Thursday (January 10) after the classes are over we plan to have a gathering room available to our organization and guests to host a small awards and recognition ceremony and social. We would consider a cash bar and snacks. We chose Thursday because our Board meeting is that day, along with free lunch and most of the Green Expo programming for parks and turf managers is that day. In September, please look for a survey from the MPSTMA office about this idea. Your feedback will be used to determine interest, practicality and other ideas. Thank you in advance for your thoughts. Looking for Board Members As fall approaches I also want to reach out and invite members to step forward and take on a leadership role in our organization. We will have several openings on our Board in January. We are always looking for new faces and fresh ideas to help our organization move forward. The commitment is 2-4 hours a month which is really quite minimal for the skills you’ll gain, the people you will meet and the pride you’ll feel helping others grow in your chosen profession. Please contact myself or any other Board members for further information. Regards,
VICE PRESIDENT KEVIN FERNANDEZ White Bear Lake Area Schools email@example.com TREASURER ROGER WEINBRENNER CSFM University of St. Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org PAST PRESIDENT STEVE GILBERTSON City of Lino Lakes email@example.com DIRECTORS GENERAL DIRECTOR AMY HOWARD City of Woodbury firstname.lastname@example.org GENERAL DIRECTOR LOWELL LUEBECK City of Plymouth email@example.com COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR JON ALMQUIST The Toro Company firstname.lastname@example.org COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR JOE CHURCHILL Reinders Inc. email@example.com MTGF REPRESENTATIVE PAUL GRIFFIN City of Woodbury firstname.lastname@example.org MTGF REPRESENTATIVE KEVIN MANLEY JRK Seed & Turf Supply email@example.com EXECUTIVE SECRETARY JEFF TURTINEN MPSTMA Office: 952-473-3722 P. O. Box 617 Wayzata, MN 55391 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Public Private Partnership Brings Major Improvements to Baldwin Park By TOM KNISLEY Three Rivers Park District
Baldwin Park in Circle Pines received a major facelift thanks to the teamwork of the Centennial Baseball League, the City of Circle Pines and the Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association, (MPSTMA). The Centennial Baseball League has hosted literally hundreds of home games at Baldwin Park over the years. But after years of heavy use, the ball field at the park was in need of improvements. The City of Circle Pines agreed. But with tough economic times and tight budgets the city simply couldn’t commit the kind of resources necessary to make the changes. So a partnership was born. The Centennial Baseball League and the city developed a plan for improving the ball fields. Improvements would include a new pitcher’s mound, grass base paths down the first and third baselines, a new home plate area, a reworked infield, new warning track, an improved sprinkler system, and artificial turf lining the dugout areas. If the league could raise the funds for the improvements the city would okay the work and provide assistance during construction. Circle Pines Park Superintendent Dave Phipps said a partnership was the key to the project moving forward. “Partnering is the only way something like this is going to happen. It’s how small towns get things done,” Phipps said. With the blessing of the city, the Centennial Baseball League began their efforts to raise the resources for the project. Local ballplayers sold raffle tickets and raised roughly $7,000. A good start, but more was needed. Fortunately, the leagues grant writing efforts paid off. And that’s when the Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association joined in. Each year this group of landscaping, field maintenance and construction experts gather donated, time, equipment, materials and expertise from vendors and local businesses in their profession.
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They then bring all of those gathered resources together to complete one public service project a year. This year they chose the grant application that was submitted by the Centennial Baseball League. So on August 8th ball players, families, city officials, and turf experts from the MPSTMA all gathered to give Baldwin Park a makeover. Mike McDonald, CSFM, turf manager for TCF Stadium, was the project manager for the Baldwin Park Redo. “We’ve been doing this for nine years.” McDonald said. For McDonald it’s all about community service. Paul Griffin who co-chaired the project for the MPSTMA agreed. ”This is a great opportunity for us to share our skills and help out local communities and baseball associations,” Griffin said. Bob Irlbeck, Field Manager for the Centennial Baseball League was grateful for the support. “It would be impossible for a small baseball association to pull off a major project like this without the cooperation and support we’ve received from the city, the turf managers and all the generous businesses that donated, time labor, supplies and equipment,” Irlbeck said. (Continued on Page 4)
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MPSTMA Community Service Project(Continued from Page 3) The vendors and businesses that donated to this effort were: John Deere Landscapes, JRK Seed & Turf Supply, MagicTurfs, MTI Distributing Inc., Reinders Inc., TerraMax, Tri State Bobcat, Toro Company, Turfco, D. Ervasti Sales, The Tessman Company and Turfwerks. So what do the ball players think? “I’m excited to play here next year. It’s so much nicer now. Did you see that pitcher’s mound? It’s amazing,” said Carl Knisely who played on the 13UAAA traveling team this year. Centennial Baseball League offers traveling baseball at the AAA and AA levels and also fields in house teams that compete in the Northstar League. The league serves area youth ages 13-19, who are from the communities of Circle Pines, Centerville, the Eastern portions of Blaine, Lexington and Lino Lakes.
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MPSTMA VOLUNTEERS FOR THE 2012 CSP Jon Almquist, The Toro Company Greg Bondy, Turfwerks Greg Brodd, TURFCO Mike Brunelle, MagicTurfs Matt Cavanaugh, PBI Gordon Joe Churchill, Reinders Inc. Bob Frank, MTI Distributing Inc. Steve Gilbertson, City of Lino Lakes Larry Gorman, MTI Distributing Inc. Paul Griffin, City of Woodbury Greg Hoag, City of Brooklyn Park Mike Hoffman, City of Lino Lakes Jon Hummel, St. Anthony Schools Andy Johnson, TCF Bank Stadium Mike Kelly, TerraMax Mike McDonald, CSFM, TCF Bank Stadium Dave Nozal, Tree Trust Mike Peschel, Property Props Gary Ringus, Property Props Patrick Schoen, Tri-State Bobcat Mark Sullivan, TruGreen Jeff Turtinen, MPSTMA Troy von Holdt, Turfwerks Roger Weinbrenner, CSFM, University of St. Thomas
(left to right) Larry Gorman, MTI Distributing Inc., Matt Cavanaugh, PBI Gordon; Jon Hummel, St. Anthony Schools, and Andy Johnson, TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota.
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Have you looked at a bluegrass NTEP Trial lately? I’m guessing not and I’d wonder about you if you had. A good number of you might be wondering, “What’s an NTEP?” The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s National Turfgrass Evaluation Program evaluates new and existing turfgrass varieties for overall turf quality and performance based on several criteria. There’s an NTEP trial for all turf species including Kentucky bluegrass, the fine fescues, tall fescues, ryegrasses and bentgrasses. You can check them all out at www.ntep.org. If you’d like help navigating through the reports or deciphering the results, talk to your favorite seedman. In the meantime, you’ll have to take my word for it -- bluegrass varieties are as widely varied as fish are in the sea. There are short ones, tall ones; there are light green ones and dark green ones; some grow more upright while others grow low to the ground; there are even some that do well in light shade while most require full sun. Because of their broad genetic diversity, it’s important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of
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each variety when selecting the right bluegrass-based grass seed mixture. This issue becomes most critical when selecting bluegrasses or bluegrass/ryegrass mixtures for seeding new ball fields or overseeding existing ones. So how do you know which ones to use? Allow me to present Exhibit A -- the Bluegrass Classification Chart. Space does not allow us to reproduce it in this edition of the MPSTMA Newsletter. With a bit of effort on your part, you can print off your very own copy at: http://www.sroseed.com / resources / pdfs / articles / KB_classifications.pdf This Bluegrass Classification System was developed by Rutgers University to help tell the story I’ve outlined above. This particular version belongs to SRO and was “massaged” by Dr. Leah Brilman, Director of Turf Research & Technical Services at Seed Research of Oregon. There are 14 different classifications, believe it or not. To say it in a different way, there are 14 different “subsets” of bluegrasses. The Bluegrass Classification System lists most of today’s commercially available varieties and categorizes them based on similar growth characteristics. This particular chart also highlights common traits shared by varieties within each class. Very cool. Five of these classes are intended for use on high traffic turf much like what you would find on heavily used athletic fields, courtyards and playgrounds. The five classes are: 1) Compact 2) Compact Midnight 3) Compact America 4) High Density 5) Julia The remaining nine classes, though worthy of recognition in other applications, are not specifically intended to be used in high-traffic situations. Will your ball fields spontaneously combust if you use varieties from one of these 9 classes? Of course not. But to expect high performing turf on intensely used ball fields grown from these varieties may be wishful thinking. Not only do bluegrass varieties from these 14 bluegrass classes vary significantly in terms of performance, appearance and turf quality, they also vary greatly in terms of cost. You wouldn’t expect a Mercedes SUV to be priced the same as a Ford station wagon. Nor should you expect a bluegrass from one of the “Top 5” to cost the same as a Shamrock or BVMG. That’s why when you get quotes for a 50/50 Blue/Rye Mix without knowing what to ask for, you’ll receive a broad range of prices from $1.00/lb. up to $2.00/lb. Any 50/50 will serve you well in that neighborhood park or your neighbor’s backyard. But when your site receives 150-200 games per season, you’re best to stick with the Mercedes. Simple translation -- consult your seed supplier and specifically request a bluegrass/ryegrass mixture that includes two or more varieties from one of the athletic turf bluegrass classes. If you don’t, you’ll be stuck driving that station wagon.
MPSTMA Visits Westwood Hills Nature Center for Network Picnic Hosted by City of St. Louis Park The City of St. Louis Park hosted a MPSTMA Network Picnic at the beautiful Westwood Hills Nature Center on July 18. Westwood Hills Nature Center is a 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie. The preserve is beautiful throughout the seasons and provides homes for many animals including deer, fox, mink and owls. Westwood Naturalists conduct yearround programs to increase visitors understanding and appreciation of our natural world. The nature center is located just south of I-394 and east of Highway 169. Parking and admission are free. Wood chipped, boardwalks and hard surface accessible trails are open from dawn to dusk year-round. The City of St. Louis Park's Rick Beane and other SLP staff members led a tour of the Westwood Hills Nature Center and provided a great BBQ rib lunch. The Nature Center's Red-Tailed Hawk, pictured above right, needs daily care and could live well into his 20s.
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The LED Revolution By SUDHIR SINGH LightingHouseUSA, Inc.
(Editor’s Note: Sudhir is a Co-founder of LightingHouseUSA, Inc., a Minnesota-based Manufacturer of LED lighting products for Commercial, Industrial and Roadway Lighting.) For most of human history, we have created light from fire. Advances in the lighting technology from oil burning lamps, to the incandescent light bulb to the florescent and HID, have brought incremental improvements to the same concept: light generated from heat.
In addition to the energy savings, the LEDs offer the following advantages: Extremely Long Life Unlike the filament or gas-filled technologies, well-designed LED products can last upwards of 100,000 hours. Reduced Operating Cost Because of the extremely long life of the technology, 4-5 maintenance events are avoided and help reduce operating cost of the facility. Improved Security Unlike the High Pressure Sodium technology (HPS – a commonly used lighting technology), the color emitted by the LED is full-spectrum light (white color). This helps improves the visibility and security of the facility. (Continued on Page 10)
Light Emitting Diode (LED) Light emitting diode (LED) is a quantum leap beyond creating light as a by-product of heat. LED is a solid state technology that converts over 90% of electrical energy to light compared to just 10%-60% for the traditional technologies According to the United States Department of Energy (DoE), the potential savings from LEDs could save us 190TWh of energy use annually, or enough electricity to light 95 million homes, or the annual output of 24 large power plants.
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LED Lighting (Continued from Page 9) Instant On/Off Feature Unlike LEDs, the traditional technologies can take up to 20 minutes to reach full brightness. Environment-Friendly LED lighting contains none of the hazardous mercury and other toxins used in many traditional light sources. Light Pollution Reduction OHV Park, DNR, Gilbert, MN
LED lighting is dark-sky friendly and help reduce the light pollution. Thermal Savings Since LEDs generate a lot less heat, facilities lit with LEDs save 30%-40% on their cooling costs. Due to these benefits, the LED market is poised for a significant growth in the near future and is slated to replace over six billion bulbs in the US alone. According to the market research firm Strategies Unlimited, the sale of LEDs for general purpose lighting accounted for just $340 million in 2007. This is supposed to reach over $7.3 billion in 2014, representing CAGR of over 44%. The use of low energy LED technology is further being helped by the available rebates by utility companies.
FIELD OF THE YEAR THERE IS STILL TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR PLAYING FIELD FOR 2012 FIELD OF THE YEAR APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT: WWW.MPSTMA.ORG ENTRY DEADLINE: OCTOBER 15, 2012
JANUARY 8, 2013 Spend a Day with Top Entomologists From Minnesota and Wisconsin Discussing: Japanese Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, Gypsy Moth ...and other Current and Emerging Pests and Diseases in Minnesota! FOR MORE SUPER TUESDAY INFO GO TO: www.mtgf.org
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Minnesota Sweeps Iowa in Chapter Clash At National Sports Center in Blaine Iowa sports turf managers traveled north to Blaine, MN to take part in the Minnesota / Iowa Chapter Clash. The Clash is an annual softball/golf event thatâ€™s been taking place for many years. Bocce ball has now become an official sport for the Chapter Clash. Ben Wallin, Assistant Superintendent at the National Sports Center, hosted a tour of the facilities and organized an outstanding event. This year, Minnesota won softball, golf and bocce ball for an official sweep. Minnesota jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in softball but Iowa chipped away and made the game close at the end with a final of 8-6. Golf also went Minnesotaâ€™s way winning 2-1-1 in the golf matches. Bocce Ball, an exhibition sport last year, is now an official Chapter Clash event. Minnesota has never lost to Iowa in Bocce Ball. All MPSTMA members are invited and encouraged to participate in the 2013 event which will be held next July in Iowa. Mike McDonald, CSFM, TCF Bank Stadium, and Paul Griffin, City of Woodbury, annually co-chair this event for the MPSTMA.
Chapter Clash Host Ben Wallin, yellow hat, guides a tour of the Helodrome at the Blaine National Sports Center before the softball game on Friday afternoon against Iowa sports turf managers. Bottom left: Checking out the indoor soccer facility at the NSC.
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