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The Advantages of Artificial Turf Baseball Fields

The Advantages of Artificial Turf Baseball Fields

The Advantages of Artificial Turf Baseball Fields 

There is a growing trend towards the use of synthetic turf for baseball fields among high schools. Artificial turf fields can be found to offer a myriad of advantages for schools and their players while natural grass fields hold the majority of disadvantages. Read about the major advantages of synthetic turf baseball fields below to see which you prefer: artificial turf or natural grass fields? 

Less Rainouts, More Playtime 

With synthetic turf, there is no need to worry about the rain when planning to play. Even after a rain storm, turf fields can be used without having to worry about damaging it. This also means less cancellations of games and less downtime as there is no need for the field to require recovery time. This goes to show how artificial turf fields can be more reliable than natural grass fields. 

Save Your Money on Maintenance Costs  

Artificial turf is low maintenance. There is no need to waste water in order to maintain your field, especially during the summer months when natural grass fields are in need of water to keep up. This requirement difference lends to a more environmentally sustainable system. Apart from water, faux grass does not need to be regularly maintained with mowing or trimming as opposed to natural grass fields. For synthetic turf, when regularly played on, the turf will become compact. It is important to keep the fibers in an upright position, so fields will need to be dragged periodically with a groomer to help avoid this. Once worn out, there may be a need to add rubber around the bases of the field and hone the plate areas for better playability.  

Consistent Play and Less Injuries  

Synthetic turf offers an advantage to the athletes as well. With artificial turf, the playing field is typically more consistent and level, which makes bounces on the field more predictable. This means less injuries, less missing teeth, and happier athletes. Studies show that artificial turf can offer a softer landing than real grass, which makes sliding on turf baseball fields less painful than natural grass fields. Overall, this high quality field will allow the best practice for athletes to work on their skills.  

No Harmful Chemicals  

Artificial turf fields knock out the need for pesticides  and other harmful chemicals as turf does not require any treatment for a healthy grass and cleaner playing field. 

Easy and Straightforward Installation  

With artificial turf installation, these fields take an average of 8 to 12 weeks to construct, not including pre-construction activities. Check out some of our completed projects! 

While synthetic turf can hold an advantage over natural grass fields, it is important to note one drawback of synthetic turf. During the summer months, the heat of the turf can deter some away as the rubber fill can hold onto heat. Grass fields can be noticeably cooler than turf in these conditions.  

Is all synthetic turf the same? We actually wrote a blog about this. Click here to check it out.  

Artificial turf can offer a tremendous advantage not only to the athletes, but to the resources going into maintaining it. It is important to note that not every turf is meant for baseball, which is why you should consult an expert. Not sure what is best for you? Give us a call at (314) 254-9766 or contact us below! 

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Tips for Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Looking Great

Tips for Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Looking Great

Tips for Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Looking Great

A parking lot welcomes customers into your business. As the main entryway, it is important that your lot looks inviting. If there are giant potholes, cracks that look like an earthquake has struck, and accidents waiting to happen, this will reflect poorly on your business. It is vital to fix these issues before costly repairs add up and more importantly, before there are any liabilities caused by the faulty lot. Knowing when and what to repair is important for keeping customers happy and for saving you time and money. Check out these important tips below for a better understanding of how to keep your parking lot looking great and up to date!

1. Inspect Your Lot Regularly

Damages are small annoyances but can become even worse liabilities if not taken care of. If you notice cracks starting to form, it may be time to start crack filling. Crack filling is the single greatest way to extend the lift of your asphalt. Other indicators that your parking lot needs maintenance include potholes, loss of color, lines fading, and/or pools of water forming after rain. If your asphalt curb is broken or crumbling, that is also subject to repair. If you notice any of these signs, it is time for some maintenance. If these damages are left unresolved, they can become worse, which means a more costly repair that no one wants. Parking lots that need more than 30% of patch work should probably consider an asphalt overlay instead!

2. Clean Up Trash and Other Debris

A trash filled parking lot is a great deterrent to customers as that reflects poorly on your business. As mentioned earlier, a parking lot is the main entryway for customers. That is why it needs to be regularly maintained. If there is excess debris such as leaves, rocks, and trash, it can restrict your access to spotting damages in your lot. Excess debris may also clog your parking lot drainage system and cause puddles or dips of water throughout your lot. This can contribute to surface erosion, leading to cracking and potholes. Having excess trash and debris may also add to the pollution in local waterways, which is not eco-friendly. To clean this debris, consider power-washing the pavement and sweeping it regularly. This tip may not seem like much, but it can make all the difference.

3. Seal Coat Your Parking Lot

Seal coating is the process of adding a protective layer to an asphalt pavement to safeguard it from water, oils, and U.V. damage. By doing this, the life expectancy of pavement is extended. We recommend that you seal coat your parking lot every three years in order to preserve your pavement. This step is important for extending the life of your parking lot.

4. Restriping When Lines Are Faded

Restriping is essential for keeping your lot safe and organized. If your customers are able to easily see these lines, this can help to increase safety and decrease liability. Restriping offers many benefits apart from creating a safe lot. It can offer a nice curb appeal, which is important for creating and keeping a good impression on your customers. One good practice of restriping is to paint lines in different areas each time. This can help to prevent weak spots in your lot as people won’t be driving in the same areas time after time. Restriping can offer your business a simple makeover and can create a welcoming entryway for your storefront.

5. Clean Up Oil Stains Right Away

Oil and other harmful liquids can create long lasting stains that have the ability to deteriorate the asphalt and paint if not taken care of. That is why it is important to clean this up as soon as you see it. By wiping the liquid off the surface once the spill occurs, this can prevent it from seeping further into the layers of the pavement. Oil stains that have been sitting for a while can affect the asphalt composition and create potholes if ignored. This larger repair can be prevented if cleaned up right away.

With these tips, you can extend the life of your parking lots. Paying attention to these signs now will save you time and money in the long run. By also understanding what causes asphalt to deteriorate, you can prevent issues before they happen. Create a warm welcome for your customers and maintain your parking lot. To learn more about asphalt, click here.

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How to Improve Your Community with Pocket Parks

How to Improve Your Community with Pocket Parks

How to Improve Your Community with Pocket Parks

Small but mighty, pocket parks have the ability to transform a community. In urban areas that lack recreational space, pocket parks offer a solution. With just an abandoned alleyway or vacant lot, these small areas can be reimagined into tiny parks that offer value to the surrounding area.

What is a pocket park?

A pocket park, also known as a minipark or a vest-pocket park, is a small plot of land that is typically no more than ¼ of an acre. Pocket parks are generally located in urban areas with limited green space and can be found as benefitting low-income areas. These renovated spaces allow for unused or run down land to serve a specific purpose for the surrounding community. Pocket parks should be easily accessible for community members, meaning that the park should be walkable. Pocket parks are created in areas in need of this renovation, therefore the parks should primarily benefit the surrounding community.

What is the purpose of a pocket park?

Pocket parks create use for vacant plots of land as well as offer additional benefits. One of the more common purposes of these parks is to create recreational space for youths in urban areas. Whether that is a playground or just green space for children to run around, these parks offer a solution to youths lacking the much needed space. Another common use for pocket parks is the ability for the space to be used as a community gathering. By allowing a common area in a community, residents can have an easily accessible place to come together and build relationships. This area can also be used as a space to go to relax or a place to take visitors. Apart from a physical space to visit, pocket parks offer intangible benefits. These appealing areas can, “increase safety and boost community pride,” according to Pocketparks.

According to the NRPA, pocket parks have four key qualities:

(1) they are accessible

(2) allow people to engage in activities

(3) are comfortable spaces and have a good image

(4) are sociable places where people meet each other and take people to when they come to visit

How do pocket parks help the environment?

In dense urban areas, pocket parks help to encourage more green space. By having an area with grass, gardens, or trees, this space can help to support the ecology while conserving the wildlife. Green space can additionally help to reduce pollution in the area, thereby improving the health of the community. Some pocket parks have even taken to constructing community gardens in their pocket parks, which supports naturally grown foods and a strong sense of accomplishment, which can boost mental health.

What are the benefits of pocket parks?

Pocket parks allow local communities to come together to make a positive change. As a group, residents are given the chance to work as a team to decide on what purpose their pocket park will serve. This process can help to build healthy relationships within the community while offering a sense of accomplishment. Pocket parks can also help to improve the appearance of the area, especially in low-income areas or areas that are run-down. This nicer appearance can help to deter crime and improve the mental health of the community. It has even been found that pocket parks can help increase surrounding property values.

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6 Things to Know Before Building a Pickleball Court

6 Things to Know Before Building a Pickleball Court

6 Things to Know Before Building a Pickleball Court

In a pickle about what to do this summer? Try out pickleball! This trendy sport has increased in popularity by 21.3% just in the past year. With warmer weather approaching, now is the perfect time to build a pickleball court! Not only is pickleball a great social sport, but it is a great way to exercise.

1. What is pickleball?

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong that can be played as doubles or singles. This sport can be played indoor or outdoor, and the only equipment needed is a court, net, paddles, and a ball.

2. What are the dimensions of a standard pickleball court?

The court shall be a rectangle 20 feet wide (6.10 m) and 44 feet long (13.41 m) for both singles and doubles matches.

A total playing area 30 feet wide (9.14 m) and 60 feet long (18.28 m) is the minimum size that is recommended. A preferred 10-foot (3.05-m) surrounding margin measures 40 feet (12.19 m) by 64 feet (19.51 m).

Court measurements shall be made to the outside of the perimeter and non-volley zone lines. All lines should be 2 inches (5.08 cm) wide and the same color, clearly contrasting with the color of the playing surface.

3. What are the rules of pickleball?

The game of pickleball is played similar to tennis. A game must start with one player standing in the right service court. This player will then serve the ball underhand and diagonally from behind the baseline. Only one serve attempt is allowed per server. The ball must bounce once before players are allowed to volley. This is the double-bounce rule. The ball is then played until fault. A team can score only when serving. In order to win, one team must score 11 points and lead by 2 points!

4. What are common pickleball phrases?

Volley: A volley in pickleball is the act of hitting the ball in the air before it is able to bounce.

Fault: A fault in pickleball is an action that stops play because of a rule violation. Various faults can include when a ball is hit out of bounds, a ball bounces twice before it is hit by a player, and when a ball is hit into the net.

Kitchen: A kitchen in pickleball is the non-volley zone of the court. It extends 7 feet from both sides of the net.

Rally: A rally in pickleball is when there is continuous play from the time that the ball is served until fault. 

Pickled: Getting “pickled” means losing a pickleball game 11-0.  

5. Why is pickleball popular?

Accelerated during the pandemic, pickleball has grown by 21.3% just in the past year according to the Sport and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA). A popular sport amongst older generations, this game is played on a smaller court compared to tennis, which allows for less movement. While this sport allows for less intensity than tennis, it is still a great way to exercise. Another appeal of this sport is the simplicity of the rules and ability to understand the game. Since one only needs a few pieces of equipment to play, this game opens itself to a window of people. People of all ages are able to find this sport enjoyable, and it serves as a great social activity. 

6. What is the difference between asphalt & concrete playing surfaces?

Asphalt courts are faster to construct, lower initial cost, and need more frequent maintenance. Concrete courts are more durable, low maintenance, and crack resistant. The biggest drawback to asphalt courts is that they crack (so may concrete). The difference is the concrete cracks don’t grow as wind as asphalt cracks. Asphalt can crack as wide a 2 to 4 inches. Post-tension will not allow the crack to widen, by keeping it compressed.

Bonus: Why is pickleball called “pickleball”?

In 1965, Joel Pritchard, the inventor of pickleball, was vacationing at his summer home on the Bainbridge Island in Washington. Upon looking for a fun activity for their children, Pritchard, along with Bill Bell and Barney McCallum created the game of pickleball with some broken paddles and a whiffle ball. Pritchard’s wife, a fan of rowing, claimed that this sport reminded her of a “pickle boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats.” From there, the sport was named pickleball.

However, rumor has it that the game was named after Pickles, Pritchard’s dog that would chase after the ball during pickleball games.

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How To Properly Maintain An Athletic Running Track

How To Properly Maintain An Athletic Running Track

What Are Some Essential Running Track Repair Needs?

While the winter sports season is still in full swing, smart facility managers know that now is the time to schedule a thorough evaluation of the overall condition for their athletic running tracks. The highs and lows of winter temperatures, combined with an off-season of non-use can result in unexpected problems that left untreated, could lead to more serious damage once athletic activities resume on the track.

How to Spot Issues on Your Running Track

Tracks will not be able to hold value without regular upkeep. Scheduled maintenance and constant vigilance are the solution to having a great experience for athletes and coaches alike when they step onto the surface.

Problems with a track might be occurring underneath, but the first place you will be able to spot these issues is the surface. At Byrne & Jones Construction, we will step in to create a schematic that shows your track. We will also make notes documenting any irregularities such as high or low spots, dings, damage and more. The surfacing experts will look for tears in the polyurethane surface, possibly caused by lawn service equipment and will recommend whether your track needs re-coloring or re-striping before the season begins. Other items such as checking all gates to make sure they are not dragging on the surface and abrading will be assessed. Having a thorough evaluation of your track surfaces is essential to starting the repair process. Without it, issues will go unnoticed and will continue to worsen.

Running Track Repair

Additional Track-Related Items to Assess

Once you have scheduled your evaluation, there are a number of items you should have done as well. The fence, including the perimeter fence, fence mazes, and the fence separating the stands from the track, should be checked at the outset and then throughout the season. It is important to make sure that all rails have a good connection and that there is not any bulging, sagging, or tears in the fence fabric. If you notice any of these problems, schedule them to get fixed before the season begins.

Another item to check as the season draws closer is the sprinklers. It is important to ensure that all sprinklers for the field or for the surrounding landscaping are not spraying onto the track and overloading it with water. You will also want to regularly clean out drains and keep them free of grass clippings, leaves, dirt, litter and other debris that can clog and keep them from working effectively. Should you ever see water pooling on the track, alert Byrne & Jones Sports immediately.

Things to Avoid With Your Track

If you are really looking to protect your track surface for the foreseeable future, only allow foot traffic on it. Use boards or rubber matting to protect the surface. Additionally, make sure you have signage around the track indicating rules concerning footwear (soft spikes, etc.). Many times, those engaging in other sports will run across the track on their way to the field, not realizing how much damage they cause. By placing mats or boards at the entrance and exit points, this can go a long way to help save your surface.

Since many facilities are open for community use, more than runners and walkers will take advantage, often to the misfortune of the facility manager. Dog walkers may use the field, parents with children in strollers (or older children on tricycles and bicycles) and others may want to use the track. All these uses will have a negative effect on your facility, and on the ability of athletes to use it for its intended purpose.

In the end, you can only do so much, but the most important part is to trust your athletic running track installation, repair and maintenance to the experts at Byrne & Jones Sports. We would be happy to help create a worry-free maintenance program designed to keep your track running like new. Check out this completed project!

If you have a running track that is in need of attention, or simply have questions regarding the types of track systems that are out there, please do not hesitate to call us at (314) 254-9766.

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