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Kelly Rensel

Kelly Rensel

Kelly Rensel, Great Lakes Loons, Wins STMA’s 2017 Mowing Patterns Contest

Sports Turf Managers Association announced this week that its fifth annual Mowing Patterns Contest winner is Kelly Rensel, head groundskeeper of the Great Lakes Loons in Midland, Michigan. Rensel was selected via a Facebook voting contest from Oct. 23 to Nov. 20 for his intricate design at Dow Diamond, home to the Great Lakes Loons (Single-A, Los Angeles Dodgers).

Last year’s winner was Britt Barry, sports turf manager at the Dayton Dragons, Ohio.

Read More: Industry Q&A: Kelly Rensel

Ariens Partners with Green Bay Packers to Sponsor Ariens Hill at Titletown Park

Ariens, headquartered in Brillion, Wisconsin, has partnered with the Green Bay Packers to sponsor the new hill in Titletown, adjacent to Lambeau Field. Ariens Hill will be a tubing hill in the colder months and, in the warmer months, the hill’s sloped green space will provide a unique area for visitors and community members to relax and enjoy park activities and programs.

Texas Governor Joins Kubota for Hurricane Relief Donation

Texas governor Greg Abbott recently joined officials from Kubota Tractor Corporation, Commissioner John Sharp and local elected leaders in Fulton, Texas, to announce a $1 million dollar donation of funds and equipment from Kubota to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. This donation will help provide the people of Aransas County and surrounding areas with the equipment and tools they need to help clear debris and expand efforts to rebuild businesses, homes, and entire communities that were devastated by Harvey.

PERC Donates $5,000 to Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade County

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, & Open Spaces Department became the first recipient of the Green Leadership City Award, given by the Propane Education & Research Council, a Washington D.C.-based national nonprofit organization. As part of the award designation, PERC donated $5,000 to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. The donation was announced at a celebration event held at Southridge Park.