Was Enjoyable, Informative
More than 70 people participated in this year's MPSTMA
Tour-on-Wheels which took place on June 10. Sports Turf Managers
and Park Supervisors met at CHS Field in St. Paul for coffee and
doughnuts and a tour of the brand new stadium. Nick Baker,
sports turf manager at CHS Field was host. The group caught a
break in the weather with a nice, 80 degree, blue sky day. The
day before was in the 90s and rain was in the forecast a day
after the tour.
The group then traveled to Target Field, home of the Minnesota
Twins. MPTMA members Larry DiVito, Al Kuehner and Jarrad Alley
were hosts. The MPSTMA group was able to go on the field and
inspect the mound. Kuehner spends about an hour a day on the
pitchers mound. The group was very impressed with the quality of
After Target Field, the group moved on to Three Rivers Park
District's Driftwood site at Baker Park in Maple Plain.
Representatives from Three Rivers, Patty Maher and John Barten
about sustainability, waste
management and public communication strategies. There was also
information about their forestry departments EAB (emerald ash borer) plan.
waste lunches were another topic from the Three Rivers group.
Our MPSTMA lunch, sponsored by Reinders, Inc., weighed
out at one-half ounce each. Divine Swine Catering provided
professional service and great food.
A zero waste event produces less than one ounce of trash per
person. We will reduce the amount of natural resources that are
used by making careful choices before, during, and after the
event to reduce our impact on the environment.
The bus made its way back to CHS Field in St.
Paul. A tailgate party followed and 25 people stuck around for
Hot dogs, chips, beverages and a St. Paul Saints baseball game
versus the Joplin Blasters (see photo below). The Saints jumped
ahead early and won 9-4.