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AUG 2017

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August 2017 4 Some regions of the country are fortunate to have stunning natural areas that lend themselves to outdoor recreation. The City of Greenville, S.C., is one of those places. In the mid-1980s, the city and the Carolina Foothills Garden Club devised a plan to make a hidden local resource a place to gather and enjoy the landscape. When the Camperdown Bridge was removed in 2002, the Reedy River Falls were uncovered. Working together, the city and garden club began transforming 20 acres into gathering space featuring public gardens, a 355-foot-long, 12-foot-wide curved suspension bridge and the falls. Falls Park is now a nature lover's paradise. Like Greenville, Tallahassee, Fla., offers its own unique natural venues. Some out-of-the-box thinking led to the decision to turn more than 100 acres of an unused portion of the Leon County Landfill into an area for champi- onship cross country running meets. In 2008, Florida State University, Leon County Schools and the local Gulf Winds Track Club met with county officials who agreed to make the park a national sports venue. Today, the park attracts joggers, mountain bikers and hikers when it isn't hosting cross country events. Named Apalachee Regional Park, the site offers parking, a one-mile warm-up loop around an adjacent lake and miles of fiber-optic cable to pro- vide camera angles and timing stations on the course for display in the main spectator area. Since 2012, the former landfill has hosted the NCAA regionals, three nation- al championships last year, two this year and will host more national events in 2019 and 2021. There's almost no limit to what's possible for providing areas of recreation or sports competition. All we need to get started are our imaginations and plans for how the spaces will be used. We've highlighted some stunning natural venues in this issue and, as an added bonus, a special Facebook contest feature where readers chose the Top 12 Outdoor Adventure Sports Spots that showcase how regions across the country are taking advantage of natural resources to create sports venues and event areas that truly maximize what nature provides. SportsEvents is published monthly by Covey Communications Corp., P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547. It is mailed under standard mail rates. POSTMASTER: CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED TO SportsEvents Subscription Office, P.O. Box 16868, North Hollywood, CA 91615. Editorial ideas and manuscripts are welcomed. However, all unsolicited manuscripts and photographs must be sent with return postage; otherwise SportsEvents cannot be responsible for returning them. Copyright 2017 by Covey Communications Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without express written permission of the publisher is strictly forbidden. EXECUTIVE OFFICES 2001 West First Street Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (251) 968-5300 / Fax (251) 968-4532 102 South Tejon Street Suite 1100 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 644-7000 MAILING ADDRESS P. O. Box 2267 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 E-MAIL WEBSITE PUBLISHER J. Talty O'Connor MANAGING EDITOR Sherri Middleton DIRECTOR OF SALES Shellie Kichler ADVERTISING Kelsey O'Connor EXECUTIVE MARKETING & Kayla Head COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER DESIGN SERVICES Kelly Williams MANAGER MANAGER, TRAFFIC Stephanie Eckman & PROMOTIONS FINANCE MANAGER Mandi Morrison CIRCULATION MANAGER Ashley Brokowsky CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Tammy Leytham Beth Kujawski Paige Townley Stephanie Eckman EDITORIAL Jon Butler, ADVISORY BOARD Pop Warner Little Scholars Sally Johnson, National Council of Youth Sports Jamie Adams, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Alicia McConnell, U.S. Olympic Committee James Parker, Amateur Athletic Union Don Ruedlinger, Youth Basketball of America Jon Schmieder, CSEE Huddle Up Group EDITOR'S PLAY-BY-PLAY Get Back To Nature Managing Editor

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