MPSTMA Fall Workshop at Woodbury's Bielenberg
Sports Center Drew 188
focusing on safety, a later event date and a well-known
sportscaster boosted attendee numbers
a crisp, blue sky Minnesota day, 188 people gathered on Nov.
16 for the MPSTMA Fall Workshop which was held at Bielenberg
Sports Center in Woodbury.
MPSTMA Commercial Vendors
outdoor equipment displays greeted attendees as they arrived
at the sports center. Inside, attendees enjoyed the coffee
and donuts provided by St. Croix Recreation and MTI
Distributing which created a festive atmosphere amongst the
The education portion of the
workshop began at 8 a.m. with Fred Rozumalski, Barr
Engineering, talked about Climate Change and Plant
Selection. At the same time, in another area, Paula Hildman
gave a presentation on Soccer Field Safety and Field
At 9 a.m. Cerfified Sports Field Managers
Mike McDonald, TCF Bank Stadium, and Roger Weinbrenner,
University of St. Thomas gave insight on how TCF Bank
Stadium was converted from a college field to a professional
field for Minnesota Vikings games - sometimes on
On another track at
9 a.m. Bob Clarin offered a presentation on Playground
Safety and inspections and offered insight on playground
equipment that may become obsolete due to safety concerns
After the morning education, members gathered for more
Vendor time. Then, Woodbury host Paul Griffin, gave a
history of how a farm back in 1991, and millions of dollars
later, became a multi-sport super complex today named
Bielenberg Sports Center.
At 11 a.m. Fall Workshop
Committee Chair Ben Boeding, CSFM, introduced Keynote
Speaker Joe Schmit, KSTP. Schmit gave a well-received,
inspirational talk called Silent Impact which was about
various people who have been and still are influential to
others, just by their everyday actions.
Schmit's keynote, Midwest Groundcover and Reinders sponsored
a great, hot lunch catered by Tunnucci's.
out the day, the City of Burnsville, City of St. Louis Park
and the City of Eagan representatives provided presentations
on mowing and the mowing equipment used in each city.
Presentations from the event:
SAFETY FIRST - PLAYGROUND MAINTENANCE, Bob Clarin
LANDSCAPE AND PLANTING DESIGN FOR OUR CHANGING CLIMATE -
SPECIES VULERABILITY LIST - Fred Rozumalski
CITY OF BURNSVILLE, MN
CITY OF EAGAN, MN
CITY OF ST. LOUIS PARK, MN