a crisp, blue sky Minnesota day, more than 180 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 vendor displays.
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 Dimensions.
At 9 a.m. Cerfified Sports Field Managers
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 back-to-back days.
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 i.e. ladders.
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
After Schmit's keynote, Midwest Groundcover and
Reinders sponsored a great, hot lunch catered by
To finish 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
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
OF EAGAN, MN
CITY OF ST. LOUIS PARK, MN