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IAAPA Economic Impact Study: Attractions Generate $3.6 Billion in Latin America

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) recently released the results of an economic impact study for the attractions industry in Latin America. The IAAPA Economic Impact Study of the Latin American Attractions Industry evaluated the economic conditions of 556 attractions in 11 countries.

Millions of Volunteers Take Action to Clean, Restore and Renew

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that envisions a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live, announced the official launch of the 2017 Great American Cleanup. Entering its 19th year, Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program with an estimated 50,000 events occurring from spring through fall in more than 20,000 communities across the country.

New Book Aims to Make Communities Healthy

Making communities healthier is a complex challenge. A variety of topics relevant to health — from air quality to social interaction — and scales, the block, neighborhood, or city must be considered. Creating Healthy Neighborhoods: Evidence-Based Planning and Design Strategies helps bring healthy places to life in a way that benefits the entire community.

Heads Up Tackling Program Decreases Concussion Rates, Researchers Say

Consistently using a tackling education program appears to help lessen youth football concussion severity and occurrence, say researchers presenting their work today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Specialty Day in San Diego.

Rose Center to Advise Grand Rapids on Development Incentives to Advance Community Goals

The Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is working with Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to explore new and innovative ways the city can best utilize public land and finance incentives to support the community’s vision of vibrant neighborhoods with high-quality parks, a riverfront recreation trail, more mobility and housing options and economic opportunity for people from all walks of life.

Spotlight Shines on Tennis Visionaries

The spirit of innovation and creativity is alive and well in tennis, as some of the most brilliant new products and services in the tennis industry take center stage on Monday, March 27, at the inaugural Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge.

ASLA Plan Provides Top U.S. Infrastructure Recommendations

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) released a document outlining critical priorities to update and strengthen all forms of infrastructure. “Landscape Architects Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development” centers on less-costly green infrastructure solutions in four areas.

Off the Scale Partners With ACSM to Scale Chronic Disease Intervention Care

Off The Scale (OTS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have just announced a significant strategic partnership, with ACSM and its Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Global Center teaming up with OTS to combat the progression of chronic diseases. This partnership supports continued efforts to develop and implement lifestyle change programs aimed at combating sedentary lifestyle, obesity and those chronic diseases that can be significantly treated or managed by physical activity and other lifestyle interventions.

City Parks Alliance, Toro Announce Winners of Urban Park Innovation Award

The Toro Urban Park Innovation Award, sponsored by The Toro Company, recognizes innovation in park management and practices, and is presented in conjunction with City Parks Alliance. Parque Castillo in St. Paul, and Bossen Field Park in Minneapolis, were chosen for the important roles they play in bringing their communities together through recreation and arts integration, and for their ability to demonstrate excellence in park design and programming.

American Red Cross, Counsilman-Hunsaker to Partner on Aquatic Management Program

In response to the aquatic industry’s ever-evolving challenges, including increasingly stringent health and safety regulation, certification management, compliance demands and risk management issues, the American Red Cross and Counsilman-Hunsaker have partnered to offer a robust, customizable solution for aquatic facility operators.

Report Shows Wellness Options Are Key to Senior Living Satisfaction

Residents of age-qualified communities who participate in wellness and lifestyle activities are very satisfied with their quality of life and the value they receive from living in the community, according to new findings from the ICAA/ProMatura Wellness Benchmarks National Report.

ASBA Announces Pickleball Courts Manual

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the release of its newest publication, Pickleball Courts: A Construction & Maintenance Manual. The manual, written jointly by ASBA and the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), is currently available in both hard copy and online form.

National Park Service, Boy Scouts Partnership Merits Attention

The National Park Service and the Boy Scouts of America celebrated the renewal of their longstanding partnership during a ceremony at the Boy Scout Commemorative Tribute Memorial in Washington, D.C. A centerpiece of the partnership is the Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Program, which provides the framework for parks and local councils to work together to provide experiences for Scouts on public lands.

Texas A&M University Honored With PGMS Accreditation

Texas A&M University (managed by SSC-Services for Education) was granted a 2-star Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation as awarded by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS).

Americans Support Pre-Tax Fitness Expense Payment Option, Survey Finds

Americans want to use pre-tax dollars — such as those in a health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) — to cover their fitness expenses. Congress currently is debating a proposal that would give Americans that right: the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act.

NSPF Releases Advanced Service Technician Certification

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) introduces a comprehensive blended training program to the aquatic industry: Advanced Service Technician Course.

NRPA Awards Grant Funding for New Nature Discovery Program

In today’s increasingly digital society, the need to educate children on the importance of connecting with nature is apparent, especially in underserved, low-income areas where there aren’t a lot of opportunities for kids to explore the natural world around them. That’s why the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has selected these four park and recreation agencies to receive funding for its new Wildlife Explorer’s program.

PHIT Introduced in Congress

PHIT, the fitness industry’s top federal legislative priority, was introduced recently in Congress. On the national front, IHRSA’s advocacy team has been actively engaging with Congress, the Administration and allied organizations to promote physical activity and advance the interests of health club businesses, which are instrumental in building a healthier and more prosperous America.

Keep America Beautiful Partners to Boost Recycling in Flint Schools

The Coca-Cola Company, Nestlé Waters North America, the PepsiCo Foundation and the Walmart Foundation announced that they have partnered to fund an integrated recycling education and awareness initiative for the 10,000 school students affected by the Flint water crisis, led by national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and its local Flint, Mich., affiliate Keep Genesee County Beautiful (KGCB).

Study: Private Schools Offer Fewer Athletic Training Services

A new study reveals that a greater percentage of U.S. public secondary schools than private secondary schools offer athletic training services to meet the health care needs of their student athletes.

JCCs Return to Normal Operations After String of Bomb Threats

On Feb. 20, 11 Jewish community centers received phoned-in bomb threats. This comes in the aftermath of three waves of bomb threats in January (Jan. 9, Jan. 18, and Jan. 31), resulting in 68 incidents at 53 JCCs in 26 states and one Canadian province in total. All bomb threats this year proved to be hoaxes, and all JCCs impacted have returned to regular operations.

Global Wellness Institute Releases Wellness Industry Analysis

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) released the 2016 Global Wellness Economy Monitor, the only research that measures and analyzes the 10 markets (from fitness/mind-body to wellness tourism) that comprise the global wellness industry. Pre-released data revealed that the worldwide wellness industry grew an impressive 10.6 percent, to $3.72 trillion, from 2013-2015 - making it one of the world’s fastest-growing, most resilient markets.

NSPF Looking for Step Into Swim Grant Recipients

The National Swimming Pool Foundation is accepting 2017 grant applicants for the Step Into Swim Campaign. The 2012 10-year campaign aims to create 1 million more swimmers. Grant applications are being accepted until March 3, 2017.

Pediatric ACL Injuries Continue to Rise Steadily

A study in the March 2017 issue of Pediatrics, “ACL Tears in School-Aged Children and Adolescents Over 20 Years,” (published online Feb. 22) is the first study to show the incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in pediatric patients (ages 6-18 years) has significantly and steadily increased by about 2.3 percent annually over the past 20 years.

2017 NDPA Educational Conference to Focus on The Next Generation of Water Safety

The 16th annual National Drowning Prevention Alliance Educational Conference will take place at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh April 10 - 14. The annual event, themed "The Next Generation of Water Safety", brings together organizations and individuals to share knowledge and ideas to prevent drowning and aquatic injuries across the United States.

International Pool Spa Patio Expo Sets Eyes on Orlando

The 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo will be held November 1-3, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center, North Halls A&B, in Orlando, Florida.

UNC Greensboro Professor Recognized by SHAPE America

Catherine Ennis, a professor of curriculum theory and development in the Department of Kinesiology at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will receive the highest award given by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators at its 132nd National Convention & Expo in Boston on Friday, March 17.

NFWF, ConocoPhillips Announce SPIRIT of Conservation & Innovation Grants

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and ConocoPhillips announced $1.2 million in grant awards through the SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation program. These grants will support restoration and enhancement of important habitats and advance innovative water conservation technologies in 11 states.

CWA Releases Draft Work-at-Height Standard for Climbing Wall Operations

The Climbing Wall Association Inc. announced the release of the draft standard titled: CWA Work-at-Height Standard for Climbing Wall Operations to its members and the public. The purpose of the Work-at-Height Standard is to provide guidance to employers regarding their managed work-at-height program and existing legal requirements. The standard will assist employers in identifying, evaluating and controlling the risks and hazards related to work-at-height in a climbing facility.

ACSM, Polar Team to Create Heart Rate Monitoring & Assessment Course

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Polar, a leader in wearable sports and fitness technology, announced the launch of a new heart rate monitoring and assessment course.

OGMS Releases Guide to Grounds Management

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has released to its members "A Guide to Grounds Management Best Practices." This guide will serve as a primary source of best practices in the green industry, including examples of specific practices and advice on how to implement them.

NSPF Board of Directors Evolves

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has made three changes to the Board of Directors which became effective as of January 1, 2017. One long time board member, John Puetz, retired and two Genesis leaders joined to ensure the board has strategic leaders in areas that are aligned with growing portfolio of programs.

Superintendents Give High Marks to Propane Golf Equipment

Final survey data from an equipment demonstration program shows golf maintenance equipment powered by propane can dramatically reduce emissions while saving superintendents money through lower fuel and maintenance costs compared to similar equipment powered by traditional fuels.

Katharine Morgan Becomes President of ASTM International

Katharine “Kathie” Morgan began serving as president of ASTM International, one of the world’s largest standards development organizations.

Colleges Battle to Be Named Champions of RecycleMania Competition

RecycleMania, the premier collegiate recycling competition managed by Keep America Beautiful, is back for the 17th time as college and university campuses across the country rally school spirit while competing to see who will claim the championship title in the fight to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost the most on campus.

Local Governments Get Creative to Bridge Financing Gaps

While municipal bonds will continue to be the central option for how local infrastructure in financed, local governments are using a combination of traditional and alternative approaches to finance their public infrastructure investments.

YMCA Summer Learning Programs Yield Reading & Math Gains

Elementary and middle school students enrolled in BELL-powered summer academic and enrichment programs delivered by YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and local Ys showed gains in reading and math skills, new test results show.

STMA Announces 2017 Board of Directors

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – announced its 2017 Board of Directors, including Tim VanLoo, Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM) and Manager of Athletics Turf/Grounds for Iowa State University, as its newly elected President.

More Than One-Third of Landscape Contractors Consider Propane Mowers

More than a third of commercial landscapers are considering propane to power their equipment fleets, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council.

Nat'l Park Service Articulates Holistic Vision for Park System

The National Park Service (NPS) released a plan to identify gaps in the current National Park System to better inform future decision-makers of options that more fully represent the nation’s natural and cultural resources, and the experiences of all Americans.

APA Chapters Work to Improve Public Health

The American Planning Association (APA) is providing $1.5 million in funding to 28 of its chapters through the Planners4Health initiative to continue to create stronger, healthier communities. The initiative will focus on greater coordination between planners and public health professionals at the state level.

21 New National Park Projects Promote Community & Exploration

Twenty-one new projects at national parks across the country will give kids and adults the opportunity to come together with their neighbors to recreate, learn, and have fun thanks to Active Trails grants from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

IHRSA Publishes 2016 Advocacy Impact Report

IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, announced that it has released a new publication, explaining and communicating the value of IHRSA’s advocacy efforts. The report gives an overview of the activities the trade association undertook in 2016 to grow, promote and protect the health club industry so it can continue its important work in promoting physical activity to improve America’s health and bring down the cost of preventable chronic diseases that drive up healthcare spending.

Survey: Preservation of Public Lands a Top Priority for Americans

A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), a network of more than 52,000 park and recreation professionals and advocates, reaffirms the fact that Americans are passionate about the preservation of public lands, such as local, state and national parks, making the permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund an even bigger priority for lawmakers and the new administration.

ACA Presents Awards at 2017 National Conference

The American Camp Association (ACA) announced the recipients of the 2017 National Awards. The award winners will be recognized at ACA’s National Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., from February 21-24.

Nat'l Park Service Announces More Than $7.5 Million in Grants for Civil Rights Sites

The National Park Service (NPS) announced funding for 39 projects in more than 20 states that will preserve and highlight the sites and stories associated with the Civil Rights Movement and the African American experience.

Nat'l Park Service Designates 38 Certified Local Governments in 2016

The National Park Service designated 38 communities from across the United States as Certified Local Governments (CLG) in 2016. There are now 1,966 communities that participate in the program, which provides local governments access to historic preservation guidance and grants.

GameTime Awards $1.45 Million in Grants for Illinois Park Projects

GameTime announced the recipients of the 2016 Healthy Play Action Grants. The grant funds–totaling 1.45 million dollars–are part of an Illinois statewide initiative to promote healthy play with the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA), GameTime, and GameTime's parent company, PlayCore.

Survey Finds Majority Support Investments to Improve Health

A new national survey of registered voters has found that nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of Americans support increasing investments to improve the health of communities.

IHRSA Foundation's ACCESS Health Initiative Programs Set to Launch

The IHRSA Foundation announced that 2017 will see the launch of five ACCESS Health pilot programs in IHRSA clubs, from California to New York.

AAOS, Wolters Kluwer to Publish Spinal Injury Guide for Athletes

Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, in partnership with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), announced the release of Spine Injuries in Athletes, a comprehensive reference book that covers the treatment of spine injuries in athletes.

Study Reveals Consumers' Favorite Fitness Brands

A new study by Market Force Information (Market Force) found that consumers prefer their local YMCA or YWCA over all other national gym chains, and many gym-goers are planning to switch gyms in the next three months.

Researchers: U.S. Professional Societies Make Climate Change Part of Education, Outreach

Most urban-focused professional societies in the United States are educating their members on climate change issues, but few have adopted a holistic approach that includes adaptation, mitigation and the explicit recognition of social justice implications, according to a new report commissioned by The Kresge Foundation.

Master Pools Guild Continues Step Into Swim Support

The Master Pools Guild (MPG) has donated another $40,000 to the National Swimming Pool Foundation's (NSPF) Step Into Swim Campaign. MPG has now donated $80,000 to the campaign that funds programs that teaches the lifesaving skill of swimming.

When Solar Water Heating Makes Sense

To lower utility bills and achieve a reduced carbon footprint, multitenant property owners are increasingly turning to the sun for solar water heating.

Deloitte Highlights Sports Industry Trends for 2017

Deloitte’s sports professionals predict that innovation and disruption will dominate 2017, whether it is nontraditional media pursuing sports rights or teams optimizing fan experience beyond the stadium. Deloitte’s most recent report, “Deloitte’s sports industry starting lineup: Trends expected to disrupt and dominate 2017” examines the issues and opportunities likely to be top of mind for sports executives this year, both on and off the field.

IAAPA Elects David Rosenberg as Second Vice Chairman

The board of directors of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) elected David Rosenberg second vice chairman. Rosenberg is a vice president of Monterey Bay Aquarium.

ASBA Announces New Officers & Directors

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the election of its officers and directors for the coming membership year.

WAHC 2017 Save the Date Announced

The 14th annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC), will be held October 18-20, 2017, at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Denver.

National Park Service Celebrates Centennial Successes

On the heels of President Obama’s signing of the National Park Service Centennial Act, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation unveiled an impressive summary of the agency’s accomplishments, achieved with its partners and unprecedented public engagement, during its year-long 100th anniversary celebrations, and prepared to use the momentum and support that resulted from the centennial to launch into its second century of service.

Research Shows Positive Health Outcomes for NFL Play 60 Programs

Research conducted by The Cooper Institute through its NFL PLAY 60 FitnessGram Project revealed annual improvements in aerobic capacity and body mass index for students participating in NFL PLAY 60 programming when compared to schools not utilizing NFL PLAY 60 programs.

Park Service Sets Policy for 21st Century Resource Stewardship

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis updated resource stewardship policy to address environmental and societal changes that are increasingly widespread, complex, accelerating and uncertain.

UBC Researchers: Pumping Iron Is Good for the Heart

Just one session of interval weight-training can improve the risk of Type 2 diabetes complications, according to a UBC Okanagan study.

New Edition of Pool & Spa Operator Handbook Released

The ​National Swimming Pool Foundation​ (NSPF​) announced the eighth installment of the ​ Pool & Spa Operator Handbook​ since 2004. The 2017 edition includes needed updates and additions that were provided by NSPF Instructors and industry experts throughout the past three years, since the last publication in 2014.

APSP, NSPF End Board Unification Process

The Board of Directors of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the National Swimming Pool Foundation announced they will not continue with the unification process to consolidate the two organizations.

Park Service Sets Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy

The National Park Service (NPS) released its strategy that connects cultural resources and climate change. The Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy (CRCC Strategy) is a landmark statement for the NPS and its historic preservation and climate change partners about how to anticipate, plan for and respond to the effects of climate change on cultural resources.

Park Service Sets Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy

The National Park Service (NPS) released its strategy that connects cultural resources and climate change. The Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy (CRCC Strategy) is a landmark statement for the NPS and its historic preservation and climate change partners about how to anticipate, plan for and respond to the effects of climate change on cultural resources.

Busch Gardens Tampa Honored With 2016 Applause Award

Biannually, since 1980, the prestigious Applause Award honors a park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with foresight, originality and sound business development. The winner of the 2016 Applause Award is Busch Gardens Tampa, Fla.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

People and company news


Curtis Industries Acquires Artillian LLC

Curtis Industries, LLC. has finalized the acquisition of Artillian, LLC, a privately owned company based in Douglas, Mass. The company will continue to operate under the Artilian name as a division of Curtis.

AerationPlus Circulator Improves Water in Ponds and Lakes

The AerationPlus circulator from Medora Corp. provides cost-effective, targeted circulation for small lakes and ponds, as well as areas around docks, marinas and coves in larger lakes.

What's Happening to Feminine Hygiene Dispensers?

While it has not been given much attention, women in all types of facilities have noticed something quietly happening: Feminine hygiene dispensers are either disappearing, not stocked, or left unrepaired.

EZ Dock Recognized With 2017 Innovation Award

EZ Dock earned a coveted Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show as voted on by Boating Writers International. The new EZ Kayak Launch was recognized for innovation in the docking category for its unique design for helping novice and experienced kayakers get in and out of their vessel without getting their feet wet. NMMA honored EZ Dock with this award as one of just 19 winners out of 63 evaluated products.

Colorado Time Partners With SwimPro

Colorado Time Systems (CTS), a PlayCore company, announced an exclusive partnership with SwimPro, providing swimming coaches and athletes with unparalleled swimming video analysis technology.

Paris Site Furnishings Introduces Premier Series Receptacles

Paris Site Furnishings introduces the Premier series waste and recycling receptacles with contemporary styling and robust, vandal-resistant construction.

Mats Inc. Releases New Nature-Inspired Flooring Collection

Commercial flooring leader Mats Inc. launched the newest addition to the Panorama Living Color resilient rubber collection: Hummingbird.

DLA Architects Co-Founder Bruce Dahlquist Celebrates Retirement

DLA Architects Ltd. in Itasca, Ill., announced the retirement of founding partner Bruce Dahlquist, following a 40-year career in architecture with a focus on education and recreation.

Clorox Introduces Portfolio of Odor Control Products

Four out of five cleaning industry professionals say that removing odor from the air is their biggest cleaning challenge (79 percent), according to a recent survey from Clorox Professional Products Company. However, the survey also finds that the odor elimination products currently on the market are not fully addressing professional cleaning needs.

Football Championships to Be Played Under Eaton's LED Lighting

Power management company Eaton announced that its advanced Ephesus sports lighting light-emitting diode (LED) and controls system will illuminate the next three professional football championship games, scheduled for 2018 in Minneapolis, 2019 in Atlanta and 2020 in Miami.

New Ecore Collection Elevates Fitness Offering

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, announced the launch of its new Elevate Collection, a group of surfaces designed to meet every need of a traditional fitness environment.

PlayCore Acquires APC Brands

PlayCore Holdings Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of play and recreation products, announced the acquisition of APC Brands.

Superior Recreational Products Releases New Catalogs

Superior Recreational Products (SRP) announced brand new 2017 Playgrounds, Shade, Shelter, and Site Amenities catalogs.

Ecore Athletic Presenting 5 New Products at IHRSA

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, announced it will be presenting five new products at the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) show in Los Angeles, March 8-11, 2017.

Study Reveals Origins of Problem Odors in Restrooms

An 18-month study conducted by the University of Toledo and Impact Products, a leading manufacturer of innovative tools and products for the professional cleaning and building industries, reveals that there are four core areas in a restroom from which most restroom odors emanate.

Escape Fitness FunXtion Interactive Platform Debuts at The Cliffs at Mountain Park Wellness Center

The first Escape Fitness FunXtion Interactive Platform installed in the U.S. is debuting with the opening of The Cliffs at Mountain Park Wellness Center--making functional training safe, effective, accessible and motivational for exercisers of all skill levels.

U-Build-It Mini Golf Kit Answers Market Need

Campground owners, smaller hotel owners and other entertainment venues are now able to build their own small and low cost concrete mini golf courses with the U-Build-It Mini Golf Kit from Adventure Golf Services, announced Scott Lundmark, president.

PlayCore Acquires Worlds of Wow

PlayCore Holdings Inc. a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of play and recreation products, announced the acquisition of Worlds of Wow.

Atlanta Athletic Club Enhances Golf Course

In the spring of 2016, the Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC) enhanced and upgraded its Highlands Golf Course, using a plan developed by Golf Course Architect Rees Jones. As a part of that renovation, the club chose Rain Bird’s Integrated Control System (IC System) and 900 Series IC Rotors to improve its irrigation system efficiency.

CivicPlus Adds Recreation Management Software to Suite

CivicPlus, the nation’s leader in government website design and technology, has announced that it has acquired Rec1, a leader in recreation management software for local government parks and recreation departments.

Spectrum Aquatics Launches New ADA Lift

Spectrum Aquatics announced the launch of the new ADA Portable Motion Trek BP 300 Lift. Built for durability, this pool lift is easy to use, saving deck space.

Green Series Fitness Introduces 10 Days or Less Commitment

Green Series Fitness, a Brigadoon Fitness company, recently introduced a new “10 Days or Less” commitment, showcasing their industry-leading delivery times.

SportsPlay Equipment Opens New Production Facility

SportsPlay Equipment Inc., a Missouri-based manufacturer of sports, playground and site amenity products announced that it has opened a new production facility in Leadington, Mo.

CrossFit Taps Pearson VUE to Deliver Coaching Exams

Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing, has entered into a multi-year agreement with fitness and wellness giant CrossFit to deliver its coaching exams.

Technogym Campaign Promotes Wellness, Fights Obesity

Technogym, a world leading wellness company, announced the launch of the 2017 ‘Let’s Move for a Better World’ campaign, the brand’s global initiative aimed at reducing obesity, promoting wellness and bringing local communities together.

Turf Nation Proud to Manufacture Super Bowl Surface

Turf Nation, a leading manufacturer of high-quality synthetic turf surfaces, is proud to have manufactured the playing surface that will be used for Super Bowl LI, to be held February 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston.

PoolZoom.com Signs With Solar Pool Technologies

Arizona-based Solar Pool Technologies (SPT) announced that it has finalized arrangements with PoolZoom.com to sell the Solar-Breeze NX, a revolutionary robotic solar-powered pool cleaner, at its retail stores in San Antonio, Texas and online website beginning in the spring of 2017.

Active Network Acquires Maximum Solutions

ACTIVE Network, the premier global marketplace for activities and events and an industry-leading provider of data solutions, announced that it has acquired Maximum Solutions.

New Catalog Details Site Furnishings & Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Paris Site Furnishings and Outdoor Fitness presents their full line of site furnishings and outdoor fitness equipment in a new, 68-page, full-color catalog.

Perform Better Announces 2017 Catalog

Perform Better has spent the last 25 years both supplying and redefining the fitness world and they keep paving the way for Functional Training by supplying new, innovative products each year.

Polin Waterparks, WOW Company Celebrate 1st Collaboration

On July 1, 2016, the biggest leisure and entertainment park in Turkey - dubbed by guests as a "world-class destination" - opened in Belek, Antalya.

Superior Recreational Products Introduces Sales Team Addition

Superior Recreational Products (SRP) welcomes Dan Link as National SRP Partner Sales Manager.

Gill Athletics Named Official Track & Field Equipment Supplier for NCAA Championships

Gill Athletics Inc. announced it was named the Official Track and Field Equipment Supplier to all NCAA indoor and outdoor national championships.

ADG Designs Indoor Waterpark for Quebec

Village Vacances Valcartier Resort opened its new Bora Parc indoor waterpark to guests on December 4th, 2016.

Picsolve Partners With Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Picsolve, the pioneers of photo and video capture for the leisure and entertainment industry, continues its business growth in the U.S. with a partnership agreement with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as their digital platform and photo capture partner.

SRP Integrates Shade and Skyspan Product Lines

Superior Recreational Products (SRP) announced plans to fully integrate Skyspan’s waterproof commercial umbrellas into the Shade product line by early 2017.

TCU Volleyball Gym Gets Face Lift

The TCU Horned Frogs called on Robbins dealer, Ponder Company, to freshen up their 14-year-old Robbins Air Channel Star with a new court design for the women’s competition volleyball gym. The floor, which is the located in the University Recreation Center, had been well maintained over the years and was in perfect condition for a face lift.

WhiteWater Announces Hiring of Nathan Jones

WhiteWater announced its latest senior hire, Nathan Jones, as Global Head of Attractions Business Development.

Colorado Time Systems Inducted to Colorado Swimming Hall of Fame

Colorado Time Systems (CTS), a PlayCore company, announced their induction to the Colorado Swimming Hall of Fame as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Colorado Time Systems Expands Internationally

Colorado Time Systems (CTS), a PlayCore company, announced a new Authorized Distributor in Mexico.

Waterplay Releases New Generation of Aquatic Play Products

Waterplay presents a new generation of product solutions for aquatic play spaces around the world. This exciting launch includes over 125 re-designed freestanding features packed with play value and optimized water effects, modular activity towers with endless configurations, and cutting edge water management solutions featuring breakthrough technologies.

ACT Global Acquires UBU and Turfscape Brands

Act Global has acquired the UBU and Turfscape brands from Turf Industry Holdings.

STMA Names Kenzie Jay as Sales & Marketing Manager

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – named Kenzie Jay as its new Sales and Marketing Manager.

First On-Board Pickleball Court Launched on Regent Seven Seas Cruise Ship

Pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports, debuted in June on the Explorer the newest ship in the Regent Seven Seas fleet.

Fitness Professor Review Recognizes Octane Fitness

Octane Fitness, LLC, has earned eight Best Buy awards for its premium zero-impact cardio products from Fitness Professor Review for the 2016-2017 season.

Musco Introduces Total Light Control-TLC for LED Technology

For more than 40 years, Musco has approached sports lighting from a foundation of responsibility—to facility owners, to those using the facility, and to the environment around it. Total Light Control—TLC for LED technology continues Musco’s commitment to excellence with an affordable system that delivers pinpoint light control for recreational facilities and is guaranteed for up to 25 years from foundation to poletop.

Signature Control Systems Teams Up With Tee It Up for the Troops

Signature Control Systems Inc., a global leader in Internet-based irrigation control, and Tee It Up for the Troops, a national veterans service nonprofit, announced a national partnership to support the care of our nation’s veterans and military families.

Action Floor Systems Launches New Website

Action Floor Systems, a manufacturer of maple and synthetic sports and commercial flooring systems, adds a new website to its list of updates.



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