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We Are Golf, Topgolf Extend Partnership for National Golf Day

WE ARE GOLF (WAG) – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – will once again partner with Topgolf for National Golf Day 2017, offering free golf lessons at the company’s 28 venues nationwide.

STMA Awards Environmental Facility Certification to 18 Facilities

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional association for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – recognized 18 facilities with the organization’s Environmental Facility Certification.

SHAPE America Celebrates Nat'l Physical Education & Sport Week

Schools across the country will be celebrating the importance of health and physical education programs empowering all students to lead active and healthy lives, May 1-7, during National Physical Education and Sport Week.

National Park Service, Foundation Launch Parks 101

In conjunction with this year’s National Park Week, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation launched Parks 101, an ongoing series of hidden histories that showcase unexpected stories and experiences from America’s national parks and programs.

NASC Releases Industry Report for Sport Event Industry

The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), in conjunction with Ohio University, released its annual State of the Industry Report for the sport event industry, and the survey shows the industry continues to be strong throughout the country.

Five Communities Recognized for Comprehensive Plans

The American Planning Association (APA) has recognized five comprehensive plans through the second round of the organization’s Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places Recognition Program Pilot. A comprehensive plan guides a community’s physical, social, and economic development, which provides guidance on local land use decisions.

Helmet Testing Aims to Improve Safety

New ways of testing and analyzing football head injuries caused by helmet-to-helmet hits is approaching a touchdown. The University of Alabama at Birmingham's (UAB) Department of Mechanical Engineering is developing new testing methodologies using crash test dummies to improve helmet testing and ultimately reduce concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

PGMS Announces Summer Conference

Home of the Carolina Panthers, the country's second-largest banking center, host of heart-pounding NASCAR races and world-class barbecue...all of this and more await green industry professionals in Charlotte, N.C., host of the PGMS School of Grounds Management Summer Conference, July 24-25, 2017.

Industry Veteran Hal McEvoy Joins IAAPA as CFO

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced 42-year attractions industry veteran Hal McEvoy has joined the association as chief financial officer (CFO).

Columbus Hosts Summit on Afterschool & Expanded Learning

The Ohio Afterschool Network held a statewide Municipal Summit on Afterschool and Expanded Learning at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.

Health Club Industry Exceeds 66 Million Consumers

More than 66 million Americans used a health club in 2016, a record-high since IHRSA began tracking health club consumer statistics in 1987.

SFIA Report Shows Conflicting Sport Participation Trends

With some activities experiencing double-digit growth, and others similarly declining, there is no single, dominant sports and fitness participation trend in the United States, according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) 2017 Sports, Fitness and Leisure Activities Topline Report.

Amusement Parks & Attractions to Open in 2017

As amusement parks and attractions open for the 2017 season, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) released its annual compilation of what is new at parks and attractions in the United States and Canada. The 2017 list includes more than 170 fresh experiences at 75 amusement parks and attractions, including new parks and land areas, rides, roller coasters, slides, games and more.

NRPA Releases Benchmarking Data for Parks & Rec Agencies

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) gives park and recreation professionals the data they need to be industry leaders while best serving their communities with the 2017 NRPA Agency Performance Review.

Trust for Public Land CEO Will Rogers Announces Retirement Plans

Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land, issued a statement about his future plans, announcing his retirement in a year to allow time for a replacement to be found.

Timely Diagnosis, Improved Treatment Lead to Faster Recovery for Athletic Hip Injuries

There are many health benefits to being an athlete. However, the sudden body movements used in sports like football, hockey and basketball can lead to painful hip injuries. A new literature review in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) identifies treatment strategies to get athletes back in the game.

Congressional Fitness Challenge Winners Announced

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) announced the winners of its annual Congressional Fitness Challenge, a six-week competition that saw participation from more than 300 congressional staffers and 10 members of Congress.

14th Annual WAHC Registration Opens

Early registration opened on April 3 for the 2017 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) at thewahc.org. The three day event, hosted by the National Swimming Pool Foundation) is taking place at the Omni Interlocken in Broomfield, Colo. this October 18-20.

Groups Partner to Promote Healthier, Walkable Communities

The Urban Land Institute has joined a coalition of organizations representing 450,000 professionals involved in industries related to community building, public health and parks creation to pledge support for the advancement of healthier, more walkable and more equitable communities.

PAC Study Shows Slight Increase in Activity Levels

According to The 2017 Physical Activity Council Participation Report, several activities saw moderate increase including outdoor, team, and fitness categories. These gains, especially among those who participate three times a week or more, contributed to the 0.2 percent decline in inactivity among Americans ages 6 and older. However, inactivity levels remain high at over 27 percent.

Rose Center Partners With Anchorage to Enhance Neighborhood Resiliency

The Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is working with Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to advise the city on developing tailored resiliency plans for Anchorage neighborhoods and their unique needs. These plans will help the administration execute on the priorities of innovation, resiliency, sustainability and equity on a neighborhood scale.

NFWF Announces Grant Program to Help Restore Angeles National Forest Watersheds

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced that, in partnership with the Angeles National Forest, NFWF will be issuing more than $17 million in grants over the next three years to restore watersheds impacted by the Copper, Sayre and Ranch fires in the Angeles National Forest.

YMCA of the USA Elects New Board Members

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for 2,700s Ys across the country, announced the election of four new members to the nonprofit’s board of directors.

SHAPE America Announces National Teachers of the Year

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators announced its 2017 national Teacher of the Year award winners, six individuals who are among the elite of the adapted physical education, dance education, school health and physical education professions.

National League of Cities Launches Early Learning Initiative

The National League of Cities (NLC) announced a new initiative to increase the likelihood that all children will achieve educational success by the end of third grade. This project, “Promoting an Alignment Framework to Build an Early Learning Nation,” builds upon prior work by NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families to align educational policies and programs for young children more effectively.

Study Shows Majority of Day Campers Get Significant Activity

Kids at day camp are getting more than the recommended amount of physical activity each day, according to a new study, “Children’s Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity Attending Summer Day Camps,” published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

NATA Presents Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Awards

At the eighth Youth Sports Safety Summit, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association presented its Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Award to two honorees – one individual and one organization – each demonstrating major commitment to the health and well-being of young athletes.

Five Students Receive Scholarships From PGMS

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has announced five green industry students as the 2017 collegiate scholarship recipients.

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.

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.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

People and company news


Gold Medal Announces New VP of Engineering

Gold Medal Products Co., the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of concession food equipment and supplies, introduces Andy Shang as the company’s Vice President of Engineering.

Colorado Time Renews Partnership With CSCAA

Colorado Time Systems (CTS), a PlayCore company, announced renewal of their exclusive multi-year sponsorship agreement with the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

Whitewater Slideboarding Receives Thea Award

WhiteWater took the stage with some of the best known names in our industry at the Themed Entertainment Association’s Thea Awards Gala to celebrate the most ground-breaking projects and innovative technologies in themed entertainment.

13 Solar Projects From Current Drive Clean Energy & Savings in Northeast

Businesses across the Northeast are using the power of the sun to reduce energy costs and improve their environmental impact. Solar solutions from Current, powered by GE, are now generating clean energy to fuel diverse industries like healthcare, manufacturing and municipalities.

Seton Hall Selects Colorado Time Systems Video Display

Seton Hall University in Orange, N.J., has signed an agreement with Colorado Time Systems, a PlayCore company, to install a brand new 10mm LED video display at the Arthur E. Imperatore Natatorium this summer.

CRS Welcomes New Business Developer & Account Manager

Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS) announced the addition of Business Developer and Account Manager Owen Brian Kane.

Gold Medal Unveils Upgraded Frozen Slush Machine

Just in time for summer, Gold Medal is introducing a new frozen slush machine.

Toro Company Awarded Mesa Contract

The Toro Company has been awarded a new cooperative purchasing contract from the City of Mesa, Ariz., for use by all municipal agencies and other authorized users.

Pittsburgh Pirates Install LED Sports Lighting & Controls

Power management company Eaton announced that its advanced Ephesus light-emitting diode (LED) sports lighting and controls system is being installed at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, for the 2017 season.

Technogym, NSCA Launch Product Workshops

TECHNOGYM, the leading producer of design and technology-driven wellness and fitness equipment and solutions, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning research and education shared an update on the results of their partnership, which was created to support the continued education of thousands of personal trainers, coaches, educators and researchers.

Precor Launches Spinner Chrono

Precor has increased its Spinner indoor cycling offering with the premium addition of the new Spinner Chrono bikes, the latest introduction to the Spinner family; Spinner Rally, Spinner Shift and Spinner Ride.

Texas Christian University Arena Renovation Challenges HVAC Engineers

HVAC consulting engineers and contractors were dealt a tough hand during the renovation of Texas Christian University's (TCU) basketball arena and they weren't playing Texas Hold 'em Poker.

Upace Strengthens Fitness Conferences With Customized Apps

Organizers and attendees of Florida State University’s Evolve Fitness Symposium and Indiana State University’s Midwest Fit Fest are getting customized apps, designed and donated by upace.

TRX Partners With Alloy Personal Training Solutions and Humane Flooring

TRX, the global leader in providing a holistic functional training ecosystem for gyms, health clubs and fitness facilities, announced strategic partnerships with Alloy Personal Training Solutions and Humane Flooring.

Superior Recreational Products Announces Spring Sale

The Superior Recreational Products annual Spring Sale will start April 17 and conclude June 30.

Technogym Announces Results of 'Let's Move' Campaign

Technogym, the world’s leading wellness and fitness company, announced the amazing results of its ‘Let’s Move for a Better World’ campaign, a worldwide social campaign with a mission to raise awareness in the fight against obesity and sedentariness.

Neoti Provides Ultra-HD LED Display for University of Kansas

The University of Kansas Athletics recently turned to Neoti to upgrade the backlit nameplates above each locker at the Anderson Family Football Complex with a seamless, ribbon-style narrow pixel pitch LED display.

Accella Announces Tru-Motion Play Series Product Line

Accella Polyurethane Systems announced that it has expanded its Tru-Motion Play Series products to include an expanded line of Aromatic binders for Pour in Place safety surfaces.

PlayCore Acquires Alta Enterprises

Alta Enterprises Inc. founded in 1989, is a leading supplier of custom swimming pool covers and automatic reel systems with push button functionality.

Technogym Strengthens Digital Offerings

TECHNOGYM, the world’s leading wellness and fitness company, launched a long list of new digital products at IHRSA 2017, furthering the brand’s mission to motivate users to move more and become healthier

Precor's Erica Tillinghast Recognized by IHRSA

Erica Tillinghast, Precor Global Education Manager, is one of just 22 young professionals to have been recognized as a Rising Star by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) in acknowledgment of her outstanding impact on the business and the global fitness industry.

Willoughby's Envy Lavatory Ideal for Commercial Settings

Willoughby Industries announced an addition to the commercial lavatory lineup: the Envy two- and three-station solid surface lavatory systems.

Athletic Club Quiets Paddle Ball Court Noise With Acoustifence

A large athletic club in New York contacted Thomas Stone of MS Platinum Construction about a noise problem at their paddleball courts in late fall 2015. Tom contacted Acoustiblok Inc., a NASA Spinoff listed company, about the problem and working with a consultant came up with a practical solution using Acoustifence that reduced noise and fit into the look of the courts.

Dollamur Sports Surfaces Announces Wrestling Mat Approval

Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur) – the world's leading manufacturer of high-performance sports flooring for wrestling, mixed martial arts, martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading and fitness – announced it has received United World Wrestling (UWW) safety approval for wrestling mats used in high-level competitions.

Technogym Launchesd Skillrow

TECHNOGYM, a leading producer of design and technology-driven fitness equipment and solutions, announced the launch of SKILLROW, the first indoor rowing equipment designed to improve anaerobic power, aerobic capacity and neuromuscular abilities in one solution.

Gaylord Palms Orlando Partners With ADG to Add FlowRider

Aquatic Development Group (ADG) has completed a second phased expansion at the Gaylord Palms and Convention Center adding a FlowRider Double as part of a $4.2 million expansion that also included a new slide complex.

The Abs Company Adds Michael Ritter to Team

The Abs Company announced that Michael Ritter has joined the team to further support their growing portfolio of products in their Key and National Accounts.

Gerflor Sets Example for Sports-Flooring Industry

LEED v4 is here – and it’s changing how sport facility architects and designers consider and specify products. Specifically, environmental product declarations (EPDs) need a more critical eye than ever before. Gerflor USA, known for its high quality, high performing resilient sport and commercial flooring, is making it easier – while strengthening its legacy of industry leadership – with product-specific EPDs.

College Basketball Championship Games to Be Played Under Eaton's LEDs

Power management company Eaton announced that its advanced Ephesus sports lighting light-emitting diode (LED) and controls system will illuminate three of the next four college basketball championship games: this year's game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona; U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2019; and at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia in 2020.

Master Lock Debuts Best-in-Class Electronic Built-In Locker Lock

After years of dedicated research and development, Master Lock unveiled its new Electronic Built-In Locker Lock at the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) trade show, March 8 and 9.

Power Plate Joins AFS

The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) announced the addition of industry leader Power Plate to its membership and sponsorship ranks.

Aktiv Provides Programming With Fitness Industry Educators

Aktiv Solutions, the industry leader in functional fitness facility design and supply, announced a new programming and education platform designed to power the spaces they create on behalf of clients.

TRX Connect Links Fitness Facilities, Members & Metrics

TRX, the industry leader in functional training, announced the launch of TRX Connect, an integrated digital platform that combines a professional/enterprise app, consumer app and cutting edge (or one-of-a-kind or proprietary) body assessment technology with TRX’s acclaimed programming, education and equipment.

Hyperwear Introduces SoftBell Adjustable Dumbbell

Hyper Wear Inc. (Hyperwear), creator of innovative functional fitness equipment, announced the launch of the SoftBell Adjustable Dumbbell, the company’s latest breakthrough fitness product.

Ephesus Sports Lighting Installed at Ford Park's Ballfields

Power management company Eaton announced that its advanced Ephesus sports lighting light-emitting diode (LED) and controls system has been installed at Ford Fields, part of the Ford Park complex in Beaumont, Texas, to illuminate the park's 12 all-turf infield, championship-caliber youth baseball/softball fields.

Aktiv Unveils Aktiv Virtual Functional Training on Demand

Aktiv Solutions, the industry leader in functional fitness facility design and supply, unveiled its pioneering Aktiv Virtual guided-training platform. Aktiv Virtual represents the first AI (artificial intelligence) personal trainer for the commercial fitness industry and will provide club members with the guidance, education and motivation of a personal training experience.

Pine Hall Brick Company Upgrades Logo, Website

After almost a century, Pine Hall Brick Company is re-introducing itself with a new logo, a new website and a new focus on the benefits of brick construction to today’s marketplace.

FitMetrix Provides Software Platform for Fitness Industry

Technology continues to change the landscape of the fitness and wellness industry, and FitMetrix is at the forefront of that movement. Providing a customized workout experience for gym members that tracks results in realtime, FitMetrix also allows for gym owners to set up a personalized electronic front desk experience to provide gymgoers.

Hach Brings Simplified DPD Testing to Pool Operators

Hach has pioneered a new testing solution for aquatic professionals who are responsible for maintaining healthy water at public pools and spas. The new DPD Pro test strip kit, released in February 2017, offers a quick and easy method to obtain accurate, reliable test results using the DPD method for Total Chlorine and Free Chlorine.

Octane Fitness Adds to Commercial Zero Runner Line

Nautilus Inc., a leader in innovative fitness equipment, announced that Octane Fitness is introducing its second commercial Zero Runner, the ZR7000, along with the new Octane AirdyneX air resistance bike.

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.



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