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Experts Gather to Discuss Role of Parks in Climate-Resilient Communities

Park leaders from across the country gathered in Miami to discuss the increasing role park and recreation agencies play in developing climate-resilient communities. Organized by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, the three-day NRPA Innovation Lab, titled Resilient Parks, will explore how communities nationwide can maximize the value of parks and open spaces for resilience.

New Platform Aims to Mobilize Snow Industry Against Climate Change

Snowsports Industries America (SIA) announced the launch of United By Winter, a climate advocacy platform for the winter sports industry. The campaign is intended to give SIA members the education and tools to address climate change and its impacts on the snow industry.

KaBOOM! and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Renew Partnership

KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play, renewed a partnership with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation through its Built to Play initiative and will launch the second Play Everywhere Challenge. The Challenge will award organizations a total of $1 million across Western New York and Southeast Michigan to create lasting, scalable design installations that provide more opportunities to play for the kids who need it most.

Keep America Beautiful Partners to Clean Up Parks During Shutdown

As national parks face issues with unmanaged waste during the government shutdown, Keep America Beautiful, the largest community improvement organization in the United States, and Nestlé Waters North America, one of the leading beverage companies in North America, announced that they are teaming up to help mobilize affiliate organizations and volunteers across the country to clean up these shared public spaces.

NFWF Releases Southern California and Watersheds 2019 RFP

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the release of the 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Southern California Forests and Watersheds – Wildfires Restoration Grant Program (Southern California Wildfires Restoration Grant Program). Approximately $8 million is expected to be available in funding through this opportunity.

NRPA Responds to National Park Impacts Amid Shutdown

Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued a statement in response to the ongoing federal government shutdown and its effect on national parks.

Orthopaedic Surgeons Provide Winter Activity Safety Tips

Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and tobogganing are a few fun activities to help keep you active during the cold and snowy season. But, before you consider hitting the slopes, think about safety techniques to avoid common injuries, such as ankle or muscle strains and broken bones.

Grants Available for Watersheds Affected by Wildfire

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced that $4.86 million will be available in grants to restore watersheds degraded from past wildfire events.

IMBA Trail Accelerator Grant Applications Open

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is now accepting applications for the second round of its Trail Accelerator Grant.

USA Swimming Recognizes Swim Clubs

Washington, D.C.-area's Nation's Capital Swim Club has claimed the No. 1 spot in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program for the fifth consecutive year. On an annual basis, the Club Excellence program recognizes USA Swimming's highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes ages 18 years and younger.

NSPF Recognizes Top Instructors

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has announced the winners of its annual Instructor Awards, presented to active NSPF Instructors whose diligence over the previous year marked a significant contribution to advancing NSPF's mission.

IHRSA: Health Clubs Offer Supportive, Inclusive Communities

With New Year's fitness resolutions at hand, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is reminding people of the many resources and year-round support that health clubs offer.

Coore & Crenshaw Recognized With GCBAA Award

The prominent architectural duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw will be honored with the Don A. Rossi Award, given annually by the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) in recognition of their significant contributions to the golf industry.

Sourcewell Adds Snow & Ice Handling Vendors

The weather may be frightful, but municipalities can take the winter season head on with the help of 18 new contracts awarded in the Snow and Ice Handling Equipment category at Sourcewell.

ASBA Member Honored as Tennis Court Contractor of the Year

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced that a member company has been honored for its service to the industry.

ACSM: Wearable Tech Is Top New Fitness Trend for 2019

Wearable technology is forecast as next year's most popular trend in fitness according to more than 2,000 health and fitness pros surveyed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

New Guide Helps Gyms Build Ties With Local Doctors

IHRSA's new Guide to Creating Your Gym's Medical Wellness Program: An IHRSA Member Toolkit provides some information and solutions that lessen the challenges associated with opening lines of communication between health club facilities and local physicians.

Philadelphia OIC Selected as Recipient of ASLA 2018 Product Donation Program

Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center Inc., a workforce development nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people living in poverty gain skills to change their lives, was recently selected by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as beneficiary to receive furniture totaling $25,000 from DuMor Inc.

2018 RWJF Health Equity Award Winners Announced

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced nine winners of the 2018 Award for Health Equity, which celebrates individuals who have changed systems and policies at a local level to increase the chance that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.

ASBA Announces 2018 Game Changer Award Winners

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for designers, builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the winners of its inaugural Game Changer awards.

Parks & Rec Provides Holiday Events & Activities

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), when it comes to visiting public spaces this winter, eight in 10 (83 percent) Americans look forward to spending time outdoors. Most park and recreation agencies (84 percent) offer themed special events for their communities year-round, including holiday parades and light displays.

ACSM Urges Action on Active Transportation

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is committed to ensuring people have access to safe places to be physically active, and that includes places with clean air and water. While there may not be agreement on the causes of changes in climate, the trends in rising temperatures, violent storms, droughts and flooding clearly increase health risks to athletes and physically active people everywhere.

TPL Issues Statement on Climate Report

Diane Regas, president and CEO of The Trust for Public Land, issued a statement regarding The White House's National Climate Assessment

STMA Names Sixth Annual 'Mowing Patterns Contest' Winner

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) named Kyle Calhoon, Sports Turf Manager at the Hartford Yard Goats (Hartford, Conn.), its sixth annual 'Mowing Patterns Contest' winner.

ASBA Announces 2018 Award Winners

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for designers, builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the winners of its annual awards. Awards are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify construction excellence.

Congressional Briefing Kicks Off Push for Policies to Support More Activity

Congressional aides, proponents of physical activity and others crammed into Room 2253 of the Rayburn House Office Building to learn more about the new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and why exercise matters in public policy—-just days after exit polls showed health care as the top issue for voting Americans.

Analysis Lists Top 50 Cities to #OptOutside

REI Co-op and The Trust for Public Land unveiled the Urban Outdoor Access Analysis: a list of the 50 top large cities to #OptOutside. The cities span the nation, from Glendale, Ariz., to Newark, N.J., and are celebrated for the access to local parks and public lands available to their residents.

2018 Impact Schools Grant Recipients Announced

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators and Gopher Sport, announced the selection of ten SHAPE America Impact Schools grant recipients as part of a partnership to improve existing health and physical education programs across the country.

STMA Announces 2018 'Field of the Year' Winners

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional association for 2,700 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – awards its 2018 "Field of the Year" winners.

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 Breaks New Records

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) shattered records this at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 with the highest attendance and largest trade show floor in the event's history.

Grant Process Open for Public Spaces Recycling Bins

National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation announced the opening of the application period for the 2018 Keep America Beautiful/Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program.

IAAPA Announces 2018 Brass Ring Award Winners

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) presented the 2018 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 in Orlando, Fla.

National Swimming Pool Foundation Announces New Leadership

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has announced the election of a new President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary of its Board of Directors.

Study: Student Athletes in Rural Schools May See Higher Repeated Concussion Risk

Student athletes who attend high schools with a low availability of athletic trainers (AT) – mostly in rural and inner-city areas – are 50 percent more likely to have a sports-related concussion (SRC) that goes un-identified, un-assessed or mismanaged, according to a study published in the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Journal of Athletic Training.

IAAPA Presents Service Awards to Volunteers

IAAPA recognized the 2018 IAAPA Service Award winners, honoring individuals for their outstanding contributions to the global attractions industry.

IAAPA Foundation Awards Scholarships

The IAAPA Foundation, the nonprofit organization which works to inspire students to pursue careers in the global attractions industry, awarded three scholarships to students enrolled at the University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

World Aquatic Health Conference Broadens Its Reach

The 15th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) saw its largest attendance ever this year, attracting nearly 600 aquatic professionals from all over the world to Charleston, S.C., and to six WAHCity locations in the United States and Canada.

HHS Releases New Physical Activity Guidelines

Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., assistant secretary for health, announced the release of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Industry Pioneers Inducted Into IAAPA Hall of Fame

The International Association of Amusement Parks and and Attractions (IAAPA) inducted 11 global attractions industry pioneers into the IAAPA Hall of Fame during the Kickoff Event for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018.

Voters Approved $2.8 Billion for Local Parks & Natural Areas

The Trust for Public Land announced that Americans once again voted overwhelmingly in support of land conservation and parks this Election Day, creating more than $2.8 billion for the protection of water quality, new parks, natural areas, and working farms and ranches across 20 states, passing 84 percent of ballot measures, totaling more than $7.2 billion in funding for conservation and parks in 2018.

REI to Invest $1 Million in Outdoor Foundation's Thrive Outside Program, Youth Development

REI Co-op is investing $1 million in the Outdoor Foundation, the charitable arm of Outdoor Industry Association, to support the Thrive Outside program, designed to help young people's social, emotional and academic development through the outdoors.

Americans Agree Dog Parks Benefit Local Communities

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), nine in 10 (91 percent) Americans believe dog parks provide benefits to the communities they serve. More than half (55 percent) of park and recreation agencies currently have at least one dog park.

APSP Appoints New Board Members & Officers

During the International Pool, Spa, Patio Expo (PSP Expo) in Las Vegas, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) elected one new member to its Board of Directors, Andrew Levinson, and Donna K. Williams has assumed the role as Chairman of the Board having been elected Chair-elect last year along with a slate of new officers for the 2018-2019 term.

New Green Infrastructure Training Opportunity Available

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is partnering with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to adapt and deliver the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) curriculum to professionals responsible for the land management and maintenance and operations of municipal parks throughout the country.

ASBA Announces New Tennis Courts Manual

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for tennis courts, running tracks, sports fields and indoor and outdoor courts and recreational sport surfaces, has announced the publication of the 9th edition of Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.

STMA, Minor League Basbeall Announce 2018 'Sports Turf Managers of the Year'

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) award the 2018 'Sports Turf Managers of the Year' sponsored by STMA and John Deere.

NSPF CEO Tom Lachocki to Retire in 2019

Having served as the CEO of the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) since 2003, Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D., has announced his plan to retire in 2019.

Local Park Agencies' Out-of-School Time Programs Are Leading Child-Care Providers

According to a recent report published by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the majority (84 percent) of local park and recreation agencies offer summer camps, more than half (55 percent) offer afterschool programming and over a fifth (21 percent) offer before-school care.

New Data: Nearly One in Six Young People Has Obesity

Nationwide, 15.8 percent of young people ages 10 to 17 have obesity, according to the newest national data released today. Mississippi has the highest youth obesity rate, at 26.1 percent, while Utah has the lowest, at 8.7 percent.

STMA Kicks Off 'Mowing Patterns Contest'

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – comprised of more than 2,700 professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athletes' safety – kicked off its sixth annual "Mowing Patterns Contest."

Prepare to Connect at 71st Annual CPRS Conference & Expo

Registration is open for the 2019 CPRS Conference & Expo being held at the Sacramento Convention Center, March 19 to 22, 2019. Visit to register at the preregistration price until Jan. 23, 2019.

GreenFields USA Announces New Installation Partner

GreenFields USA announced its new distribution and installation partner: Academy Sports Turf, based in Englewood, Colo.

Stephanie Stephens Named 2018 PlayCore Hero

PlayCore, a Chattanooga based company that promotes its mission and values by giving back to communities in a variety of ways, bestows its annual Hero award as a way to recognize the inspirational people they meet throughout the course of business.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

People and company news

Introducing TAG Interactive Arenas

TAG Interactive Arenas is a new concept in social active leisure through the technological gamification of physical events. A creative blend of physical obstacles and challenging events with immersive activities that make up the multilevel, multi zoned TAG Arenas.

ADG to Design & Build Island H2O Live! Waterpark

Aquatic Development Group (ADG), has been contracted as the design/builder of the brand new Island H20 Live! Waterpark slated to open Spring 2019 at the Margaritaville Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Ecore Athletic Unveils New Catalog

Two new product collections and an Ecore Athletic catalog, offering surfaces for all athletic training and performance needs, are now available from Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into performance surfaces that make people's lives better.

WhiteWater Celebrates IAAPA Successes

The WhiteWater team are back at our desks in Canada and around the world, looking back over a record breaking IAAPA 2018 in Orlando, Fla. Here's a quick recap of all the exciting things that happened there.

Vortex International Introduces RiverQuest Family Adventure Attraction

Vortex Aquatic Structures International announced the launch of RiverQuest, a new family adventure attraction that combines the thrills of river rides and waterslides with multi-sensory dreamscapes to appeal to the entire family.

Surface America Celebrates 25 Years

Jim Dobmeier founded Surface America, which provides the complete installation of recreational and athletic surfacing, as a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Ecore International in 1993. Now, the Williamsville, N.Y.-based company is marking 25 years in business as a leading installer of playground, gymnasium and aquatic surfacing.

Superior Approved as Type I Fabricator From LADBS

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) approved Superior Recreational Products as a Type I fabricator within the specialty category of Steel Shade Structures.

Cover Care Donates $10K to Red Cross Aquatics Program

Cover Care LLC, a national service company specializing in the installation and repair of automatic pool covers, has made a $10,000 donation to the Aquatics Centennial Swim Lesson and Water Safety Program.

WhiteWater Unveils New Look

From its start as a waterpark operator in 1980, WhiteWater has had one clear purpose: to create places where families can unite and make joyful lasting memories.

Toro Announces Winner of Super Bowl Turfgrass Training Program

Toro has announced this year's winner of the annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program.

ASV Introduces New Compact Track Loader

ASV Holdings Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of all-purpose and all-season compact track loaders and skid steers, introduces the new RT-25 Posi-Track compact track loader.

New Mini Golf Kit Provides Alternative to Concrete-Built Courses

Adventure Golf Services (AGS) introduces "Modular Advantage Mini Golf" – a new modular 9- or 18-hole miniature golf course that looks and feels like concrete but isn't, and offers the same playability and fun as a traditional concrete course for less cost.

Technogym Becomes Official Supplier of PGA Tour Centers

The PGA TOUR and Technogym have announced a multi-year partnership designating Technogym as an Official Supplier of the PGA TOUR Player Performance Centers.

LESCO Launches CarbonPro

SiteOne Landscape Supply announced the release of LESCOCarbonPro-L with MobilEX, a liquid biological soil amendment.

Clorox Professional Products Company Debuts New Brand

Clorox Professional Products Company unveiled CloroxPro, a unifying new brand encompassing its industry-leading healthcare and commercial cleaning products.

New Soccer Mini-Pitch Unveiled at Newark Middle School

An innovative new soccer mini-pitch system was unveiled at Newark's Luis Muńoz Marin School, marking the fourth mini-pitch opened this year in Newark.

ChlorKing Cites Water & TDS Management as Key Factors in Onsite Chlorine Generation

For anyone involved in specifying and approving a new onsite chlorine generation system, initial cost is just one factor, according to officials at ChlorKing, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of on-site chlorine generation for commercial pools.

Water Odyssey Expands Fun Forms Aqua Slides

Fun Forms Aqua Slides are great additions to any aquatic play setting.

Redesigned Honda HRX Lineup Delivers More

Honda Power Equipment sets new heights in lawn mowing with the introduction of the newly redesigned HRX Series of lawn mowers.

New John Deere Mulching Head Shreds Wood in Minutes

John Deere continues to provide best-in-class vegetation management with the addition of the MH60D mulching head to its Worksite Pro lineup.

Torque Fitness Introduces TANK M4 All-Surface Sled

The all-new TANK M4 All-Surface Sled from Torque Fitness is poised to expand the passionate, love-hate relationship of its predecessor, the TANK M2, the first All-Surface Sled, among athletes, fitness icons, celebrities and exercisers worldwide.

Doosan Bobcat Partners With Plug and Play

Doosan Bobcat North America has partnered with Plug and Play, a global startup accelerator and corporate innovation platform based in Silicon Valley, to explore Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous solutions that can be incorporated in Bobcat equipment.

WhiteWater Wins Leading Edge Award

At the World Waterpark Association's (WWA) Annual Symposium and Trade Show this year, WhiteWater celebrated winning a Leading Edge Award alongside the City of Grand Prairie, American Resort Management, OpenAire, and Ramaker for work at Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Splashtacular Earns WWA Leading Edge Award

Splashtacular, the largest U.S.-based manufacturer of waterslides and waterpark attractions, earned industry recognition for its role in creating an immersive experience at The Center of Recreational Excellence (CORE) waterpark located in Hobbs, N.M.

Escape Fitness' MOVE IT and Myzone Partner to Help Clubs Boost Revenue

Escape's MOVE IT and Myzone have joined forces in the first partnership of its kind to give clubs, boutiques and studios of all sizes an innovative and engaging class – combining wearable digital technology with industry leading programming – to help them boost market share and revenue.

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