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STMA Names 'Moving Patterns Contest' Winner

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – comprised of 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athletes' safety – named Andrew Miller, program advisor for the Brentsville High School (Nokesville, Va.) turfgrass management program, its seventh annual "Mowing Patterns Contest" winner.

PHTA Makes Education Updates

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance board of directors recently made determinations on PHTA education structure and course format plans for the future to address duplicate courses and certifications that came as a result of the unification of The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) and the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF).

WHO Says Majority of Adolescents Worldwide Are Not Sufficiently Physically Active

The first ever global trends for adolescent insufficient physical activity show that urgent action is needed to increase physical activity levels in girls and boys aged 11 to 17 years.

PHTA Welcomes New VP of Education

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced the appointment of Mark C. Milroy, CAE as PHTA's vice president of education.

Keep American Beautiful Selects National Youth Advisory Council

Keep America Beautiful has selected 17 high school students from across the country to serve on its eighth national Youth Advisory Council over the course of the 2019/2020 school year.

YMCA Research Shows Young Americans Are Optimistic About Creating Change

A survey of 2,000 Americans (aged 18 to 38) found that 67% believe younger generations are more likely to be outspoken about the issues they support, and half of respondents believe younger generations are actually the ones driving positive change.

Urban Land Institute to Advise Kansas City on Equitable Parks

A group of nationally renowned land use, urban planning and resilience experts representing the Urban Land Institute (ULI) are making recommendations to Kansas City, Mo., on the creation of an equitable park system.

Step Into Swim Joins GivingTuesday Movement in 2019

In a push to create a million more swimmers and equip children with essential water safety skills, the Pool & Hot Tub Foundation's (PHTF) Step Into Swim program has joined #GivingTuesday, an international day of charitable giving that brings awareness to philanthropic causes and celebrates generosity worldwide.

STMA Announces 2019 '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 – awarded its 2019 Field of the Year winners.

IAAPA Inducts Attractions Industry Pioneers into Hall of Fame

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, inducted two global attractions industry legends — Frederick "Fred" Langford and Alberto Zamperla — into the IAAPA Hall of Fame.

IAAPA Recognizes Industry Leaders With Service, Young Professional Awards

IAAPA recognized the 2019 IAAPA Service Award winners and the 2019 Young Professional of the Year Award winner during the annual GM and Owners' Breakfast at IAAPA Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla. The IAAPA Service Awards honor individuals for their outstanding contributions to the global attractions industry.

Five Communities Earn 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced the five communities chosen to receive the 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The Prize honors and elevates communities at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity and equity for all.

CMAHC Announces Changes to MAHC Update Process

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) has made changes to the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) update process, which is now underway.

Orthopaedic Surgeons Discuss Dangers of Sports Specialization

As sport specialization at the youth and high school levels becomes increasingly popular, parents, coaches and medical professionals are encouraged to understand and help prevent the risk of injury among young athletes.

Study: Students at More Than Half of California's High Schools Are at Risk of Injury

A study published in the Journal of Athletic Training, the National Athletic Trainers' Association's (NATA) peer-reviewed scientific publication, finds that more than 47 percent of schools in California do not have an athletic trainer (AT), a health care professional who provides preventative services, emergency care, clinical assessment, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions, considered to be the gold standard of care according to the sports medicine community.

Program Helps Schools Address Students' Emotional, Mental Health Challenges

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators announced details of its new health. moves. minds. program, which launched nationwide in August after a successful pilot program from April through June 2019.

AOAP, Swim Angelfish Announce Partnership

The Association of Aquatic Professionals announced a partnership with Swim Angelfish, expanding the efforts of both organizations to provide a number of resources to aquatic professionals, enthusiasts and athletes in the aquatics field.

STMA Names 2020 'Innovative Award' Winners

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the organization for 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athlete safety – named its 2020 "Innovative Award" winners.

New ACE Specialist Program Prepares Exercise Pros to Help Those With Chronic Pain

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) launched the Orthopedic Exercise Specialist Program, a new continuing education program that equips exercise professionals with the knowledge and tools to empower clients living with pain or chronic orthopedic-related conditions to return to their daily activities with restored confidence in movement.

IHRSA Releases 2019 Profiles of Success

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released its annual Industry Data Survey (IDS) results and the accompanying publication, IHRSA Profiles of Success. The report provides a detailed analysis of the annual performance of leading health and fitness clubs, including results in key metrics such as revenue, and membership growth and retention.

Urban Design Selected as New Stand-Alone Category for ASLA Awards

ASLA Professional and Student Awards in Urban Design will recognize projects that activate networks of spaces that mediate between social equity, economic viability, infrastructure, environmental stewardship and beautiful place-making in the public and private realm.

Keep America Beautiful Encourages Americans to Join Recycling Effort

Recycling innovation and partnership are themes of this year's America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national program that takes place on and surrounding Nov. 15.

Club Sports Coaches Less Prepared for Medical Emergencies Than H.S. Coaches

The Journal of Athletic Training, the National Athletic Trainers' Association's (NATA) scientific publication, released 'A Comparison of Emergency Preparedness Between High School Coaches and Club Sport Coaches and Exploring Coaches' Perceptions of Youth Sport Specialization: A Comparison of High School and Club Sport Context' as part of a special thematic issue focused on youth sport specialization.

Report Offers Solutions to Fund Waste Collection, Reduce Plastic Pollution

Ocean Conservancy, in partnership with the Trash Free Seas Alliance, of which Keep America Beautiful is a founding member, recently released the new "Plastics Policy Playbook: Strategies for a Plastic-Free Ocean." Based on desk-side research, in-country workshops and robust financial modeling, the report is an in-depth guide to some of the most impactful public- and private-sector interventions available to tackle plastic pollution.

People Look to Parks for Volunteer Opportunities

Four in five adults (80%) look to their local parks and recreation for family-friendly community volunteer opportunities, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll. Millennials lead the way in terms of their volunteerism (87%), compared to Gen Xers (81%) and baby boomers (76%).

Research Shows Investment in Walking & Biking Infrastructure Delivers Billions in Benefits

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) released findings from "Active Transportation Transforms America," the nation's most comprehensive analysis of the quantifiable impact of trails, walking and biking on the places we live.

NRPA Begins Second Year of Service Initiative

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is partnering with CITGO Petroleum Corp., the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Forest Preserves of Cook County in Cook County, Ill., for the second year of its Heart Your Park Day of Service initiative.

Pediatricians Discuss Soccer Injuries & Prevention Techniques

Youth soccer is a tremendously popular year-round sport with many physical fitness benefits, but, as with any contact sport, it carries a risk of injury to players that should be discussed with the family pediatrician.

WWA Show Engages Waterpark & Aquatic Attendees

The 39th Annual Symposium & Trade Show, held October 7-10, 2019, was one of the best ever with more than 1,800 owners, operators, developers, suppliers and designers who traveled from 23 countries and 6 continents to be part of this once-a-year experience.

NSF/ANSI 50 Adds Requirements for Safety Flooring at Recreational Water Play Venues

NSF International is taking steps to make recreational splash parks and water venues safer. A new section of NSF/ANSI 50: Equipment and Chemicals for Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and Other Recreational Water Facilities establishes minimum criteria for safety flooring at interactive water play venues.

STMA Announces 2019 'Sports Field Managers of the Year'

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) awarded the 2019 'Sports Field Managers of the Year' who demonstrate the hard work and passion needed to provide attractive and safe playing fields at all levels.

Tree Canopy Walk at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Drives Record Attendance

On Oct. 7, 2019, Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens celebrated its one-year anniversary since reopening to the public with an expansive new nature-play campus. With three new facilities surrounding the nation's longest tree canopy walk coursing through the 54-acre forest's orchards and groves and over a vernal pond, and 1.5 miles of ADA-accessible pathways, the Midland, Mich., destination has become an important local and national attraction.

Journal of Athletic Training Releases Issue Focused on Youth Sport Specialization

The Journal of Athletic Training, the National Athletic Trainers' Association's (NATA) scientific publication, released a special thematic issue focused on youth sport specialization, an increasingly hot topic as it pertains to general and sports-specific physical health, effects on public health, psychosocial wellbeing and burnout.

ACE Expands Education Offerings

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) launched Health Coach Live Class, a real-time, virtual classroom experience designed to complement the ACE Health Coach Certification Study Program, improve the comprehension of learning materials, and prepare future health coaches for their first day on the job.

World Aquatic Health Conference Continues to Have Positive Impact

This year marked the 16th Annual WAHC and saw continued growth in education and networking for aquatic professionals.

NRPA Announces 2019-2020 Board of Directors

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced its new 2019–2020 Board of Directors. New to the board is Philip Wu, M.D., a retired pediatric obesity specialist from Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region.

SHAPE America Announces 2019 Impact School Grant Recipients

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

2020 Grant Applications Available to Make a Splash Providers

The 2020 USA Swimming Foundation grant application for Make a Splash swim lesson providers is now open. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 17.

CPSC: At Least 150 Children Drowned in Pools & Spas This Summer

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2019, at least 150 children younger than age 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, a CPSC Pool Safely campaign collaborator.

10 Minute Walk Campaign Announces Opening of Community Grants

The Trust for Public Land announced that, as part of the 10 Minute Walk Campaign, it will make more than $300,000 available to community-based nonprofit organizations as part of its efforts to enable and inspire action to ensure 100% of U.S. residents have safe, easy access to a quality park or green space within a 10-minute walk of home by 2050.

New ASTM Standard Addresses Infrastructure Management

A new ASTM International standard aims to provide a needed set of practices for infrastructure management. ASTM International's asset management committee has developed the standard, which will soon be published as E3210.

25 Senior Living Communities Recognized for Wellness Practices

Twenty-five communities have been recognized with the 2019 ICAA NuStep Beacon Award for their "Best in Wellness" achievements.

Park & Rec Agencies Provide Affordable Before- & After-School Care

Nine in 10 adults believe it's important for park and recreation agencies to provide affordable before- and after-school care to children and young adults, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll. These services include tutoring/homework help, fitness and/or play opportunities, and the availability of healthy snacks.

Orthopaedic Surgeons Offer Sport Safety Tips

With school back in full swing, fall sports have started up again. With proper form, these sports provide mental and physical benefits such as self-discipline and teamwork, while building strong bones, lean muscles and healthy habits around physical activity. Whether you are just beginning a sport or continuing to take part, it's important to ease back into the game to minimize injuries.

Keynote Speakers, Agenda Announced for IHRSA 2020

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has announced that four keynote speakers will be headlining the 39th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego.

NRPA Celebrates Its 2019 Parks Build Community Project

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP), along with numerous donors, announced the revitalization of Catherine Street Park in Baltimore, Md.

NRPA Recognizes Port St. Lucie Parks & Rec With Innovation Award

The National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) recognized the City of Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation with its Best in Innovation Award, which recognizes the best of the best in park and recreation innovation.

AllTrails, Trust for Public Land Highlight Health Benefits of Nature

Ahead of National Walk to a Park Day on Oct. 10, AllTrails is endorsing The Trust for Public Land's vision to ensure there's a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home for every person in every city and town in America.

2019 Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Parks & Recreation Announced

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced the recipients of the 2019 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program is Musco Lighting, LLC.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

People and company news


Natare Provides New Headwall for Brantford, Ontario Aquatic Centre

Natare Corp., along with Canadian partner Austin Carroll Pool Construction Ltd., recently provided a stainless steel headwall to assist the multi-faceted Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre with FINA compliancy.

WhiteWater's Spinning Rapids Ride Recognized With Brass Ring Award

WhiteWater, leading global designer and manufacturer of park attractions, was recognized by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) with a Brass Ring Award for Spinning Rapids Ride in the Best New Product category.

Doosan Bobcat to Acquire BOB-CAT Mowers

Doosan Bobcat Inc., a global leader in the compact equipment industry, announced plans to acquire the assets of the BOB-CAT Mowers, and the Steiner and Ryan brands of ground care equipment from Schiller Grounds Care Inc.

Life Fitness Introduces On-Demand Workout Classes for Cardio Products

Life Fitness announced the debut of Life Fitness On Demand, an innovative and growing library of digital classes available exclusively on the touchscreens of Life Fitness premium cardio products.

Scranton Products Included at Newly Renovated Syracuse Hockey Arena

The Syracuse Crunch hockey team's War Memorial Arena's Oncenter in Syracuse, N.Y., recently completed an $8.5 million transformation designed to enhance fan experiences with luxury amenities.

WhisperFloXFVS - 5HP Pump Recognized as Best New Product

Pentair announced that its brand-new WhisperFloXF VS 5HP commercial variable speed pool pump was named Best New Equipment Pad Product at the International Pool & Spa Patio Expo.

Goric Playgrounds Releases New Products

Goric Playgrounds, specialists in the design and marketing of innovative children's playground equipment for public spaces, rolled out several new products at the annual ASLA Conference in San Diego.

WhiteWater Announces Brass Ring Award for Over/Under

WhiteWater received a Brass Ring Award from IAAPA for the Over/Under in the Best New Product: Water Park Ride/Attraction category at the recent.

John Deere Upgrades Small-Frame G-Series Skid Steers & Compact Track Loaders

John Deere enhanced its lineup of five small-frame G-Series skid steers and compact track loaders, providing operators with even more power and efficiency on the job site.

Weigl, Avolites Collaborate on Dollywood's Wildwood Grove Installation

Avolites and Weigl recently partnered on The Wildwood Tree, a unique installation located within Wildwood Grove at Dollywood. Designed and built by LifeFormations, with creative from The Imagination House, the centerpiece of this new land is majestic and unlike any other tree in the world.

TRX Sets New Standard in Myofascial Release

TRX, a leader in functional training equipment, content and app-based technology, has launched the TRX Rocker, an innovation in traditional foam roller design.

Bio-Based Pavement Rejuvenator Helps Parks & Rec Reduce Maintenance Costs

Coast Pavement Services announced the availability of RePlay biobased pavement rejuvenator to parks and recreation agencies throughout Oregon and Washington.

Highmark Interactive Brings 'EQ Brain Performance' to NHL Alumni

Highmark Interactive (Highmark) and the NHL Alumni Association (NHLAA) announced a multi-year partnership that makes Highmark the Official Neurological Assessment Tool of the NHLAA.

Pear Sports Awarded Contract to Work on Air Force Fitness

PEAR Sports, creator of the PEAR Health & Fitness Platform that delivers digital smart coaching technology, announced it was awarded a Phase I SBIR contract to investigate how the PEAR Coaching Platform can be used to solve some of the Air Force fitness readiness challenges.

New Louisville Stadium Installs SubAir Sport System

When the new 11,000-plus-seat Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Ky., opens next year, it will have two new occupants: The Louisville City Football Club of the USL Championship soccer league and a state-of-the-art SubAir Sport System.

S.R.Smith Acquires Pool Energy-Saving Product Operations

S.R. Smith LLC, a leading manufacturer of swimming pool deck equipment, lighting and access products, headquartered in Canby, Ore., announced the acquisition of Sunbather Pty Ltd of Melbourne, Australia.

Adventure Golf Services Introduces RollOut Mini Golf

Adventure Golf Services (AGS) is introducing RollOut Mini Golf – a portable set of miniature golf holes specifically designed for those who may wish to travel with a miniature golf course or install one temporarily.

Atlas Business Solutions Showcases Staff Scheduling Software

Atlas Business Solutions Inc., recently announced the release of an updated mobile app and an optional manager dashboard for its staff scheduling software, ScheduleAnywhere.

Octane Trifecta Provides New HIIT Experience

Nautilus Inc. announced that Octane Fitness is presenting fitness facilities and exercisers with a new cardio package that adds variety and motivation for small group training, HIIT, circuit workouts and more.

Natare Pool Chosen for Western Australian Indigenous Community

Natare Corporation with its Australian partner, State Wide Services Australia Pty Ltd, was selected as the pool construction system of choice for Kalumburu community's long-awaited swimming pool.

High School's Fans Ready to Cheer With Added Comfort

Portable toilets are convenient, but they are not a long-term solution. Those cheering on the Panthers at Quakertown High School's QNB Bank Field in Pennsylvania lived this, especially while standing in lines during games.

Big Screen Makes Interactive Trampoline Games More Immersive

The creator of sports and games of the future, Valo Motion from Finland, will introduce a brand new model for their trampoline game platform ValoJump. ValoJumpers all over the world can soon experience ValoJump games on a huge 86-inch display.

GameTime Provides Up to $2 Million in Matching Funds for California Play & Recreation

GameTime announced the funding recipients of the 2019 California Park and Recreation Society's State-Wide Healthy Play Initiative. This is the third year for the funding and educational partnership between the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS), GameTime and PlayCore.

John Deere Releases New Grade Control Level Best Box Blades

Helping compact equipment operators improve productivity and machine versatility, John Deere added three new models, the PD-72 inch (1,829 mm), PD-84 inch (2,134 mm) and PD-96 inch (2,438 mm), to its referral attachments line from the leading manufacturer of grading attachments, Level Best.

Vortex International Wins 2nd WWA Leading Edge Award

Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a manufacturer and world leader in water attractions, received a Leading Edge Award from the World Waterpark Association at its Annual Symposium & Trade Show, the water leisure industry's most popular marketplace. This is Vortex’s second time winning a Leading Edge Award.

Winslow Twsp H.S. Gym & Stadium Upgrade With Biamp's Community Loudspeakers

JD Sound & Video has installed sound systems for both the outdoor stadium and indoor gymnasium of Winslow Township High School (WTHS) using Biamp's Community R SERIES loudspeakers.

Water Tech Team Marches to Cure Cancer

Water Tech Corp., manufacturer of well-known Pool Baster battery-operated pool cleaners, sent the "I Pink I Can" team to their local New Jersey Breast Cancer Walk in October.

Ramuc Introduces New Epoxy for Painting Slides

RAMUC's EP epoxy pool coating provides unsurpassed protection to previously painted epoxy or unpainted surfaces, making it an ideal choice when renovating pool slides. This coating provides a high gloss, tile-like finish that is both abrasion and chemical-resistant.

Water Odyssey Introduces Mushroom Maze

Water Odyssey introduces its Mushroom Maze spray feature for splashpads. The Mushroom Maze emits a crystal clear sheet of water.

Draper Introduces Smaller, Quiet Gym Divider

Gym divider curtains are a good way to create multiple spaces in athletic facilities. Sometimes traditional gym curtains don't work, and a smaller, quieter, and more sleek solution is required.

Michael Johnson Performance Partners With TechnoGym

Michael Johnson Performance (MJP), the worldwide leader in athletic performance training, has partnered with TECHNOGYM, the world's leading designer and producer of technology-driven smart connected sports performance equipment and the official equipment provider of seven editions of the Olympic Games, to supply equipment and solutions to enhance the offerings of what is widely considered to be one of the leading athletic performance training facilities in the world.

Waterplay Releases Water Weaver Series

Available immediately to the global market, Waterplay has released three new, experience-driven products with the Water Weaver series, a unique product grouping featuring a simple design with remarkable play value, at an economical price point.

Bobcat Company Reinvents Compact Equipment Industry With New Introductions

Bobcat Company invented the compact equipment industry more than 60 years ago with the world's first compact loader. Now the company is reinventing the industry. Bobcat is widening its product offering, enhancing its industry-leading equipment and providing innovative new designs and intelligent technologies to meet its customers changing needs.

John Deere Introduces Three-Bag Material Collection System

John Deere is expanding its ZTrak mower attachment lineup with the addition of a new three-bag Material Collection System (MCS). Compatible with all gas-powered Z900 models, this bagging system features an improved design for more efficient material collection and superior performance.

Soft Touch Bases Launches New Pro-Style Stationary Base

Soft Touch Bases, a Waukesha, Wis.-based manufacturer of baseball and softball base products, announced a new product, the Pro-Style Stationary Base. The Pro-Style joins a lineup of outdoor progressive release, turf, and indoor bases.



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