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Partnership Announces $6.6 Million in Grants for Great Lakes Restoration

Sustain Our Great Lakes partners announced $6.6 million in grant funding for 25 ecological restoration projects in the Great Lakes basin. Approximately $8.2 million in additional project support will be leveraged by grantees, for a total on-the-ground conservation impact of $14.8 million.

Orthopaedic Surgeons Offer Playground Safety Tips

Playgrounds are a fun place for kids to let loose and get their daily dose of exercise. Exercise is essential to a child's development as it helps them maintain a healthy body weight and build strong bones and muscles. However, if playground equipment is not properly used and maintained, injuries can occur.

NFWF Awards Grants to Restore Wildlife Habitat, Urban Waters

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced 59 grants totaling $2.2 million to restore wildlife habitat and urban waters in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

Red Cross Offers Back to School Safety Steps

Summer vacation for students around the country is drawing to a close as the nation's schools prepare to open their doors for the new school year. So, while you're making that list of school supplies the kids will need, take a look at these safety steps from the American Red Cross and make your students' trip back to the classroom a safe one.

KaBOOM! and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Announce Play Everywhere Winners

KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play, and the Built to Play Initiative, supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, announced winners of the Play Everywhere Challenge.

NSPF Endorses MAHC Adoption

The National Swimming Pool Foundation has released a position statement recommending that all state, territory and local health departments; aquatic facilities; and the industry at large evaluate and adopt all or part of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), with the objective of protecting the future of aquatic facilities and their staff and patrons.

Survey Reveals Top Staycation Activities

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), attending a neighborhood festival or event, visiting a local park or going for a walk or run on a local trail are Americans' top three summer staycation activities.

Urban Land Institute, L.A. Coordinate on Mitigating Homelessness

ULI has gathered top-level architecture, landscape architecture and commercial real-estate leaders to assist in the City of Los Angeles' "A Bridge Home" program, which is building safe and clean shelters to help homeless people transition to long-term housing.

Sex Matters in Sports-Related Injuries and Treatment Outcomes

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates an annual average occurrence of 8.6 million sports- and recreation-related injury episodes. Understanding how to avoid these injuries and how best to treat them is critical for optimizing safer sports participation. A new review article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) examines the role that sex plays in common sports-related injuries (SRIs) and a patient's treatment outcome.

APSP University Announces Course Lineup

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announced its certification courses and training scheduled for pool and spa builders, designers, service providers and retailers at the 2018 International Pool, Spa, Patio Expo.

Outdoor Foundation Receives Funding to Get More Kids & Families Outside

In an unprecedented act of generosity and commitment to the outdoors, VF Foundation pledged $1 million to the Outdoor Foundation's core goal to invest in communities to help kids and families get outside – and do so more often. VF is joined by Patagonia and Thule, which have made significant multi-year pledges.

New Research Released for Back-to-School Sports

Leading orthopaedic and sports medicine experts from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) unveiled new study findings and reinforced important recommendations from the joint OneSport Injury youth sports specialization campaign.

Keep America Beautiful Applauds Passage of Save Our Seas Act

National community improvement nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, as a founding member of the Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas Alliance, applauds the passage of the S. 756 Save Our Seas (SOS) Act in a bipartisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Application Period Extended for 2019 IMBA Ride Center Designations

The application period has been extended from July 27 to September 1 due to strong interest in the next class of IMBA Ride Centers. This designation recognizes the pinnacle of mountain biking communities.

Report Assesses Benefits of Sustainably Harvesting Non-Timber Forest Products

A new report by USDA Forest Service researchers provides science-based information to help decision-makers, practitioners and researchers to promote the sustainable harvest of non-timber forest products.

NRPA Releases Salary Trend Data

A recent survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) highlights salary and bonus data for park and recreation agency directors, planning directors, finance directors, recreation directors and park operations directors.

PHIT Bill Passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 6199, the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018, by a vote of 277-142. The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, a bill that provides Americans with the ability to invest in active, healthy activities that promote improved health, was included as part of H.R. 6199. The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.

IAAPA Foundation Encourages Future Leaders

The IAAPA Foundation, supported by members of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), remains focused on its mission to develop the next generation of global attractions industry leaders.

RWJF to Support Habitat for Humanity Study of Neighborhood Revitalization

Habitat for Humanity, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is launching a two-year effort to study the health and quality of life impact of a neighborhood revitalization approach that puts residents in the driver's seat for change, with a focus on six neighborhoods across America.

Trust for Public Land Launches Colorado Trails Program

The Trust for Public Land announced the creation of the Colorado Community Trails Program, a new statewide initiative designed to accelerate the planning, design, construction and stewardship of trails that connect communities.

APSP Announces New, Improved Online Course

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced the availability of its new and improved CST Certified Pool & Spa Service Technician online self-paced course.

Public Outcry Leads to Continuation of Popular Program for Kids in National Parks

The Department of the Interior was expected to announce that despite news reports that the program was in danger of being cancelled, it will continue the popular, successful Every Kid in a Park program.

City Parks Alliance, Trust for Public Land to Host Creative Placemaking Workshops

City Parks Alliance and The Trust for Public Land announced Kansas City and the National Parks of Boston have been chosen through a competitive national process to host creative placemaking city workshops later this year.

NSCA Announces Changes to Advance Strength & Conditioning Profession

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) has announced that it is working to elevate and advance the strength and conditioning profession by developing a quality assurance process that ensures all future professionals are capable and well-prepared.

Purdue University Groundskeeper Wins Field Art Contest

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) has named Ryder Haulk, Assistant Sports Field Manager for Purdue University Athletics (West Lafayette, Ind.), winner of the annual "Stars and Stripes" field art contest.

Grant Awarded to Arizona to Advance Water Safety Awareness

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals has awarded the 2018 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).

Survey: Bridging Tech and Nature Connects Kids to Parks

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), nearly 70 percent of Americans agree that merging technology and nature will increase children's desire to go to parks.

ACE Study Examines Impact of Post-Workout Ice Baths

A long-standing practice of athletes has been post-workout ice baths to aid recovery – but do they actually work? American Council on Exercise (ACE), the leading certifier of exercise professionals and health coaches, sponsored a three-part scientific study aimed at identifying whether timing and duration of cold water immersion impacts recovery for regular exercisers and athletes alike.

American Forests Announces Partnership With U.S. Climate Alliance

As the U.S. Climate Alliance celebrated its first anniversary, American Forests announced a new partnership that will help the Alliance's Member-States more fully leverage forests and other natural and working lands to slow climate change.

Boys & Girls Clubs Host 'Triple Play Day'

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia joined Boys & Girls Clubs of America to lead a series of wellness activities for more than 200 youth at Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center in New York City, June 28, 2018. The event, Triple Play Day, kicked off a series of events taking place at Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation to elevate the importance of youth development during out-of-school time in addressing health outcomes in America.

Study Shows Fitness Protects Against Depression. Heart Disease in Later Life

We know that regular exercise is good for a healthy heart. However, in those suffering from depression, it may also lower risk of death from heart disease.

Celebrate Park and Recreation Month!

This July, everyone is invited to explore A Lifetime of Discovery at their local parks and rec by participating in Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

IHRSA Report Looks at Who Would Recommend Their Club

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association announced that the benchmark Net Promoter Score (NPS) for the North American health club industry is 39. An NPS of 39 means that for every 100 members, there are 39 more who are likely to recommend their club to a colleague or friend than those who are unlikely to recommend their club or discourage others from joining. The score is based on responses from 321,759 health club members.

AAOS Offers Advice for Safe Diving

For many people, swimming is an ideal way to help beat the summer heat, all while getting a full body, low-impact workout that puts little stress on the muscles and joints. Before you jump in, remember that swimming and diving in unsafe bodies of water can lead to severe injuries, such as a broken a neck or spine.

NFWF, NOAA Announce Coastal Resilience Funding

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a partnership that will restore, increase and strengthen natural infrastructure - the landscapes that help absorb the impacts of storms and floods — to protect coastal communities, while also enhancing habitats for fish and wildlife.

15th Annual WAHC Debuts WAHCity, New Tracks

The 15th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) will feature keynote speakers, sessions, and a new track, all designed to create growth for professionals in all segments of the aquatic industry.

Grant Funding to Support Green Infrastructure Now Available

As part of the Great Urban Parks Campaign, the National Recreation and Park Association is offering grant funding totaling $2 million to support green stormwater infrastructure projects in 10 to 12 U.S. communities. Applications for the Great Urban Parks Campaign grant will be accepted through Aug. 3, 2018.

Landscape Architects Outline Blueprint for Sustainable Communities

Climate change is intensifying the negative impacts of standard development practices and is putting people and communities across the United Sates at risk. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) convened an interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience in September 2017, and this week ASLA released a blueprint for helping secure a sustainable and resilient future that summarizes the panel's work and recommendations.

USGS Studies Low-Impact Hiking, Camping and More

In 2017, more than 330 million people visited national parks alone, with millions more visiting state parks, wildlife refuges and federally designated wilderness areas as well. USGS scientists are working with many partners to study how these visitors are affecting protected natural areas.

SEI Certifies Chest Protectors for Baseball, Lacrosse

The Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) announced that the first certifications for chest protectors have been issued that meet new criteria from National Operating Committee for Sports and Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). According to NOCSAE, its new standard aims to reduce the likelihood of death from commotio cordis, a disruption of heart rhythm that happens when a player is struck.

City Parks Alliance Applauds USCM City Park Infrastructure Resolution

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) approved a new resolution that urges Congress to include city parks in any future infrastructure legislation. The resolution passed unanimously at the USCM annual meeting in Boston.

Grants Awarded to Support Better Cities for Pets

Mars Petcare and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced the recipients of the first BETTER CITIES FOR PETS grants: Fort Worth, Texas, Richmond, Va., and Hallandale Beach, Fla.

3,954 Miles of Trail Improved on National Trails Day

On June 2, 2018 people across the country came together and surpassed the collective goal to improve 2,802 miles of trail--the distance across the United States--during American Hiking Society's National Trails Day.

NRPA Announces Innovation and Spotlight Awards

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the recipients of this year's NRPA Innovation Awards and NRPA Spotlight Awards.

ACSM Presents Honor Award and Citation Awards

The American College of Sports Medicine recently announced several award winners at its annual meeting in Minneapolis. One Honor Award and seven Citation Award recipients were presented, and all of the winners were selected because of their significant contributions to sports medicine and the exercise sciences.

California Voters Pass Bonds for Parks & Open Space

California voters approved a record $4.1 billion package of bonds to provide parks, open space and clean water, and to help fight climate change in the state.

NLC Releases 2018 State of the Cities Report

The National League of Cities (NLC) released its 2018 State of the Cities report, showing that economic development, infrastructure, budgets, housing and public safety continue to top the list of agenda priorities for U.S. mayors, as well as revealing that opioids, broadband access and climate change have emerged as new and growing concerns.

Survey: Americans Use Local Parks to Relieve Stress

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), more than half (58 percent) of Americans manage their daily stress by going for a walk or run around their neighborhood. Others rely on their local parks, which are free and accessible to all, to relieve stress.

National Park Service Provides Grants to Advance Preservation Technology

The National Park Service (NPS) announced $252,600 in grants for projects to develop or adapt techniques that preserve historical sites and cultural heritage.

IAAPA Hall of Fame Inducts Three Attractions Industry Visionaries

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced the induction of three attractions industry legends — Bernard Harrison, Masatomo Takahashi and Kelly Tarlton — into the IAAPA Hall of Fame.

NSPF Reminds the Public to Help Keep Pools Clean

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) would like to thank the public for their commitment to influence bather behavior and improve water and air quality in and around swimming pools. This public service message is a reminder to help keep pool time fun time by preventing pee in the pool!

Campaign Highlights Role of Parks in Addressing Pollinator Health

To address the critical need to increase pollinator habitat for beneficial insects, such as honey bees, monarch butterflies and others, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) have teamed up on a new "Parks for Pollinators" campaign aimed at raising public awareness of pollinator health and encouraging local action through public parks and pollinator gardens.

IHRSA Report Looks at Global Health Club Market

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced that global health club industry revenue totaled $87.2 billion in 2017, as more than 201,000 clubs served 174 million members.

Grant Funding Awarded to Support Park Improvement & Play Space Projects

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the winners of the national Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign, along with the recipients of this year's Meet Me at the Park play space grants.

APSP's Commercial Council Meeting Sets the Stage

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals held its first Commercial Council meeting on May 2 in Denver, Colo. This inaugural meeting marks a new era of advancing the needs of the commercial pool and spa segment.

Arlington, Va., Is Fittest City

Arlington, Va., edged out Minneapolis for the coveted "most fit city in America" title by only half a point in the annual ACSM American Fitness Index Ranking (Fitness Index). Arlington's neighbor, Washington, D.C., came in third, 3.7 points behind.

Survey: Swimmers Unaware When Local Pools Fail Inspections

Millions of Americans will soon head to their local swimming pool, but a new survey finds that many swimmers aren't aware they might be wading into potential health risks at the pool.

National Park Services Makes Thousands of Records Public

The National Park Service (NPS) unveiled a newly launched public website, pubs.etic.nps.gov, that is making more than 32,000 NPS records available to the public.

15th WAHC Expands WAHCity Events

The 15th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference will be hosted Oct. 10 to 12, in Charleston, S.C. New this year, the WAHC will be broadcast to six additional WAHCity locations in the greater areas of Boston, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Niagara Falls.

Get Involved in PHIT America

In its ongoing effort to educate and enlighten about the negative side effects of physical inactivity, PHIT America is giving the American general public the chance to be a part of the solution with its first National Fundraising & Awareness Campaign. Any company, organization, association and employee in the sports and fitness industry can help.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

People and company news


What's Your Splash Factor?

How much of a splash does your park need to be a guest favorite? Do you have the right water ride mix to make an impact with guests? Are you providing the soak factor that your guests are seeking? A new tool from Whitewater will help you answer these questions.

Eaton Introduces Ephesus Lumadapt

Power management company Eaton announced the introduction of the Ephesus Lumadapt LED Sports Lighting System.

Acoustic Panels Enhance Colgate University Fieldhouse

Colgate University is nestled in a pastoral setting in Hamilton, N.Y. Dating back to 1819, the school, first started as a Baptist Seminary, is now a liberal arts college with nearly 3,000 students. The school's campus comprises 88 buildings in a 575-acre tract.

Abatron Introduces Tread Spread Epoxy Coating

Abatron Inc. introduces TREAD SPREAD, an easy-to-apply epoxy coating that exceeds OSHA and ADA recommendations for slip-resistance in both wet and dry conditions.

Bobcat Earns Contract With U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Bobcat Company announced it has been awarded a five-year, $25 million compact equipment Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Upper Hand Enters Facility Management Industry With Software Launch

Sport, recreation and fitness facilities can now manage their business easier, faster and better thanks to the launch of new facility management software from Upper Hand Inc.

Aluminum Bleacher Company Expands Offering

AluminumBleachers.com announced a new benchmark in nationwide bleacher selection and quality, all thanks to a state-of-the-art 70,000-square-foot manufacturing plant based in central Florida.

Hayward Introduces Intuitive CAT Controller

Hayward Commercial Aquatics, a leading manufacturer of commercial pool equipment, has announced its release of the CAT 6000, the latest industry-leading water chemistry controller with superior control and safety functions.

Club Car Launches Customizable Job-Specific Vehicles

Club Car, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has launched a new line of vehicles through its Custom Solutions Department.

Gyms for Dogs Introduces New Colors

Gyms For Dogs has introduced new fall colors to its COLORPLAY product color selection process. These new colors range from a natural earth friendly Nutmeg color, to a brilliant energetic proprietary 'let's play' Green.

SubAir Introduces TurfWatch for Golf Courses

SubAir has introduced its new TurfWatch technology, a proprietary, patent-pending, state-of-the-art management application that provides turf professionals with real-time, instant access to subsoil conditions via smart phones, tablets or computers.

Civitas-Designed Riverfront Park Debuts in Tampa

Conceived as a "park for everyone," Tampa, Fla.'s new Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park welcomed thousands in a dynamic "Riverfront Rock" weekend grand opening celebration.

WhiteWater, Life Floor Enter Exclusive Agreement

WhiteWater has entered an exclusive distribution agreement with Life Floor for the global waterpark market. Life Floor's patented foam-rubber flooring system significantly reduces slips and falls, the #1 cause of waterpark injuries.

Vortex Explora Collection Earns International Design Awards

Vortex announced that its Explora collection has won International Design Awards in two Product Design categories, taking Gold in Leisure Games and Fun and Silver in the Designs for Social Impact category.

Zoombezi Bay Waterpark Opens

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's 22.7-acre Zoombezi Bay waterpark opened to the public Memorial Day weekend with a brand new expansion designed and built by Aquatic Development Group (ADG), appropriately dubbed "Otter Banks."

Greenfields Expands Wheelchair Accessible Line

Greenfields Outdoor Fitness, a worldwide leader in outdoor fitness equipment, announced three new additions to its Signature Accessible line of equipment for those with mobility impairments.

USA Swimming, Competitor Swim Anchor Partnership

USA Swimming and Competitor Swim, the world's leader in racing lane technology, announced an extension to their partnership – the donation of major USA Swimming Championship lane lines to a deserving local swim club post-event. Velocity Swimming has been chosen as the first recipient.

Spectrum Aquatics Launches Stationary Backstroke Start Wedge

Spectrum Aquatics has launched the Stationary Backstroke Start Wedge, which allows swimmers to perfect their backstroke takeoffs at their local pool for a fraction of the cost of other practice wedge systems.

Musco LED System to Be Installed at VELTINS Arena

A custom-designed LED lighting system being installed at VELTINS Arena this summer will greatly improve visibility on the pitch, conserve energy, bring exciting new light shows, and enhance the quality of HD broadcasts.

AstroTurf Introduces TRIONIC

Over the decades, AstroTurf has prided itself on being the leaders of innovation in the synthetic turf industry, and in 2018 AstroTurf has done it again with the TRIONIC Fiber, a new breakthrough in fiber technology.

Waterplay Releases New Products in Kaleidoscope Collection

Waterplay Solutions announced a new lineup of aquatic play products in its Kaleidoscope Collection for splash pads, pools and waterparks.

Big Cedar Lodge Debuts Sky Trail High Ropes Course

Big Cedar Lodge, America's premier wilderness resort located 10 miles south of Branson in Ridgedale, Mo., in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, is debuting an outdoor Sky Trail Explorer ropes course early this summer.



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