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SHAPE America Offers Back-to-School Help for HPE Teachers

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators unveiled its new Back to School website, revealing a focus on 50 Million Strong by 2029, the organization's commitment to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs.

NRPA Issues Statement on Charlottesville Violence, Protests

Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), issued a statement in response to the violence in Charlottesville and the protests in Emancipation Park.

NeuroChallenge Foundation Partners With Medical Fitness Network

NeuroChallengeFoundation has partnered with the Medical Fitness Network (MFN) – a free national online resource directory to locate fitness, wellness and allied healthcare professionals who provide services for those with medical conditions, chronic disease or women’s health issues.

ASLA Launches Diversity SuperSummit Report, Online Resources

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) launched its ASLA Diversity SuperSummit 2017 Report, which highlights strategies and action items to increase diversity in the landscape architecture profession.

Science Education Program Brings National Parks to Classrooms

Teachers and students across the country will have the opportunity to participate in a new science education program, Citizen Science 2.0 in National Parks, thanks to a $1 million Veverka Family Foundation donation to the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks.

AAP: Access to High-Quality Sites Needed in Early Education and Child Care

A newly updated American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement says access to high-quality early education remains limited, and state quality standards lag behind child care recommendations by health and safety experts.

Enhance Efficiencies With Utility Vehicle Solutions Through NJPA

Low- and medium-speed utility vehicles help organizations and departments operate more efficiently by safely and comfortably getting people, cargo and equipment out to a job site, across campus, or to the other side of town. National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) offers a variety of utility vehicles to government, education and nonprofit entities.

The Experimental Station Awarded FINI Grant

The Experimental Station announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded its Link Up Illinois program a $487,000 Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant to expand the availability of SNAP nutrition incentives to three community health clinics, two food cooperatives, and an additional 20 farmers markets.

Survey: Park and Rec Amenities Popular Among Vacation-Goers

Most Americans take local park and recreation amenities into strong consideration when planning a vacation, per a recent survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Outdoor Industry Association Releases Outdoor Recreation Economy Report

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) released the state-level Outdoor Recreation Economy Report featuring economic data for all 50 states across the United States, the largest and most comprehensive state-by-state report of its kind. The data underscores a growing economic force that generates billions in consumer spending and directly contributes millions of good-paying, American jobs in communities across the country.

National League of Cities Launches Local Climate Solutions Engagement Program

The National League of Cities (NLC) announced a new program aimed at elevating local climate engagement activities by its members and affiliates in nearly 19,000 American cities and towns. In light of the need to prevent pollution while also preparing for adverse impacts anticipated by our changing climate, NLC is partnering with ecoAmerica, a national climate communications and engagement group, to provide tools and resources to all its members.

AARP, YMCA Partner in 10 U.S. Localities for Community-Focused Programming

AARP and YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) announced they will partner in 10 U.S. communities to create and deliver programming and local events focused on the health and well-being of residents of all ages. AARP and Y-USA said the communities were selected in order to reach a variety of people, cultures, and community sizes.

STMA Members Renovate Williamsport Ballpark

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide – celebrates its members for their involvement in the renovation and maintenance of BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.

WAHC to Focus on Professional Growth

The 14th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) will feature keynote speakers, sessions and a new track, all of which target professional growth among any and all aquatic industry professionals.

National Park Service Releases Reconstruction Era Theme Study

The National Park Service published a theme study looking at nationally significant historic properties of the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era. The theme study, which is the first comprehensive theme study of its kind, enhances public understanding of this complex and contested period in our nation’s history, and provides a basis for identifying and potentially nominating Reconstruction Era related properties as National Historic Landmarks.

25 Grant Recipients Selected for 'Meet Me at the Park' Program

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company announced the grant recipients of the new Meet Me at the Park healthy living program. Twenty-five park and recreation agencies and cities nationwide were selected to receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to support projects that increase access to play spaces in local parks for children and families.

SHAPE America Introduces Online Learning for K-12 Health, Physical Educators

K-12 health and physical education teachers looking to elevate their teaching and advance their careers are being introduced today to all-new standards-based online learning by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators.

Step Into Swim Announces Grant Recipients

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) announced recipients of the 2017 Step Into Swim Campaign, a 10-year initiative to create one million more swimmers.

Survey Highlights Salary Trends for Parks and Rec

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.

ASLA Survey Uncovers Bright Spots for Landscape Architects

General business conditions contained some bright spots for landscape architecture firms during the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest American Society of Landscape Architects’ Business Quarterly survey. Firms reported a jump in billable hours, although inquiries for new work dipped slightly. Plans to hire remained steady.

Grant to Provide Water Safety Training to Quechan Indian Tribe

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals has awarded the 2017 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to Quechan Parks & Recreation at the National Environmental Health Association/Department of Housing and Urban Development Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

American Water Charitable Foundation, NRPA Award Grants for Nature Play

The American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created by American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, announced it is awarding three grants to support local nature-based play areas in Pennsylvania, Illinois and California.

International Swimming Hall of Fame Announces Award Recipients

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced the recipients of the 22nd Annual Paragon Awards. The Paragon Awards are presented annually to individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to aquatics in six categories.

Survey Highlights Role of Parks & Rec in Keeping Older Adults Healthy

A recent survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that more than nine in 10 park and recreation agencies dedicate facilities, activities and programming to older adults. Nearly three-quarters of these agencies serve as the primary provider of services and programming for older adults in the communities they serve.

Dow Launches Grant Program to Increase Plastics Recycling

The Dow Chemical Company announced it has teamed up with national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful, to award two $50,000 grants for organizations to establish Hefty EnergyBag programs in their communities. The program is an innovative approach to diverting traditionally non-recycled plastics – like chip bags and juice pouches – from landfills and converting the materials into valuable energy sources.

USA Swimming Creates Safe Sport Activity Book

USA Swimming has released the organization’s first-ever Safe Sport Activity Book. The Activity Book was created to share the Safe Sport message with a younger audience.

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Create Funding for Urban Parks

U.S. Representatives Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) and Mike Turner (OH-10) introduced the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Grant Program Act, a bipartisan bill to create a dedicated source of funding for projects that expand outdoor recreational opportunities in cities across the country, particularly in underserved areas.

PGMS Releases Compensation Survey

A compensation survey for grounds personnel has been completed for the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS®) by Industry Insights, Inc. The study is based on results and comments collected by a questionnaire sent to members from March to April 2017.

Discover Power of Play During Park & Recreation Month

This July, during Park and Recreation Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) challenges everyone to get their play on with their local parks and recreation. Whether it's summer camp, an adult sports league, exploring a trail, Zumba class, meeting friends on the playground, playing cards in the park or discovering nature — parks offer something fun for everyone.

APSP Issues Statement on Electrical Incidents in Pools

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) released a statement regarding preventing electrocutions in and around pools or spas.

NFWF Announces $2 Million in Grants

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced 15 grant awards totaling more than $2 million from its Northern Great Plains Program (NGP). The grants will support conservation efforts on more than 83,000 acres in eastern Montana, western North Dakota and South Dakota, eastern Wyoming and the Nebraska Sandhills.

KaBOOM! Announces New Board Members & Leadership Appointments

KaBOOM! — the national nonprofit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play — announced several new board members and board leadership succession plans.

Genesis Education Offers Renovation School on West Coast

GENESIS/The National Swimming Pool Foundation will offer its two-day Renovation School for the first time on the West Coast.

Step Into Swim Campaign Gains Large Donations in 2017

The National Swimming Pool Foundation's (NSPF) Step Into Swim Campaign would like to thank recent donors whose contributions have furthered the campaign's mission of creating 1 million more swimmers. SIS enables underprivileged children across the country to learn the lifesaving skill of swimming.

NRPA Recognized as Top Workplace

For the fourth year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by The Washington Post.

APSP Board Approves Investment in Workforce Development Initiatives

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals Board of Directors approved a $1.3 million investment in education and training initiatives to meet the challenge of finding, hiring and educating qualified workers, and to develop career paths within the industry.

NEA Grant to Help Integrate Art Into Community Development

The American Planning Association has been recommended for a $100,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Through this grant, APA will work with its project partners to help integrate the arts into planning processes through creative placemaking in communities around the country.

ICMA: Pay for Local Government Managers Moves Upward

The median annual base salary for local government chief appointed managers and administrators (CAOs) increased by 1.6 percent from $127,000 to $129,062, according to a survey of members conducted in 2016 by ICMA, the International City/County Management Association.

TPL, City Parks Alliance Earn Grant for Creative Placemaking

The Trust for Public Land and City Parks Alliance announced that they have received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Knowledge Building program to facilitate workshops with cities to explore partnerships around parks and creative placemaking.

Outdoors Alliance for Kids Reacts to White House Budget Proposal

In response to the White House budget release, Jackie Ostfeld, co-founder and chair of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, issued a statement in reaction to President Donald Trump's fiscal year '18 budget proposal, which recommends a $3.6 trillion cut to federal spending over the next decade.

Dr Pepper Snapple, City of Los Angeles and KaBOOM! Launch Let's Play Everywhere LA

Let's Play (an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple), KaBOOM! and the City of Los Angeles' Mayor's Office launched Let's Play Everywhere LA, a city-wide competition that will award grantees up to $200,000 to fund creative ideas that transform everyday spaces into places that make play easy and accessible to kids and families in Los Angeles.

ACA, Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation Partner for AED Camp Scavenger Hunt

The Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) in partnership with the American Camp Association (ACA) and One Beat CPR, celebrates National CPR and AED Awareness Week with a summer-long scavenger hunt to find automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at camps across the nation.

APSP Warns Regulatory Changes Could Affect Pools in Mid-Atlantic States

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals expressed concern that some commercial pool openings in the Mid-Atlantic region could be slightly delayed due to regulatory changes. The pools affected are those run by pool management companies who recruit lifeguards from certain countries through the U.S. State Departments J-1 Summer Work Travel Program.

NRPA, Citi Partner to Revitalize Local Parks

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Citi are partnering on a new community service initiative aimed at revitalizing neighborhood parks across the United States.

CPSC: Fatal Drownings Involving Young Children Decrease

A new report released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that the number of reported fatal child drownings in swimming pools involving children younger than 5—the most vulnerable population—has decreased 17 percent nationwide since 2010, the year our Pool Safely public education campaign was launched.

Survey: Most Americans Walk for Fun

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), nine in 10 Americans walk for fun. Their favorite places to walk include local parks, along beaches and rivers, and neighborhood sidewalks.

Alzheimer's Research & Prevention Foundation Partners to Develop Exercise Course

The Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) and the Medical Fitness Network (MFN) have partnered with Fitness Learning Systems (FLS) to develop a new Alzheimer's exercise program for fitness trainers.

Communities Awarded Funding for Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Southwest Airlines are partnering on a new Community Engagement Grant program to help fund green stormwater infrastructure projects in underserved, low-income communities across the United States.

Agencies, Partners Launch #FindYourWay to Celebrate National Trails and More

Several federal agencies and their nonprofit partners announced the launch of #FindYourWay to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and the Wild & Scenic Rivers acts in 2018. Over the next two years, #FindYourWay will invite visitors from all backgrounds to explore America's trails and rivers.

Bounce, The Y and Black Kids Swim Team for Water Safety Initiative

To help educate parents and children on the importance of water, pool and swimming safety, Bounce, the first and only over-the-air broadcast television network for African Americans, is joining forces with YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for 2,700 Ys across the country, and Black Kids Swim, the web's No. 1 family resource for African-American swimmers, to launch a new multi-faceted Public Service campaign.

Survey: 1 in 4 Adults Would Swim With Diarrhea

Americans will soon head to the pool as Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the swimming season, but a new survey reveals that there may be more in the pool than just water. The survey, conducted on behalf of the Water Quality and Health Council, found that one in four adults would swim within one hour of having diarrhea.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Named Newest 'Fit City'

The twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul edged Washington, D.C., in the 10th annual American Fitness Index (AFI) released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. The nation's capital held the top spot for the past three years and improved its score in 2017, but Minneapolis-St. Paul still finished on top despite the challenges of being a northern state with hard winters.

High School Students Find Value in Health & Physical Education

Nearly 92 percent of high school students who have taken a health education class believe it is important to their future health. That is one of the findings of new research conducted by myCollegeOptions and SHAPE America ‒ Society of Health and Physical Educators. The recent study offers valuable insight into the attitudes of more than 132,000 high school students toward health and physical education (PE).

NRPA Issues Statement on President Trump's FY18 Budget Request

Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued a statement in response to President Trump's FY18 budget request.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

People and company news


Seresco Introduces R3 Expansion Module to NE Series

Seresco USA Inc., a leading indoor air quality and dehumidification equipment manufacturer, introduced the multi-faceted R3 Expansion Module, plus a compact furnace add-on option for the NE Series product line of indoor pool dehumidifiers.

Vortex Promotes Guilbeault, Parent to Senior Management

Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a manufacturer and world leader in aquatic play landscapes and entertainment solutions, announced that Virginie Guilbeault has been promoted to Executive Vice-President, a new position within the firm, and that Louis Parent has been promoted to the role of Vice-President of Operations.

Guru of Glue Develops New NORDOT Killer Turf Adhesive

After 44 years, Norris Legue is still active in new adhesive development and technology. He has most recently developed a new NORDOT “Killer Turf Adhesive” #34R-4(Super) and has introduced it to the synthetic turf adhesives market.

Aquatic Development Group Completes Renovation

Aquatic Development Group (ADG), one of North America’s top waterpark design/build companies, recently completed the $25 million renovation of the old Wild Water Kingdom, an hour North of Toronto, which closed in 2014, and is opening this summer as Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto.

PlayCore Adds Superior Recreational Products to Its Family of Brands

PlayCore Holdings Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of play and recreation products, announced the acquisition of Superior Recreational Products (SRP).

Club Car to Highlight Transportation Solutions at APPA Conference

Club Car will highlight its Transportation Solutions Program and showcase a Villager 4 at booth 700 of the 2017 APPA Annual Conference and Exhibit from July 20-22 in San Francisco, Calif.

Power Plate Joins Forces With SKLZ and EXOS

Power Plate, the global leader in vibrating platforms to help you prepare faster, perform better and recover quicker, announced a strategic partnership with SKLZ and a continuing partnership with EXOS. The two companies will work with Power Plate to offer new fitness and health training solutions and programs for their customers.

Biba, PlayPower Announce Partnership

Biba Ventures, a leading company in the smart playground movement to decrease screen time and get kids outside, and PlayPower Inc., a global leader in the recreation industry, announced a partnership under which PlayPower has installed Biba’s technology in more than 200 new smart playgrounds in the past three months.

Hayward Announces Acquisition by CCMP Capital Advisors, MSD Partners

Hayward Industries Inc. announced that a partnership led by CCMP Capital Advisors, LP and MSD Partners, L.P. and including Alberta Investment Management Corporation, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Hayward.

Haws Works With Students at STEM Academy

Together with Veterans Elementary School and other local manufacturers, Haws Corporation's Research & Development team created and implemented a custom drinking fountain project for 2nd and 5 grade students for the 2016-2017 school year.

Rowan University Selects Colorado Time Systems

Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., has signed an agreement with Colorado Time Systems, a PlayCore company, to install a brand new 12mm SMD LED video display at the Recreation Center Natatorium this summer.

SportsPLex Celebrates Grand Opening

The $32 million SportsPlex at Matthews celebrated the grand opening of its stadium and the completion of its main infrastructure by hosting a live band, a VIP reception and an inaugural home victory by its United Soccer League (USL) team, the Charlotte Independence, in front of a sold-out crowd.

Historical Site to Host Modern Waterpark at Coventry

The challenges of situating the new Coventry City Centre Leisure Park in Coventry, West Midlands, Central England, was one that required unusual respect and specialized considerations, and Polin Waterparks is honored to have been chosen as the waterslide supplier to this unique project.

NC Brands on the Acquisition Trail

NC Brands L.P. (manufacturer of Natural Chemistry®, SeaKlear®, and Red Leopard® products) has reached an agreement for it to acquire the assets of Coral Seas®, a division of Coral Chemical Company.

Kenall Introduces Light Fixtures Using Indigo-Clean Technology

Most people agree that athletic activity is healthy for mind and body, but harmful bacteria in locker rooms, restrooms and on equipment introduces the risk of infection. To combat these infections, Kenall has incorporated Indigo-Clean technology into two of the company's best-selling sealed, high-abuse, LED light fixtures: the Millenium™ Stretch MLHA and SimpleSeal™ HASEDI Luminaires.

Clear Coating Developed for Military Prevents Graffiti

UltraTech International Inc., leaders in the environmental compliance industry have recently added Gentoo coating to their product line. This advanced, clear, hydrophobic coating combines features and properties never seen before in a coating.

Allegan Event Z!P Hosts Grand Opening

Allegan's premier adventure attraction, Allegan Event Z!P, celebrated its grand opening on June 10.

Eaton System Installed at Daily's Place

Power management company Eaton announced that its advanced Ephesus LED sports lighting and controls system is being installed at Daily's Place, the 5,500-person capacity amphitheater and 94,000-square foot covered flex field adjacent to EverBank Field that will serve as the indoor practice facility for the National Football League's (NFL) Jacksonville Jaguars.

Minnesota United FC Announces Toro as Turf Partner

With the debut of Major League Soccer in Minnesota, Minnesota United has selected Bloomington-based Toro as the official partner of turf equipment and irrigation to help foster its goal of maintaining a world-class pitch and the surrounding greenspace at the new stadium.

LA Takes Big Step Toward Sustainability

What is likely an example of things to come, the city of Los Angles has recently passed an ordinance requiring buildings of 20,000 square feet or more to benchmark their use of energy and water, along with other measures that will improve sustainability.

Colorado Time Systems Introduces Water Fitness Bicycle

Colorado Time Systems, a PlayCore company, introduces the 2nd generation WaterFit bicycle.

Perform Better Introduces Mobility Trainer

Perform Better introduces a new agility and mobility trainer, called the Agility Trainer Pro.

NC Brands Acquires New Technology

NC Brands L.P. (manufacturer of Natural Chemistry, SeaKlear, and Red Leopard) has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Aqualus, LLC. This acquisition follows NC Brands L.P.'s acquisition of the assets of Red Leopard LLC in October 2015 and HaloSource's SeaKlear range in May 2016.

Commercial Recreation Specialists Designs 'Wow-Factor' Attraction

Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area have a new summer destination this year: The Whoa Zone at Whihala Beach in Whiting, Ind.

Haws Recognized for Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety

The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) of the State of Nevada's Division of Industrial Relations recently recognized Haws Corporation located in Sparks, Nev., for earning pre-SHARP status.

Aktiv Elevates Guest Room Experience for Hotels and Resorts

Aktiv Solutions is helping the hospitality industry's biggest brand take the guest-room experience to the next level. The industry leader in functional fitness facility design and supply, and Hilton Hotels & Resorts, have teamed to provide an immersive exercise experience in-room as part of its new "Five Feet to Fitness™" offering.

CRS Welcomes New Project Manager

Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS) announced the addition of Project Manager Tyler Welsh. Tyler will be a resource for both aquatic and land-based recreation projects throughout the Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Axiall Introduces New Acid-Feed System for Commercial Pools

Axiall Water Treatment Products announced the introduction of the Acid-Rite pH water balancing system for use in commercial swimming pools. The system represents a new approach to traditional methods of adding acid to pool water and is NSF/ANSI 50 certified.

Gyms for Dogs Introduces Ellie's Jump Balance Beam

Gyms For Dogs has introduced the exclusive signature product Ellie's Jump Balance Beam.

Ecore Offers CEU on Fitness Flooring Technologies

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into performance surfaces that make people's lives better, now offers a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) that addresses the trend toward functional training and flooring performance characteristics and trends.

Park Warehouse Makes Ordering Site Furnishings Easy

Now that spring has sprung, Park Warehouse, the newest resource for Commercial Site Furnishings and Park Equipment, is open for business.

AmpliVox Introduces Fitness & Waterproof Packages

AmpliVox Sound Systems now offers fitness industry accessory packages, specially designed for aquatics and fitness instructors.

Concession Foods Leader Opens New Colorado Location

If you love foods like popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones, you'll be happy to know Colorado is now home to the newest branch location of Gold Medal Products Co., the global leader for concession food equipment and supplies.



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