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Outdoor Recreation Accounts for 2 Percent of GDP in 2016

Statistics from the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) released by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) show that the outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.0 percent ($373.7 billion) of current-dollar GDP in 2016. In addition, the outdoor recreation economy grew 3.8 percent in 2016, compared to growth of 2.8 percent in the overall economy.

ASLA Survey Shows Balanced Conditions for Landscape Architects

Landscape architecture firms experienced consistently healthy conditions for the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest American Society of Landscape Architects’ Business Quarterly survey. Although billable hours slightly retreated, inquiries for new work grew.

AAOS Raises Awareness of Common Golf Injuries and Treatments

According to a review article published in the Feb. 15, 2018, issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, overuse and poor form were the most common causes of golf-related injuries. When left untreated, many of these injuries can result in increased long-term musculoskeletal problems.

Tennis Industry to Rally for 'Play Tennis Month'

Tennis industry partners are working together to promote May as “Play Tennis Month” to help showcase the sport of tennis and associated health benefits. Thousands of tennis programs and events will be held around the country, with a goal of helping to get people moving and playing tennis.

The Y Launches Series Highlighting Nationwide Impact

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) is launching 'My Y Story.,' the nonprofit organization's new original content series featuring recognizable personalities who share their personal Y stories and discuss the impact of the organization nationwide.

Papers Invited for ASTM Symposium on Safety in Ice Hockey

Papers are invited for the Sixth International Symposium on Safety in Ice Hockey, May 12 to 13, 2019. The symposium is sponsored by ASTM International’s committee on sports equipment, playing surfaces, and facilities (F08) in cooperation with the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC) and USA Hockey.

Proposed NPS Budget Includes Legislation to Address Deferred Maintenance

President Donald J. Trump has proposed a $2.7 billion budget for the National Park Service (NPS) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which includes legislation to establish a Public Lands Infrastructure Fund that would help address the $11.6 billion maintenance backlog in the National Park System.

New Report Highlights Inclusivity of Parks & Recreation

A new report published by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) demonstrates the commitment of park and recreation agencies nationwide to providing quality programs, facilities, places and spaces that are inclusive to all people — regardless of race, ethnicity, age, income level, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender or religion.

APSP Remains at Forefront on Energy Efficiency

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and several of its manufacturer members, through a negotiated rulemaking process with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), helped develop the recent Department final rules with regard to the testing performance and labeling of dedicated purpose pool pumps.

Health & Physical Educators Head to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Healthy, Active Students

Developing healthy and active students through effective health and physical education programs was the focus this Valentine’s Day as health and physical educators headed to Capitol Hill for the 11th Annual SPEAK Out! Day.

Poll: Americans Take Healthy Eating, Heart Health Seriously

Healthy eating is essential to promoting good heart health. That’s why, according to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), 3 in 4 Americans say they are interested in participating in healthy eating or cooking classes — including at their local community or rec center where parents (32 percent) are more likely to take healthy eating classes.

ASLA Releases Statement on Living Shorelines Act

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) applauds Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ) for introducing the Living Shorelines Act, which would provide critical funding to help our nation’s coastal communities develop flood-resistant green infrastructure projects that integrate plants and local ecosystems.

Family Dollar Shoppers Help Support Boys & Girls Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs across the country provide children and teens with a safe, positive and engaging environment after school. To keep programs like this active, Family Dollar Stores and The Coca-Cola Company are teaming up on the “Make Every Sip Count” campaign to raise up to $1 million for Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2018.

Is Golf More Dangerous Than Rugby? Stats Say Yes

Golf is generally considered a low-injury-risk sport and is enjoyed by an estimated 60 million people worldwide. The statistics, however, reveal that injuries in golf are not as rare as commonly thought.

Counsilman-Hunsaker, NSPF Partner to Provide Facility Manager App

Counsilman-Hunsaker and the National Swimming Pool Foundation announced a partnership to provide the aquatic industry with a digital web-based application designed to enhance the safety and sustainability of aquatic facilities: Facility Manager.

STMA Conference Sets Record Participation

The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) - comprised of 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athletes' safety - reached record participation at its 29th annual STMA Conference & Exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 16-19.

IAAPA Announces 2018 Calendar of Events

Attractions industry professionals can look to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) for a full year of innovative, educational, and dynamic events taking place around the world.

AASP Unveils Revamped Certification Program

The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) nnounced revisions to its competency-based certification program, including a new "Certified Mental Performance Consultant" title.

New Award Program to Recognize Innovation in Parks & Recreation

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the launch of its new NRPA Innovation Awards. These awards recognize park and recreation agencies nationwide that have improved and empowered their communities through innovative practices in park design, health and wellness, conservation and social equity.

2018 Make a Splash Grant Applications Now Open

In 2018, the USA Swimming Foundation will invest approximately $400,000 in grants to help its Make a Splash Local Partners provide services to children who, otherwise, would not have the opportunity to participate in swim lessons.

IHRSA Announces 2018 Industry Award Recipients

IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has announced that three award recipients will be honored during IHRSA 2018, the association's 37th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego, March 21-24, 2018.

Keep America Beautiful Announces Contest Winners

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, announced the national Grand Prize Winners of its "How Will You ... End Littering?" Video Contest, which was open to high school students from grades 9-12.

ACE, Function First Offer Pain-Free Movement Specialist Program

Chronic pain can be physically, mentally and emotionally crippling—and it's not easy to remedy. Movement, when executed with the help of a trained exercise professional, can be an effective way to relieve pain and improve quality of life.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Keep America Beautiful Kick Off Sixth Year of Recycling Partnership

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program opened its 2018 application process, offering new opportunities to make recycling convenient for communities across the country.

STMA Announces 2018 Board of Directors

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) - the professional organization for 2,700 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches - confirmed its 2018 Board of Directors.

ACE Partners to Help Certified Pros Grow Their Careers

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) was recently named the preferred certification provider by Find Your Trainer (FYT), the largest online marketplace connecting NCCA-accredited personal trainers with clients.

STMA Past-President Steve Wightman Inducted Into MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – comprised of 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athletes' safety – celebrate Steve Wightman as the newest member of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.

ASBA Announces Free Sports Diagram App

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for designers, builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, announced its new mobile app, available via free download on iPhone and Android devices.

Chelsea Piers Expands to Brooklyn With New Fitness Club

Chelsea Piers announced the launch of its new fitness club in Downtown Brooklyn – Chelsea Piers Fitness. Opening Spring 2018, Chelsea Piers Fitness will be the largest club of its kind in Brooklyn and cater to those seeking a comprehensive, unrivaled approach to fitness.

Poll: Americans Turn to Parks & Rec to Cope With 'Winter Blues'

Depending on where you live, finding a way to cope with the "winter blues" can be difficult. That's why, according to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), more and more Americans are turning to their local parks and rec centers to stave off the winter blues.

Poll: Public Less Likely to Visit Parks With Higher Entry Fees

Bipartisan poll results released by the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) demonstrate that the public has major concerns with a proposal to raise entry fees at major national parks across the country.

USDA Investing Millions in Wildfire Mitigation & Water Quality Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest nearly $32 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems in 24 states and Puerto Rico. Since 2014, USDA has invested $176 million in 56 Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership Projects, which focus on areas where public forests and grasslands intersect with privately-owned lands.

International Council on Active Aging Introduces Wellness Business Summit

In 2018, the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) will meld business model and culture to address the full wellness picture by hosting an educational summit for executives concurrently with the annual ICAA Conference and Trade Show.

STMA Announces 29th Annual Conference & Exhibition Details

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,700 men and women managing sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – announced details for its 29th annual Conference and Exhibition Jan. 16-19, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.

WAHC 2018 Save the Date Announced

The 15th annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) will be held October 10-12, 2018, at the Charleston Marriott in Charleston, S.C.

AMSSM Awards $300,000 Grant for Concussion Recovery Study

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and its Collaborative Research Network (CRN) announced the recipients of the AMSSM CRN $300,000 Multi-Site Research Grant, which supports quality, multi-site research to address key priority areas within the field of sports medicine.

NASC Launches New Website

The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the only nonprofit trade association for the sports events and tourism industry in the United States, has launched a new website, www.sportscommissions.org, to serve as an expanded resource for its membership.

Report Measures Economic Value of Forests in the Eastern U.S.

A new report prepared by The Nature Conservancy in collaboration with TD Bank Group (TD), presents useful evidence on the significant benefits and value of forests for people and their communities in the United States.

NFWF Announces Grants to Restore Native Fish Populations

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced $1 million in grants to support habitat restoration and other on-the-ground projects that advance recovery goals for threatened or sensitive native fish throughout the United States.

JCC Leadership Training Institute Accepts First Cohort

JCC Association of North America, in partnership with the Leadership Commons, part of the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, has selected 21 JCC professionals to participate in its first cohort of the JCC Leadership Training Institute.

CPSC Offers Pool Safely Grants

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking applications for a special Pool Safely Grant Program (PSGP) offered to state and local governments. CPSC expects to award $1.1 million in two-year grants to assist jurisdictions in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment incidents in pools and spas.

National Park Foundation Celebrates Corporate Partners

Building on a legacy of public-private partnerships that helped create the very first national parks, the National Park Foundation (NPF) celebrates another year of support from a prestigious group of corporate partners.

CPSC Hails Successes of Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act After 10 Years

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) Pool Safely campaign marked the 10-year anniversary of the Virginia Graeme Baker (VGB) Pool & Spa Safety Act being signed into law by President George W. Bush. The VGB Act is one of the reasons for great improvements in water safety and drowning prevention, including a full decade with zero drain entrapment-related deaths involving children in public pools and spas.

Boys & Girls Club Wins Climate Superstars Challenge

Samsung Electronics America Inc. and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America partnered for the 3rd annual Climate Superstars Challenge. After completing varying sustainability activities, Club members at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield in Westfield, Mass., were selected as the grand prize winner.

Mayo Field Awarded 2017 Minnesota Sports Field of the Year

Rochester, Minnesota's Mayo Field was recognized as the 2017 Field of the Year by the Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association.

Nat'l Park Service Accepting Proposals for Save America's Treasures Grant Program

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is now accepting applications for $5 million in matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America's Treasures program.

ASBA Announces Free App for Sports Facilities

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for designers, builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced its new mobile app, available via free download on iPhone and Android devices.

ASBA Announces Free App for Sports Facilities

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for designers, builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced its new mobile app, available via free download on iPhone and Android devices.

NSPF Honors Top in Field

The National Swimming Pool Foundation recently honored the organization's active Instructors for their extraordinary performance over the past year. Many individuals and three companies received awards for their commitment to excellence in keeping pools safer and open.

Certification Attracts Interest Ahead of Deadline for Women's Lacrosse Equipment

The Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) certification program with US Lacrosse is now fully operational and has issued its first certifications. The program, which applies to women's headgear and goggles requires headgear equipment made after January 1, 2018, to be SEI-certified.

Poll: Majority of Americans Plan to Attend Community Event During Holidays

A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that 4 in 5 Americans plan to attend some type of special community event — such as a holiday light display, holiday parade or festival — this holiday season.

KaBOOM! Leading Effort to Ensure Kids Have Places to Play Following Disaster

As many communities continue relief and recovery efforts after devastating destruction caused by the recent hurricanes and wildfires, KaBOOM! is committed to restoring normalcy in the lives of affected kids and communities through great, safe places to play.

NRPA Releases Guide on Green Infrastructure in Parks

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the release of A Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks. The new guide, which draws on lessons learned from the Great Urban Parks Campaign pilot projects, was created in partnership with the American Planning Association and Low Impact Development Center.

ACE Asks: How Can Everyday Activities Improve Health?

Research has shown that interrupting long periods of sitting with small periods of movement can improve health, but without guidance on how much of which activities will make a difference, many remain unmotivated to move.

Alvaro Mendoza Joins CMAHC Board of Directors

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) announced that Alvaro Mendoza, co-founder and President of Commercial Energy Specialists, Inc. (CES), of Jupiter, Fla., has been elected as the newest member of the CMAHC board of directors.

NSPF Partners With ORFA

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF)announced an international partnership with the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc. (ORFA), a leading provider of training and certification for recreation facility professionals in Canada.

ASBA Announces 2017 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.

STMA Names Fifth Annual 'Mowing Patterns Contest' Winner

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the organization for 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athlete safety – named Kelly Rensel, Head Groundskeeper at the Great Lakes Loons (Midland, Mich.), its fifth annual "Mowing Patterns Contest" winner.

Salvation Army Kroc Community Center Expands With Escape Fitness

Residents of Omaha, Neb., are gaining a larger, state-of-the-art fitness facility with the Kroc Community Center's Health & Fitness space expansion that includes a wide range of Escape Fitness equipment and MOVE IT programming.

Attractions Industry Legends Inducted Into IAAPA Hall of Fame

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced the induction of several attractions industry legends — Philippe de Villiers, Henri and Pamela Landwirth, and Richard M. Sherman — into the IAAPA Hall of Fame.

ACE Evolves Brand to Inspire All People to Overcome the Inactivity Epidemic

In light of today's growing physical inactivity epidemic, the leading nonprofit certifier of exercise professional and health coaches, American Council on Exercise (ACE) announced an evolution of its brand that harnesses its mission to get people moving and concentrates on inclusivity to ensure that all people—regardless of age, gender, race, socioeconomic status or neighborhood—have access to their healthiest lives.

SHAPE America, AIR Assessment Partner to Pilot Assessment for Health & Physical Education

SHAPE America, Society of Health and Physical Educators, is partnering with AIR Assessment, a division of the American Institutes for Research, on a pilot project to develop an assessment of student learning in health and physical education.

Next 100 Coalition Says Park Service Entrance Fee Increase a Challenge to Improved Access

In October, the Department of the Interior proposed fee increases for entrance to 17 of our nation's most visited national parks, including Yosemite, Grand Tetons, Acadia, and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, to start as early as the 2018 peak season. The Next 100 Coalition is strongly opposed to this proposal, as it imposes additional challenges for diverse low-income communities seeking to access our nation's public lands.

National Park Service Extends Public Comment Period on Peak-Season Entrance Fees

The National Park Service has extended the public comment periods for proposed peak-season entrance fees at 17 national parks and revised fees for road-based commercial tours and will accept comments until December 22, 2017.

Parks & Rec, Community Members Join for Family Volunteer Day

On Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, park and recreation professionals from Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, teamed up with local families as part of Family Volunteer Day, a global day of service that celebrates the power of families who volunteer together.

AAP, Obesity Society Address Impact of Weight Stigma on Children and Teens

For children who have overweight or obesity, stigma and discrimination can add to their health problems and harm their quality of life, making them feel isolated, embarrassed and sad. According to research, weight alone can be a predictor for victimization and bullying.

Study Sheds Light on Collegiate Football Officials and Injury Time-Outs

The Journal of Athletic Training has just published online a new study, "Calling Injury Timeouts for the Medical Evaluation of Concussion: Determinants of Collegiate Football Officials' Behavior": The journal is NATA's scientific publication.

Report Asks Congress to Address Challenges Faced by Rural Students

Limited access to advanced coursework, medical care, food and employment opportunities continue to daunt students in many rural communities, according to a report released today by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and The Rural School and Community Trust.

Study Finds Nature Is Vital to Beating Climate Change

Better stewardship of the land could have a bigger role in fighting climate change than previously thought, according to the most comprehensive assessment to date of how greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced and stored in forests, farmland, grasslands and wetlands using natural climate solutions.

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ECOsurfaces Collection Provides Total Solution

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into performance surfaces, offers ECOsurfaces, a diverse portfolio of durable, slip-resistant performance flooring products designed to absorb energy, vibration and noise.

ADG to Design & Build Indoor Waterpark in Upstate New York

Aquatic Development Group has begun construction on a new state-of-the-art indoor waterpark in the Catskill region of Upstate New York.

GameTime Announces THRIVE Outdoor Training Systems

GameTime announced the release of THRIVE, an all-new outdoor fitness line that promotes group fitness training for users age 13 and up. THRIVE features multiple fitness stations in a compact design.

Pro Football Championship Game to Be Illuminated by Eaton's Ephesus LEDs

Power management company Eaton announced that the Feb. 4 New England versus Philadelphia professional football championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis will be the second professional football championship game to be illuminated by its Ephesus LED sports lighting and controls system.

Robbins Classic Floor Installed for Lakers

As one of the winningest franchises in NBA history, the Los Angeles Lakers are nothing short of basketball icons. And for decades Robbins Sports Surfaces has been with the Lakers every step of the way providing world-class flooring for the world-class team.

Maryland Heights Community Center Uses UniQuad Translucent Wall System

When the City of Maryland Heights, just outside of St. Louis, committed to replacing its original community center, a converted church from the 1970s, the city had big aspirations for the impact it would have on the community.

SiteOne Launches Pro-Trade Line of LED Lighting Solutions

SiteOne Landscape Supply announced the launch and exclusive distribution of Pro-Trade Lighting products, a line of professional-grade LED lamps and lighting solutions for landscape contractors.

Perform Better Announces 2018 Catalog

Perform Better's 2018 catalog is now available. This 100-page catalog is full of new and innovative products and is the ideal source of Functional Training equipment for everyone who trains or rehabs clients, patients and athletes.

TRX Announces 2018 Training Summit

TRX, the global leader in functional training and education, announced its first Training Summit of 2018 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 5 and 6.

Pacific Yurts Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Pacific Yurts, designer of the original modern yurt, announced its 40th anniversary. The company was founded in 1978 in an old dairy barn. Take a look at the company's journey throughout the years.

Kubota Unveils Best-Valued Utility Vehicle Yet

Kubota Tractor Corp. enhanced its current market standards with the introduction of the new RTV-X1120 models, Kubota's most well-equipped utility vehicle at the best price.

Technogym Official Fitness Equipment Supplier to Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Technogym will be Official Fitness Equipment Supplier for PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games. For Technogym, internationally recognized for setting the standard in athletic training, rehabilitation and wellness, the South Korean Games 2018 represents the seventh Olympic experience.

Commercial Pool Industry Veteran Bill Hird Retires From Lincoln Aquatics

Lincoln Aquatics announced the retirement of industry veteran Bill Hird after 35 years with the company.

The Park and Facilities Catalog Introduces MK1 Bike Dock

As part of the next generation in bicycle parking, The Park and Facilities Catalog announced the introduction of the new MK1 Bike Dock, a high-security, bicycle-friendly commercial bike rack.

FSU Students Get New Tool to Improve Workouts

FSU Rec is a new mobile app designed and custom-branded by upace, which makes exercise more convenient and campus recreation centers more efficient.

Paris Site Furnishings Introduces TuffBoxx Containers

Paris Site Furnishings introduces the TuffBoxx family of lockable, animal-resistant, secure storage containers.

Wall High School Gets Community Quality Sound for Sports

Wall High is the senior school of Wall Township Public Schools, which also includes a primary school, four elementary schools and an intermediate school, which together educate around 3,650 students a year.

Colorado Time Renews Partnership With U.S. Masters Swimming

Colorado Time Systems, a PlayCore company, announced the expanded partnership renewal with U.S. Masters Swimming through 2021.

Bradley's Verge With WashBar Wins Design Award

The completely touchless all-in-one Verge with WashBar Technology created by hand washing innovator Bradley Corp., has received the prominent 2017 GOOD DESIGN Award.

Roppe Corp. Publishes Health Product Declaration

Roppe Corp., a leading commercial flooring manufacturer that produces a wide selection of American-made rubber and vinyl wall base, tile, tread and accessory products, recently published its first Health Produce Declaration for its Evire Rubber Sheet and Tile products.

Technogym Promotes Wellness Through 'Let's Move for a Better World' Campaign

Technogym, a leading producer of design and technology drive fitness equipment, announced the launch of the 2018 global 'Let's Move for a Better World' campaign, the brand's global initiative aimed at reducing obesity, promoting wellness and bringing local communities together.

Spectrum Aquatics Receives UL Listing for Pool Lifts

Spectrum Aquatics has successfully passed all tests to become the first aquatic lift company in the industry to receive Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listing in a new category for the Motion Trek BP 350 Pool Lift.

OLC Project Wins International Award

OLC (Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative) announced that its client, master developer Emaar, The Economic City (EEC) received the Global Award for Best Leisure Development – Saudi Arabia, at the International Property Awards in London for the Esmeralda Sports and Leisure Center in King Abdullah Economic City.

Turface Athletics Launches SlideMaster Infield Topdressing

Turface Athletics has introduced its newest product, Turface SlideMaster, a premier infield topdressing that plays a crucial role in improving sliding surfaces on skinned infields, and water management especially in dry conditions.

Action Floor Systems Provides Flooring to Cape Girardeau SportsPlex

Action Floor Systems, a manufacturer of maple sports flooring systems and supplier of premium synthetic sports and commercial flooring systems, congratulates Cape Girardeau SportsPlex of Cape Girardeau, Mo., on being recognized as the Outstanding Courts and Recreation Facility of the Year by the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA).

One Systems Withstands Weather & Water at Wilderness at the Smokies

Wilderness at the Smokies, Tennessee's largest waterpark resort, recently completed a major renovation to its outdoor waterpark that included the addition of a 750-foot lazy river, splash pad, cabanas, new bar and restaurant to the existing three waterslides and 12,000-square-foot wave pool. At the same time, Lake Wilderness Outdoor Waterpark received a new One Systems, direct weather sound reinforcement system that upgraded the guest's entertainment experience.

John Deere Expands Worksite Pro Attachments Lineup

John Deere continues to grow its ever-expanding lineup of Worksite Pro attachments with the introduction of its new roll-out bucket offerings. The RB72, RB84 and RB96 models are designed to best match the attachment to the machine.

Harper Turf Debuts MultiLoader

Harper Turf Equipment unveiled its latest solution to the debris management line – the MultiLoader.

Escape Fitness Adds New Exercise Products

Escape Fitness introduced some exciting new equipment that clubs will be buzzing about in 2018, with many products that can be ordered bespoke for the ultimate branded club experience.

Earth & Turf Updates MultiSpread Model 320 Topdresser

Earth & Turf Products LLC introduced a hydraulic-drive option for its MultiSpread Model 320, 1-cubic yd. topdresser with exclusive, wide-spread beater.

Technogym Launches SKILLRUN Treadmill

Technogym – a leading producer of design and technology-driven fitness equipment and official supplier to the past six Olympic games – announced the launch of SKILLRUN, the first treadmill to combine cardio and power training in a single solution, which is designed to meet the training requirements of both elite athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

Ecore Commercial Launches New Rx Collection

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into performance surfaces that make people's lives better, announced that its Ecore Commercial product collection, formerly known as Tru, has been renamed Rx and now features new products, colors and patterns.

Technogym Cardio Equipment Integrated With Apple GymKit

Technogym, a world leader in the fitness, wellness and sports sector and developer of a unique ecosystem of connected training equipment, software and content, announced its cardio equipment is compatible with Apple GymKit.

Aktiv Solutions Announces First International Expansion

Aktiv Solutions, a leader in functional fitness facility design and supply, announced its first international expansion into Australia and New Zealand.

OLC Is Moving to STEAM on the Platte

OLC (Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative), an international architecture, interior design and aquatics design firm, is moving its Denver headquarters to the newly renovated historic STEAM on the Platte (STEAM) development.

John Deere Adds New L-Series Compact Wheel Loaders

Built for construction contractors, landscapers and rental center operators, the new John Deere 204L and 304L compact wheel loaders deliver higher productivity, increased uptime and lower daily operating costs.

Westin Hotels & Resorts Partners with TRX

Westin Hotels & Resorts and TRX announced a global partnership that will bring functional training and fitness equipment to more than 200 WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studios around the globe.

SoftSide Diving Board Safety Pad System Endorsed by Griffiths

Noted Aquatic Industry Safety Expert Dr. Tom Griffiths announced his formal endorsement of SoftSide, the Diving Board Safety Pad System manufactured by RenoSys.

Pentair Commercial Offers New ETi 400 High-Efficiency Commercial Pool Heater

The new ETi 400 High Efficiency Commercial heater uses Titan Tough pure titanium with a direct fire heat exchanger design that makes the heater highly corrosion resistant.

PLAE Perform Fuels Strength & Conditioning Coaches With Education

To support strength and conditioning coaches and athletes worldwide, PLAE Perform delivers profile videos, educational seminars and workshops, targeted training sessions and informational blogs.

PlayCore Announces Center for Outreach, Research & Education

To better represent the spectrum of work, extensive research, network of scholars that informs their work, and the robust library of resources offered in the study of play and recreation, PlayCore announced the rebranding of its Center for Professional Development as the Center for Outreach, Research & Education (CORE).

WhiteWater Honored With Multiple Brass Ring Awards

The Vancouver waterpark and attractions designer and manufacturer won two Brass Ring Awards for Best New Product for their work on the family adventure attraction, Water Transportation System, as adapted for Morgan's Inspiration Island, and the exciting doubled-winged waterslide Manta 71.

Robbins Flooring Tips Off Indiana Pacers' All-Star Season

Fresher, bolder and more striking – that's the Indiana Pacers' new look at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For the start of the franchise's 51st basketball season, the Pacers wanted an updated image which paid homage to Indiana's basketball roots, and they nailed it – with the help of Robbins Sports Surfaces.

ADG Announces Newest Mountain Coaster in Frisco, Colo.

Aquatic Development Group Inc. announces that their ADG Mountain Coaster has now opened at Copper Mountain Resort in Frisco, Colo. This mountain coaster is one of the longest alpine coasters in North America, featuring a scenic ascent and a thrilling descent of twists and turns through the high-alpine forest.

NC Brands to Acquire Coral Seas

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.

Eaton, Miami Dolphins to Award LED Sports Lighting to a Florida School

The Miami Dolphins and power management company Eaton announced a community programming initiative - "Light Like the Pros" - in which one deserving Miami-Dade or Broward County high school will receive a free Ephesus state-of-the-art LED sports lighting system valued at more than $100,000.

Ropes Courses Inc. Adds Amaze'n Mazes to Portfolio

Ropes Courses Inc. (RCI) recently acquired Colorado-based Amaze'n Mazes as they continue to form alliances and partnerships with companies specializing in attractions that provide interactive and engaging challenges for families.



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