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Outdoor Industry Association Releases Congressional-Level Outdoor Recreation Economy Reports

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) released congressional-level Outdoor Recreation Economy reports for all 435 congressional districts. These reports are the first of their kind, capturing the power of a vast multi-billion dollar economic engine in local communities and across the nation.

STMA Awards Environmental Facility Certification to 14 Facilities

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) recognized 14 facilities with the organization's Environmental Facility Certification.

Congress Gets Moving With ACE Congressional Fitness Challenge

American Council on Exercise's 3rd Annual Congressional Fitness Challenge, a competition that tracks steps and other selected forms of physical activity for six weeks, drew a record number of competitors—more than 700 individuals from 64 offices.

Attractions Leaders Meet With Policymakers

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) hosted its annual IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days April 16-17, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Park Service Partners to Create Passport to Your National Parks Junior Ranger Edition

Kids now have their own version of the popular national park passport book. Designed to complement and encourage participation in Junior Ranger programs, Passport To Your National Parks Junior Ranger Edition, was released to celebrate National Junior Ranger Day on April 21, 2018, the first day of National Park Week.

National Park Service Announces New Fee Structure

As part of its ongoing efforts to address aging park infrastructure and improve the visitor experience, the National Park Service (NPS) announced changes to the entrance fees charged at national parks. The changes, which come in response to public comments on a fee proposal released in October 2017, will modestly increase entrance fees to raise additional revenue to address the $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance across the system of 417 parks, historic and cultural sites, and monuments.

Parks Promote Pollinator Health

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), nearly all Americans agree that promoting pollinator health should be a conservation priority across the United States. Promoting pollinator health includes protecting against the decline and death of pollinators, such as honey bees and other insects, and increasing their habitat.

National Park Foundation Boosts Volunteer Outreach

The National Park Foundation and American Express announced seven grants supporting volunteer capacity-building efforts at national parks across the country. Designed to support the growth of park volunteer programs, projects funded by the grants include expansion of volunteer housing space, development of recruitment handbooks, and outreach to neighboring communities.

LED Lighting System Wins Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge

The third edition of the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge - a "Shark Tank"-like competition to identify the most innovative and creative product or service in the tennis industry - took place during the Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference in Charleston, S.C., and the winner was a unique LED lighting system that attaches to existing fencing around tennis and other sport courts.

The Y Aims to Improve Health & Well-Being of Kids & Families

YMCA of the USA will celebrate the 27th annual Healthy Kids Day nationally on Saturday, April 21. Healthy Kids Day is the Y's national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families.

APSP Launches New Commercial Council

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announced the formation of its new Commercial Council, a group comprised of industry representatives eager to tackle key issues, risks and opportunities facing the design, construction, operation and servicing of commercial pools and spas.

NRPA Report Provides a Benchmark for U.S. Parks & Rec

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) gives park and recreation professionals the data they need to be industry leaders, while best serving their communities, with the 2018 NRPA Agency Performance Review.

Longtime P.E. Leader Judith C. Young Inducted Into SHAPE America's Hall of Fame

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators inducted Judith C. Young, who as a member for more than 55 years and association executive helped develop national standards across the professions, into the organization's Hall of Fame.

15th Annual WAHC Registration Opens April 2

Registration opens April 2 for the 2018 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) at thewahc.org. Hosted by the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), WAHC 2018 will be held in Charleston, S.C., October 10-12.

Walt Disney Company to Invest $1.5 Million in Meet Me at the Park Program

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced a $1.5 million contribution from The Walt Disney Company in support of the association's national Meet Me at the Park program, which helps bring the fun of parks and recreation to children and families across the United States.

Organizations Release Statement on Passage of Child Protection Improvements Act

The American Camp Association, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, and YMCA of the USA are grateful that the Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA) was passed as part of the recently enacted omnibus spending bill. This bipartisan effort will provide organizations serving children and other vulnerable populations such as the elderly and individuals with disabilities with access to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint background checks to screen prospective volunteers and employees.

APA Announces 2018 National Planning Award Recipients

The American Planning Association (APA) recognizes the recipients of the 2018 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards. This year's honorees demonstrate how planning addresses the needs of communities for today, and tomorrow.

APSP Announces Partnership With Aqualine/Venture Pacific Insurance Services

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced a new partnership with Aqualine/Venture Pacific Insurance Services, a national provider of a variety of risk management solutions.

Place, Race Impact County Health Rankings

For nearly a decade, the County Health Rankings have shown that where we live makes a difference in how well and how long we live. This year's analysis shows that meaningful health gaps persist not only by place but also by race and ethnicity.

Urban Land Institute Proposes 10 Principles for Building Resilience

A new report from the Urban Land Institute's Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance outlines 10 fundamental principles for building resilient cities and regions that successfully anticipate, respond to, and recover from both immediate shocks such as hurricanes and other extreme weather events and long-term stresses such as sea-level rise, poverty, and declining population.

NRPA Applauds Congress on FY18 Omnibus Spending Bill

Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued a statement in response to the FY18 omnibus spending bill passed by Congress.

National Park Foundation Funds Development for Teachers in Parks

With funding from the National Park Foundation, 17 national parks in California and the Washington, D.C., area are inviting teachers to participate in the National Park Service's 2018 Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) Program.

Nation's Mayors, Cities, Counties & Regions Applaud Brownfields Reauthorization

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties and the National Association of Regional Councils released a statement applauding passage of the Brownfields Reauthorization language that was included in the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations bill.

Indianapolis Park Chosen for 2018 Parks Build Community Project

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Indy Parks and the Indianapolis Parks Foundation announced that Sandorf Park has been chosen for NRPA's 2018 Parks Build Community project.

IHRSA: U.S. Health Club Industry Serves 70.2 Million

Health clubs attracted more than 70 million consumers in 2017, a record-high since IHRSA began tracking health club consumer statistics in 1987.

Parks & Conservation Leadership Awards Announced

The Trust for Public Land recently announced the winners of its 10th annual Conservation and Park Leadership Awards. These awards recognize leadership in protecting and investing in Minnesota's parks, conserved natural lands, and other special places.

Boys & Girls Clubs Partner to Call for Resources for Youth Opioid Prevention

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in partnership with U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), hosted a congressional briefing on youth opioid prevention on Feb. 27 at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. The briefing was put together to address the opioid crisis ravaging communities across the country.

SHAPE America Announces 2018 Honor Award Recipients

SHAPE America-Society of Health and Physical Educators announced the class of 2018 Honor Award recipients.

Study: Nearly Three in 10 Americans Are Inactive

The 2018 Physical Activity Council Participation Report on sports and activities in the United States shows that 28 percent of the population, 82.4 million Americans, are inactive.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Selects Culture of Health Finalists

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the 10 communities chosen as finalists for the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The Prize recognizes communities that come together around a shared vision to ensure that better health flourishes for everyone.

National Park Foundation Raises Support for Trails & Rivers

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails and National Wild & Scenic Rivers systems in 2018, the National Park Foundation is raising funds for priority projects and inspiring more people to #FindYourWay along trails and rivers across the country.

Article Highlights Motocross Injuries & Safety Measures

Motocross is a popular sport involving racers on motorized bikes traveling over rough natural or simulated terrain at high rates of speed. A new review article published in the March 1, 2018, issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) identifies the most common motocross injuries associated with this vigorous sport and offers input on prevention techniques.

The Alliance, CPSA Announce Executive Director

On March 1, 2018, Eileen Benjamin assumed the role of executive director for The California Pool & Spa Association and The Pool Spa & Aquatics Alliance (The Alliance). With this strategic hire, The Alliance is set to grow its member base and benefits offerings.

Keep America Beautiful Launches 2018 Great American Cleanup

The 20th anniversary of Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program, officially kicks off on the first day of spring - Tuesday, March 20 - with thousands of cleaning, greening and beautification events scheduled across America through the spring, summer and fall.

Poll: Americans Want Inclusive Play Options at Playgrounds

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), nearly nine in 10 Americans say communities should offer all-inclusive play options at playgrounds across the country. This includes playground equipment that is suitable for children of all physical and cognitive abilities.

KaBOOM! & Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Kick Off Play Everywhere Challenge

KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play, kicked off the Play Everywhere Challenge, supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation through its Built to Play initiative. The Challenge will award grant winners a total of $720,000 across Western New York and Southeast Michigan to create lasting, scalable design installations that will provide more opportunities to play for the kids who need it most.

SHAPE UP Nashville Celebrates a Day of Play

On March 24, SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators and Shape Up US co-host "SHAPE UP Nashville - A Day of Play." Open free of charge to the public, the expo is a celebration of 50 Million Strong, SHAPE America's commitment to putting all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs.

USDA Secretary Announces Infrastructure Improvements for Forest System Trails

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the selection of 15 priority areas to help address the more than $300 million trail maintenance backlog on national forests and grasslands.

ACE Commissions Research on Passive and Active Recovery

Incorporating the proper recovery strategy into a workout can yield better overall performance and improvement over time - but what is the best way to recover? American Council on Exercise (ACE), the leading certifier of health coaches and exercise professionals, sponsored three scientific studies aimed at identifying the best recovery strategy for optimizing the endurance and power benefits of exercise programs.

AMSSM: FDA-Approved Blood Test Is Not About Concussions

On Feb. 14, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a blood test that has been proposed to diagnose concussion. Many media outlets quickly reported this announcement as being a breakthrough in concussion diagnosis. The blood test, in actuality, is intended to help determine whether or not there may be bleeding or other structural injury in the brain after a head injury, necessitating further imaging with a CT scan.

ICC-SRCC, APSP Release New Solar Pool and Spa Heating System Standard

The Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCC) and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced the release of the first edition of the Solar Pool and Spa Heating System Standard (ICC/APSP 902/SRCC 400-2017).

Study: Flood Risk for Americans Is Greatly Underestimated

A groundbreaking new study published in Environmental Research Letters finds that 41 million Americans—some 13 percent of the population—are at risk from flooding rivers, which is more than three times the current estimate that is based on regulatory flood maps.

Bon Air Elementary Crowned First Repeat Recycle-Bowl Champion

Bon Air Elementary, in Kokomo, Ind., was crowned as the first repeat national champion of Keep America Beautiful's Recycle-Bowl, the national recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students, teachers and school communities.

STMA Names 'Our Winning Green Space' Contest Winner

The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) - comprised of 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athletes' safety - has partnered with Project EverGreen and Exmark Manufacturing to name Jonathan Allen, Parks and Recreation Director at the City of Clinton, N.C., winner of the 2017 "Our Winning Green Space" contest.

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.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

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airPHX Teams With Sweat N Glow

airPHX ("air fix") has been designated a brand standard for the national network of Sweat N Glow hot yoga studios. In an environment with continuous heat, humidity and large classes, airPHX technology keeps mats, surfaces and the air clean and free of germs.

Civitas Design for Lake Minnetonka Urban Waterfront Moves Forward

Urban design and landscape architecture firm Civitas has received approval to move forward with the design of implementation plans and construction documents for the Lake Effect Project to revitalize the Lake Minnetonka waterfront for the City of Wayzata, Minn.

Ecore Whitepaper Explores Athletic Flooring & Its Impact on Acoustics

To ensure that all building occupants and athletes remain productive and undisturbed, the acoustics of an athletic facility must be considered and appropriate flooring made a top priority. A new whitepaper from Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into unique surfacing, addresses why flooring is an integral component of athletic equipment – especially when it comes to acoustics.

Natural Chemistry Announces New Start-Up Magic for Plaster Pools

Natural Chemistry has created a new, highly  concentrated startup formula that controls  calcium scale, plaster dust and metal‐based  staining on newly plastered pools.  

Turface Athletics Hosts Field Day at Georgia Tech

Turface Athletics, in partnership with the Georgia SportsTurf Managers Association (GASTMA), hosted its annual Field Day at Georgia Institute of Technology to bolster awareness and education in the field maintenance industry.

John Deere 1600 Turbo Series III Wide-Area Mowers Now FT4 Compliant

John Deere announced updates to the 1600 Turbo Series III Wide-Area Mowers, including the addition of a Final Tier 4 (FT4)-compliant engine.

Ecore Offers Continuing Education Unit on Flooring Design to Improve Acoustics

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into performance surfaces that make people's lives better, now offers a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) titled "Flooring Design with Acoustics in Mind."

CORCL Successful in Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018

CORCL Boats announced that the CORCL won 'Honourable Mention' in the Red Dot 2018 Product Design Awards, one of the world's most prestigious design competitions. Only products that show a well-executed aspect of design work win.

Scranton Products Introduces Hiny Hiders Signature Collection

Scranton Products, a world leader in restroom partitions and lockers, has introduced its new Hiny Hiders Signature Collection to combine durability with six new door designs and side panel options.

TMP Architecture Introduces New Marketing Department

The marketing team not only supports the firm’s marketing and business development initiatives, but also specializes in graphic design, writing, public relations and marketing strategy and in the development of bond campaign and fundraising initiatives.

Ecore's Elevate COllection Brings Performance, Safety & Beauty to Fitness Facilities

The latest collection of performance flooring products from Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into unique performance surfacing, is designed to elevate every aspect of today’s modern fitness spaces – from the entryway to the locker room.

Profile Products Acquires Southern Athletic Fields

Profile Products, the leader in solutions for soil modification, erosion control and plant establishment, announced the acquisition of Southern Athletic Fields.

Waterplay to Present at 2018 Play Conference

Waterplay Solutions is excited to join leading play researchers in America for the 2018 Conference on the Value of Play. As a conference presenter and Gold Sponsor, Waterplay is honored to support this high-profile initiative to build awareness on the critical value of play to all lives.

Technogym Launches New Products, Strengthens Connected Wellness

TECHNOGYM, leading producer of design and technology-driven fitness equipment and official supplier to the past seven Olympic games, announced new products, digital innovation, and technology integration at the 37th edition of IHRSA 2018 (March 21-24), San Diego Convention Center.

Nautilus Brings Max Trainer to the Gym

Nautilus, Inc., a leader in innovative fitness equipment, continues to provide ground-breaking products for commercial fitness facilities and specialty markets with the introduction of the Octane Fitness Max Trainer machine.

Ecore Speed & Agility Turf Transforms Indoor Athletic Spaces

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into unique performance surfacing, offers its Speed & Agility Turf, a flooring surface designed to enhance athletic training and performance through advanced ergonomic design and durability.

Brigadoon Fitness Launches Variable Motion Trainer

Brigadoon Fitness announced the launch of the much-anticipated Sport Series Variable Motion Trainer (VMT).

Technogym Connects More Than 150,000 People to Move for a Better World

Technogym - the world leading producer of design and technology-driven fitness equipment and official supplier to the last seven Olympic games - announced that more than 150,000 people globally are taking part in its Let's Move for a Better World social campaign in the first week.

Turface Athletics, ABCA Recognize Scholarship Winners

Turface Athletics in partnership with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) recently announced the four winners of the 2017 Field Maintenance Awards and Scholarships.

SiteOne Launches New LESCO.com

SiteOne Landscape Supply announced the return of LESCO.com, a standalone website for the legacy agronomic brand.

Premier Polysteel Doubles in Size

Premier Polysteel, a division of ADA Enterprises, Inc. announce its recently completed construction project that has more than doubled the size of the manufacturing facility.

Technogym Releases Apple GymKit-Enabled Equipment

Technogym now features an installed base of more than 5,000 Apple GymKit-enabled pieces of equipment in hundreds of fitness clubs all over the world.

John Deere Redesigns Pallet Forks

Continuing its commitment to providing industry-leading attachments to rental, ag material handling, landscape and construction customers, John Deere redesigned its Worksite Pro pallet forks to be more durable and powerful than ever.

Club Car Showcases Time-Saving Utility Vehicles

Club Car, a global leader in golf and utility vehicles and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, invites you to visit booth 2309 at the National Facilities Management & Technology (NFMT) Exposition in Baltimore, Md., on March 20-22 to see its latest work utility vehicles (UTVs) and learn how they can help solve your transportation problems.

Nuffield Health Selects Technogym to Transform Its Gyms

Nuffield Health, the UK's leading independent not-for-profit healthcare provider has selected Technogym equipment and digital technologies as its preferred equipment provider for its well-being business.

Escape Fitness Launches HIT HUB Functional Frame

Escape Fitness is launching its newest space efficient frame-based solution for functional training for boutiques, studios and gyms looking to offer challenge, community, novelty and results to their experience-seeking member bases.

ChlorKing Adds Self-Clean Upgrade to NEXGEN Chlorine Generators

ChlorKing has reduced scheduled manual-cleaning requirements for its NEXGEN onsite chlorine generators with the introduction of five new models with self-cleaning capability.

Haws Introduces Original Modular Bottle Filler & Drinking Fountain Design

Haws introduces the only Outdoor, Modular Bottle Filler/Drinking Fountain Series. This series allows product customization for individual design and functionality needs.

Upace 2.0 Amps Up UX, Design & Admin Tools

With an eye on service and an ear to its clientele, upace is undergoing a major facelift, and it's a collaborative effort that underscores client partnership. For more than three years, while upace has been delivering customizable technology to recreation, fitness and community centers, the team has continued to listen and learn.

SiteOne Landscape Supply Expands Service Offerings

SiteOne Landscape Supply announced the opening of its Agronomic Sales Center for the Atlanta area during a ribbon cutting ceremony this week in Doraville, Ga.

Club Car, United Rentals Score at 2018 Super Bowl

When the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles faced off at the 2018 Super Bowl LII football championship game, they were backed by another team of champs: Club Car, maker of Carryall work utility vehicles and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, and United Rentals, the world's largest rental equipment company and the largest equipment supplier for the game.

Rain Bird Introduces Alexa-Enabled Controllers

Users of Rain Bird controllers featuring the company's LNK WiFi Module can now "talk" to their irrigation systems, thanks to Amazon's popular voice-activated personal assistant, Alexa.

X-Create From Torque Fitness Delivers Custom Functional Training

To equip health clubs, fitness studios and training centers to meet the high demand for functional group training, Torque Fitness developed the X-Create, an infinitely customizable, versatile, combined training and storage system.

PlayPower Announces Acquisition of Tayplay Ltd.

PlayPower, Inc., a global leader in the recreation industry, announced its acquisition of Scotland-based manufacturer Tayplay. Tayplay specializes in the research and development of key rope components, creating innovative products and solutions to break into new markets, exceed local standards, and improve the customer experience.

Eaton, Miami Dolphins Award Lighting to South Plantation High School

The Miami Dolphins and power management company Eaton announced that South Plantation High School has been selected as the winner of the joint community programming initiative - "Light Like the Pros."

SAS Forms Two New Divisions

Specified Air Solutions (SAS), a leading manufacturer of semi-custom HVAC equipment, announced the formation of two new divisions, Dehumidified Air Solutions (DAS) and Dehumidified Air Services (DASV), which will create a new and unprecedented level of indoor pool dehumidification design, manufacturing and equipment service in North America.

Green Series Fitness Changes Name to Circle Fitness USA

In response to continued growth and market expansion, Green Series Fitness, a Brigadoon Fitness company, will change its name to Circle Fitness USA, rebrand its products, launch a new company website and introduce an updated corporate identity.

Waterplay Partners Support Regional Communities Through Play

Waterplay Solutions Corp., worldwide provider of aquatic play solutions, celebrates its distribution partners with awards for outstanding achievement in 2017. The awards recognize two teams for new project development, positive community impact and aquatic play leadership in their regional territories.

Escape Fitness Equipment Featured in Midtown Athletic Club

Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago, established in 1970 as a prominent tennis club, opened the doors to its newly renovated 577,000 square foot, $80 million club and flagship hotel, featuring functional equipment from Escape Fitness in its individual and group training area named The Field.

Spectrum Aquatics Expands Mendota Lifeguard Chair Family

Spectrum Aquatics announced the latest addition to the Mendota Lifeguard Chair family: the 30" Mendota Lifeguard Chair. This lifeguard chair has been designed with lifeguard comfort and swimmer safety in mind.

Ecore Commercial Launches Strait Rx Ergonomic Flooring

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into performance surfaces that make people's lives better, offers its newest commercial product: Strait Rx.

USSSA Space Coast Complex Renovates With Superior Shade

Superior Recreational Products worked with our SRP Certified Partner, Southern Recreation, to provide custom bleacher shade throughout the United States Specialty Sports Association's (USSSA) new national headquarters, the USSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Fla.

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.



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