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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.

NRPA Awards Grant Funding to Support Rio Grande Restoration Project

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, awarded Taos Land Trust with a $575,000 grant to support a local water restoration project along a portion of the Rio Grande. This project is part of NRPA's commitment to water conservation and to making healthy, active waterways a reality in every community across the nation.

IHRSA Releases 2017 Profiles of Success

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

IAAPA Announces 2017 Brass Ring Award Winners

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) presented the 2017 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards on Nov. 15 during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 in Orlando, Fla. The annual awards recognize amusement parks, waterparks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family entertainment centers (FECs) and suppliers from around the world for excellence categories including food and beverage, games and retail, human resources, live entertainment, marketing, new products, and exhibits.

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.

IAAPA Recognizes Industry Leaders With Service Awards

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) recognized the 2017 IAAPA Service Award winners during the annual GM and Owners' Breakfast at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Orlando, Fla. The awards honor individuals for their outstanding contributions to the global attractions industry.

STMA Announces 2017 'Field of the Year' Winners

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) - the professional association for 2,700 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – awarded its 2017 "Field of the Year" winners.

Expo Showcases Future of Global Attractions Industry

The premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global attractions industry — IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 — takes place Nov. 13-17, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

ACE Welcomes New Board Members

The leading health and fitness nonprofit, The American Council on Exercise (ACE), announced six new board members with expertise in fields that will support the organization's mission to get people moving.

Proposed Revision to ASTM Standard Aims to Reduce Turf Field Hardness

A proposed revision to an ASTM International impact-attenuation standard aims to reduce the hardness of synthetic turf fields.

Keep America Beautiful, Zephyrhills Increase Access to Recycling in Florida

In advance of America Recycles Day, Keep America Beautiful and Zephyrhills Brand 100% Natural Spring Water are honoring four Florida communities that have increased their on-the-go recycling rates.

TPL: Voters Passed $1.5 Billion for Parks in Recent Election

Voters across America passed local and state ballot measures that will provide more than $1.5 billion for parks and conservation, The Trust for Public Land announced.

JCC Association Receives $1.9 Million Investment in Early Childhood Educators

The Jim Joseph Foundation announced it will invest $1.9 million in the professional development of early childhood education directors through the JCC Association of North America's Sheva Early Childhood Directors Institute, an initiative of the Sheva Center for Innovation in Early Childhood Jewish Education and Engagement.

IAAPA Previews Rides & Attractions Coming in 2018

As global amusement industry professionals gathered at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017, the premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion worldwide industry, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) released its annual preview of major new rides and attractions opening in 2018 at amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, science centers, museums, zoos, and aquariums around the world.

OAK 2017 Award Winners Announced

The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) announced the recipients of the 2017 "OAK Awards." A bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers including Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Representative Niki Tsongas (D-MA-3), and Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), and several OAK members received awards during the annual meeting of the Alliance.

New Cancer Exercise Specialist Program Provides Benefits to Patients & Survivors

To bring comprehensive and safe exercise-recovery programs to people at all stages of cancer recovery -- from diagnosis and treatment to reconstruction and survivorship -- the leading health and fitness nonprofit organization known for certifying exercise professionals and health coaches nationwide, American Council on Exercise (ACE), launched its first-ever Cancer Exercise Specialist program, authored by Andrea Leonard, founder and president of the Cancer Exercise Institute.

Poll: Americans Turn to Parks & Rec to Increase Activity, Improve Health

According to the latest Park Pulse poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), more than three in five Americans say they would take up walking or jogging through local parks, on trails or around the neighborhood if they were advised to be more physically active by a doctor or other healthcare provider.

Fitness Pros Name HIIT Top Trends for 2018

No pain, no gain? The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) surveyed more than 4,000 fitness professionals, and the results are in: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is forecast as next year's most popular trend in fitness.

SFIA Releases 2017 'Tracking the Fitness Movement' Report

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) announced the release of its annual "Tracking the Fitness Movement" report, which reviews the annual fitness participation in the United States of those ages 6 and older.

NSPF Announces New Board Members

The National Swimming Pool Foundation welcomed four new members to its board of directors, effective November 1, 2017.

Research Finds Group Exercise Improves Quality of Life, Reduces Stress

Researchers found working out in a group lowers stress by 26 percent and significantly improves quality of life, while those who exercise individually put in more effort but experienced no significant changes in their stress level and a limited improvement to quality of life, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

STMA, Minor League Baseball Announce 2017 Sports Turf Managers of the Year

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) awarded the 2017 Sports Turf Managers of the Year, sponsored by STMA and John Deere. This year, three of four honorees are first time winners, demonstrating that excellent groundskeepers are continually proving and developing as top-notch practitioners nationwide.

Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D., NSPF Receive Blue Mind Award

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols presented the 4th Annual Blue Mind Award to Dr. Thomas Lachocki of NSPF at the 14th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference held in Denver. The Blue Mind Award recognizes an individual and/or organization for efforts that mechanize positive change in their Blue community.

ASBA Publishes New Sports Fields Manual

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for running tracks, tennis courts, sports fields and court and recreational facilities, announced the publication of the 2017 edition of Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.

Concussion Laws Help Reduce Recurrent Concussions Among H.S. Athletes

Laws aimed at addressing concussions in youth sports help reduce the rates of recurrent concussions, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Keep America Beautiful Celebrates Impact of Recycling Grants

National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation announced the opening of the application period for the 2017 Coca-Cola Public Space Recycling Bin Grant Program. In its 11th year, the initiative is designed to expand access to recycling in public spaces in communities across America.

Survey: American Companies Turn to Sustainability to Reduce Risk

According to a Deloitte Resources study, more than eight in ten companies now say they are shifting from merely focusing on cost reduction to risk reduction, when it comes to sustainability and the use of natural resources.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

People and company news


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.

Oregon Introduces Quiet Cordless Landscaping Equipment

Public works landscaping and grounds maintenance professionals have faced competing demands for high cost-efficiency and reduced community and environmental impact. Now, managers will no longer have to choose between them, thanks to recent technology breakthroughs now available in Oregon 120V Professional Series outdoor power equipment. The new line allows maintenance crews to run at full speed without violating noise restrictions or gas-fuel emissions.

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.

Snap Fitness Names Octane Fitness Vendor of the Year

Nautilus Inc., a leader in innovative fitness equipment, announced that Octane Fitness was recently named Vendor of the Year by Snap Fitness, the first time the fast-growing

ADG Wins IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Three-in-One Water Attraction

Aquatic Development Group, Inc. (ADG) announced the receipt of the IAAPA's Brass Ring Award for their new water ride, Adventure Lagoon, a unique and innovative three-in-one skill based ride that opened this year at H2OBX Waterpark in North Carolina.

Toro Announces Winner of Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program

The Toro Company has announced this year's winner of the annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program.

Kubota Announces New Products

Kubota Tractor Corporation announced the introduction of several new products from the field and main stage of the company's annual dealer meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.

BattleRope ST System Training Qualifies for Continuing Education Credit

The Abs Company, a leading supplier of innovative core-based fitness equipment, announced that its new continuing education courses, Introduction to Battle Rope ST: Level One and Introduction to Battle Rope ST: Level Two, have been approved by National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)for continuing education credits.

ADG Wins WWA Leading Edge Award for Twin Tides Dual Entry Wave Pool Attraction

Aquatic Development Group (ADG) announced for the third year in a row the receipt of the World Waterpark Association's (WWA) Leading Edge Award. This year, ADG has received the award for its innovative take on the traditional wave pool, Twin Tides.

Another ADG Mountain Coaster Is Making Tracks in the U.S.

Aquatic Development Group announced that an ADG Mountain Coaster is under development at Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colo.

PlayCore Releases Best Practice Guidebook on Bicycle Infrastructure

PlayCore's Center for Research Outreach and Education (CORE) recently released its latest scholarly work, titled "Shift Into Gear, A Bicycling Advocacy Resource."

Oregon Products Launches New Website

Oregon Products announced the launch of their updated website, offering forestry professionals, landscape contractors and cordless equipment customers an improved online experience with features that simplify the process of finding and purchasing the correct tool or replacement part.

Power Plate Announces New Pop-Up Location in Chicago

Power Plate, the global leader in vibration training products and technology to help you prepare faster, perform better and recover quicker, announced a new pop-up experience to be located at the newly renovated 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago.

ADG President & CEO Inducted Into World Waterpark Hall of Fame

Aquatic Development Group (ADG) announced the WWA's most recent inductee to the Hall of Fame, Ken Ellis. This prestigious honor is awarded to individuals who have had a substantial impact and contribution to our industry, and Ken Ellis certainly fits that bill.

Ecore Introduces new Polyflor Product Offering

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into performance surfaces, has refined its offering of Polyflor resilient vinyl flooring products in an effort to streamline selection and facilitate faster product fulfillment. The updated portfolio includes 16 new homogenous, heterogeneous, and slip resistant vinyl surfaces, as well as premium flooring from the Expona luxury vinyl tile collection.

Vortex Debuts Explora Splashpad Collection

Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a manufacturer and world leader in aquatic play landscapes and entertainment solutions, announced the launch of the Explora Splashpad Collection, which encourages children to move, reach, touch, push, tap, spin, run, feel, get surprised.

United Center Installs Eaton's Advanced LED Lighting and Controls System

Power management company Eaton announced that its advanced Ephesus LED sports lighting and controls system has been installed at the United Center, home of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Chicago Bulls and National Hockey League's (NHL) Chicago Blackhawks.

Ropes Courses Inc. Assumes New Role with Clip 'n Climb Agreement

Ropes Courses Inc. (RCI) has signed a deal with New Zealand-based company Clip 'n Climb to manufacture their climbing structures in Michigan and assume distribution responsibilities to the North and South American markets.

Perkins+Will Announces Merger with Sink Combs Dethlefs

Perkins+Will, one of the oldest and most respected interdisciplinary architecture and design firms in the world, announced that Denver-based Sink Combs Dethlefs, a national leader in sports, recreation and entertainment architecture, has joined the firm. Denver now becomes the home of Perkins+Will's 24th design studio.

FitMetrix Adds Group Management Functionality to Software Platform

FitMetrix launched its new group and class management functionality to its software platform to combat the growing pains and challenges associated with managing additional club offerings.

The Park and Facilities Catalog Unveils UpLift Bike Dock

The Park and Facilities Catalog announced that it will be offering the latest in bicycle and skateboard parking innovations by unveiling the campus-ready, high-density, Bike Dock called the UpLift.

Ecore Launches Three New Websites

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into unique performance surfacing, has updated its athletic, commercial and corporate websites to include optimized functionality and fresh designs, in order to elevate the company's online brand presence and experience.

Kubota Plans Expansion to Create Logistics Hub

Kubota Tractor Corporation officially confirmed its plans to plant solid roots in Kansas for its North American Distribution Center (NADC) by announcing the details of its letter of intent to purchase 203 acres near the company's current leased facility in Edgerton, Kansas.

Dollamur Launches FIT-TECH Rubber Flooring

Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur) – the world's leading manufacturer of high-performance sports flooring for martial arts, MMA, wrestling, gymnastics, cheerleading and yoga—announced the launch of FIT-TECH™ Flooring by Dollamur.

FitMetrix, Perkville Announce Partnership for Fitness Facilities

FitMetrix, an Atlanta-based fitness tech software provider, announced a new partnership with customer loyalty program, Perkville. By providing a custom workout experience for gym members that tracks results in real time, FitMetrix's customizable platform provides gym owners with the ability to tailor the platform to better serve their members.

John Deere Expands Zero-Turn Radius Mower Lineup

Remaining in touch with the evolving needs of professional landscape contractors, John Deere announced the addition of two new commercial zero-turn radius mowers. The ZTrak Z945M and ZTrak Z955M models offer professionals Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) engines with higher horsepower for increased fuel efficiency and power in varied mowing conditions.

Ecore Adds ECOsmash Tile

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into unique performance surfacing, has added ECOsmash to its ECOsurfaces Collection.



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