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Urban Land Institute Releases Research on Unhealthy Corridors

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has released two new research reports on the challenges and opportunities presented by unhealthy corridors: "Blind Spots: How Unhealthy Corridors Harm Communities and How to Fix Them" and "Envisioning Healthy Corridors: Lessons from Four Communities."

NRPA, Niagara Bottling Award Grants to Support Access to Play and Activity

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Niagara Cares, the philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling, have awarded $200,000 in grants to connect communities through outdoor play in park and recreation agencies.

Trust for Public Land Says Park Access Should Be Part of Green New Deal

The Trust for Public Land recently submitted a letter to Sen. Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, highlighting the importance of including park access as part of the Green New Deal.

ASLA Celebrates Permanent Authorization of LCWF

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has long advocated for permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). For more than 50 years, LWCF has protected lands in every state and congressional district in the nation and provided funds for over 41,000 state and local park projects.

U.S. Soccer Foundation Presents Awards

The U.S. Soccer Foundation presented three awards at its 13th annual Urban Soccer Symposium, honoring organizations and individuals who have provided innovative approaches to improving the sports-based youth development field.

Park Service Visitation Tops 318 Million in 2018

Visitation to America's national parks in 2018 exceeded 300 million recreation visits for the fourth consecutive year. The 318.2 million recreation visits total is the third highest since record-keeping began in 1904.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Selects 2019 Culture of Health Finalists

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the 12 communities chosen as finalists for the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The Prize recognizes communities that are bringing partners together around a shared commitment to health, opportunity and equity.

NRPA 'Commit to Health' Campaign Reaches Nearly 500,000 Youth

Thanks to the National Recreation and Park Association's Commit to Health campaign, nearly 500,000 youth nationwide have improved access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities annually.

IHRSA Applauds New Legislation That Supports Healthy Living

IHRSA announced its support for the Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT), just newly introduced into the 116th Congress. The legislation champions Americans in their efforts to live healthier lifestyles by making it easier to cover exercise expenses with pre-tax dollars.

$671 Million in Backlogged Maintenance Projects Completed in National Parks in FY18

The National Park Service (NPS) estimates that during Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, more than $671 million in needed repair work was completed at national parks across the country, one of the largest amounts of deferred maintenance needs retired in a single year.

Every Kid Outdoors Act Passes Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Every Kid Outdoors Act (363-62) as part of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), a bipartisan public lands package. The legislation already passed in the U.S. Senate (92-8) and is now headed to the President's desk for signature.

Campaign to Support SeriousFun Children's Network and KaBOOM!

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is launching "Dough-nate for a Doughnut," a campaign to help children – especially those underserved or living with serious illnesses – with new signature partners KaBOOM! and SeriousFun Children's Network.

Keep America Beautiful's Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grants Available

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's largest community improvement nonprofit organization, announced the opening of the grant application period for the 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP), designed to help communities combat the most commonly littered item in America.

Local Parks Among Top Outdoor Areas to Experience Health Benefits of Nature

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), local parks or picnic areas are among the favorite outdoor places Americans visit to experience the health benefits of nature — such as reduced stress and increased energy levels.

National Park Foundation Reacts to Natural Resources Management Act

Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, issued a statement regarding the House passage of S. 47 the Natural Resources Management Act.

House Votes to Permanently Renew LWCF

The U.S. House of Representatives moved to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), approving a sweeping package of public lands bills that includes a measure to permanently reauthorize the program for the first time in its 54-year history.

Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Appointed to American Workforce Advisory Board

Boys & Girls Clubs of America's President and CEO Jim Clark was appointed to serve as a member on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, established by the White House. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the only youth-serving nonprofit organization on the Board and joins 24 members.

NRPA Salutes Congress for Passage of 'Lands Package'

Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued a statement in response to the passage of the Natural Resources Management Act.

Mecklenburg County Wins National Health Challenge

Mecklenburg County's Village HeartBEAT (VHB) program was named one of two grand prize winners of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge (the Challenge) and will receive $500,000 in grants and prizes to help combat cardiovascular disease in the community.

Your City Could Host the Make a Splash Tour

As the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 enters its 11th year, with more than 50 stops across the country, you have the opportunity to explain why your community deserves to host a tour stop as part of a national media campaign focusing on the importance of learning to swim.

IHRSA Report Looks at Impact of Advocacy on Health Club Operations

While there are a multitude of reasons to belong to an industry trade association, such as education, networking and research, often the most overlooked benefit is advocacy. Perhaps advocacy is overlooked because it's not as tangible as a research report or convention registration. That doesn't mean it's not vital to your business.

Avangrid Foundation, NFWF Partner to Conserve Wildlife

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced that Avangrid Foundation has made a multi-year commitment to support three NFWF grant programs that provide funding for vital on-the-ground conservation projects.

Keep America Beautiful Announces Awards

More than 80 individuals, including community leaders from national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful's community-based affiliate network and other partner organizations, were recognized recently at Keep America Beautiful's National Awards Ceremony.

IMBA Announces Trail Lab Event

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) will host its third Trail Labs event in Bentonville, April 1–3, 2019. Trail Labs are in-depth workshops designed to catalyze the next generation of great places to ride mountain bikes.

Golf Promotion Generates $65,000-Plus for PGA Reach

Marriott Golf announced that it raised a record of more than $65,000 last year for PGA REACH – the charitable foundation of the PGA of America — during the 3rd Annual Hit the Green for HOPE promotion. The funds raised were designed to support PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) golf programming for military Veterans with disabilities.

Lincolnway Special Recreation Association to Host National Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments

Lincolnway Special Recreation Association, an opportunist in creating and implementing adaptive programming for people with disabilities, has been selected to host two separate National Wheelchair Basketball Association championship tournaments in March.

NRPA Introduces Parks for Inclusion Policy Guide

In an effort to promote inclusion in parks and recreation centers across the country, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) introduces a best practice guide for park and recreation agencies to develop a formal inclusion policy.

Park Service Accepting Proposals for Historic Revitalization Subgrants

The National Park Service is now accepting applications for $5 million in grants to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country that are listed in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places through the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP).

USA Football Grant Program Applications Open for 2019

Youth, middle school and high school football programs may apply now through March 13 for USA Football's equipment grant program, offering $1.5 million in resources to benefit young athletes.

Park Service Announces $48.5 Million in Hurricane Assistance

The National Park Service announced $48.5 million in supplemental assistance grants to help historic resources recover in areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017.

IPSSA Expands Education Fund for Service Pros

The Independent Pool and Spa Service Association (IPSSA) announced it has expanded its Education Fund and is now subsidizing multiple classes throughout the industry to lower the overall cost of education for service professionals.

NRPA: Americans Believe in Importance of Teaching Children to Swim

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), more than nine in 10 Americans (95 percent) believe it is important for children to learn how to swim at an early age.

IHRSA Announces 2019 Industry Award Recipients

IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has announced that three award recipients will be honored during IHRSA 2019, the association's 38th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego.

Study: America's Streets Are 'Deadly by Design'

An astonishing 6,000 pedestrians were struck and killed by vehicles in 2017, adding to a deadly decade in which 49,340 people were killed on the nation's streets between 2008 and 2017. Compounding this national tragedy, victims are disproportionately from vulnerable groups, including people of color, those living in low-income communities, Native peoples, and the elderly.

RTC Commits to Bold Nation-Spanning Trail

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced its vision for the Great American Rail-Trail, an unprecedented commitment to creating an iconic piece of American infrastructure that will connect nearly 4,000 miles of rail-trail and other multiuse trails from Washington, D.C., to Washington State.

RWJF, NAACP Partner on Health Equity

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) have expanded their partnership to improve health and opportunity in communities of color across the United States.

NSPF, APSP Unify to Form New Organization

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced that the organizations will unify to form the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance.

American Water Charitable Foundation, NRPA Award $150,000 to Nature Play Area

The American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by American Water, the nation's largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, announced it is awarding $150,000 in grant funding to support a local nature-based play area in Bel Air, Md.

Miami-Dade Parks Gets New Soccer 'Double-Pitch'

Miami-Dade Parks, the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Target unveiled a new set of mini-pitches at South Dade Park in Homestead. These mini-pitches mark the latest play spaces to be completed as a part of a Target and U.S. Soccer Foundation partnership to build 100 mini-pitches nationwide by 2020.

ICAA Announces Beacon Award for 'Best in Wellness'

As separate entities, the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and NuStep LLC have long championed active aging and wellness. Now, the two organizations have teamed up to recognize and honor senior living communities that have excelled at adopting wellness-based lifestyles.

STMA Announces 2019 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 2019 Board of Directors.

USGA Recognizes California Turf & Irrigation Specialist

Celebrating golf's leaders who innovate and demonstrate leadership in sustainability and water resource management, the USGA has named Michael T. Huck, a turfgrass and irrigation specialist from Orange County, Calif., as the recipient of its 2019 Green Section Award.

2018 ACSM-CPT and ACSM-EP First-Time Pass Rates Reach Highs

In 2017, ACSM Certification completed its regularly scheduled job task analysis (JTA) study and update of the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT) and ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) certification exams.

ASLA Advocacy Leads to Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Passage

Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects issued a statement on the occasion of the signing into law of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (H.R. 7279).

National Park Foundation Fund to Support National Parks Community When Rangers Return

Recognizing the impact of the partial government shutdown on the National Park System, the National Park Foundation has set up the Parks Restoration Fund to help repair parks as quickly as possible once the government reopens and National Park Service employees are back to work.

Research Looks at Injuries in Commercial Jump Parks

According to new research published in the Jan. 1, 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, trampoline parks and jump parks have been linked to a higher percentage of total fractures among pediatric and adult patients, including lower extremity fractures, fractures in adults, open fractures and surgical fractures when compared with home trampolines.

Experts Gather to Discuss Role of Parks in Climate-Resilient Communities

Park leaders from across the country gathered in Miami to discuss the increasing role park and recreation agencies play in developing climate-resilient communities. Organized by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, the three-day NRPA Innovation Lab, titled Resilient Parks, will explore how communities nationwide can maximize the value of parks and open spaces for resilience.

New Platform Aims to Mobilize Snow Industry Against Climate Change

Snowsports Industries America (SIA) announced the launch of United By Winter, a climate advocacy platform for the winter sports industry. The campaign is intended to give SIA members the education and tools to address climate change and its impacts on the snow industry.

KaBOOM! and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Renew Partnership

KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play, renewed a partnership with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation through its Built to Play initiative and will launch the second Play Everywhere Challenge. The Challenge will award organizations a total of $1 million across Western New York and Southeast Michigan to create lasting, scalable design installations that provide more opportunities to play for the kids who need it most.

Keep America Beautiful Partners to Clean Up Parks During Shutdown

As national parks face issues with unmanaged waste during the government shutdown, Keep America Beautiful, the largest community improvement organization in the United States, and Nestlé Waters North America, one of the leading beverage companies in North America, announced that they are teaming up to help mobilize affiliate organizations and volunteers across the country to clean up these shared public spaces.

NFWF Releases Southern California and Watersheds 2019 RFP

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the release of the 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Southern California Forests and Watersheds – Wildfires Restoration Grant Program (Southern California Wildfires Restoration Grant Program). Approximately $8 million is expected to be available in funding through this opportunity.

NRPA Responds to National Park Impacts Amid Shutdown

Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued a statement in response to the ongoing federal government shutdown and its effect on national parks.

Orthopaedic Surgeons Provide Winter Activity Safety Tips

Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and tobogganing are a few fun activities to help keep you active during the cold and snowy season. But, before you consider hitting the slopes, think about safety techniques to avoid common injuries, such as ankle or muscle strains and broken bones.

Grants Available for Watersheds Affected by Wildfire

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced that $4.86 million will be available in grants to restore watersheds degraded from past wildfire events.

IMBA Trail Accelerator Grant Applications Open

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is now accepting applications for the second round of its Trail Accelerator Grant.

USA Swimming Recognizes Swim Clubs

Washington, D.C.-area's Nation's Capital Swim Club has claimed the No. 1 spot in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program for the fifth consecutive year. On an annual basis, the Club Excellence program recognizes USA Swimming's highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes ages 18 years and younger.

NSPF Recognizes Top Instructors

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has announced the winners of its annual Instructor Awards, presented to active NSPF Instructors whose diligence over the previous year marked a significant contribution to advancing NSPF's mission.

IHRSA: Health Clubs Offer Supportive, Inclusive Communities

With New Year's fitness resolutions at hand, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is reminding people of the many resources and year-round support that health clubs offer.

Coore & Crenshaw Recognized With GCBAA Award

The prominent architectural duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw will be honored with the Don A. Rossi Award, given annually by the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) in recognition of their significant contributions to the golf industry.

Sourcewell Adds Snow & Ice Handling Vendors

The weather may be frightful, but municipalities can take the winter season head on with the help of 18 new contracts awarded in the Snow and Ice Handling Equipment category at Sourcewell.

ASBA Member Honored as Tennis Court Contractor of the Year

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced that a member company has been honored for its service to the industry.

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Evoqua's Neptune-Benson Named Water Quality Sponsor for USA Swimming

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp., an industry leader in mission-critical water treatment solutions, announced that Neptune-Benson will become the Official Water Quality Sponsor of USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States, through 2020.

Pool Shark H2O Receives CDC Certification

Pool Shark H2O Inc.'s patented web application, which helps commercial pool managers ensure water quality, safety and compliance to health department regulations, has been awarded certification from the Center for Disease Control's Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC).

Natare Corp., Austin Carroll Pool Construction Announce Partnership

Natare Corporation announced that it has appointed Austin Carroll Pool Construction Ltd. as its Premier Partner for Canada.

Kubota Introduces SVL65-2 to Track Loader Line

Kubota Tractor Corporation unveiled its new SVL65-2 to the company's popular compact track loader line, further diversifying its construction equipment offerings.

Precor, Spivi Announce Partnership

Precor, a global leader in providing premium fitness products, services and experiences involving cardio, strength, group training and networked fitness, and Spivi Inc., an industry leader in digital interactive displays and performance tracking, have partnered to provide an immersive workout experience integrated with the Spinner line of commercial indoor cycling bikes.

Mats Inc. Announces Sourcewell Partnership

Mats Inc. has entered into a national purchasing partnership with Sourcewell, formerly NJPA, a cooperative organization with more than 50,000 government, education and nonprofit members across the United States and Canada.

Perform Better's 2019 Catalog Now Available

Perform Better's 2019 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.

LaMotte Company Celebrates 100 Years

The LaMotte Company is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2019. The company began producing water analysis equipment in 1919 in downtown Baltimore, Md.

Upper Hand Enters Franchise Industry With New Management Software

Sport, recreation and fitness franchises can now manage their business more efficiently, thanks to the launch of new enterprise software designed specifically for the franchise marketplace from Upper Hand Inc., a leader in cloud-based sports management software and business services.



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