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2020 Grant Applications Available to Make a Splash Providers

The 2020 USA Swimming Foundation grant application for Make a Splash swim lesson providers is now open. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 17.

CPSC: At Least 150 Children Drowned in Pools & Spas This Summer

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2019, at least 150 children younger than age 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, a CPSC Pool Safely campaign collaborator.

10 Minute Walk Campaign Announces Opening of Community Grants

The Trust for Public Land announced that, as part of the 10 Minute Walk Campaign, it will make more than $300,000 available to community-based nonprofit organizations as part of its efforts to enable and inspire action to ensure 100% of U.S. residents have safe, easy access to a quality park or green space within a 10-minute walk of home by 2050.

New ASTM Standard Addresses Infrastructure Management

A new ASTM International standard aims to provide a needed set of practices for infrastructure management. ASTM International's asset management committee has developed the standard, which will soon be published as E3210.

25 Senior Living Communities Recognized for Wellness Practices

Twenty-five communities have been recognized with the 2019 ICAA NuStep Beacon Award for their "Best in Wellness" achievements.

Park & Rec Agencies Provide Affordable Before- & After-School Care

Nine in 10 adults believe it's important for park and recreation agencies to provide affordable before- and after-school care to children and young adults, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll. These services include tutoring/homework help, fitness and/or play opportunities, and the availability of healthy snacks.

Orthopaedic Surgeons Offer Sport Safety Tips

With school back in full swing, fall sports have started up again. With proper form, these sports provide mental and physical benefits such as self-discipline and teamwork, while building strong bones, lean muscles and healthy habits around physical activity. Whether you are just beginning a sport or continuing to take part, it's important to ease back into the game to minimize injuries.

Keynote Speakers, Agenda Announced for IHRSA 2020

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has announced that four keynote speakers will be headlining the 39th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego.

NRPA Celebrates Its 2019 Parks Build Community Project

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP), along with numerous donors, announced the revitalization of Catherine Street Park in Baltimore, Md.

Report: Health Club Usage Reaches All-Time High

U.S. health club usage reached an all-time high in 2018 as more than 71 million people utilized health and fitness services at a fitness center, gym, or studio, according to The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) 2019 Health Club Consumer Report.

NRPA Recognizes Port St. Lucie Parks & Rec With Innovation Award

The National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) recognized the City of Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation with its Best in Innovation Award, which recognizes the best of the best in park and recreation innovation.

AllTrails, Trust for Public Land Highlight Health Benefits of Nature

Ahead of National Walk to a Park Day on Oct. 10, AllTrails is endorsing The Trust for Public Land's vision to ensure there's a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home for every person in every city and town in America.

2019 Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Parks & Recreation Announced

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced the recipients of the 2019 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program is Musco Lighting, LLC.

CMAHC Receives Core Activity Funding From CDC

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) announced the award of funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to update and maintain the Model Aquatic Health Code.

Survey: Local Parks Are Popular for Nighttime Entertainment

Reflecting a desire to spend more time outdoors, the majority of U.S. adults (91%) seek out evening activities hosted by their local parks and recreation, according to a recent survey from the National Recreation & Park Association.

U.S. Soccer Foundation Awards Grants for Safe Places to Play

The U.S. Soccer Foundation announced it has awarded five grants totaling $86,797 to organizations that will build and enhance safe places to play in five states. When completed, the projects will provide access to safe play spaces for at least 29,418 youth and adults.

National Park Foundation Expands Service Corps Impact

As the National Park Service celebrates 103 years of preserving America’s natural and cultural resources, the National Park Foundation (NPF) announced a more than $3.5 million investment in expanding young, diverse leaders’ capacity to help protect national parks, lift up communities, and gain in-demand job skills training through service corps programs.

National Park Service Announces Policy for E-Bike Use

The National Park Service announced a new electric bicycle (e-bike) policy for national parks, expanding recreational opportunities and accessibility.

ASLA Publishes Guide to Universal Design

The American Society of Landscape Architects has published a Guide to Universal Design, providing a comprehensive view of which communities are underserved by the built environment. It also offers a set of new universal design principles that address the needs of deaf or hard of hearing, blind or low vision, autistic, neurodevelopmentally and/or intellectually disabled, and mobility-disabled adults and children, as well as concerns for older adults.

Urban Land Institute to Advise on Transferring Operation of Austin Hike-and-Bike Trail

A group of nationally renowned land use and urban planning experts representing the Urban Land Institute (ULI) will make recommendations to The Trail Foundation and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department on the feasibility of transferring the operation of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake to The Trail Foundation.

National Park Service Announces Preservation Grants for Rural Communities

The National Park Service (NPS) announced $5 million in Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP) grants to nine projects to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country.

ASTM International Creates New Gym Equipment Standards Group

ASTM International's committee on sports equipment, playing surfaces, and facilities (F08) has launched a new subcommittee focused on creating standards that support commercially installed sports-specific equipment used in gyms and other public venues.

PHTA Announces New President & CEO Sabeena Hickman

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced the appointment of Sabeena Hickman, CAE as PHTA's president and CEO and staff liaison to the Board of Directors effective Sept. 3.

American Fitness Index Reveals Top Farmers Markets

Washington, D.C., had extra reason to celebrate National Farmers Market Week this year, as it ranks No. 1 for farmers markets among the 100 largest U.S. cities, according to the 2019 American Fitness Index rankings.

CPSC Offers Safety Advice for Bounce Houses

CPSC cautions consumers to take care when using inflatables, including bounce houses, with advice to keep users safe.

U.S. Play Coalition Offers Updated Research-Based Case for Recess

A new, updated position paper "A Research-Based Case for Recess" is now available as a free download. This paper made its first appearance in 2013 as something of a review of literature by Olga Jarrett, Ph.D. Since then the paper has been used by play advocates across the country to support recess in schools and recess legislation at the state level.

Snowshoe Highlands Is Newest IMBA Ride Center

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) announced Snowshoe Highlands as the newest Bronze-Level Ride Center, and first Ride Center in West Virginia.

Park Service Awards Grants to Preserve WWII Japanese-American Confinement Sites

The National Park Service announced more than $2.8 million in Japanese American Confinement Sites grants to fund 19 preservation, restoration and education projects.

Explore Fund Expands Access to Parks & Public Lands

From offering climbing opportunities to youth with disabilities to providing weekly environmental education opportunities for young girls, a new class of organizations are enabling exploration for all through the Explore Fund grant program.

NFWF Launches Coastal Resilience Fund

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the launch of the Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund to support projects that increase the resilience of coastal communities impacted by hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Yutu and wildfires in 2018.

Seven Locations Announced for 2019 USA Basketball Open Court Programs

USA Basketball announced seven locations will begin running USA Basketball Open Courts – presented by Nike – in August, giving young basketball players the chance to experience the sport in a fun and safe environment for free.

Rails-to-Trails Says It's Time to Be Bold on Transportation

In response to the unanimous, bipartisan vote by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to pass America's Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA) of 2019, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is calling on Congress to consider new and transformative ways to align the nation's surface transportation investment with evolving transportation patterns and needs of Americans.

USGA Boosts Support for First Tee With Grant Funding

Thanks to a $100,000 donation from the United States Golf Association (USGA), First Tee chapters across the nation are receiving grants to further their efforts to introduce life skills and the game of golf to more young people.

Study Results May Change Guidance on Chlorine Stabilizers

Swimming pool owners and operators should be using a maximum cyanuric acid to free chlorine ppm ratio of 20 to 1 to maintain stable chlorine levels and safely disinfect the water for use by swimmers, according to the results of a new study.

Survey Shows Americans Support Park Improvement Projects

More than four in five Americans (85 percent) want their local governments to fund park and recreation revitalization projects, including the restoration of parks, playgrounds, recreation centers and community centers, according to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

IHRSA Announces World Wellness Weekend Collaboration

IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, and World Wellness Weekend announced their collaboration in promoting the third annual World Wellness Weekend, September 21-22, 2019.

EPA Recognizes St. Louis Cardinals for Food Waste Reduction

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler recognized William Dewitt III, president of the St. Louis Cardinals, for "A Decade of Partnership in Sustainability."

Albuquerque Pop-Up Park to Provide Green Space

Neighbors and partners will join forces to build Albuquerque’s first Pop-Up Park in the International District, one of the most diverse communities in the city. The project is part of The Nature Conservancy's Urban Conservation Program designed to engage youth in conservation and bring more nature into the city to improve people's health and well-being.

Disc Golf Day Celebrates a Growing Sport

The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), the sport's member organization and governing body, wants others to experience that magic and Get on Course. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, was National Disc Golf Day.

U.S. Soccer Foundation & Partners Create Mini-Pitches in Oklahoma City

The U.S. Soccer Foundation and its partners announced the creation of 10 mini-pitches with Fields & Futures in Oklahoma City. These new mini-pitches will support efforts to help Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) grow sports participation across the district and promote physical activity for its students, as part of the district’s Pathway to Greatness initiative.

Tanglefoot Trail Voted 2019 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Inductee

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the nation's largest trails organization, announced the induction of Mississippi's Tanglefoot Trail into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.

Division III Management Council Recommends Two Emerging Sports

The sports of women's wrestling and acrobatics and tumbling have each taken an important step in the process toward becoming official NCAA Division III sports.

National Athletic Trainers Association Welcome New Hall of Fame Inductees

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) inducted seven athletic trainers into its prestigious Hall of Fame, the highest honor an athletic trainer can receive.

Farmers Market Week Highlights Benefits

The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a national organization committed to strengthening farmers markets, announced the launch of its nationwide campaign for the 20th annual National Farmers Market Week​ on August 4th - 10th, 2019.

Women Leaders in College Sports Announces 2019 Administrator Awards

Women Leaders in College Sports announced its 2019 Administrator of the Year Award and Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year Award recipients.

ASCE to Grade Stormwater in 2021 Infrastructure Report Card

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and its Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) , National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced that stormwater infrastructure will be evaluated and graded in the next ASCE 2021 Infrastructure Report Card.

American Academy of Pediatrics Urges Steps to Ensure School Readiness

Too many U.S. children start kindergarten without adequate social-emotional and behavior skills critical to school success, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report in the August 2019 Pediatrics.

New York Life Foundation Awards Grants to Out-of-School Time Programs

The New York Life Foundation in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance announced $1.35 million in new grants, to be awarded to 26 youth development organizations across the country to support middle school youth during the out-of-school time (OST) hours.

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Michael Johnson Performance Partners With TechnoGym

Michael Johnson Performance (MJP), the worldwide leader in athletic performance training, has partnered with TECHNOGYM, the world's leading designer and producer of technology-driven smart connected sports performance equipment and the official equipment provider of seven editions of the Olympic Games, to supply equipment and solutions to enhance the offerings of what is widely considered to be one of the leading athletic performance training facilities in the world.

Waterplay Releases Water Weaver Series

Available immediately to the global market, Waterplay has released three new, experience-driven products with the Water Weaver series, a unique product grouping featuring a simple design with remarkable play value, at an economical price point.

Bobcat Company Reinvents Compact Equipment Industry With New Introductions

Bobcat Company invented the compact equipment industry more than 60 years ago with the world's first compact loader. Now the company is reinventing the industry. Bobcat is widening its product offering, enhancing its industry-leading equipment and providing innovative new designs and intelligent technologies to meet its customers changing needs.

John Deere Introduces Three-Bag Material Collection System

John Deere is expanding its ZTrak mower attachment lineup with the addition of a new three-bag Material Collection System (MCS). Compatible with all gas-powered Z900 models, this bagging system features an improved design for more efficient material collection and superior performance.

Soft Touch Bases Launches New Pro-Style Stationary Base

Soft Touch Bases, a Waukesha, Wis.-based manufacturer of baseball and softball base products, announced a new product, the Pro-Style Stationary Base. The Pro-Style joins a lineup of outdoor progressive release, turf, and indoor bases.



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