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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.

APA Recognizes 2017 Great Places in America Designees

The American Planning Association (APA) announced the country's 15 Great Places for 2017 through the organization's national flagship program, Great Places in America.

Outdoor Industry Leaders Urge President to Protect Public Lands

In a letter to the president, industry leaders align on a critical issue for the health of the outdoor economy – protect our public lands.

ASLA Unveils VR Video of Dallas Park

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released a new, exciting VR video of Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, a project that bridges a highway and reunites a part of Dallas. The video is intended to entice viewers into taking a vivid journey through this park built over a highway.

STMA Kicks Off Fifth Annual Mowing Patterns Contest

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the organization for 2,600 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athlete safety – kicks off its fifth annual "Mowing Patterns Contest."

IHRSA 2017 European Club Leadership Award Goes to Jon Wright

IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association announced that Jon Wright, founder of Xercise4Less in the U.K., is the recipient of IHRSA's 2017 European Club Leadership Award.

Nation's Mayors Launch 10-Minute Walk to a Park Campaign

At 10:10 a.m. on October 10, 127 of the nation's most influential mayors joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in launching a historic "10-minute walk" parks advocacy campaign, establishing the ambitious goal that all Americans should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space.

Survey: Rec Centers Play Important Role in Communities

A recent survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that most people agree recreation centers should offer a wide variety of services, such as healthy living classes, programming directed toward older adults, nature-based activities, arts and crafts opportunities, access to computers and the internet, inclusive facilities for all abilities and needs, and health clinics.

Boys & Girls Clubs in Houston Area Gifted Vehicles to Support Relief Effort

Boys & Girls Clubs in the Greater Houston area were gifted 29 vehicles from Toyota Financial Services to help with relief and rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Harvey. The cars will provide staff with better ground access for day-to-day operations like transporting kids to their facilities after school.

KaBOOM! and City of L.A. Announce Grantees to Create Unique Play Opportunities

Let's Play (an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group), KaBOOM! and the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office announced the winners of Let's Play Everywhere LA, a competition that awarded 10 grants totaling $200,000 to fund creative ideas that will transform everyday spaces into fun, safe places to play.

Cities Condemn U.S. Withdrawal of Clean Power Plan

On Oct. 10, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a measure by the previous administration to reduce greenhouse gases emitted from power plants to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. In response, NLC President Matt Zone, councilmember, Cleveland, issued a statement.

International Pool Spa Patio Expo to Offer Discussion on Disaster Safety, Prevention & Response

The International Pool Spa Patio Expo will facilitate a panel discussion at the annual conference and exposition to prepare swimming pool servicers, builders and other professionals on how to react when a natural disaster affects their customers.

National Park Services Announces Director's Partnership Awards

The recipients of the 2017 National Park Service Director's Partnership Awards are being recognized for providing fantastic opportunities for people to connect with amazing places and stories. Through the power of these partnerships, visitors can hike to the top of a volcano, explore new visitor centers and exhibits, conduct vital species inventories, fuel their interest in the auto industry, and take part in summer camps and other special programs.

CPSA Expands Reach and Combines With NSPF

The California Pool & Spa Association (CPSA) is expanding its geographic focus, forming The Pool, Spa & Aquatics Alliance (The Alliance) and combining with the National Swimming Pool

National Park Foundation Highlights Efforts to Connect Next Generation to Parks

Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official nonprofit partner to the National Park Service (NPS), issued a statement regarding his testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on National Parks highlighting NPF's work to engage new audiences, enhance the visitor experience, and provide ongoing support for various NPS projects and programs.

NASC Launches Sports Tourism Learning Institute

The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) announced a new educational initiative called the Sports Tourism Learning Institute (STLI).

APSP Releases Tools for Post-Flood or Hurricane Rebuilding Efforts

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced the release of the fact sheet "Flooded Swimming Pools and Spas" for businesses and homeowners involved in rebuilding communities affected by major flood incidents or hurricane.

NFWF Announces Grants for Monarch Conservation

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced 23 grant awards totaling more than $3.77 million for projects to help conserve the monarch butterfly in North America. Grant recipients have committed $5.85 million in match, generating a total conservation impact of more than $9 million.

STMA to Host 29th Annual Conference in Fort Worth

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women managing sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – will host its 29th annual Conference & Exhibition Jan. 16 to 19, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.

National 4 H Council, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Partner to Empower Youth

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation's largest health philanthropy, has awarded National 4 H Council (Council) a $4.6 million grant to improve the health of 1,000 communities across the nation over the next 10 years.

SHAPE America Releases Parent's Guide for P.E.

In recognition of the first ever "Take Your Parent to PE Week," September 25-29, SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators has released a new parent's guide called Getting to Know Your Child's PE Program. "Take Your Parent to PE Week" is sponsored by Active Schools.

2017 Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Parks and 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 2017 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

IHRSA Releases 2017 Health Club Consumer Report

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has released the 2017 Health Club Consumer Report. This annual publication, based on a nationwide sample of more than 24,000 interviews, provides demographics and health, sports, and fitness participation data on America's health club consumers.

IMBA Launches National Grant Campaign

IMBA (the International Mountain Biking Association) announced its new Dig In Campaign—a grant program that directly supports local IMBA chapter trail and bike park projects.

Attend the CMAHC Conference In Person or Online

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) announced that CMAHC members will be voting on 179 proposed changes to the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) this October. Industry professionals are encouraged to join the CMAHC and urged to add their voice to the chorus of public health and industry experts at the second Vote on the Code biennial conference, October 17-18, in Denver.

SHAPE America, Skillastics Team Up for Grants to Get Kids Moving

In celebration of Skillastics' 15th anniversary, Skillastics and SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators are collaborating on a special $15,000 Physical Activity Grant program.

Parks & Recreation a Key Determinant for Americans Choosing a Place to Live

Americans' support for parks and recreation remains strong, according to a new report issued by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), a network of 60,000 park and recreation advocates. Among the key findings in the 2017 NRPA Americans' Engagement with Parks Survey is that a vast majority of Americans seek high-quality park and recreation amenities when choosing a new place to live.

The Y Highlights 'Us' in Communities Across the U.S.

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) launched the second phase of "For a better us.," a multimedia positioning campaign that focuses on nationwide unity and strengthening community bonds through programs and resources available at 2,700 Ys across the country. The campaign, which first launched in 2016, aims to change perceptions about the Y and raise awareness that the Y is one of the most effective and enduring nonprofit organizations in the country.

NSPF Offers New Educational Offerings

Providing for an educated workforce, the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) delivers new and improved educational offerings to service technicians, pool operators and pool builders. NSPF's continual improvement process produces courses that prepare professionals for success in their chosen careers.

Local Government Officials Laud Benefits of Parks and Recreation

A recent study conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in partnership with researchers from Penn State finds that local government elected and appointed officials agree that parks and recreation benefits their communities and is a solution to many of their region's greatest challenges. Yet, at the same time, these officials readily acknowledge that park and recreation agencies are the target of large funding cuts when the local government faces budgetary crises.

Pool Safely: 163 Children Fatally Drowned in Pools, Spas This Summer

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017, at least 163 children younger than age 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, a Pool Safely campaign partner. Of the 163 reports, 112 of the victims — nearly 70 percent — were children younger than age 5.

Research Shows Contracting Fiscal Growth in U.S. Cities

New National League of Cities (NLC) research indicates a potential slowdown in the municipal finance sector as city fiscal growth contracts for the second consecutive year. Several major findings from the report, City Fiscal Conditions 2017, signal a trend that was last seen in 2006 before the Great Recession, including waning confidence of city finance officers, slowing local revenues and insufficient post-recession revenue recovery.

NRPA, Bemis Partner to Expand Local 'Commit to Health' Program

Thanks to a newly formed partnership between the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Bemis Company, the city of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, is launching its first-ever afterschool program. The launch of this program is part of the city's Commit to Health pledge, a nationwide movement formed by NRPA to create healthier out-of-school time programs.

Riding Slide on Parent's Lap Increases Injury Risk

Going down a slide on a parent's lap can lead to a broken leg for small children. An estimated 352,698 children less than 6 years of age were injured on slides in the United States from 2002 through 2015, and many of those injuries were leg fractures.

NGCOA Partners With ORCA to Improve Data at Golf Course Level

The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) has partnered with The ORCA Report (ORCA) to offer ORCA golf course and geographic market benchmarking reports to NGCOA members at a discount through our Smart Buy purchasing program.

Survey: Americans Agree on Right to Assemble in Public Spaces

Americans are united in agreement that public parks are places where community members should be able to share diverse opinions in a respectful, constructive manner. According to a recent survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), nine in 10 Americans find it important that their right to assemble peacefully in public spaces, such as parks and town squares, be upheld.

Outdoor Industry Association Examines State Funding Mechanisms for Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) released the State Funding Mechanisms for Outdoor Recreation report, featuring case studies on seven states across the country that are investing in the public lands and waters that support the outdoor economy.

38 Landscape Architecture Projects Earn ASLA Awards

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced its 38 professional award recipients for 2017.

New Report Reveals Five Distinct Local Economy Types

A comprehensive analysis of local economies released by the National League of Cities (NLC) finds that 84 percent of cities report their local economies have improved since 2016.

Keep America Beautiful Launches Cleanup Fund

Motivated by the need caused by the devastation from Hurricane Harvey and the threat of Hurricane Irma, Keep America Beautiful, the nation's iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, launched the Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund.

JCC Association Urges Administration to Maintain Cultural Exchance Programs at Camps

The State Department's J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program, which for decades has brought multicultural awareness and cultural exchange to summer camps nationwide, may soon be reduced or eliminated as the Trump administration considers the scope and implementation of a "Buy American and Hire American" executive order issued earlier this year.

NATA Endorses NCAA Substance Abuse Prevention Tool Kit

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) supports and formally endorses the new "Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention: An Athletics Tool Kit" produced by the NCAA Sports Science Institute.

Genesis Education Comes to Western Pool & Spa Show

For the first time, GENESIS/The National Swimming Pool Foundation will be presenting top-notch Genesis University classes at the 2018 Western Pool and Spa Show.

Active Aging Week Reaches Milestone Year

As summer gives way to fall, hundreds of thousands of adults in their 50s and beyond will gather at senior living communities, parks, community and senior centers, health and fitness clubs, wellness centers, YMCAs and JCCs as well as other venues to celebrate Active Aging Week.

NRPA 2017 National Award Winners Announced

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the winners of its 2017 National Awards, which are presented to individuals and agencies to honor their efforts — both professional and personal — in the field of parks and recreation.

Outdoor Foundation Selects Paddle Nation Grant Recipients

This year 1,895 people will have the opportunity to explore America's waterways, thanks to Outdoor Foundation's Paddle Nation Grant Program, which connects youth with their local waterways through recreational paddling. Eleven community-based projects from 11 states are being awarded a total of nearly $25,000 to increase paddlesport participation among youth and young adults across the United States.

Nation's Pediatricians Caution About Youth Athlete Weight Changes

Newly updated American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations caution about unhealthy ways young athletes in "weight sensitive" sports may slim down or bulk up in hopes of achieving more competitive physiques. These risky weight losses or gains increase short- and long-term health problems and injury risk, and may even hurt athletic performance, according to the AAP.

NFWF Announces Gulf Coast Conservation Grants

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced 10 grant awards totaling $1.9 million to enhance coastal habitats, bolster fish and wildlife populations, and strengthen resilience along the Gulf of Mexico. Grantee organizations have committed approximately $6 million in match, generating a total conservation impact of nearly $7.9 million.

NATA Offers Recommendations to Keep Marching Band Members Healthy

With the beat from the drumline, the lead of the band director and the blare of the horn section, marching bands are gearing up for the fall sports season and are well underway mastering new music and routines. The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) offers important tips to keep these performing athletes safe on the field so they can celebrate their team's achievements and dazzle crowds with their music and fancy footwork.

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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.

Polin Waterparks, The Land of Legends Earn WWA Award

Polin Waterparks and Legends of Aqua Waterpark at The Land of Legends Theme Park were honored to receive the Leading Edge Award during the World Waterpark Association (WWA) Symposium & Trade Show.

Oasis Bottle Filler Retrofit Updates Any Existing Water Fountain

Thanks to Oasis, adding a bottle-filling station to a building's drinking water system doesn't have to be a complicated, expensive undertaking.

Turfco Adds Vanguard Engine to Topdresser

The introduction of a new engine to Turfco's WideSpin 1550 tow-behind will bring higher performance to one of the golf course and sports turf industry's topdressing standards.

Dur-A-Flex Announces LEED V4 Compliant Products for Flooring Systems

Dur-A-Flex Inc., a leading manufacturer of commercial, industrial and institutional resinous floor and wall systems, is now able to provide sustainability information for its products that complies with the requirements of LEED v4 Material and Resources credits.

Haviland Pool & Spa Celebrates 20 Years of Employee Ownership

Haviland Pool and Spa Products is celebrating 20 years as an employee-owned company. Founded in 1934 by chemist, J.B. Haviland, Haviland's parent company, Haviland Enterprises, Inc. became one of the largest family-owned American chemical distribution companies.

Gold Medal Honored as Member of 2017 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100

Gold Medal Products Co. announced it ranked 66th on the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100, a ranking of 100 of the largest privately owned companies in the Cincinnati area.

Toro Announces 2018 Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program

The Toro Company announced the 16th annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program. In January 2018, one lucky turfgrass science student will travel to Minneapolis to help the grounds crew prepare the field for the biggest game in football.

Dog-ON-It-Parks Introduces New product Line: EcoDog

A winning combination of eco-friendly recycled aluminum and HDPE offers the best of both worlds. Unlike other agility products made from slippery plastic or wood, the walking surfaces feature a highly textured, VOC-free polyurea coating that provides traction in all weather conditions. The HDPE bases are durable and maintenance-free, and just like Dog-ON-It's classic line of agility products, all EcoDog™ products have a lifetime warranty against rust.

Gyms for Dogs Introduces Hammie's Tunnel House

Hammie's Tunnel House, handcrafted with wood grain and bark finishes, looks like a freshly fallen tree, making it a perfect addition to any natural-looking setting.

Clorox Total 360 System Awarded Cleaning Industry's Top Honor

Clorox Professional Products Company is proud to announce that the professional cleaning industry voted the Clorox® Total 360® System the 2017 ISSA Innovation of the Year and named it the Visitors' Choice award winner. The Clorox® Total 360® System, a revolutionary new surface treatment system that uses electrostatic technology to provide superior coverage, was honored by ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, during the ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America trade show in Las Vegas, NV.

PlayCore Announces Hero Award Winner

PlayCore, a Chattanooga-based company that promotes its mission and values by giving back to communities in a variety of ways, bestows its annual Hero award as a way to recognize the inspirational people they meet throughout the course of business.

Power Plate Becomes Official Fitness Technology Partner for Northwestern Wildcats

Power Plate, the global leader in vibrating platforms to help you prepare faster, perform better and recover quicker, announced a three-year strategic partnership to become the official Fitness Technology Partner of the Northwestern Wildcats.

Achieve Fitness Unveils Newly Renovated Facility

Achieve Fitness, committed to being the most complete health, fitness and sports training facility in Fleming Island, Fla., recently completed an impressive major renovation designed by Health Club Doctor, Jarrod Saracco, featuring all new equipment and programming from Escape Fitness.

Polin Makes Splash With Water-Powered Interactive Game

Interactive gaming reached a completely new level of competition with Polin Waterpark's introduction of its innovative Splash Cabin gaming system.

Video Demonstrates Anti-Graffiti Capability of VYNGUARD Finishes

Manufacturers of interior leather and upholstery components can now see performance test results for APV Engineered Coatings' VYNGUARD Anti-Graffiti coating formulation. The company created a video to demonstrate how VYNGUARD Anti-Graffiti performs against a variety of common chemicals and stains.

Evoqua Water Technologies Launches Chemical Controller With Visual Status Indicator

Evoqua Water Technologies' Products Division announced the launch of the Blu-Sentinel SE product, a new chemical controller designed for commercial recreational water applications such as aquatic facilities and waterparks.

Power Plate Achieves NEAT Certification

Power Plate announced it has obtained NEAT certification for its entire product line. NEAT is an acronym for Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, developed by Mayo Clinic.

Aircuity Launches 2.0 Platform for Smart Commercial Buildings

Aircuity, creator of measurably better environments, announced the launch of its 2.0 platform. Aircuity 2.0 is ideal for a wide variety of commercial buildings looking to significantly reduce energy costs, improve cognitive function and productivity, and achieve quantifiable results as part of a smart building strategy.

VR Splash Cabin Immerses Guests Into Gaming Experience

Polin Waterparks (Turkey) & Lagotronics (Netherlands) are taking the experience to the next level with the new "Virtual-Reality Splash Cabin" aquatic attraction.

Bradley's Evero Brochure Highlights Inspiring Backstory

Bradley Corp., the industry leader in designing state-of-the-art washroom solutions, tells the story and inspirations behind its exclusive Evero natural quartz surface used for washroom basins, in its newly published brochure.

NSPF Provides for an Educated Workforce

Thirteen deserving academics have been awarded the 2017 National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) scholarships and fellowships. $18,000 was allocated to provide for the future of the industry through education.

Country Club Adds Functional Fitness

Sweetwater County Club in Sugarland, Texas, recently reinvented its fitness and sports center to take member workouts to the next level with colorful, dynamic equipment from Escape Fitness to create a functional movement training space.

Action Floor Systems Products Achieve FloorScore Certification

Action Floor Systems announced the FloorScore Certification of its Action Solid Maple Hardwood Flooring and Action Herculan Pad and Pour Systems, furthering the Action Floor Systems reputation of producing environmentally-friendly products.

Ecore Flooring Revolutionizes Spooky Nook Functional Training Spaces

Located in Manheim, Pa., Spooky Nook Sports is the largest indoor sports complex in North America. This 700,000-square-foot facility serves as a fitness space for locals and a training center for student, collegiate and professional athletes. As such, the right surfacing was critical, and Ecore flooring was specified throughout most of the facility.

Precor Launches Preva 7.0

The latest global software release from Precor, Preva OS 7.0, is bringing popular audio and video entertainment options and further advances to networked consoles featured on Precor cardio equipment across 82 countries.

Bradley's Toddler Seat, Baby Changing Stations Increase Accessibility

Bradley Corp., the industry leader in providing commercial washroom innovations, introduces its line of durable and convenient child care solutions, including its new Toddler Seat and Baby Changing Stations.

GovOffice, Capturepoint Announce Strategic Partnership

GovOffice and Capturepoint, creator of CommunityPass software, announced a strategic partnership to deliver an integrated website and comprehensive parks and recreation management software solution to parks and recreation departments across the U.S.

Octane Introduces AirdyneX Air Bike

Nautilus Inc., a leader in innovative fitness equipment, announced that the new AirdyneX air bike from Octane Fitness is now available for health clubs, fitness centers, specialty studios, and athletic training facilities.

Test-Drive Club Car Carryall and Enter to Win

From Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017, qualified commercial customers can test-drive any new 2017 or 2018 Carryall commercial vehicle and be entered in a contest to win $1,000 in Ingersoll Rand power tools. Drawings will be held monthly, beginning in September.

Newstripe Releases HASHMARK MASTER II

Newstripe's HASHMARK MASTER II is the second installation in the HashMark Master series. The latest version unleashes the capacity to work on both high and low pressure striping machines.

Ecore Flooring Forms Foundation for Hilton Fitness Suites

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into unique performance surfacing, is the exclusive provider of state-of-the-art ergonomic flooring for Hilton Hotels' new revolutionary "Five Feet to Fitness" program, a new wellness concept that brings more than 11 different fitness equipment and accessory options into the hotel room.

S.R. Smith Introduces Dual Post Starting Platforms

New from S.R.Smith, the Velocity and Legacy Starting Block series are now available with a dual post as well as single post frame.

Curtis Industries Releases A/C for Kubota Tractors

Curtis Industries, LLC has announced the release of a compact air conditioning system for the Kubota BX2370-1 & BX2380 sub-compact tractors.

Bradley's WashBar Feature Now Available on OmniDeck Basins

Bradley Corp., creators of the new all-in-one WashBar with clean+rinse+dry functionality, has combined this completely touchless hand washing feature with its line of OmniDecks.

Escape Fitness Featured at UFC Performance Institute

Escape Fitness, leaders in the fitness field that provide functional exercise solutions through facility design, marketing, equipment, flooring, instructor programming and training, announced that its line of equipment has been included in the newly opened UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas.

Precor Launches Interval Training Console

In direct response to the growing shift toward one of the top training trends in the industry today, leading fitness supplier and manufacturer Precor has launched the P30i Interval Console, a unique console, specifically designed for high-intensity interval training (H.I.I.T) on the Precor 700 Line treadmill (TRM 731).

Club Car Introduces Improved Van Boxes

As part of its ongoing Transportation Solutions Program, Club Car introduces two new van box systems based on commercial customer and dealer feedback. The boxes address problems such as damaged panels and corners, water intrusion and security.

Technogym Becomes Official Supplier for USTA Facilities

Technogym, the leading producer of design and technology-driven wellness and fitness equipment, announced that it has partnered with The United States Tennis Association (USTA) to be the "Official Fitness Equipment Supplier" for the USTA Billie Jean King National Center in Flushing, N.Y., and the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla.



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