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Survey: Americans Look to Local Governments for Affordable Out-of-School Time Programs

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), nine in 10 (93 percent) Americans believe affordable out-of-school time programs at local parks, recreation centers and libraries to families of all income levels should be a goal of their local government.

ACSM, EXOS Announce Partnership

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) continued its aggressive partnership expansion strategy by announcing a new agreement with EXOS, a leader in workplace wellness and human performance for more than two decades.

APSP Announces New Online Builders Course and Manual

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced the availability of its new and improved PSCC Pool & Spa Construction online self-paced course and the release of the fourth edition of the APSP Builders Manual.

Rails-to-Trails Names 2018 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion

On the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) named Peter Raynor, a local Bethesda, Md., resident, the 2018 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion for his role in writing the 1983 Railbanking Act—two short sentences that laid the legal foundation for the entire rail-trail movement.

Urban Land Institute Launches Resilient Design Website

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) announced that its Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance has launched Developing Urban Resilience, a free, easy-to-use portal for members and the public to access resources about real estate development projects showcasing best practices in resilient design.

Whitewater Releases Survey Findings on the Way We Play

To find out more about different styles and preferences of play, WhiteWater commissioned a report based on research comprised of more than 1,100 adult respondents from within the industry as well as consumers across the United States and China.

STMA to Host 30th Annual Conference in Phoenix

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) will host its 30th annual Conference & Exhibition Jan. 22 to 25, 2019 in Phoenix.

Vortex International Expands Range of Aquatic Play Products Catering to Toddlers, Preschoolers

Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a world leader in the aquatic play industry, announced the launch of three new members of its Water Journey™ family – Pico, Alto, and Hop – as well as the PlayNuk, a new kind of elevated structure.

Latest Stats: Nearly 150 Children Fatally Drowned in Pools & Spas This Summer

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2018, at least 148 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 partner.

NRPA Recognizes Los Angeles County Parks

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recognized Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation with its Best in Innovation Award.

National Park Service Provides Grants to "Save America's Treasures"

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts, announced $4.8 million in Save America's Treasures grants to help fund 16 projects in 12 states.

ACSM Vision Aligns With UN & WHO's Special Focus on Physical Activity

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and its Exercise Is Medicine Global Health Initiative (EIM) applauded the United Nations High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). ACSM and EIM support and commend the world's governments for additionally affirming their commitments to reducing the burdens of NCDs, including a priority to emphasize physical activity and healthy lifestyles as ways to prevent this leading cause of disease, disability and premature death worldwide.

IAAPA Hall of Fame Inducts Innovators

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced the induction of four attractions industry innovators from Europe — Eugenius Birch, Roland Callingham, Carl Hagenbeck, and Dr. Peter Rosner — into the IAAPA Hall of Fame.

NRPA Report Shows Americans Agree: Everyone Deserves Access to Great Parks

According to a recent report published by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the majority (85 percent) of Americans support efforts, such as the 10-Minute Walk campaign, to ensure every person has access to a great park within a 10-minute walk of their home.

Panelists Announced for IHRSA Women's Leadership Summit

Panelists have been announced for the IHRSA Women's Leadership Summit, hosted by the Athletic Business Conference, on Nov. 8 in New Orleans.

Trust for Public Land Announces National Walk to a Park Day

The Trust for Public Land announced Oct. 10 is National Walk to a Park Day. This day will bring people together to walk to their nearest park and encourages them to contact local officials to advocate for local parks.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards 2018 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the four communities chosen to receive the 2018 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The winning communities were selected from nearly 200 applicants.

2018 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 2018 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

ACE and Women in Fitness Association Announce Partnership

The American Council on Exercise (ACE), a nonprofit organization with global reach that works to increase physical activity, announced today its sponsorship of the Women in Fitness Association (WIFA).

Senate Passes Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act

On Sept. 6, a bill providing licensure clarity for traveling sports medicine professionals unanimously passed the full Senate, moving one step closer to becoming law. The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (S.808) safeguards injured athletes' timely access to health care professionals who best know their medical history and ensures these patients can return to their active lifestyle as soon as possible.

ASLA Joins We Are Still In Movement

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has joined We Are Still In, a national coalition of 3,500 states, cities, companies and organizations that remain committed to achieving U.S. greenhouse gas reduction targets outlined by the Obama administration as part of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

NRPA Applauds U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources

Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued a statement in response to the passage of a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources.

Miami Beach Can Improve Resilience With ULI Strategy

The City of Miami Beach can build on its efforts to improve resilience with a broader strategy that factors in livability, green infrastructure and economic issues in addition to stormwater management, according to the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Rails-to-Trails Calls for Increase in Federal Funding for Active Transportation

While demand for investments in trail and active transportation infrastructure continues to grow across the United States, cumulative findings from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's annual analysis of the Transportation Alternatives program indicate that the country's largest source of funding for active transportation falls short.

YMCA Celebrates Welcoming Week

Starting Sept. 14 and running through Sept. 23, YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) joins local Ys and other organizations for Welcoming America's Welcoming Week, a national celebration designed to honor immigrants' contributions to society and bring people from all backgrounds together in a spirit of unity through community-based events.

Cities Step in to Fill Void on Climate

A survey released by the United States Conference of Mayors and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) in San Francisco points to mayors as a key force behind U.S. action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions responsible for the growing effects of climate change.

Record Participation Expected for Active Aging Week

What began as an incentive for older adults to lead healthier, more active lives has become a tradition involving hundreds of thousands of individuals in neighborhood groups, health and fitness clubs, parks and recreation sites, seniors centers and senior living communities from New York to New South Wales, Australia.

NATA Works With Sidelined USA to Support Medically Disqualified Athletes

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) announced a relationship with Sidelined USA, a nonprofit organization that supports athletes who have been permanently sidelined due to career-ending injury, health condition, or repeat concussion and inspires them to find a meaningful way forward.

Survey: Americans Believe Access to Local Fresh Produce Matters

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), 87 percent of Americans believe access to locally grown fresh produce — including farmers markets and fruit and vegetable stands — is important.

IHRSA Answers Injury Liability Questions for Gyms

Injuries can happen at any time in a gym. When they do, it's important that club staff know how to properly manage the situation and avoid liability issues. IHRSA has introduced a new product that will help members know what to do.

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Chicago Riverwalk Among ASLA Award Winners

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the 25 winners of the ASLA 2018 Professional Awards. Selected from 368 entries, the awards recognize the best of landscape architecture in the general design, analysis and planning, communications, research and residential design categories from the United States and around the world.

NFWF Awards Grants to Recover Monarchs & Pollinators

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced seven grant awards totaling more than $920,000 to conserve monarch butterflies and other insect pollinators in 19 states across the country.

IMBA Trail Accelerator Grant Recipients Announced

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) awarded its first round of Trail Accelerator grants to three recipients.

Cardinal Greenway Trail Voted 2018 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Inductee

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

Forest Service Announces New Strategy for Improving Forest Conditions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) announced a new strategy for managing catastrophic wildfires and the impacts of invasive species, drought, and insect and disease epidemics.

Park Service Awards Preservation Grants

The National Park Service awarded $8.6 million in grant funding to support projects that preserve significant historic structures on the campuses of 18 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Illinois Passes Bill Requiring K-8 to Teach Safe Biking & Walking

Every day in Illinois, an average of five kids are hit by a driver of a motor vehicle within one block of a school, and more are hit beyond the school zones. A bill that helps address this tragic daily occurrence while encouraging more walking and biking was recently signed into law by Governor Rauner.

ACSM Partners With Equinox

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Equinox, the high-performance lifestyle leader, announced a strategic partnership to help grow and advance the careers of ACSM Certified Personal Trainers. ACSM Personal Trainers will gain access to key Equinox Fitness Training Institute (EFTI) education tools and various career opportunities within Equinox.

The Y Continues Nationwide Fight Against Child Hunger

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) announced the distribution of its 100 millionth meal through the Y's Summer Food Program Opens a new window, part of the Y's year-round effort to address child hunger by providing nutritious food, as well as activities, to keep kids' minds and bodies active when the school year ends.

Step Into Swim Donations Nearly Double in 2018

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) would like to thank donors to its Step Into Swim Campaign whose contributions have furthered the campaign's mission of creating 1 million more swimmers.

NRPA Launches Day of Service Initiative

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the launch of its new "Heart Your Park" Day of Service initiative to connect corporations to volunteer community events in local parks across the country.

ASLA Launches New Transportation Guide

Transportation infrastructure is a significant component of the public realm, but we can do better than build yet another car-centric landscape, according to a new guide on transportation launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

APSP Releases New & Improved Training Manuals

The Association of Pool & Spa Professional (APSP) has released updates of the APSP Service Tech and Hot Tub Technician Manuals. Written and reviewed by industry experts, these manuals reflect new standards and changes to the industry.

Partnership Announces $6.6 Million in Grants for Great Lakes Restoration

Sustain Our Great Lakes partners announced $6.6 million in grant funding for 25 ecological restoration projects in the Great Lakes basin. Approximately $8.2 million in additional project support will be leveraged by grantees, for a total on-the-ground conservation impact of $14.8 million.

Orthopaedic Surgeons Offer Playground Safety Tips

Playgrounds are a fun place for kids to let loose and get their daily dose of exercise. Exercise is essential to a child's development as it helps them maintain a healthy body weight and build strong bones and muscles. However, if playground equipment is not properly used and maintained, injuries can occur.

NFWF Awards Grants to Restore Wildlife Habitat, Urban Waters

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced 59 grants totaling $2.2 million to restore wildlife habitat and urban waters in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

Red Cross Offers Back to School Safety Steps

Summer vacation for students around the country is drawing to a close as the nation's schools prepare to open their doors for the new school year. So, while you're making that list of school supplies the kids will need, take a look at these safety steps from the American Red Cross and make your students' trip back to the classroom a safe one.

KaBOOM! and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Announce Play Everywhere Winners

KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play, and the Built to Play Initiative, supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, announced winners of the Play Everywhere Challenge.

NSPF Endorses MAHC Adoption

The National Swimming Pool Foundation has released a position statement recommending that all state, territory and local health departments; aquatic facilities; and the industry at large evaluate and adopt all or part of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), with the objective of protecting the future of aquatic facilities and their staff and patrons.

Survey Reveals Top Staycation Activities

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), attending a neighborhood festival or event, visiting a local park or going for a walk or run on a local trail are Americans' top three summer staycation activities.

Urban Land Institute, L.A. Coordinate on Mitigating Homelessness

ULI has gathered top-level architecture, landscape architecture and commercial real-estate leaders to assist in the City of Los Angeles' "A Bridge Home" program, which is building safe and clean shelters to help homeless people transition to long-term housing.

Sex Matters in Sports-Related Injuries and Treatment Outcomes

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates an annual average occurrence of 8.6 million sports- and recreation-related injury episodes. Understanding how to avoid these injuries and how best to treat them is critical for optimizing safer sports participation. A new review article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) examines the role that sex plays in common sports-related injuries (SRIs) and a patient's treatment outcome.

APSP University Announces Course Lineup

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announced its certification courses and training scheduled for pool and spa builders, designers, service providers and retailers at the 2018 International Pool, Spa, Patio Expo.

Outdoor Foundation Receives Funding to Get More Kids & Families Outside

In an unprecedented act of generosity and commitment to the outdoors, VF Foundation pledged $1 million to the Outdoor Foundation's core goal to invest in communities to help kids and families get outside – and do so more often. VF is joined by Patagonia and Thule, which have made significant multi-year pledges.

New Research Released for Back-to-School Sports

Leading orthopaedic and sports medicine experts from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) unveiled new study findings and reinforced important recommendations from the joint OneSport Injury youth sports specialization campaign.

Keep America Beautiful Applauds Passage of Save Our Seas Act

National community improvement nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, as a founding member of the Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas Alliance, applauds the passage of the S. 756 Save Our Seas (SOS) Act in a bipartisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Application Period Extended for 2019 IMBA Ride Center Designations

The application period has been extended from July 27 to September 1 due to strong interest in the next class of IMBA Ride Centers. This designation recognizes the pinnacle of mountain biking communities.

Report Assesses Benefits of Sustainably Harvesting Non-Timber Forest Products

A new report by USDA Forest Service researchers provides science-based information to help decision-makers, practitioners and researchers to promote the sustainable harvest of non-timber forest products.

NRPA Releases Salary Trend Data

A recent survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) highlights salary and bonus data for park and recreation agency directors, planning directors, finance directors, recreation directors and park operations directors.

PHIT Bill Passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 6199, the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018, by a vote of 277-142. The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, a bill that provides Americans with the ability to invest in active, healthy activities that promote improved health, was included as part of H.R. 6199. The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.

IAAPA Foundation Encourages Future Leaders

The IAAPA Foundation, supported by members of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), remains focused on its mission to develop the next generation of global attractions industry leaders.

RWJF to Support Habitat for Humanity Study of Neighborhood Revitalization

Habitat for Humanity, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is launching a two-year effort to study the health and quality of life impact of a neighborhood revitalization approach that puts residents in the driver's seat for change, with a focus on six neighborhoods across America.

Trust for Public Land Launches Colorado Trails Program

The Trust for Public Land announced the creation of the Colorado Community Trails Program, a new statewide initiative designed to accelerate the planning, design, construction and stewardship of trails that connect communities.

APSP Announces New, Improved Online Course

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced the availability of its new and improved CST Certified Pool & Spa Service Technician online self-paced course.

Public Outcry Leads to Continuation of Popular Program for Kids in National Parks

The Department of the Interior was expected to announce that despite news reports that the program was in danger of being cancelled, it will continue the popular, successful Every Kid in a Park program.

City Parks Alliance, Trust for Public Land to Host Creative Placemaking Workshops

City Parks Alliance and The Trust for Public Land announced Kansas City and the National Parks of Boston have been chosen through a competitive national process to host creative placemaking city workshops later this year.

NSCA Announces Changes to Advance Strength & Conditioning Profession

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) has announced that it is working to elevate and advance the strength and conditioning profession by developing a quality assurance process that ensures all future professionals are capable and well-prepared.

Purdue University Groundskeeper Wins Field Art Contest

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) has named Ryder Haulk, Assistant Sports Field Manager for Purdue University Athletics (West Lafayette, Ind.), winner of the annual "Stars and Stripes" field art contest.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

People and company news


Innovative Chemical Products Group Acquires Signature Sports Flooring

Innovative Chemical Products (the ICP Group), announced the acquisition of Signature Sports Flooring, a division of Signature Systems Group, LLC.

Spectrum Aquatics Releases AQUA Buddy BP 350 Lift

Spectrum Aquatics has released the AQUA Buddy access lift pool and spa.

Evoqua's Neptune-Benson Adds Acapulco pools as Installer & Service Provider

Evoqua Water Technologies' Aquatics division, an industry leader in recreational water filtration and disinfection products, announced that it has added Acapulco Pools as a preferred installer and service provider in Canada.

ACE Study Finds Total Gym ELEVATE Row Has Positive Effect on Health

Recently, Total Gym launched its newest cardio machine: the ELEVATE Row. Unlike other rowing machines on the market, the ELEVATE Row offers a unique combination of cardiorespiratory row training with a variety of resistance training exercises–-but does it live up to this claim?

Technogym Becomes Official Supplier of PGA Tour Player Performance Center

The PGA TOUR and Technogym have announced a multi-year partnership designating Technogym as an Official Supplier of the PGA TOUR Player Performance Center.

Real Salt Lake Chooses GreenFields Turf

GreenFields USA announced that its premium woven turf has been chosen by the Real Salt Lake (RSL) soccer club for three soccer fields at its new facilities in Salt Lake City.

Toro Announces 2019 Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program

The Toro Company announced the 18th annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program. In January 2019, one lucky turfgrass science student will travel to Atlanta to help the grounds crew prepare the field for the biggest game in football.

Automatic Pool Covers Expands Plant

Automatic Pool Covers Inc., a manufacturer of a complete line of automatic pool covers for new and existing swimming pools and spas, announced it has doubled the size of its manufacturing facility.

The Abs Company Announces Owner Buyout

The Abs Company announced that long-time president Sean Gagnon has purchased the company from his partners and co founders.

New D.C. Area Mini-Pitch Supports Increased Access to Youth Soccer

Youth soccer players from throughout Washington, D.C., were on hand for the unveiling of a new mini-pitch at Petworth Recreation Center, as part of a national effort to positively impact the lives of young people through participation in the sport.

Quad Blok Installation System Simplifies Tile Installation

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into performance surfaces, now offers a new Quad Blok installation system for its molded tile products. The Quad Blok system is available for one-inch tiles and replaces the dowel installation method previously used.

What's Your Splash Factor?

How much of a splash does your park need to be a guest favorite? Do you have the right water ride mix to make an impact with guests? Are you providing the soak factor that your guests are seeking? A new tool from Whitewater will help you answer these questions.

Eaton Introduces Ephesus Lumadapt

Power management company Eaton announced the introduction of the Ephesus Lumadapt LED Sports Lighting System.

Acoustic Panels Enhance Colgate University Fieldhouse

Colgate University is nestled in a pastoral setting in Hamilton, N.Y. Dating back to 1819, the school, first started as a Baptist Seminary, is now a liberal arts college with nearly 3,000 students. The school's campus comprises 88 buildings in a 575-acre tract.

Abatron Introduces Tread Spread Epoxy Coating

Abatron Inc. introduces TREAD SPREAD, an easy-to-apply epoxy coating that exceeds OSHA and ADA recommendations for slip-resistance in both wet and dry conditions.

Bobcat Earns Contract With U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Bobcat Company announced it has been awarded a five-year, $25 million compact equipment Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Upper Hand Enters Facility Management Industry With Software Launch

Sport, recreation and fitness facilities can now manage their business easier, faster and better thanks to the launch of new facility management software from Upper Hand Inc.

Aluminum Bleacher Company Expands Offering

AluminumBleachers.com announced a new benchmark in nationwide bleacher selection and quality, all thanks to a state-of-the-art 70,000-square-foot manufacturing plant based in central Florida.

Hayward Introduces Intuitive CAT Controller

Hayward Commercial Aquatics, a leading manufacturer of commercial pool equipment, has announced its release of the CAT 6000, the latest industry-leading water chemistry controller with superior control and safety functions.

Club Car Launches Customizable Job-Specific Vehicles

Club Car, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has launched a new line of vehicles through its Custom Solutions Department.

Gyms for Dogs Introduces New Colors

Gyms For Dogs has introduced new fall colors to its COLORPLAY product color selection process. These new colors range from a natural earth friendly Nutmeg color, to a brilliant energetic proprietary 'let's play' Green.



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