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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.

ULI Looks at Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry

A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) suggests that sustainable building practices, including those involving energy and water conservation as well as waste reduction, are increasingly being incorporated throughout the hotel sector to add value and provide a competitive edge to properties.

NRPA Park Check Evaluates Agencies

NRPA Park Check: Parks & Recreation Quality Risk Assessment Tool is now available from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This new online resource helps agency directors, political leaders and park advocates evaluate their agency’s ability to deliver quality park and recreation amenities and services to all members of the community in the future.

PHTA Awards Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) has awarded the 2019 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE) at the National Environmental Health Association's (NEHA) 2019 Annual Education Conference (AEC) & Exhibition awards ceremony in Nashville.

Play Everywhere Challenge Winners Announced

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 new winners of the second Play Everywhere Challenge these partners have led together.

ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12 2016 Standard 12 for Plastering Pools & Spas Takes Center Stage

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced that a supplement to the ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12 2016 Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on May 10, 2019. The new supplement impacts the way that industry professionals plaster pools and spas.

NRPA Offers Tips to Get Involved in Parks & Rec

This July, it's Game On at local parks and recreation centers nationwide during Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Expand Access to National Parks

One hundred electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have been donated for locations in and near national parks across the country, thanks to a partnership with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and BMW of North America.

School District Leaders Rate Safe, Healthy Students a Top Priority

Results from the 2019 ESSA Title IV-A survey demonstrate a continued need for strong federal investments in the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program. Survey results also reveal a keen awareness that these funds play an important role in helping schools address the non-academic needs critical to student learning and achievement.

Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Announces New Executive Director

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) welcomes Kristie Riester as its new executive director.

NFWF Announces $2 Million in Conservation Grants

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced six conservation grants totaling $2 million to restore, enhance and protect forest and wetland habitats in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV).

Anglers Called on to Collect Data & Trash on the Fourth

Keep America Beautiful, the nonprofit steward of litter prevention for more than six decades, is partnering with Fishbrain, a popular mobile app and social network for people who love fishing, to ask the app's more than 5 million users in the United States to undertake the largest-ever crowdsourced audit of litter in the U.S.

Grants Awarded to Three Cities for Pet-Friendly Initiatives

Better Cities for Pets, a Mars Petcare program, in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), announced its 2019 grant recipients: St. Petersburg, Fla., Dayton, Ohio, and Key West, Fla. with grants totaling $60,000.

Columbus Opens New Mini-Pitch at Eakin Elementary

The Columbus Crew SC Foundation, Columbus City Schools, Columbus Recreation and Parks, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation together unveiled a new mini-pitch at Eakin Elementary School in Columbus, complete with built-in goals as well as lights, allowing community members to enjoy the game past daylight hours.

NRPA Recognizes Innovators in Parks & Recreation

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the recipients of this year's NRPA Innovation Awards.

Keep America Beautiful Launches Independence Day Initiative

Keep America Beautiful is launching the #Beautiful4th campaign to encourage those partaking in July 4th activities to celebrate responsibly by cleaning up after themselves, or even engaging in broader cleanup activities.

USGA Awards Grant Funding to Local First Tee Chapters

USGA CEO Mike Davis, Vice Chairman of the First Tee Board and former PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, and First Tee President Greg McLaughlin came together at the 119th U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach to recognize USGA's longstanding commitment bringing young people to the game through the First Tee.

Dallas Gets New Mini-Pitch

Dallas Park and Recreation Department, Target, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation unveiled a new soccer mini-pitch at Lake Cliff Park, one of five to have recently come to Dallas.

ASLA Announces 2019 Honors Recipients

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the 2019 Honors recipients. Selected by ASLA's Board of Trustees, the honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year.

American Society of Civil Engineers, City Parks Alliance Emphasize Parks as Urban Infrastructure

As Congress looks to address the nation's infrastructure needs, American Society of Civil Engineers and City Parks Alliance call on legislators to consider the role of urban parks as critical infrastructure in cities.

Field Hockey Goalkeeping Course Added to NFHS Learning Center

"Coaching Field Hockey: Goalkeeping," an online education course produced in partnership with USA Field Hockey, has been added to the available courses on the NFHS Learning Center.

Pediatricians Set Groundwork for Safe & Healthy Camp

In an updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers recommendations to help families, physicians and camp administrators prepare for camp and make sure children's health needs are considered, regardless of the setting.

OIA: Stop Shortchanging Public Lands, Fully Fund LWCF

Congress took a huge step earlier this year when it passed the public lands package that permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) ensuring a major funding mechanism for our public lands remains intact. Still, this was only part of the battle to protect our public lands and the communities that depend on the outdoor recreation economy.

Report: Parks & Rec Agencies Play Critical Role in Bringing Farmers Markets to Communities

A new report issued by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Farmers Markets—Parks and Recreation Connecting Communities to Healthy Foods, highlights the vital role park and recreation agencies play in bringing farmers markets to their communities.

International Swimming Pool & Spa Code Gains Momentum

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced that safety partner the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) supports the adoption of International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC) to help save lives.

CPSC Finds Increase in Fatal Child Drownings

A new report released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) highlights the need for continued vigilance in combatting drowning, which continues to be a public health crisis and remains the leading cause of unintentional death among children 1–4.

Orthopaedic Surgeons Offer Swimming & Diving Safety Tips

Swimming can be a low-impact, strength building exercise that doubles as fun entertainment under the hot summer sun. It is a full-body workout that builds endurance without putting stress on the muscles and joints. But before you dive in, remember swimming and diving in unsafe bodies of water can lead to severe neck and/or spine injuries.

NRPA, American Water Charitable Foundation to Award $1.5 Million for Play Areas

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the American Water Charitable Foundation announced their continued partnership to further the foundation's signature grant program, Building Better Communities.

STMA Launches Fourth Annual 'Stars and Stripes' Contest

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – comprised of 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athletes' safety – is kicking off its fourth annual "Stars and Stripes" contest.

New Course Applies Evidence-Based Coach Approach to Fight Against Diabetes

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has launched a new continuing-education course, Diabetes Prevention Coaching, to equip certified exercise professionals and health coaches to be more valuable contributors to the diabetes-prevention team.

Players, NFL Legends, Clubs & Partners to Host Youth Football Camps

This summer, thousands of youth and high school students across the country will take the field to participate in more than 800 youth football summer camps or activities hosted by current players, NFL Legends, coaches, clubs and partners as part of the Play Football Summer Season.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Invests $130,000-Plus in Trail Projects

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced the recipients of its 2019 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund grants, with an emphasis on strategic investments that provide necessary financial support for regional and community trail-development goals.

USGA Shapes Golf Leaders With Internship Program

As part of its continued investment in the game, the United States Golf Association (USGA) is helping to cultivate the next generation of golf industry talent by funding 153 paid internships in 2019 through its annual P.J. Boatwright Internship Program.

IAAPA Accepting Entries, Nominations for 2019 Awards

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, is now accepting entries and nominations for its annual awards programs, including IAAPA Brass Ring Awards, IAAPA Service Awards, IAAPA Hall of Fame Awards, and IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award.

Baltimore's Brooklyn Neighborhood Leads Effort to Create Equitable Play Opportunities

Brooklyn community members are partnering with KaBOOM!, the Baltimore Children & Youth Fund (BCYF) funded by the City of Baltimore, the Greater Baybrook Alliance Under Armour and the Fund for Educational Excellence to build a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground at Maree G. Farring Elementary Middle School.

IHRSA UFIT Partnership Wins U.S.-Ireland Research Innovation Award

IHRSA's partner, the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport, Fitness and Recreation, based at the Institute of Technology in Tralee, Ireland, is the winner of the 2019 U.S.-Ireland Research Innovation Award for an Irish Higher Education Institute or Research Centre with U.S. corporate links.

ACSM Publishes Science Behind Updated Physical Activity Guidelines

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published a collection of 14 new pronouncements that present the science behind the updated Physical Activity Guidelines released in November 2018.

IAAPA Global Outlook Report Shows Strong Attendance

This is an exciting year complete with many new additions and developments at amusement parks, waterparks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums and other leisure attractions around the world. Guests visiting global attractions this year will experience an array of new thrilling rides, immersive lands, spectacular stage shows and much more.

Open Spaces Encourage Healthy Activity

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association shows that providing city residents with open spaces encourages activities that promote physical health and mental well-being.

2019 Finalists Announced for Gold Medal Awards in Parks & Rec

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced the finalists for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

Arlington, Va., Named 'Fittest City'

Arlington, Va., has earned the title of "America's Fittest City" in the annual American Fitness Index rankings published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem Inc.

Momentum Growing to Restore Parks & Public Lands

During Advocacy Day 2019, ASLA members asked lawmakers to support H.R. 1225, the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act. This bipartisan bill would invest almost $12 billion to address the backlog of maintenance projects in our national parks with an eye toward sustainability.

Leading Health Care Organizations Provide Updated Recommendations for Sports Physicals

The nation's leading medical experts have updated guidance for the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE), also known as the sports physical. The exam determines the medical eligibility of students to participate in an organized team sport or individual sport or attend sports camps from middle school through college years.

Keep America Beautiful Announces Cigarette Litter Prevention Grant Recipients

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's leading community improvement nonprofit organization, announced it has awarded 50 grants to Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates and partner organizations for its 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP), designed to help communities combat the most commonly littered item in America.

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Mansfield Y Opens Inclusive Spray Park

The Mansfield YMCA Splash Park, designed and developed by Rain Drop Products, is the first splash park to move beyond accessibility compliance through making features accessible, to working toward the universal inclusion of all guests, independent of ability.

HtLink Wireless Control System Controls Lights From Anywhere

HyLink is a Wireless Lighting Control Solution that enables considerable energy savings and lowers operating costs by automating, customizing and controlling the behavior of lights.

S2O Design Completes New River Park in Colorado

Cańon City has a new attraction that will further solidify the Colorado community's reputation as a world-class destination for outdoor and river-based recreation.

S.R.Smith Expands Velocity Starting Block Series

The Velocity Advantage is the newest member of S.R.Smith's Velocity Starting Block Series, with a marine-grade box style base like other elite starting platforms, which are particularly suitable for bulkheads.

Next-Generation Rola-Chem Feeder/Pump Provides Accurate, Consistant Chemical Dosing

Since 1964, the Rola-Chem brand has been synonymous with the consistent and accurate management and maintenance of pool and spa water quality for commercial and residential pool owners.

Ramuc Pool Coatings Offers Literature in Spanish

Ramuc Pool Coatings announced that it is now providing several literature pieces in Spanish as well as English.

FitnessOnDemand Celebrates 8th Anniversary

FitnessOnDemand has more than one reason to celebrate. In addition to celebrating its eighth anniversary in May, the frontrunner in premium, on-demand fitness content for thousands of gyms, hotels and housing complexes announced the appointment of new leadership, as well as major new partnerships that are poised to take the brand to the next level.

ClearWater Tech Launches AEROUSnx Oxygen Concentrator

Clearwater Tech LLC, manufacturer of smart, sustainable ozone water and air treatment systems since 1986, announced the launch of the new AEROUSnx Oxygen Concentrator.

Ramuc Offers Free 'Paint Chip' Analysis

Ramuc pool paint is offering a complimentary "paint chip" analysis for pool facilities or any pool professional about to embark on repainting a pool, waterslide, fountain or pond.

SubAir Leading Major Leagues in Stadium Turf Upgrades

SubAir Systems, a designer, developer and manufacturer of subsurface aeration and moisture management systems, is "leading the majors in defense" when it comes to stadium turf conditions.

Bobcat Introduces New Utility Vehicles

Meeting the most challenging work conditions is easier with the new 2019 Bobcat UV34 and UV34XL diesel utility vehicles. With industry-leading specs and proven durability, the new UV34 and U34XL utility vehicles deliver reliable performance and productivity.

Mats Inc. Introduces Logo Matting

Mats Inc. introduced a new economical, logo matting collection, Graffiti.

GeoSurfaces Northeast Installs Noyes Playground Turf

GeoSurfaces Northeast, a new subsidiary of GeoSurfaces Inc., has completed a 75,000-square-foot installation of GreenFields turf for Boston Parks & Recreation at Noyes Playground in East Boston.

Superior Recreational Products Renovates Historic Dennis the Menace Park

The city of Midland, Texas, hosted the grand opening of the newly renovated Dennis the Menace Park on May 2. In partnership with Playgrounds, Etc., Superior Recreational Products updated the park with four themed playgrounds that reflect the history of this park.

Head Rush Technologies Announces Investment by Pike Street Capital Investment

Head Rush Technologies (Head Rush), a leading maker of adventure and recreation equipment, announced a major investment by Pike Street Capital, a private equity firm based in Seattle.

New Mini Golf Soft Putter Helps Reduce Damage From Rough Play, Vandalism

After three years of R&D, Adventure Golf Services (AGS) is introducing the AGS Soft Putter, a standard miniature golf putter with an improved putter head designed to minimize damage caused by rough play or vandalism.

Survey Shows Propane Mowers Create Satisfied Contractors

More than 85 percent of contractors using propane commercial lawn mowers in their fleets are likely to continue adding propane equipment to their businesses, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by the Propane Education & Research Council.

Kubota Introduces L3560 Limited Edition Deluxe Cab Tractor

Kubota Tractor Corp. recently unveiled its new L3560 Limited Edition tractor, offering the comfort features of a deluxe factory-installed cab on a compact tractor, at an affordable price point.

MEGAChlor-CD Offers Simple Chlorine Generation

ControlOMatic's new and improved MEGAChlor-CD has upgraded its MegaChlor device with a patent-pending chlorine detection (CD) control method. This simple pool chlorine generator supplies continuous, around-the-clock chlorine generation without separate buttons, control boxes or timers.

Adventure Golf Services Named Distributor, Installer of Bergo Flooring

Adventure Golf Services (AGS) has been named to distribute and install the Bergo marine flooring system for decks, balconies and other exterior flooring needs for cruise and other ships in service, including river boats, mega-yachts, ferries, and other utility ships.

Valo Motion Climbing Wall, Trampoline Games Burn Millions of Calories

The creator of sports and games of the future, Valo Motion from Finland, has reached a major milestone of burning more than 350 million calories with their climbing wall and trampoline games.

Ephesus Sports Lighting Named Title Partner of the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game

Triple-A Baseball announced that Ephesus Sports Lighting, the leader in solid-state sports lighting, has been named an official partner of Triple-A Baseball for the 2019 season.

SmartMotion Protects Automatic Pool Covers From Damage

Automatic Pool Covers Inc. has now integrated SmartMotion technology into all of its automatic pool cover systems.

Hayward Industries Earns 2019 Energy Start Partner of the Year Award

Hayward Industries Inc., a leading global manufacturer and marketer of residential and commercial pool equipment was recently awarded the 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its commitment to energy efficiency through product innovation.

Waterplay Releases Two Aquatic Therapy Features

Originally developed several years ago as a custom product for aquatic facility projects looking for a hydrotherapy offering, Waterplay's Restorative Sprays have been increasing in demand.

SeaKlear PRS Traps Algae, E. Coli, Crypto and Giardia in the Filter

SeaKlear PRS is a 2-part system that enhances filtration and is EPA-qualified to trap particles down to 0.5 microns, including Cryptosporidium, E. coli, and Giardia, in the pool’s filter.

iPlayCO Celebrates 20 Years

iPlayCO, a leading manufacturer of safe, fun play structures enjoyed by children of all ages, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.



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