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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.

ACE Simplifies Options for Aspiring Personal Trainers

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has simplified and made more compelling its choices for those exploring investment in a certified personal trainer study program.

Congressional Briefing Highlights Role of Sports & Coaches in Young Women's Development

Coach-mentors like those in the U.S. Soccer Foundation's national youth soccer program, Soccer for Success, are the key to putting young people on the path to life-long health and wellness, leadership training, and success, participants at a Foundation congressional briefing said.

NFL Foundation Aims to Boost Physical Activity in School

The NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to Play 60 announced the fifth year of the NFL FLAG-In-Schools Program, which aims to increase physical activity among youth by providing FLAG football resources to underserved school communities.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Unveils Routing for Great American Rail-Trail

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) unveiled its preferred route for the Great American Rail-Trail—or the "Great American"—underscoring the organization's commitment to creating an iconic piece of American infrastructure that connects more than 125 existing trails and 90 trail gaps over 3,700+ miles between Washington, D.C., and Washington State.

USGA, FIrst Tee Collaborate to Bring Kids to Golf

The USGA and the First Tee, a youth development organization dedicated to helping youth build character through the game of golf, will debut the "Junior Experience featuring First Tee" at the 119th U.S. Open in Pebble Beach, Calif, June 10-16.

Cost a Top Factor in Recreational Team Sports

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), when registering for recreational team sports, Americans consider these top three factors: scheduling, location, and cost.

Trust for Public Land, Partners, Launch 10-Minute Walk Campaign Partnership Fund, Name Grantees

The 10-Minute Walk Campaign—a partnership between The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute—announced $400,000 in grants to advance the goal of ensuring that everyone has a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home.

It's National Water Safety Month!

A coalition of water safety partners, including the American Red Cross, the National Recreation and Park Association, the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (formerly The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals/National Swimming Pool Foundation) and the World Waterpark Association, along with dozens of other water safety groups will work together to promote May as National Water Safety Month (NWMS).

City Parks Alliance to Host ParkXChange City Workshops

City Parks Alliance announced that ParkXChange City Workshops will be held in Baltimore, Md.; Brownsville, Texas; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Washington, D.C., over the next year and a half. The geographically diverse cities all have common goals of strengthening their cross-sector partnerships to maximize the benefits of park and recreation resources for low-income communities.

American Board of Obesity Medicine Announces Growth in Board-Certified Doctors

The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) announced that more than 720 physicians passed its board certification test administered in February 2019, establishing obesity medicine as one of the fastest growing fields in medicine.

Afterschool Alliance Discusses House Subcommittee Vote to Increase Funding

"[The] vote by the House Appropriation Labor-HHS Subcommittee to increase funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative by $100 million is a resounding rejection of the White House's three-year effort to eliminate the nation's principal federal funding stream for afterschool and summer learning programs."

U.S. Soccer Foundaiton Awards Grants

The U.S. Soccer Foundation announced it has awarded seven grants totaling $151,805 to organizations that will create and enhance safe places to play in six states. When completed, the projects will provide access to safe play spaces for more than 55,500 youth and adults.

Dermatologists Say Half of Americans Are Not Protecting Themselves From Sun Damage

In a recent survey, the American Academy of Dermatology found only half of Americans always or almost always protect themselves from the sun when they're outside - increasing their risk for skin cancer, including melanoma.

National Park Services Announces Historic Preservation Grants

The National Park Service (NPS) announced the distribution of $49.6 million in historic preservation grants for U.S. states, territories, and partnering nations, and $11.7 million in historic preservation grants to 183 tribal historic preservation offices.

NRPA, COAPRT Announce Separation Agreement

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the impending separation of the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) from the organization.

YMCA, Partnership for a Healthier America Close Gaps in Access to Safe Outdoor Activity

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and Partnership for a Healthier America announced a commitment to ensure that all kids, regardless of their background or their ZIP code have safe spaces to engage in outdoor physical activity and recreation.

Earth Day Network's 2019 Cleanup Spans Thousands of Locations

Earth Day Network implemented a nationally coordinated environmental volunteer cleanup to mark Earth Day 2019, in collaboration with partners across the United States, including National CleanUp Day and Keep America Beautiful.

Outdoor Foundation Invests $1.8 Million Into Thrive Outside Communities

Outdoor Foundation announced its inaugural Thrive Outside Communities in Atlanta, Ga.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; San Diego; and Oklahoma City, Okla. The Outdoor Foundation’s Thrive Outside Community Initiative will award multi-year capacity- building grants to diverse communities in order to create or strengthen partnerships between existing local organizations and outdoor organizations that create repeat and reinforcing positive outdoor experiences for kids and families.

National Park Foundation Expands Access to Parks

The National Park Foundation (NPF) — the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service — announced its goal to connect 250,000 kids and adults to parks throughout 2019 via school field trips, service corps, volunteer efforts, and fellowships, thereby growing the community of national park champions who care about these treasured places.

APA Announces 2019 National Planning Award Recipients

The American Planning Association (APA) recognized the recipients of the 2019 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards.

NRPA Receives Grant to Increase Access to Healthy Foods

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has awarded funding to 27 local park and recreation agencies as they work to increase access to healthy foods and nutrition education through parks and recreation.

Conservation & Park Leadership Awards Announced

The Trust for Public Land announced the winners of its 11th annual Conservation and Park Leadership Awards, which recognize leadership in protecting and investing in Minnesota's special places.

Attractions Industry Leaders Meet With Lawmakers

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, hosted its annual IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days April 8 to 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. More than 38 U.S. attractions leaders met with representatives from 66 congressional offices to discuss the industry's legislative priorities and regulatory issues.

Grant Funding Supports Training Focused on Opioid Misuse Prevention

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the Afterschool Alliance and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Healthier Generation) are proud to collaborate on a new initiative to provide out-of-school time (OST) providers with professional development training resources to prevent opioid misuse among youth.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy & Partners Release Study on Cleveland Bike Connectivity

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and Bike Cleveland released "Advancing Cleveland's Active Transportation Agenda," showing how the city could increase the number of people who have access to biking connectivity from 55 percent to 82 percent.

Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Begins Operations

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) officially launched April 1, unifying the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP).

Women's Sports Foundation Reports on Girls' Sports Experience

New research from girls ages 7 to 13 who play sports reveals that when girls like their coaches, they are more likely to keep playing as they get older, to see the importance of being active, and to love their sport. These findings, among others, were released via the Women's Sports Foundation (WSF) report, "Coaching Through a Gender Lens: Maximizing Girls' Play and Potential."

Survey: Local Governments Should Invest in Natural Disaster Response

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the majority of Americans agree it's important for parks and recreation to play a role in disaster response and recovery, such as wildfires, hurricanes and floods. Specifically, Americans look to their local park and recreation agency to serve as an emergency distribution center (66 percent) and provide shelter during an emergency (62 percent).

4-H Identifies Best Practices to Engage Youth in Health Programs

National 4-H Council, in partnership with the University of Arizona, announced the release of a special report highlighting key learnings of youth-focused healthy living programming through its 4-H Healthy Habits program.

Celebrate National Park Week 2019

National Park Week, April 20 to 28, has something for everyone! Join the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation for nine days of fun, including National Junior Ranger Day and National BARK Ranger Day.

Study From the Y Shows How Social Recognition Spurs Action

It's an old notion--a little recognition goes a long way--but the YMCA of the USA and researchers put this to the test during a three-year research project at the YMCA of The Triangle to determine the impact of social recognition on decision making and well-being.

Industry to Collaborate on Model Aquatic Health Code at WAHC

Registration for the 16th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) is now open. The WAHC will be held in Williamsburg, Va., Oct. 16 to 18, 2019.

CPSC Announces $2 Million in Pool Safely Grants

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing a 90-day solicitation seeking applications for a special Pool Safely Grant Program (PSGP) offered to state and local governments.

NCPPA Announces New Priorities for 2019-2020

The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) announced new leadership to its board of directors for the 2019-2020 term and reiterated its commitment to empowering and inspiring all Americans to lead more physically active lives.

Urban Land Institute to Advise Detroit on Long-Term Sustainability for Parks & Public Spaces

A group of nationally renowned land use and urban planning experts representing the Urban Land Institute (ULI) will be making recommendations to the City of Detroit on how to create sustainable financial models for the city's growing network of parks and public spaces and the connectors among them, including urban walking and biking trails.

National Park Trust Receives Funding to Send Students to Parks

National Park Trust (NPT) announced that it has received renewed funding from the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation in support of the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest.

USDA Forest Service & BLM Announce National Conservation Awards

Interior's Bureau of Land Management and Agriculture's Forest Service recognized the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and the Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto (NRMG) for their leadership and contributions to wildlife conservation and public lands stewardship.

4-H Names 2019 4-H Youth In Action National Winner

The National 4-H Council announced that Clyde Van Dyke, 18, of Johnson City, N.Y., was selected as the national winner of the 2019 4-H Youth in Action Award.

USA Swimming Foundation Supports Swim Lesson Providers Reaching More Than 1.3 Million in 2018

In 2018, through its Make a Splash Local Partner network, the USA Swimming Foundation helped provide more than 1.3 million children with swimming lessons.

Boys & Girls Clubs Announce $1 Million Grant

Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced that the SunTrust Foundation has committed $1 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Workforce Development Effectiveness Project to help put youth on a path toward financial confidence and well-being.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

People and company news


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.

Vortex International's Water Journey Events Win IDA Awards

Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a world leader in the aquatic play industry, announced that its new line of Water Journey elements has won four International Design Awards, taking Bronze in the Children Products, Toddler Products, Outdoor and Leisure Fun Games, and Designs for Social Impact categories.

Water Safety Products Celebrates 30 Years

Water Safety Products Inc., a leading supplier of lifeguard uniforms and lifesaving equipment to the commercial waterpark and aquatic leisure industry, is celebrating its 30th year in business.



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