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Study: Student Athletes in Rural Schools May See Higher Repeated Concussion Risk

Student athletes who attend high schools with a low availability of athletic trainers (AT) – mostly in rural and inner-city areas – are 50 percent more likely to have a sports-related concussion (SRC) that goes un-identified, un-assessed or mismanaged, according to a study published in the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Journal of Athletic Training.

IAAPA Presents Service Awards to Volunteers

IAAPA recognized the 2018 IAAPA Service Award winners, honoring individuals for their outstanding contributions to the global attractions industry.

IAAPA Foundation Awards Scholarships

The IAAPA Foundation, the nonprofit organization which works to inspire students to pursue careers in the global attractions industry, awarded three scholarships to students enrolled at the University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

World Aquatic Health Conference Broadens Its Reach

The 15th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) saw its largest attendance ever this year, attracting nearly 600 aquatic professionals from all over the world to Charleston, S.C., and to six WAHCity locations in the United States and Canada.

HHS Releases New Physical Activity Guidelines

Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., assistant secretary for health, announced the release of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Industry Pioneers Inducted Into IAAPA Hall of Fame

The International Association of Amusement Parks and and Attractions (IAAPA) inducted 11 global attractions industry pioneers into the IAAPA Hall of Fame during the Kickoff Event for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018.

Voters Approved $2.8 Billion for Local Parks & Natural Areas

The Trust for Public Land announced that Americans once again voted overwhelmingly in support of land conservation and parks this Election Day, creating more than $2.8 billion for the protection of water quality, new parks, natural areas, and working farms and ranches across 20 states, passing 84 percent of ballot measures, totaling more than $7.2 billion in funding for conservation and parks in 2018.

REI to Invest $1 Million in Outdoor Foundation's Thrive Outside Program, Youth Development

REI Co-op is investing $1 million in the Outdoor Foundation, the charitable arm of Outdoor Industry Association, to support the Thrive Outside program, designed to help young people's social, emotional and academic development through the outdoors.

Americans Agree Dog Parks Benefit Local Communities

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), nine in 10 (91 percent) Americans believe dog parks provide benefits to the communities they serve. More than half (55 percent) of park and recreation agencies currently have at least one dog park.

APSP Appoints New Board Members & Officers

During the International Pool, Spa, Patio Expo (PSP Expo) in Las Vegas, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) elected one new member to its Board of Directors, Andrew Levinson, and Donna K. Williams has assumed the role as Chairman of the Board having been elected Chair-elect last year along with a slate of new officers for the 2018-2019 term.

New Green Infrastructure Training Opportunity Available

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is partnering with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to adapt and deliver the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) curriculum to professionals responsible for the land management and maintenance and operations of municipal parks throughout the country.

ASBA Announces New Tennis Courts Manual

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for tennis courts, running tracks, sports fields and indoor and outdoor courts and recreational sport surfaces, has announced the publication of the 9th edition of Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.

STMA, Minor League Basbeall Announce 2018 'Sports Turf Managers of the Year'

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) award the 2018 'Sports Turf Managers of the Year' sponsored by STMA and John Deere.

NSPF CEO Tom Lachocki to Retire in 2019

Having served as the CEO of the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) since 2003, Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D., has announced his plan to retire in 2019.

Local Park Agencies' Out-of-School Time Programs Are Leading Child-Care Providers

According to a recent report published by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the majority (84 percent) of local park and recreation agencies offer summer camps, more than half (55 percent) offer afterschool programming and over a fifth (21 percent) offer before-school care.

New Data: Nearly One in Six Young People Has Obesity

Nationwide, 15.8 percent of young people ages 10 to 17 have obesity, according to the newest national data released today. Mississippi has the highest youth obesity rate, at 26.1 percent, while Utah has the lowest, at 8.7 percent.

STMA Kicks Off 'Mowing Patterns Contest'

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – comprised of more than 2,700 professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athletes' safety – kicked off its sixth annual "Mowing Patterns Contest."

Prepare to Connect at 71st Annual CPRS Conference & Expo

Registration is open for the 2019 CPRS Conference & Expo being held at the Sacramento Convention Center, March 19 to 22, 2019. Visit www.cprs.org to register at the preregistration price until Jan. 23, 2019.

GreenFields USA Announces New Installation Partner

GreenFields USA announced its new distribution and installation partner: Academy Sports Turf, based in Englewood, Colo.

Stephanie Stephens Named 2018 PlayCore Hero

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.

Boston Reaches Major Park-Access Milestone

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and The Trust for Public Land announced the City of Boston reached a major milestone in ensuring that all Boston residents have a park within a 10-minute walk of home.

AAOS Celebrates Passage of Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) celebrated the Senate passage of the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R.302). The legislation, which AAOS has advocated for since 2015, provides legal protection for traveling team physicians and safeguards injured athletes' timely access to health care professionals who best know their medical history.

APSP Announces 2018 Award Winners

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced the winners of its 2018 APSP Awards Program. The program recognizes prominent achievements and outstanding performers in the pool, spa and hot tub industry.

Keep America Beautiful Advances Effort to Recycle More

America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative that takes place on and in the weeks leading into Nov. 15, recognizes the economic, environmental and social benefits of recycling, and provides an educational platform to raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year.

STMA Earns PGMS Gold Medal Award

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the nonprofit, professional association for the 2,700 devoted men and women who manage outdoor sports fields worldwide to provide the safest possible playing surfaces – has been recognized by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) with the 2018 Gold Medal Award.

Hal McEvoy Named IAAPA President and CEO

The board of directors of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced Hal McEvoy has been named president and CEO.

10 U.S. Communities Earn Grants to Support Green Infrastructure

As part of the Great Urban Parks Campaign, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) awarded grant funding totaling $2 million to support green infrastructure projects in 10 U.S. communities.

ACSM, U.S. Center for SafeSport Partner to End Abuse in Sports

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the U.S. Center for SafeSport announced a formal partnership that will allow the two organizations to leverage their strengths and address the growing issue of abuse among athletes.

NSPF Awards $16K in Scholarships & Fellowships

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has awarded $12,000 in scholarships and $4,000 in fellowships for 2018.

City of Louisville Receives Sustainability Award From Propane Council

The Louisville, Kentucky Metro Government was recognized as the 2018 Green Leadership City, a distinction awarded by the Propane Education & Research Council. The award recognizes the city for its adoption of clean, propane-powered mowers, among other environmentally-friendly programs that support the city’s highly-regarded sustainability plan.

Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program Celebrates 40 Years

According to the Rutgers University's Center for Urban Policy Research, the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program contributed more than $12.2 billion in output in terms of goods and services to the U.S. economy and added $6.2 billion in gross domestic product in Fiscal Year 2017.

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.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

People and company news


Vortex International Introduces RiverQuest Family Adventure Attraction

Vortex Aquatic Structures International announced the launch of RiverQuest, a new family adventure attraction that combines the thrills of river rides and waterslides with multi-sensory dreamscapes to appeal to the entire family.

Surface America Celebrates 25 Years

Jim Dobmeier founded Surface America, which provides the complete installation of recreational and athletic surfacing, as a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Ecore International in 1993. Now, the Williamsville, N.Y.-based company is marking 25 years in business as a leading installer of playground, gymnasium and aquatic surfacing.

Superior Approved as Type I Fabricator From LADBS

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) approved Superior Recreational Products as a Type I fabricator within the specialty category of Steel Shade Structures.

Cover Care Donates $10K to Red Cross Aquatics Program

Cover Care LLC, a national service company specializing in the installation and repair of automatic pool covers, has made a $10,000 donation to the Aquatics Centennial Swim Lesson and Water Safety Program.

WhiteWater Unveils New Look

From its start as a waterpark operator in 1980, WhiteWater has had one clear purpose: to create places where families can unite and make joyful lasting memories.

Toro Announces Winner of Super Bowl Turfgrass Training Program

Toro has announced this year's winner of the annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program.

ASV Introduces New Compact Track Loader

ASV Holdings Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of all-purpose and all-season compact track loaders and skid steers, introduces the new RT-25 Posi-Track compact track loader.

New Mini Golf Kit Provides Alternative to Concrete-Built Courses

Adventure Golf Services (AGS) introduces "Modular Advantage Mini Golf" – a new modular 9- or 18-hole miniature golf course that looks and feels like concrete but isn't, and offers the same playability and fun as a traditional concrete course for less cost.

Technogym Becomes Official Supplier of PGA Tour Centers

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

LESCO Launches CarbonPro

SiteOne Landscape Supply announced the release of LESCOCarbonPro-L with MobilEX, a liquid biological soil amendment.

Clorox Professional Products Company Debuts New Brand

Clorox Professional Products Company unveiled CloroxPro, a unifying new brand encompassing its industry-leading healthcare and commercial cleaning products.

New Soccer Mini-Pitch Unveiled at Newark Middle School

An innovative new soccer mini-pitch system was unveiled at Newark's Luis Muńoz Marin School, marking the fourth mini-pitch opened this year in Newark.

ChlorKing Cites Water & TDS Management as Key Factors in Onsite Chlorine Generation

For anyone involved in specifying and approving a new onsite chlorine generation system, initial cost is just one factor, according to officials at ChlorKing, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of on-site chlorine generation for commercial pools.

Water Odyssey Expands Fun Forms Aqua Slides

Fun Forms Aqua Slides are great additions to any aquatic play setting.

Redesigned Honda HRX Lineup Delivers More

Honda Power Equipment sets new heights in lawn mowing with the introduction of the newly redesigned HRX Series of lawn mowers.

New John Deere Mulching Head Shreds Wood in Minutes

John Deere continues to provide best-in-class vegetation management with the addition of the MH60D mulching head to its Worksite Pro lineup.

Torque Fitness Introduces TANK M4 All-Surface Sled

The all-new TANK M4 All-Surface Sled from Torque Fitness is poised to expand the passionate, love-hate relationship of its predecessor, the TANK M2, the first All-Surface Sled, among athletes, fitness icons, celebrities and exercisers worldwide.

Doosan Bobcat Partners With Plug and Play

Doosan Bobcat North America has partnered with Plug and Play, a global startup accelerator and corporate innovation platform based in Silicon Valley, to explore Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous solutions that can be incorporated in Bobcat equipment.

WhiteWater Wins Leading Edge Award

At the World Waterpark Association's (WWA) Annual Symposium and Trade Show this year, WhiteWater celebrated winning a Leading Edge Award alongside the City of Grand Prairie, American Resort Management, OpenAire, and Ramaker for work at Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Splashtacular Earns WWA Leading Edge Award

Splashtacular, the largest U.S.-based manufacturer of waterslides and waterpark attractions, earned industry recognition for its role in creating an immersive experience at The Center of Recreational Excellence (CORE) waterpark located in Hobbs, N.M.

Escape Fitness' MOVE IT and Myzone Partner to Help Clubs Boost Revenue

Escape's MOVE IT and Myzone have joined forces in the first partnership of its kind to give clubs, boutiques and studios of all sizes an innovative and engaging class – combining wearable digital technology with industry leading programming – to help them boost market share and revenue.

Octane Fitness Updates Workout App

Octane Fitness launched a free, updated version of its popular workout app, which is now available at the App Store for iOS devices. The new Octane Fitness app works with the Octane Q47xi, Q37xi, xR6xi, ZR8 and ZR7 home equipment models.

Waterplay Releases New Products to Stimulate Curiosity, Mindful Play

Waterplay Solutions launched the Waterways collection, a unique group of products designed to inspire curious minds through interactive, collaborative play experiences.

New Rain Bird Controller Provides App-Based Irrigation Programming

Rain Bird has introduced the TBOS-BT, a Bluetooth-enabled, 9V-battery-operated controller that allows users to wirelessly manage irrigation at sites without electrical power via a mobile app for both Android and iOS devices.

Bradley Introduces Redesigned Grab Bars

Bradley Corp. introduces its line of re-designed grab bars, which withstand higher load ratings using heavy-duty third-party rated products. Now stronger than ever, Bradley's bariatric grab bars bring more options to accommodate needs of people of all sizes in all types of commercial restroom applications.

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.



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