April 2017

Pool & Spa Professionals Fight Immigration Restrictions

In mid-March, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced the creation of an advocacy coalition to protect seasonal lifeguard staffing for commercial pools across the nation.

Grants Available to Boost Dog Parks

Maybe your community is going to the dogs. The recent National Pet Owners Survey, conducted by the American Pet Products Association, tells us that the United States has over 54 million dog-owning households. And not surprisingly, off-leash dog parks have expanded by nearly 90 percent since 2007. And now, PetSafe Brand is promoting their Bark for Your Park grant program, which helps communities build, improve and maintain off-leash dog parks.

New Aquatic Management Program Aims to Improve Safety, Efficiency

The American Red Cross and aquatic engineering and design firm Counsilman-Hunsaker are teaming up to provide a new Aquatic Management Program. The new program will employ a team of aquatic operations specialists to design and implement comprehensive operational strategies and management solutions for new and existing facilities of all types and sizes to improve safety, efficiency and sustainability.

16 Cities Nationwide to Receive Park Improvement Funding

For the third year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to help fund local park improvement projects in 16 U.S. cities through the national Meet Me at the Park campaign.