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GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf Hosts Virtual Event on Climate Action

On Nov. 11, representatives from golf and beyond came together at Scotland's Climate Ambition Zone in Glasgow to discuss several important issues around the sport and climate action.

Disney and the NRPA Extend Collaboration in Support of Youth Sports & Play

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the recipients of its 2021 Youth Sports and Play grants.

Keep America Beautiful Celebrates 24 Years of America Recycles Day

Every Nov. 15, thousands of local communities across the country come together to participate in America Recycles Day – a national, trademark initiative established by Keep America Beautiful in 1997.

KaBOOM! & Partners Win UNICEF Cities Inspire Award

KABOOM!, the national nonprofit focused on ending playspace inequity for good, and its partners were awarded the UNICEF Cities Inspire Award for the recently unveiled, kid-designed Nature Exploration Area at Heron's Head Park along the San Francisco waterfront.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Invests More Than $300,000 in Community Efforts

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced that it has awarded a combined $308,500 in grant funding to 45 projects across 16 states, with a goal of investing in community-led efforts to create more opportunities for people to connect with trails in their neighborhoods--either through activities and events, or through improved, connected trail infrastructure.

IOC Framework Centers Inclusion and Non-Discrimination

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the launch of a groundbreaking new framework on Fairness, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations.

NRPA Applauds Passage of Infrastructure and Jobs Act

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) applauds the final passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Keep America Beautiful Merges With RETREET

Keep America Beautiful officially announced a merger with RETREET, the national authority in post-disaster tree planting.

Economic Analysis Illustrates COVID-19 Impact on Outdoor Industry

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released new data on the economic impact of outdoor recreation in 2020. BEA found outdoor recreation accounted for $689 billion in gross output (consumer spending) and 1.8% of gross domestic product in 2020.

New Report: Local Officials Face Harassment, Threats at Alarming Rate

The National League of Cities (NLC) released a new report that finds harassment, threats and violence directed at local elected officials are rising at an alarming rate, with these concerning behaviors most frequently occurring on social media platforms.

NYC Soccer Initiative Opens 50th Mini-Soccer Pitch

The New York City Soccer Initiative (NYCSI) partners, including the First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray and First Team coaches and players from New York City Football Club (NYCFC), celebrated the completion of the five-year initiative with the unveiling of a final mini-pitch at P.S. 184 Shuang Wen in Chinatown, Manhattan.

WWA Attendees Get Together Again With Enthusiasm

In a return to its in-person roots, this year's WWA Show was humming with energy and good vibes as people were more than ready to be together again to learn from many of the industry's best leaders and to explore a bustling marketplace filled with key industry designers, suppliers and innovators.

IAAPA Announces Service Award Winners

Continuing a week celebrating industry leaders and professional excellence, earlier today IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, announced the winners of the 2021 IAAPA Service Awards and the 2021 IAAPA Young Professional of the Year.

IAAPA Announces Brass Ring Winners

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, announced the winners of the 2021 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards.

NRPA Survey: U.S. Adults Agree Local Trails Are Important

Three in four U.S. adults agree it is important that they have access to public walking, hiking and biking trails close to home, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll.

City Parks Alliance Commends Congress on Passage of Infrastructure Act

After months of negotiations, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which will now head to President Biden's desk for signature. This legislation will make historic levels of investment in the physical and human infrastructure that provide the lifeblood to our communities.

$788 Billion Industry Celebrates Recreation Wins in Infrastructure Deal

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) provided a statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the infrastructure package, with $100 million in outdoor recreation infrastructure support included, among other programs vital to the outdoor recreation economy.

NAYS Celebrates 40th Year as Youth Sports Leader

Widely recognized as one of the leading advocates for youth sports, the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) is proud to celebrate its 40th year of providing the highest quality training programs and resources for volunteer coaches, parents, officials and league administrators.

GEO Foundation to Host 'Driving for Net Zero' Event

GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf will host a special event on 11th November, coinciding with the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, highlighting the roles golf can play in climate action and exploring the pathways to net-zero emissions.

IAAPA Hires Kelly Repass as Director of Global Research

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has named Kelly Repass director, global research. In this role, Repass will develop a new strategy for the IAAPA research program and oversee its implementation and execution.

NRPA, Niagara Cares Announces 2021 Perk Your Park Winners

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the nation's leading advocate for parks and recreation, in partnership with Niagara Cares, a philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling, announced the winners of the 2021 Perk Your Park Project

ACE Grows Health Coach Education

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) launched the Health Coach Advanced Training Program, an immersive, modern learning experience packed with advanced coaching skills, hands-on training and practical experience needed to enter the field of health coaching with confidence.

RWJF Selects 10 Communities as Culture of Health Prize Winners

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the 10 communities chosen to receive the 2020–2021 RWJF Culture of Health Prize.

New Hampshire Program to Benefit Camps & Families Recognized

In a move recognized by the American Camp Association (ACA) and the White House that will help more kids experience the mental health benefits of camp, the New Hampshire Department of Education and the NH Community Behavioral Health Association have successfully implemented two vital programs to support families and summer camps in New Hampshire through their Every Kid Goes to Camp program, which is funded by the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund.

Soccer Mini-Pitch Honoring BWPC Opens at Smith Elementary

A new mini soccer pitch honoring members of the Black Women's Player Collective (BWPC) was officially unveiled at Smith Elementary School in Rex on Saturday.

IHRSA 2021 Ignites Fitness Industry Comeback

After a daunting two-year hiatus, fitness industry professionals gathered for IHRSA 2021, the 40th Anniversary IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show.

STMA Announces Mowing Patterns Contest

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the organization for 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields from recreational, professional and major college programs across the country to ensure athlete safety – announced entries are now open for its eighth annual Mowing Patterns Contest.

IAAPA Names New EVP & COO

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has named Jakob Wahl executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) effective November 1.

USA Swimming Recognizes Club Excellence Recipients

USA Swimming announced 201 clubs will be recognized as Gold, Silver or Bronze medal clubs in the 2021-2022 Club Excellence Program.

'Indiana's Year of the Trails' Launches

The Indiana legislature has designated and Gov. Eric Holcomb has proclaimed 2021-2022 as "Indiana's Year of the Trails," recognizing that "connecting trail segments is a powerful tool for economic and community development that should be actively facilitated."

PHTA Releases Industry Research

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) has recently released several industry research documents, including the 2020 Market Report, 2021 Economic Impact Study, and Quarterly Pulse Surveys.

JCC Association Announces JFest, A Virtual Arts Festival

Starting this fall, JCC Association of North America in partnership with Schwartz Reisman JCC | Prosserman JCC, Toronto, ON, Virtual J platform, is piloting a new initiative called JFest, an Arts Festival for the JCC Movement offering high-quality cultural and educational content for all ages.

Soccer Mini-Pitch Honoring Black Women's Player Collective Unveiled

The latest mini-pitch honoring members of Black Women's Player Collective (BWPC) and Black Players for Change (BPC) was officially unveiled at Petersburg Park.

ASBA Announces Fundamentals of Pickleball Court Construction Online Course

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders, design professionals and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced that in recognition of the growth of pickleball, and the corresponding need for court builders with pickleball facility-specific expertise, it has launched two new continuing education offerings.

Fecon Introduces New Wider Mulcher for Standard Flow Skid Steers

Fecon introduces the RK6015, a new, wider, standard flow mulcher head, which is ideal for use with most standard skid steer loaders, Avant-type wheel loaders and other carriers that are able to provide 17-27 gpm of hydraulic flow, have enclosed cabs that can be properly protected with the appropriate polycarbonate guarding, and have the ability to carry the 1465-pound attachment.

Positive View of Senior Living Highlights New ICAA Survey

Among a group of 1,191 midlife and older adults who shared their opinions in the ICAA Lifestyle Survey of Older Adults, 67% believe that homes for older adults are safe places to live. They also feel that senior living properties (excluding nursing homes) are places to build social connections (57%) and offer a meaningful and engaging lifestyle (51%).

Grand Plaque Recipients Announced in the 2021 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced the 2021 Grand Plaque recipients in the 2021 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

ASLA Calls on Goverments to Achieve Zero Emissions by 2040

The American Society for Landscape Architects (ASLA), the nation's largest association of landscape architects, has joined with Architecture 2030 to call for all sovereign governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65% by 2030 and achieve zero emissions by 2040, which would accelerate the current timeline to achieve emission reductions outlined in the Paris Climate Accord by a decade.

PHTF and ISHOF Join to Combat Drowning in Florida

Swimming and pool industry leaders from the Pool & Hot Tub Foundation (PHTF), the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) and the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced a joint partnership to help combat drowning in the state of Florida.

Project Play Report Shows Kids Losing Sports Programs During Pandemic

About four out of 10 kids who previously played sports face reduced services from their previous community sports provider or travel sports organization, according to a new Aspen Institute survey of youth sports parents during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Soccer Foundation Prize Aims to Get Girls in Underserved Communities Playing Soccer

As part of its United for Girls initiative, the U.S. Soccer Foundation launched its Innovate to Elevate Prize. The Foundation is looking for innovators, trailblazers and change agents to develop and test new ways to engage girls and women from underserved communities in sports and to ensure that those experiences are positive.

DeVry University Sponsors STEM Lab at Boys & Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club of Elgin (BGCE) announced a partnership with DeVry University for the development of a state-of-the-art STEM Laboratory in its Clubhouse, slated to open in 2022.

Arena Sports Mill Creek Opens New Mini Golf Attraction

Arena Sports Mill Creek has just opened its newest attraction at the popular family entertainment center – mini golf.

U.S. Adults Value Time Spent Outside, Says NRPA Survey

According to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll, 96% of U.S. adults spend time outdoors daily, with more than half spending more than 30 minutes and one-third spending more than one hour outdoors daily.

ASLA Announces 2021 Professional Award Winners

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)--the nation's largest professional association of landscape architects--announced the 2021 Professional Award winners.

Bystanders Who Intervene Can Reduce Risks of Drowning Child's Death & Disability

A drowning victim was more likely to recover when submerged under water for less than 5 minutes and when rescued by a bystander, according to research presented at the 2021 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition

PHTA Reveals 2021 International Awards of Excellence Winners

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced this year's winners of the PHTA Awards of Excellence.

City Finance Officers Cite Positive Impact of Federal Aid in FY2021

The National League of Cities (NLC) released its annual City Fiscal Conditions survey, which finds that federal assistance has been instrumental in helping communities large and small begin to recover from the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic.

IAAPA Celebrates Successful Show in Europe

Looking forward with optimism — that was the theme of the opening address at IAAPA Expo Europe 2021, and it carried through the week as the Expo brought attractions industry professionals together in Spain.

NRPA CFO Recognized

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the nation's leading advocate for parks and recreation, announced that Brenda Camacho, NRPA vice president of operations and chief financial officer (CFO), has been nominated by DCA Live as a 2021 "Non Profit Star CFO."

Nine Fitness Leaders Set to Advise on GHFA Initiatives

The Global Health & Fitness Alliance (GHFA), an IHRSA initiative launched to establish the health and fitness sector as an essential service and a key contributor within the healthcare continuum, announced its inaugural nine-member Advisory Council.

Injuries Using E-Scooters, E-Bikes & Hoverboards Jump 70%

As consumers step up their use of e-scooters, hoverboards and e-bikes to return to work, school and other activities, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds everyone to keep safety a priority.

ICAA Celebrates 20 Years

Widely regarded as ahead of its time, the forward-thinking International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) founded the active-aging industry on Oct. 1, 2001 to fundamentally change the way we age by proactively engaging older adults to live their best life.

Programs Earn NAEYC Early Childhood Higher Education Accreditation

The National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs announced that it has granted first-time accreditation to programs at two institutions of higher education and renewed accreditation for programs at nine institutions during its summer meeting.

IAAPA Names New Board Members for 2022

The board of directors of IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, elected five new board members for 2022, including Wuthichai Luangamornlert, ICAE, as second vice chair, during its meeting on Sept. 25 in Barcelona, Spain.

Total Aquatic Programming Partners With the AOAP

Total Aquatic Programming announced its participation with the Association of Aquatics Professionals (AOAP) Annual Conference & Exposition, February 5 to 12, 2022, St. Pete Beach, Fla. Total Aquatic Programming will be offering the Spring Regional Build a Pool (BAP) in conjunction with AOAP on an annual basis.

Hydronic Heating System by SubAir Installation Underway

Installation of a Hydronic Heating System by SubAir System is underway on the First Team practice field of the New England Revolution soccer team.

Active Aging Week Highlights the Importance of Wellness

As North America continues contending with the pandemic, the importance of physical, mental and social health among all populations has been front and center. Aiming to introduce or reinforce healthy lifestyles to as many older adults as possible, Active Aging Week 2021, presented by Humana, embodies an essential, life-changing mission.

Carolyn McKnight-Fredd Named Chair-elect of NRPA

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the nation's leading advocate for parks and recreation, announced the election of Carolyn McKnight-Fredd, CPRP, as chair-elect of its board of directors.

Industry Milestone Reached in Sustainable Golf Development

Developed through close collaboration, both within and outside the golf industry, the release of the second latest edition of the Sustainable Golf Development Standard represents another major step forward in golf's journey to becoming a leader in sustainable sport, land use and development.

SHAPE America Announces Task Force to Revise Health Education Standards

SHAPE America — Society of Health and Physical Educators launched the National Health Education Standards Task Force, with members who represent diverse stakeholders in school-based health education including leading national health education organizations, state departments of education, university health education teacher education (HETE) programs, and K-12 practitioners.

PHTA President Sabeena Hickman Elected to NDPA Board

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced that its president and CEO, Sabeena Hickman, CAE, has been elected to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) Board of Directors.

HAF Releases Toolkit on Equity & Environmental Justice in 30x30

Hispanic Access Foundation released its "Equity & Environmental Justice in 30x30" toolkit, exploring the Biden Administration's America the Beautiful initiative and how we can increase access to nature for communities of color and ensure equity in how funds are spent on protection, to assure all communities have safe, accessible public spaces and nature where they can recreate and restore.

NLC Report: 30% of Infrastructure Jobs Are Hard to Fill

In an analysis of the current infrastructure job market, a new National League of Cities report finds that three in 10 infrastructure jobs are hard to fill, underscoring the need for Congress to include significant funding for workforce development in the ongoing budget reconciliation process.

National Park Service Announces $15.5 Million in Save America's Treasures Grants

The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, announced $15.5 million in Save America's Treasures grants to help fund 49 projects in 29 states.

IHRSA Convention & Trade Show Goes Hybrid

In light of the challenging travel restrictions for many and the health and fitness industry's important worldwide community, the 40th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show (IHRSA 2021) will offer a rich and robust in-person and virtual program.

NRPA Announces 15th Directors School Graduating Class

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the nation's leading advocate for parks and recreation, announced the completion of its 2021 Directors School with 41 graduates from across the country.

New Data Reveals Lack of Outdoor Access Near New England Schools

New data revealed by The Trust for Public Land shows a lack of public access to the outdoors and open space near kindergarten-12th grade schools in Northern New England.

World Aquatic Health Conference Moves to Virtual Platform

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) board of directors has made the unanimous decision to hold the 2021 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) in a virtual format only, in the interest of public health and safety. WAHC 2021 will now be presented as an entirely virtual event on December 7-9.

ASBA Announces In-Person Technical Meeting

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced it will present its annual Technical Meeting in person, in Orlando, Fla.

Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz Campaign Continues to Advance Pollinator Protection

To help protect the local pollinators that are critical to our ecosystems and food supply, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation are hosting the third annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz during September.

Genesis Launches New Brand & Career Pathways

GENESIS, a company of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), presents its new brand, complete with a new website, logo, digital badges and educational pathways.

NRPA Employs New Health & Safety Measures for 2021 Annual Conference

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is hard at work ensuring a safe and educational conference experience in Nashville, Tenn., September 21-23, 2021.

GHFA Works to Prove Fitness Industry's Value

Work is under way on a major new report—The Economic Impact of the Health and Fitness Industry—commissioned by the Global Health & Fitness Alliance (GHFA), conducted by Deloitte, supported by IHRSA, and with the World Health Organization as a key target audience.

Report: Transforming Schoolyards Into Public Greenspace Is an Immediate Park Equity Fix

The Trust for Public Land announced the release of a new report, "Community SchoolyardsT Projects: A Game-Changing Solution to America's Park Equity Problem," on how transforming underused asphalt schoolyards into vibrant public parks that stay open to neighbors after school and on weekends brings significant health, equity and education benefits to students and communities.

YMCA, Wilson Sporting Goods Partner to Inspire Play

Wilson Sporting Goods announced its multi-year national partnership with YMCA of the USA (Y-USA). The three-year agreement provides $500,000 in funding each year to enable access to sport for underserved youth.

Hispanic Access Foundation, USFWS Partner to Build Next Generation of Climate Change Leaders

Hispanic Access Foundation through its MANO Project initiative and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have launched an 18-month fellowship program for the newly reintroduced Civilian Climate Corp (CCC) program at the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS).

Wheelin' and Dealin'

People and company news


Aqua Leisure Launches Premiere Watersports Line

Aqua-Leisure Recreation LLC, one of the largest designers and providers of high-quality, performance-based aquatic products and accessories, debuted its Aqua Pro 2022 line at the 2021 Land N' Sea Marine Distributor Show in Uncasville, Conn.

Bobcat Introduces Redesigned Snowblower

Bobcat Company introduced an all-new, ultra-durable snowblower attachment that will make quick work of even the most unrelenting winter drifts.

WhiteWater Receives Brass Ring Award for Parallel Pursuit

At this year's International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo in Orlando, Fla., WhiteWater was honored with a Brass Ring Award for its racing slide, Parallel Pursuit, in the category of Best New Product—Water Park Ride/Attraction.

Goric Announces Joe Gervase as National Sales Manager

Goric Marketing Group, USA, a supplier of innovative play and playground equipment for children and adults, announced the appointment of veteran sales professional Joe Gervase as national sales manager.

Dixie Chopper Introduces New Zero-Turn Mower

Dixie Chopper recently unveiled a new electric zero-turn concept mower at the 2021 GIE+EXPO show in Louisville, Ky., along with the full product line and two new "SS" models for the 2022 model year.

PlayCore Announces Acquisition of AquaWorx

PlayCore Holdings Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of play and recreation products has announced the acquisition of AquaWorx.

ClearSpan Prioritizes Quick Shipping, Easy Assembly With Newest Offering

ClearSpan Structures announced the newest addition to its line of building solutions, the Bolt Up Building.

Lab Test Proves Fellowes Air Purifiers Remove 99.9999% of COVID-19

A leader in commercial air purification, Fellowes announced that AeraMax Pro AM3 and AM4 air purifiers have demonstrated to neutralize the airborne viral load of SARS-CoV-2 entirely and were able to remove 99.9999% of the aerosolized SARS-CoV-2 through a single pass of the purifier in testing by the University of Genoa in Genoa, Italy.

Walltopia Shows Off New Product Lines at IAAPA

Walltopia, a leader in the climbing and the adventure & leisure industries will be at Booth 4017 of the IAAPA Expo in Orlando this month.

Wayne State Chooses L-Acoustics A Series for Basketball Arena

On Friday, November 5th, the Wayne State Warriors officially opened their university's new basketball arena with an inaugural game against the Michigan Wolverines.

Newly Launched ICON Leisure Introduces Operational Design Consulting to Lagoon & Surf Park Planning

ICON Leisure, in partnership with ICON Experiences, officially launched by announcing strategic relationships with four top brands in the leisure industry.

New Bunkers & Bumps Course Boosts Per Capita Spending

Adventure Golf & Sports (AGS) is introducing Bunkers & Bumps (B&B), a new style of putting course offering entertainment venues such as FECs, hotels, resorts, restaurant and bar operations with an entertainment component, and other venues, the opportunity to incorporate the family and date night fun of mini golf play into the overall guest experience.

Sprinturf Celebrates 15 Years of Greenplay Organic Infill

Sprinturf, a national leader in artificial turf systems that improve cooling, performance and safety, is celebrating the 15-year anniversary of its Greenplay naturally blended coconut-based infill, which has revolutionized temperature control in artificial turf playing surfaces while also providing an enhanced level of athlete safety that is unmatched by any existing synthetic based or rubber infill system.

BioGuard Recognized as PHTA Education Partner

BioGuard announced that it has been approved as a Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) Education Partner.

Fecon Introduces QR Codes

Fecon announced that it has begun imprinting each piece of equipment with a QR code unique to that particular item, allowing customers one-click access to parts and instructions for that specific equipment.

Fluidra Announces Acquisition of Taylor Water Technologies LLC

Fluidra, a worldwide leader in the pool and wellness industry and global manufacturer of equipment and connected solutions, announced it has acquired Taylor Water Technologies LLC, a leading US-based manufacturer of water-testing solutions.

Tuff Coat Announces Major Brand Refresh

Tuff Coat is an attractive, easy-to-use, water-based, rubberized non-skid coating that provides optimal traction for pool decks, splash pads, locker rooms, commercial/industrial applications and much more.

Oldcastle APG Acquires Pool Finish Manufacturer PebbleTec

Oldcastle APG, a CRH Company, has acquired Pebble Technology International, an industry leader in branded outdoor living products and the category-defining brand in aggregate swimming pool finishes.

Ecore Manufacturing Facilities Achieve Zero Waste Validation From UL

Ecore has achieved environmental claim validations from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for two of its manufacturing facilities.

Hayward Supports Step Into Swim

Hayward Holdings Inc., global designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad portfolio of pool equipment and technology, announced its platinum-level sponsorship of Step Into Swim, a 10-year initiative organized by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance to create one million more swimmers.

S.R.Smith Adds Industry-Leading 'Order Tracker' Tool

S.R.Smith's new Order Tracker is made available to customers so they can track orders 24/7 without picking up the phone.

Bobcat Company Launches New Excavators

Bobcat Company introduced three all-new models to its popular R2-Series compact excavator lineup.

360GOLF Transforming Mini Golf

360GOLF, a new concept for miniature golf courses considered ideal for FECs, amusement parks, bars, restaurants, hotels, resorts, cruise ships and more, premiers at the November 2021 IAAPA Expo in a joint announcement from Holovis and Adventure Golf and Sports (AGS).

Kubota Unveils New Mowers

Further building on Kubota's one-stop-shop of equipment solutions for today's busy commercial landscaper, Kubota is unveiling its new line of Hydro Walk Behind Mowers and new product enhancements within two of its powerful zero-turn lines – all designed to reduce costs and maximize uptime.

Bobcat Introduces Redesigned Snowblower

Bobcat Company introduced an all-new, ultra-durable snowblower attachment that will make quick work of even the most unrelenting winter drifts.

ADG Provides Master Planning & Development for New Chickasaw Nation Resort

A $300 million resort, including a waterpark, retail, dining and hotel, is set to be built by the Chickasaw Nation along the Oklahoma River in southeast Oklahoma City.

Outdoor Ventures Charts Course for Future Growth

Bahman Azarm, founder of Outdoor Venture Group and designer, builder and operator of The Adventure Parks of Outdoor Ventures has announced the promotion of Candie Fisher to the role of company president.

Haviland Announces Promotion of Meg Post to President

Haviland Enterprises Inc. announced the promotion of Meg Post to President.

Aquatic Development Group President Recognized at Waterpark Show

Aquatic Development Group (ADG) President Jim Dunn was recognized at the 2021 World Waterpark Show (WWA) for his induction into the WWA hall of fame.

Sprinturf Provides Muhlenberg College With Eco-Friendly Turf System

Sprinturf, a national leader in artificial turf systems that improve cooling, performance and safety, installed its Ultrablade DFE Extreme dual-fiber turf system with environmentally friendly cork and coconut infill at Scotty Wood Stadium at Muhlenberg College.

SYNLawn Recognized by Synthetic Turf Council

 SYNLawn announced that its company, corporate leadership and distributors were recognized for their achievements in the artificial turf industry with six awards presented by the Synthetic Turf Council.

Profile Products Acquires Florikan

Profile Products announced the acquisition of Florikan, a leading manufacturer, blender and distributor of controlled-release fertilizer to high-value ornamental horticulture, agriculture, golf, turf and professional landscape markets throughout the world.

Lesco Launches Line of Spreaders & Sprayers

SiteOne Landscape Supply launched its new, exclusive LESCO ride-on spreaders and sprayers, including the LESCO 100, 200, 300 and 600 Applicator Models.

YBell Fitness Wins 2021 Women's Running Fitness Award

YBell Fitness has won a Women's Running magazine award for its YBell Neo as the Best in Test in the Tech category.

InCord Wins Top Workplace Award for 11th Year

InCord, North America's largest custom netting manufacturer, has been honored as one of Hartford Courant's Top Workplaces for the eleventh year in a row.

Technogym Showcases New Training Experiences at IHRSA 2021

TECHNOGYM - a leading company in fitness equipment and digital technologies and Official Supplier of the past eight Olympic Games – showcased its new cutting-edge product lines and innovative solutions for clubs and health centers who want to make a step forward in their business.

Ramuc Aquatic Coatings Announces Major Brand Refresh

To position the brand for continued success and future growth, Ramuc has made significant investments over the past 12 months to refresh its brand.

Ecore Athletic Refreshes Turf Offerings With Seven New Products

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into performance products that make people's lives better, has refreshed its lineup of turf products to include seven new high-performance offerings for a variety of indoor and outdoor applications.

Futura Form Partners With Gardaland

A new project has officially joined Polin Group's Futura Form with Merlin's Gardaland after executives from the companies signed an agreement to work together.

Elkhart Plastics Updates YAKport Kayak Launch Entry System

Elkhart Plastics LLC, a Myers Industries Inc. company, extended the YAKport Kayak Launch accessory options to serve customers better.

Yanmar Compact Equipment Adds Dealers

Yanmar Compact Equipment announced the addition of four new dealers and a total of 15 new locations to its network.

Yanmar Unveils New Tagline: Together We Build

Yanmar Compact Equipment, a leading global player in the industrial machinery industry, has revealed its new brand tagline: "Together We Build."

Matrix Fitness Celebrates 20 Years

Matrix Fitness, the premier brand of Johnson Health Tech (JHT), celebrates its 20-year anniversary this month.

Latest KitLock by Codelocks Makes Access Control Easier

Codelocks Inc., a leading access control company that designs and distributes innovative, keyless door locks and access solutions, announced the expansion of its KitLock range of products with a new keyless access control solution for storage cabinets and lockers.

YBell Fitness Introduces Arc Series and Pro Series

In response to customer demand, YBell Fitness Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of YBell Group Pty Ltd., is launching the Arc Series and the Pro Series, which complement the original YBell Neo line with lighter and heavier weights.

Boost Turf Health With SiteOne's New Line of LESCO Aerators, Overseeders

SiteOne Landscape Supply launched its new, exclusive LESCO renovation products, including the Pro-Aer 30 and Pro-Aer 36 stand-on aerators, Pro-Aer 24 walk aerator and the Renovator 24 seeder.

Turface Athletics Launches Rebuild the Field 2.0 Contest

After helping to improve the playability of ballfields across the nation this spring during its inaugural Rebuild the Field campaign, Turface Athletics is once again supporting communities in maintaining fields with the launch of the Rebuild the Field 2.0 contest.

Matrix Fitness Announces Integration With Myzone

Matrix Fitness, the world's fastest-growing commercial fitness brand, announced a multi-phase integration partnership with Myzone, the leading wearable technology solution in the fitness industry.

Matrix Fitness Partners With the YMCA360 Digital Platform

Matrix Fitness announced a strategic partnership with YMCA360, a digital platform for Y members across the nation, headquartered in Wichita, Kan.

Casking Raises the Bar for Gym Hygiene

Biomaster partner Casking has developed a range of gym grips with inbuilt antimicrobial technology.

SiteOne Landscape Supply Offers Early Order Program

SiteOne Landscape Supply's Early Order Programs (EOP) help professionals save big while stocking up on all the turf, golf and winter maintenance products needed by taking advantage of special offers, extended payment terms, cash discounts and more.

New Compact Wheel Loaders From Bobcat Deliver ROI

With a high bucket capacity, swift travel speeds and unmatched maneuverability, the all-new L65 and L85 compact wheel loaders from Bobcat deliver the performance to power through tough jobs with the legendary Bobcat versatility that helps owners get more use from their machine.

Fitbench, YBell Fitness Release All-in-One Fitbench YBell

Focused on fitness product innovation, exercise versatility and space-saving opportunities, FITBENCH and YBell Fitness have developed the latest, all-in-one workout solution: the FITBENCH YBell.

Sprinturf Introduces Predator Turf System

Sprinturf, a national leader in artificial turf systems that improve cooling, performance and safety, has introduced a new premium dual-fiber turf system that increases durability, improves fiber resilience and provides exceptional playability.

WhiteWater Announces Key Hires

WhiteWater announced two new key hires in business development ahead of IAAPA Expo Europe in Barcelona, September 28 to 30.

PlayPower Introduces Solar-Powered PlaySoleil

PlayPower introduced PlaySoleil, a patent-pending, solar-powered light durably designed to easily fit into the posts of new and current playground structures.

The Vasco Group Plays Role in Inaugural WTA Tennis in the Land Event

The Vasco Group recently constructed six professional grade tennis courts for the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tennis in the Land Event.

Polin Introduces Fully Transparent Composit Looping Rocket Waterslide

Polin Waterparks is pushing waterslide technology to the next level with its latest innovation, the world's first fully transparent composite Looping Rocket Waterslide.

Active Aging Week Highlights the Importance of Wellness

Aiming to introduce or reinforce healthy lifestyles to as many older adults as possible, Active Aging Week 2021 embodies an essential, life-changing mission.

New Cold Climate Package Terminal Heat Pump Tech Helps Owners Meet Emissions Mandates

Ice Air, the developer and manufacturer of a wide variety of HVAC units, has introduced a new line of cold climate vertical packaged heat pumps used to serve multiple spaces through concealed ductwork to efficiently provide space heating down to -5 degrees and below.

Pool Magic + Phosfree Make Pool Closings Easier

Pool Magic + Phosfree uses SMARTZyme technology that is specifically formulated to work in cooler water temperatures making it an ideal choice for pool closings.

New Alkorplan 'Touch Authentic' Offers Elegant Pool Renovation Option

AQUA & More, a division of Renolit, now offers a designer membrane called 'Touch-Authentic' created to give commercial aquatic facilities a high-end designer look to match the décor of the facility.

Gateway Ticketing to Exhibit at IAAPA Expo Europe

Gateway Ticketing Systems is exhibiting at this year's IAAPA Expo Europe from 28th September - 30th September in Barcelona, Spain.

Lone Star Drills Upgrades Two Drill Models

Lone Star Drills, a division of Little Beaver Inc. and manufacturer of efficient and portable drilling equipment, upgraded its LS200H and LS200H+ model drills with a Flomax 10 mud pump powered by an 8-horsepower Honda GX240 gas engine.

Water Tech Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Water Tech Corp, manufacturer of the original Pool Blaster, Volt and Precision battery-powered pool cleaners is celebrating its 20th year in business this season.

Werk-Brau Light Material Buckets Boost Loader Productivity

Werk-Brau Light Material Loader Buckets are specifically designed to dig in virgin soil and re-handle materials up to 3,200 pounds/cubic yard in density, boosting the productivity of loaders of all sizes, including backhoes and minis.

Flowater Eliminates 'Germiest' Surface in Gyms, Fitness Centers

With guest traffic at gyms and fitness centers approaching pre-pandemic levels at many facilities across the country, what might be the 'germiest' surface of all--communal water fountains--is a thing of the past, replaced by new-tech, fully 'touchless' FloWater Refill Stations.

Danley Speakers, Subs and Amps Transform University of Tampa Gymnasium

For years, fans flocked to the University of Tampa's Bob Martinez Athletics Center to witness excellence on the court. But no matter how many national titles Spartans supporters and athletes enjoyed, there was no getting around at least one major disappointment on perennial display at the Bob Martinez Athletics Center: a dud of a sound system.

Fluidra Accelerates Growth With Acquisition of S.R. Smith

Fluidra S.A., the Spanish listed global leader in pool and wellness equipment and connected solutions, announced it has acquired S.R. Smith, a U.S.-based manufacturer of commercial and residential pool deck equipment and accessories, from Champlain Capital, a private equity fund based in San Francisco and Boston.

Industry Veteran Lu Rasmussen Joins Matrix Fitness US

Matrix Fitness, the world's fastest-growing commercial fitness brand, announced that Lu Rasmussen, a fitness industry veteran with more than 20 years' experience in successfully implementing and managing leasing and customer finance solutions, has joined its U.S. team as the director of leasing.

Fernandez Holdings Acquires Nortrax, Schmidt Equipment to Become United Construction & Forestry

Fernandez Holdings Inc., which owns a diverse portfolio of businesses, including 57 John Deere Ag and Turf dealerships in the Northeast and South Central U.S., has acquired 14 John Deere Construction and Forestry stores, nine locations from Nortrax Inc. in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York, and five stores in Massachusetts from Schmidt Equipment Inc.

Bradley Survey Finds Workers Taking Coronavirus Precautions

As office workers in the U.S. continue returning to their places of employment, Bradley Corp. conducted its Healthy Handwashing Survey and found that coronavirus concerns persist, especially as new variants emerge. In response, employees are taking preventive actions.

QubicaAMF, Kegel Expand Partnership

QubicaAMF Worldwide, the largest bowling products company in the world, and Kegel, world's leader in bowling lane machines, conditioners and cleaners, announced that they have entered into a new licensing and manufacturing agreement.

SiteOne, Aspire Software Join to Boost Business Efficiency

SiteOne Landscape Supply announced an alliance with Aspire Software, expanding its business management software solutions offering to its customer base.

SubAir Sport Systems Will Support World Cup Stadiums

With the 2020 Olympic Games complete, the eyes of the sports world turn to another major international competition, the 2022 World Cup, being played in Qatar from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18, 2022.

SiteOne Landscape Supply Releases New Mobile App

SiteOne Landscape Supply delivers SiteOne Mobile App, a new mobile application to help landscape professionals on-the-go, offering instant access to personalized pricing, product availability, 24/7 ordering, time-saving tools and more.



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