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S2O Design Introduces Whitewater Park Guide

Well-designed whitewater-centered river parks are transforming underutilized or inaccessible rivers into treasured community assets. Paddlers interested in championing a project in their own community now have a resource to help make it happen: the WHITEWATER PARK TOOLKIT – A Paddler’s Guide to Championing a Local Project.

National Park Service Proposes E-Bike Regulations

The National Park Service is seeking public input for a proposed regulation regarding the use of electric bicycles, or e-bikes, in national parks.

NRPA Releases Statement on Playgrounds & Play Structures

Nationally, more cities and states have implemented shelter in place orders, closed schools and businesses, and taken crucial measures to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. As these changes in policy and practice have been implemented, many questions regarding the safety of public playgrounds and play structures have emerged.

NATA Looks to Connect Athletic Trainers With Understaff Health Care Systems

National Athletic Trainers’ Association and Go4Ellis, a mobile per-diem job platform, have joined forces to connect thousands of athletic trainers with understaffed hospitals and health care systems throughout the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advocates Call for Street Closures to Create Walking & Biking Space

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is calling on the nation's mayors and local elected officials to close select streets to vehicle traffic to increase access to safe outdoor space for people to engage in physical activity at a social distance during the COVID-19 crisis.

JCC Association Applauds UJA for $10 Million in Emergency Funding for NY JCCs

JCC Association of North America expressed its appreciation for the support of the UJA-Federation of New York during these challenging times.

Challenged Athletes Foundation Distributes Thousands of Individual Grants

The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) announced a record-breaking 3,921 individual grants awarded to empower the dreams of athletes worldwide – making it the largest grant distribution to date in the organization's 26-year history.

Farmers Market Coalition Celebrates Lifeline to Local Food Economy

The third COVID-19 stimulus package includes $9.5 billion to support “agricultural producers impacted by coronavirus, including producers of specialty crops, producers that supply local food systems, including farmers markets, restaurants, and schools, and livestock producers, including dairy producers.”

NFHS Learning Center Offers Free Online Officiating Courses

Current high school sports officials, as well as individuals interested in joining the officiating ranks, will be able to access online education courses on the NFHS Learning Center for free through July 1.

JCC Joins Other Organizations to Form Emergency Pandemic Coalition

Eight major Jewish organizations led by The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and including the JCC Association of North America, formed an emergency coalition to help the Jewish community collectively respond rapidly and effectively to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on Jewish life.

Park Service Modifies Operations to Implement Health Guidance

The National Park Service (NPS) is taking extraordinary steps to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing.

NRPA Issues Statement on Safe Use of Parks & Open Space

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) prepared a statement in support of the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak. As of March 23, 2020, more than 800 organizations had signed on to voice support.

Keep America Beautiful Postpones Great American Cleanup Campaign

Keep America Beautiful, the national nonprofit committed to improving and beautifying our communities, announced the postponement of the 23rd annual Great American Cleanup.

YMCA Launches Free Online Classes

A new, online community program, YMCA 360, allows participants to stay connected and active, even when they can't visit the Y.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Studies 200-Mile Trail Between Cleveland and Pittsburgh

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), alongside its regional partners, released findings and recommendations from a study outlining the path forward in connecting Cleveland and Pittsburgh by trail.

National Conservation Leaders Praise Legislation to Fund Maintenance Backlog on Federal Lands

Senators Portman, Gardner, Manchin, Daines, Warner, Alexander and King introduced the Great American Outdoors Act, landmark legislation to address the more than $18 billion in deferred maintenance backlog across all federal lands and provide mandatory and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

ASLA Publishes Guide to Highlight Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration for Healthy, Equitable Communities

The eight member organizations of the Joint Call to Action for Healthy Communities (JCTA) Coalition published 10 discussion guides to highlight successful cross-disciplinary collaborations for healthy, equitable communities.

Keep America Beautiful Opens Grant Applications for Cigarette Litter Prevention

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's largest community improvement nonprofit organization, announced the opening of the grant application period for the 2020 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP), designed to help communities combat the most commonly littered item in America.

SHAPE America Announces District-Wide Enrollment of health. moves. minds. in Kentucky

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators announced that the organization's health. moves. minds. program will be rolled out for the first time on a district-wide basis in Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, Ky.).

American Camp Association Partners With CampDoc on Safety

CampDoc, the leading electronic health record system for camps, is now an American Camp Association (ACA) Camps on Campus Partner, to further the protection of minors on college, university and K-12 campuses.

NRPA Releases Statement on Coronavirus Disease 2019

Kristine Stratton, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued a statement in response to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

Orhopaedic Surgeons Offer HIIT Advice

Top health and fitness professionals recently named HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, among the top five fitness trends for 2020. And while the high-impact workouts have been proven to increase aerobic fitness, establish and sustain healthy blood pressure and reduce body weight while maintaining muscle mass, some orthopaedic surgeons are warning that the idea of no pain, no gain could go too far.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Selects Culture of Health Prize Finalists

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the eight communities chosen as finalists for the 2020 RWJF Culture of Health Prize.

Sports and Fitness Market Grows 3.9 Percent

The American sports and fitness product industry, including footwear, apparel and equipment, grew by 3.9 percent in 2019.

IPSSA Expands Course Offerings

The Independent Pool and Spa Service Association (IPSSA) announced it has expanded its Education Fund and is now subsidizing more classes throughout the industry to lower the overall cost of education for service professionals.

U.S. Leads Spending in Physical Activity Market, Lags in Participation

Researchers at the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute (GWI) revealed new U.S. data from its recent study: "Move To Be Well: The Global Economy of Physical Activity."

National Park Visitation Tops 325 Million in 2019

Visitation to national parks in 2019 exceeded 300 million recreation visits for the fifth consecutive year.

Doosan Bobcat Partners With Wounded Warrior Project, Bombas

Doosan Bobcat announced partnerships with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and Bombas.

NRPA Survey: Nine in 10 U.S. Adults Support Local Government Investment in Infrastructure

More than nine in 10 adults from every major demographic group want their local government to invest in infrastructure improvements that promote economic activity in their community, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll. More than three in four adults say such investments are extremely or very important.

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.

National Park Foundation Announces More Than 1 Million Students Engaged With Parks as Classrooms

The National Park Foundation (NPF) announced that since 2011, it has engaged more than 1 million students in educational programs connecting them with national parks across the country.

New Partnership Helps Lifeguards Increase Safety for Individuals With Autism

Ellis & Associates (E&A), a leader in aquatic safety and risk management consulting, has joined the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) in an effort to provide autism training and certification to lifeguards around the globe.

Health Club Membership Up 28% Since 2010, Says IHRSA

More than one out of five Americans belonged to a health club or studio in 2019, totaling 64.2 million consumers ages 6 and older.

Keep America Beautiful Recognizes Community Organizations, Volunteers

More than 80 community organizations and individuals, including leaders from the Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliate network and other partner organizations, were recognized at the Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Awards Ceremony.

Study Examines Play & 21st Century Skills

KaBOOM! released an independent research study providing new data describing the engineering-related, physical and social play behaviors kids display in a semi-structured play environment using Rigamajig.

NFHS Announces Soccer Rules Changes

Beginning next season, changes to the conditions and procedure for restarting play with a dropped ball will take effect in high school soccer, one of 15 rules changes made by the NFHS Soccer Rules Committee.

PHTA Apprenticeship Program Approved in California

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance announced that California approved the participation of PHTA's Apprenticeship Program in the state's Apprenticeship System, paving the way for a national program designed to develop a highly skilled workforce for the pool and hot tub industry.

American Academy of Pediatrics Urges Physical Activity Prescriptions

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in a new clinical report, calls on pediatricians to assess their patients and write a prescription for physical activity, as needed.

President Proposes $2.8 Billion in Budget for National Park Service

President Trump has proposed a $2.8 billion Fiscal Year 2021 budget for the National Park Service (NPS) prioritizing core mission capacity, increasing recreational and public access and infrastructure improvement.

Pediactricians Offer New PSA on Physical Activity

It's recommended that children and teens get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.

Women Make History at Super Bowl LIV

While Super Bowl LIV occurred during the NFL's 100th anniversary, it also marks another historic achievement: the first time three female athletic trainers (ATs) will provide medical care during a Super Bowl.

NFHS Announces Football Rule Revisions

In an effort to eliminate a potential timing advantage gained by the defensive team in high school football, the play clock will be set to 40 seconds – effective with the 2020 season – when an official's time-out is taken for an injury to a defensive player or a defensive player has an equipment issue, one of six rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee.

Grants Available for Disaster Recovery Assistance

The American Planning Association's Community Planning Assistance Program encourages disaster-affected communities to apply for one of four available grants for technical assistance.

American Physical Activity Rate Ticks Up

After years of stagnant activity rates, 2019 saw 3 million more Americans take part in some sport or fitness activity, according to the SFIA's annual Topline Participation Report. The report found fitness, outdoor activities and team sports categories showing the most growth.

New Nonprofit Aligns Outdoor Pros With Resources

The Alliance Collaborative is a new nonprofit that intends to revolutionize the challenge course industry. This new organization will serve its members by helping them streamline business operations, develop shared resources and leverage buying power that will bring cost savings and better efficiencies to the industry.

PHTA Announces Publicaiton of Revised VGB Drain Cover Standard

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced the publication of its updated ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 American National Standard for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFA) for Use in Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

ASTM International Committee Developing Women's Softball Mask Standard

ASTM International's sports equipment, playing surfaces and facilities committee (F08) has begun developing a standard on defensive masks for women's softball players.

City of Philadelphia, Trust for Public Land Announce Funding for Park Redevelopment

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation has received $750,000 from the National Park Service to revitalize Mifflin Square Park. This award is to be matched with $750,000 committed by public and private sources.

High School Field Hockey Moves From Halves to Quarters

High school field hockey games will be played in four quarters instead of two halves beginning with the 2020 season. This significant change was one of several rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Field Hockey Rules Committee.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Grants Invest in Community Projects

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced the recipients of its 2020 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund grants, with an emphasis on strategic investments that provide necessary financial support for regional and community trail-development goals. The Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund invested a total of $100,000 in six priority regional and community trail projects across the country.

NRPA: Nine in 10 U.S. Adults Support Local Government Providing Resources for Healthy Food

Nine in 10 U.S. adults support their local government providing resources for healthy food and nutrition assistance to low-income families in their community, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll.

Genesis Announces New Facilty Members

GENESIS, a company of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, announced the addition of faculty members to their instructor roster.

NAYS Adds Free Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training

The National Alliance for Youth Sports has added a new Sudden Cardiac Arrest training course to its selection of online offerings available at www.nays.org.

New York Giants, inCourage Partner to Improve Young Players' Lives

The New York Giants and inCourage, a national organization devoted to keeping kids playing organized sports, announced a new partnership that will further their shared commitment to educational programming to help combat declining youth sports participation rates.

IHRSA Announces 2020 Industry Award Recipients

IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has announced that four award recipients will be honored during IHRSA 2020, the association's 39th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego.

NFHS Announces High School Volleyball Rules Changes

Revised rules for roster submissions and penalties assessed to the team bench are among the most prominent high school volleyball rules changes for the upcoming 2020-21 season recently announced by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

America Is Becoming an Indoor Nation

Outdoor Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), released the latest Outdoor Participation Report, showing about half the U.S. population participated in outdoor recreation at least once in 2018, including hunting, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing and biking

PHTA Announces American National Standard Revision

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced a revision to American National Standard Institute (ANSI)/APSP/ICC-14 2014 Standard for Portable Electric Spa Energy Efficiency.

CMAHC Announces New Technical Director

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) welcomes Dewey Case as its new Technical Director.

Orlando Grand Avenue Park Marks 10th NRPA Parks Build Community Project

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the City of Orlando Families, Parks and Recreation Department announced that Grand Avenue Park has been chosen for the 10th NRPA Parks Build Community project.

YMCA of the USA Teams With Lyft to Expand Access to Bikeshare

YMCA of the USA and Lyft announced a new effort to expand bikeshare access and equity across the country.

Grant Supports Program Quality Initiative in Summer Camps

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a $991,800 grant to the American Camp Association (ACA) to explore and develop systems that support camp professionals in promoting positive youth development through camp experiences.

STMA Enjoys Successful 31st Conference & Exhibition

The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the nonprofit, professional association comprised of 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athletes' safety – received outstanding participation at its 31st annual Conference & Exhibition in West Palm Beach, Fla.

NRPA Launches Mentoring in Parks & Rec

As January ushers in National Mentoring Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced its new initiative, Mentoring in Parks and Rec: Connecting Communities, Cultivating Leaders.

WAHC 2020 Save the Date Announced

The 17th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) will be held Oct. 14 to 16, 2020, at the Omni Houston Hotel in Houston.

STMA Announces 2020 Board of Directors

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,700 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide and are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – confirmed its 2020 Board of Directors.

Third Class of American Hiking Society's NextGen Trail Leaders Announced

American Hiking Society announced the third class of NextGen Trail Leaders, bringing together rising stars in the outdoor community from across the country. Through American Hiking Society, NextGen Trail Leaders will speak out to elected officials and engage the millions-strong hiking community on the need to protect public lands and build more inclusive outdoor recreation opportunities.

Park Service Reduces Wildfire Risk in National Parks

National Park Service (NPS) Deputy Director David Vela announced that the NPS successfully treated 230,308 acres of public land in fiscal 2019, helping to reduce wildfire risks in America's national parks and safeguarding nearby communities, natural resources and infrastructure.

ASBA Announces Publication of Running Tracks Manual

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the publication of Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.

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Polin Introduces Splash Course

Polin announced its new product that is a team building activity that challenges personal development with high and/or low elements: Splash Course.

AmpliVox Megaphones & PAs Facilitate Emergency Communications & Public Announcements

AmpliVox Sound Systems' complete line of high-quality, megaphones, horn-style hailers and portable PA systems can reach audiences from 10 to 7,500, indoors or out, or dispersed people currently separated by 'social distancing.'

Ironman Announces Technogym as Official Global Fitness Equipment Partner

IRONMAN announced Technogym as Official Global Fitness Equipment Partner.

Kaivac Announces KaiBosh Disinfectant Deemed Effective Against COVID-19

Kaivac, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning equipment designed for use in schools, hospitals, grocery stores and most types of commercial facilities, announced that its disinfectant, KaiBosh, has been deemed effective against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of coronavirus (COVID-19), by the EPA.

Prepare for the New Age of Handwashing

If there is some good news in the age of coronavirus, research from the Healthy Hand Washing Survey shows that during the past 11 years an increasing number of Americans are heeding the message about washing their hands to protect themselves from flu outbreaks. The question then becomes: Are facilities equipped to support hand washing as people return to their regular public activities?

Natural Chemistry Offers PRO SERIES Water Testing App

Natural Chemistry introduces pool and aquatic professionals to an app that provides complete water analysis and storage of customer information in the palm of your hand.

Pentair Introduces Max-PRO XF Variable Speed Pool Pump

Pentair's new Max-E-ProXF VS Commercial Pump features variable-speed capability, along with digital controls and proprietary software that allows custom programming of optimum pump speeds for specific tasks.

HOSPECO's No-Touch Restroom Fights Germ Spread

Recent world events have underscored just how important it is to human health to avoid touching surfaces in public places. Germ survival rates on surfaces vary widely; however, even a few hours are too long and can promote the spread of pathogens among local populations.

Otterbine Barebo Celebrates 40 Years

Otterbine Barebo Inc. is celebrating its 40th anniversary as the leading manufacturer of pond and lake fountain and aeration systems.

SnowEx Launches V-Plow for Half-Ton Trucks

The new SnowEx RDV V-plow includes many of the features found on heavy-duty plows, but is specifically designed for half-ton trucks.

AquaCal Releases Efficient Pool Heat Pump

AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc. has just released the efficient HeatWave SuperQuiet Variable Speed heat pump, which can reach a Coefficient of Performance (C.O.P.) of 10.5 or higher.

QubicaAMF, World Bowling Confirm Kegel as Lane Maintenance Provider

QubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF), the largest bowling products company in the world, in agreement with World Bowling edconfirm that Kegel is the official lane maintenance provider, including lane preparation and lane conditioning.

Asphalt Anchors Expands Product Line for Outdoor Parks

Since 2009, Asphalt Anchors Corp. (AAC) has been offering a cost-effective method to attach objects directly to asphalt. Instead of replacing sections of asphalt with concrete and then using concrete anchors to secure the fixtures, the BoltHold anchors are designed to be installed directly to asphalt for lasting attachment.

Designed by RDG, Wake Forest University Wellbeing Center Earns LEED Gold

Wake Forest University's Wellbeing Center has been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) GOLD certification for new construction v2.2.

Hussey Seating Announces Big Wins

Hussey Seating has been awarded over $25MM in major project renovation work so far in 2020 and will be outfitting some of the nation's most prestigious sports venues over the next 24 months.

WaterSafety.com Introduces BigEasy Trainer

The BigEasy Trainer (170-TR) is an industry first by WaterSafetey.com, designed to help make peer-to-peer training for CPR and rescue breathing more realistic than ever.

Kubota Enters Stand-On Track Loader Market

Kubota Tractor Corp. announced it is entering the stand-on track loader market with its highly anticipated SCL1000.

Life Fitness Enhances Connected Cardio Experience

Life Fitness announced Samsung Galaxy Watch devices (Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Watch Active2) are now compatible with a full line of premium Life Fitness cardio equipment via connectivity to the Discover SE3 HD console.

Technogym Postpones 'Let's Move for a Better World'

Technogym has taken the difficult decision to postpone the Let's Move for a Better World Campaign to October 5th to 24th.

Bradley Shares Survey on Hand-Washing Habits

For the past 11 years, Bradley Corp. has conducted its Healthy Hand Washing Survey to track Americans' hand-washing habits and their reactions to germs, the flu and colds.

World Bowling, QuibicaAMF Form New Partnership

World Bowling, the international governing body for tenpin, ninepin and ParaBowling, and QubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF), the largest bowling products company in the world, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to form a new partnership where QubicaAMF will become the exclusive bowling equipment, lane maintenance and technology innovation partner for World Bowling and all World Bowling Championships, World Bowling Tour Finals and WBX.

Troy University Celebrates Newly Opened Fitness & Wellness Center

RDG Planning & Design joined Troy University and Seay, Seay & Litchfield Architects to celebrate the official dedication of the university's newly-constructed Trojan Fitness Center.

Clubessential Holdings Announces Acquisition of Vermont Systems Inc.

Clubessential Holdings, a leading provider of membership and club-management solutions to the private club, college athletic and health and fitness markets, announced the strategic acquisition of Vermont Systems Inc., a market leader in recreation management software for public entities.

Minimize Dangers Around Water With Glasdom Water Safety Equipment

Glasdon Guardian life ring cabinets are designed to be both highly visible and resilient whilst protecting important life-saving equipment.

Matrix Fitness Opens East Coast Distribution Center

Matrix Fitness, the commercial brand of Johnson Health Tech (JHT), announced that it has opened a new warehouse and distribution center in Hanover Township, Pa.

AEON LED RGBA/RGBW Lighting Celebrates Efficiency

AEON LED RGBA/ RGBW Luminaire delivers simple and easy-to-use full-spectrum color flood lighting solutions that provide advanced functionality, versatility and operational efficacy.

Nexus Transform City Provides Versatile Outdoor Recycling Solution

The new Nexus Transform City range offers stylish and robust outdoor recycling stations, specially designed to offer complete flexibility and meet the exact requirements of any recycling scheme.

Ecore Raises More Than $5,000 for Challenged Athletes

Ecore, a manufacturer of safe, ergonomic and acoustic performance surfaces for commercial and athletic markets, recently raised $5,714 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).

Matrix Fitness Introduces New Cardio Portfolio

Matrix Fitness is launching an all-new cardio offering designed to make it easier for customers to find fitness solutions specific to their needs.

Gyms for Dogs Introduces Cool Dog Splash Pool

The Cool Dog Splash Pool is the perfect solution to keep dogs cool and having fun this summer.

Bradley's New Verge Sets Harmonize Washroom Aesthetics

Bradley Corp., a leader in providing state-of-the-art hand-washing solutions, introduced a new line of matching Verge soap dispensers and faucets.

Matrix Fitness Sales Grow 17.5 Percent in 2019

Matrix Fitness, the commercial brand of Johnson Health Tech (JHT), continued to experience double-digit percentage of growth in 2019 with $620 million in global revenue for the year, an increase of 17.5% over 2018.

TopTec Debuts New Tent Line

TopTec Event Tents unveiled the company's new line of OMNI tents and debuted its new creative tent division, Imagine, during The ARA Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Profile Products Acquires HydroStraw

PROFILE Products LLC, a provider of environmentally friendly soil, water and vegetation management solutions, announced the acquisition of the erosion control and seed businesses of HydroStraw, LLC.

AmpliVox Donates Carry Bags to YMCA Conference

AmpliVox Sound Systems, a long supporter of YMCA programs and activities, has donated carry bags for attendees of the Executive Conference for Small and Mid-size YMCAs.

T-Cool Helps Mitigate Oppressive Heat on Synthetic Turf Fields

With nearly 20,000 synthetic turf fields in the United States, and with approximately 1,500 new fields built each year, hundreds of thousands of athletes, coaches and officials cope with oppressive, dangerous heat that consistently exceeds 140 degrees - and often reaches the 160 Degree level - during the spring, summer and early fall seasons.

Survey Shows Consumers Increase Spending When Restrooms Are Clean

A growing majority of consumers value businesses' well-kept restrooms so much that they are willing to spend more money when they encounter one, according to new national research.

John Deere Launches New 4M Heavy-Duty Compact Utility Tractor

John Deere announced the launch of the new John Deere 4M Heavy-Duty Tractor. Designed with commercial customers and large property owners in mind, the new 4M Heavy-Duty delivers all the performance customers demand from their utility tractor in a compact, easy to use package.

Waterplay Announces Dealer Awards for 2019

Waterplay Solutions, a worldwide provider of aquatic play solutions, announced Watergames & More as the recipient of both the Waterplay Dealer of the Year and President's Award for 2019.

Rain Bird Introduces New Controllers for Irrigation Systems

Rain Bird has introduced the ESP-LXIVM Series, two new, easy-to-use controllers for two-wire irrigation systems that provide large, challenging sites with advanced water management tools, diagnostics and a host of new-to-the-industry features.

Bobcat Introduces Next-Generation R-Series Compact Loaders

Bobcat Company invented the compact equipment industry more than 60 years ago with the world's first compact loader. Now it has completed the largest redesign of a core product in company history with the launch of the all-new, next-generation R-Series compact loaders.

Lincoln Aquatics Marks 65th Anniversary

Lincoln Aquatics, the leading supplier of commercial swimming pool equipment, aquatic supplies and chemicals, recently celebrated its 65th anniversary.

Toro Introduces Groundsmaster Out-Front Rotary Mowers

In early 2020, Toro will launch its next generation of out-front rotary mowers for the Groundsmaster product line. These new Groundsmaster 3200/3300 mowers are designed to be durable and tackle tough jobs all year round, increasing productivity and offering an enhanced operator experience.

Matrix Fitness, Smart Fit Announce Partnership

Matrix Fitness and Smart Fit announced a partnership for the premium equipment provider to equip 200 Smart Fit facilities within the next three years.

Waterplay Announces Dealer Partnership With Great Southern Recreation

Waterplay Solutions Corp. announced a new dealer partnership with Great Southern Recreation. Based out of Tennessee, Great Southern Recreation (GSR) will work to support Waterplay's efforts in bringing aquatic splash pad solutions to communities throughout the Southeastern United States.

Interkal Presents AURA Stadium Seating

Interkal, a market leader in designing, manufacturing and installing spectator seating in the United States, has launched the AURA stadium chair. This recent addition to Interkal's seating portfolio offers a variety of sports and entertainment venues a unique combination of comfort and durability.

Action Floor Systems Launches Five New Flooring Products

Action Floor Systems, a manufacturer of maple sports flooring systems and supplier of premium synthetic sports and commercial floor systems, recently added four new systems to its commercial, industrial and decorative synthetic flooring line as well as expanded its synthetic sports flooring line.

Toro Introduces ProLine H800 Rotary Mowers

Mowing and collecting clippings and leaves in a snap just got easier with the new ProLine H800 direct collect rotary mowers.

Polin Waterparks Launches World's Largest Bowl Slide

Polin Waterparks announced the launch of Time Rider waterslide, featuring the world's largest bowl with four possible paths.

Technogym Named Supplier to Tokyo 2020 Games

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have chosen Technogym as official and exclusive supplier of fitness equipment and digital technologies for the athletes' preparation.

John Deere Adds New Rotary Cutters

John Deere updated its line of rotary cutter attachments with the new RX72 and RX84. These new models are designed for heavy-duty vegetation management applications, including property maintenance and right-of-way clearing.

Technogym Launches Golf Performance Program

TECHNOGYM, producer of design and technology-driven fitness smart connected equipment, will launch the Technogym Golf Performance Program, which includes Technogym's Extended Golf Performance Portfolio at the PGA Merchandise Show.

Competitor Swim Donates Lane Lines to Community Pools

As a part of its partnership with USA Swimming, Competitor Swim has donated the lane lines from a major USA Swimming championship to worthy swimming organizations across the country.

Amplivox Introduces 96-Channel Wireless PA

AmpliVox Sound Systems has introduced an upgraded version of its powerful Digital Audio Travel Partner Plus wireless portable PA system with a 96-channel wireless receiver. The new capability will help increase sound coverage and reduce wireless channel interference.

Kwik-Covers Celebrates 20th Anniversary

2020 marks an important milestone for Kwik-Covers LLC -- it's been 20 years since the Kwik-Cover was created!

Civitas Named a Best Five Firm 'Putting the Public Back in Public Space'

National online news outlet Curbed recently selected five top U.S. design studios to profile, including Civitas, which tackled social justice issues in creating a newly beloved park for West Tampa, Fla.

Zodiac Announces Transition to the Fluidra Name

Following the July 2018 merger with Fluidra, S.A., Zodiac announced that the company will now be operating as Fluidra.

Fecon Introduces Low-Flow Mulcher Head

Fecon introduced a new low-flow mulcher head that 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 1300-pound attachment.

Doosan Bobcat Announces Investment Dealer Trade-In Program

Doosan Bobcat Inc., a global leader in the compact equipment industry, announced the launch of a new dealer program, Trade-ins Made Easy, the result of a strategic partnership between Bobcat Company, Doosan Financial Solutions and Sandhills Global.

Rain Bird Golf's New ICI+ Provides Integrated Course Control

Rain Bird's Golf Division is introducing a new integrated course control solution that makes it possible to install satellites and the company's popular IC System on the same wire path.

Ramuc Introduces New Ultra PRO 2000

Ramuc's Ultra PRO 2000 is a synthetic rubber pool paint formulated for commercial use on concrete or plaster pool surfaces.



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