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NRPA Announces Resource for Addressing Substance Use Crisis

To support park and recreation leaders across the nation, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the release of "Parks and Recreation: A Comprehensive Response to the Substance Use Crisis." This report explores response strategies and recommendations for park and recreation professionals to take an active role in addressing the substance use crisis in their communities.

IHRSA Refutes Negative Press, Provides Industry Leadership

IHRSA is addressing the negative press the fitness industry is receiving that is overshadowing the safety protocols and cleaning guidelines that health and fitness clubs have put in place to keep members, staff and the community safe.

TPL: Parks Serving Majority Nonwhite Neighborhoods Are Smaller, More Crowded

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) released a groundbreaking new report revealing that across the nation, parks serving primarily nonwhite populations are half the size of parks that serve majority white populations- and nearly five times as crowded.

SHAPE America Selects Leader for COVID-19 Project

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators – announced the selection of Sean Nevills as project director of the COVID-19 project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

NAEYC Joins Initiative to Advance Strategies for Families' Health, Economic Prosperity

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) joined the second cohort of the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community, Ascend at the Aspen Institute's initiative for breakthrough innovations and collaborations that position families to reach educational success, economic prosperity and health and well-being.

American Camp Association Points to Numbers Indicating Positive Experience

Positioned at the forefront of child safety during the current pandemic, more than 3,000 camp directors ran – and continue to run – safe day and overnight camp programs across the country during the summer months.

Farmers Market Week Celebrates Reilience, Safety of Farmers Markets

The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a national organization committed to strengthening farmers markets, announced the launch of its nationwide campaign for the 21st annual National Farmers Market Week on August 2nd - 8th, 2020.

Registration for Virtual NRPA Conference Now Open

Registration for the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual) is now open.

IHRSA Reveals Innovation Summit Schedule & Speakers

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has released the schedule of events along with the full list of speakers for the IHRSA Innovation Summit.

NRPA Awards Funds to Expand Access to Healthy Foods Through Local Parks & Rec

The Walmart Foundation awards a generous $2.5 million grant to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the nation's leading advocate for parks and recreation. NRPA is administering the funds to 15 local park and recreation agencies that will provide field work to implement community nutrition hubs to help expand access to healthy foods and nutrition education through the power of parks and recreation.

President Signs 'Great American Outdoors Act,' Historic Win for Parks

President Trump signed the “Great American Outdoors Act” into law, providing $900 million in permanent and dedicated annual funding for the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and funding to address the backlog of maintenance projects in our national parks and public lands.

American Camp Association Offers Context on CDC Study, Implications for Back to School

A Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) study of a single summer camp's Covid-19 infections tells an incomplete story. To better understand summer camp safety in 2020, start with a clear understanding that thousands of camps are successfully operating this summer.

SFIA to Launch New Virtual Conference

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) will convene Back on Track: Insights and Strategies as a virtual conference to explore how the sports and fitness industry is approaching COVID-19 challenges and opportunities after months of marketplace disruption.

Orthopaedic Surgeons Caution as Parks, Fields and Courts Open

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons encourages Americans to ease back into the game to allow your body to re-establish healthy habits and routines.

American Academy of Pediatrics Provides Guidance on Returning to Sports

Pediatricians advise that weighing the risk versus benefit of returning to sports activities is driven by the type of sport and setting, local disease activity, and individual circumstances

Urban Land Institute Presents Plan to Bring Equity to Kansas City Parks

Kansas City, Mo., can help tackle the city's racial division by establishing a more equitable process for parks and recreation investment, according to a report by the Urban Land Institute.

Sports & Fitness Industry Does Not Expect Full Return in 2020

Seventy-two percent of companies now anticipate that sales will not return to pre-COVID numbers until 2021, and 53 percent report not until Q2 of 2021, according to the SFIA 3rd edition of its monthly COVID-19 Industry Impact Report.

ASBA Cancals In-Person Technical Meeting

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has made the difficult decision to cancel its in-person 2020 Technical Meeting and Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.

IAAPA Continues to Seek Changes, Aid for Attractions Industry

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, representing major theme parks, local and destination fixed-site attractions, waterparks, family entertainment centers, museums, zoos, aquariums, and manufacturers and suppliers, sent a letter to Congress on behalf of its members. The letter urges Congress to consider key issues facing the industry during the next phase of COVID-19-related legislation.

Arlington, Va., Named 'Fittest City'

Arlington, Va., has been named "America's Fittest City" in the annual American Fitness Index rankings published by ACSM and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem Inc.

Global Attractions Industry Outlines COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Around the globe, attractions that were closed in response to the global COVID-19 crisis, including theme parks, waterparks, family entertainment centers (FECs), zoos, museums and aquariums, are beginning to reopen with new measures in place for the health and safety of guests and employees.

Aquatics Industry Celebrates Lifeguards

On July 31, 2020, Ellis & Associates, a leader in aquatic safety, operations and risk management, will launch "International Lifeguard Appreciation Day" in partnership with aquatic facilities around the globe.

NRPA, American Water Charitable Foundation Award Grants for Water-Inspired Play Areas

The American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) announced the recipients of the 2020 Building Better Communities grant program: City of Franklin, Ind.; and City of Lawson, Mo.

National Park Service Awards Grants to Underrepresented Communities

The National Park Service announced it has awarded $750,000 in Underrepresented Community Grants to support the identification and nomination of sites to the National Register of Historic Places.

ACE Launches Personal Trainer Certification Program

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) launched an all-new ACE Personal Trainer Study Program, once again raising the bar for certification programs of this type.

NRPA Announces 'Greener Parks for Health' Initiative

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and in partnership with Willamette Partnership, announced the release of Greener Parks for Health resources. This suite of resources offers a variety of research-informed messages, tools and policy solutions to help park and recreation professionals communicate about, advocate for and institutionalize green infrastructure in parks to improve community well-being, especially in communities facing environmental, health, economic and social injustices.

Keep America Beautiful Launches Grant Program for MLK Corridors

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's leading community improvement nonprofit organization, in partnership with Diageo North America and its Diageo Community Activity and Relief Efforts program, announced the creation of the Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant program to support the efforts of volunteers, residents, community groups and business owners/employees to prevent litter, promote recycling and beautify areas in and around Martin Luther King Jr. corridors and promote neighborhood building by empowering individuals to become engaged in the communities where they live and work.

KABOOM!, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Announce Play Everywhere Design Challenge

KABOOM!, the national nonprofit working to end playspace inequity for good, and the Built to Play Initiative, supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, announced the launch of the Play Everywhere Design Challenge.

Survey: 9 in 10 U.S. Adults Want Youth to Have Access to Summertime Programs

Nine in 10 U.S. adults want children to have access to community-based programs and services — including those sponsored by local parks and recreation — during the summer, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll.

APA Launches Equity in Planning Video Series

APA released "Equity: The Planner's Responsibility," the first video in a multi-part series demonstrating that equity is a necessary guiding principle for planners and all who participate in the process of planning as advisors, advocates and decision-makers.

New Data Underscores Need for Safe Places to Walk and Bike Close to Home

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) released new data about how people are using the outdoors and trails during the pandemic, with findings reinforcing an overwhelming demand for safe places to walk and bike nationwide.

NYS Fitness Alliance Releases Plan to Reopen Gyms, Fitness Centers

The NYS Fitness Alliance (NYSFA) has released a science-based, data-backed, comprehensive plan to safely open gyms and fitness centers across New York.

NRPA's Park and Recreation Month Honors the People of Parks and Recreation

This July, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the nation's leading advocate for parks and recreation, invites everyone to celebrate Park and Recreation Month.

STMA Board Formulates Strategy to Clarify Sports Field Terminology

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 — and its board of directors have put a plan in place to clarify sports field surfaces terminology throughout the industry.

2020 IHRSA Global Report Available

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released The 2020 IHRSA Global Report. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the publication shows the global health club industry finished the decade with record performance.

NATA Releases Recommendations for Prehospital Care of Spine-Injured Athletes in Football

Sports participation is among the leading causes of catastrophic cervical spine injury (CSI) in the United States. This injury can have devastating and long-lasting effects on athletes and their families. Evidence-based care is essential to maximize the potential for positive outcomes.

KaBOOM! Issues Guidance on Playground Reopening

KABOOM!, the national nonprofit working to end playspace inequity for good, announced new, actionable guidance for safe playground reopening.

Fitness Category Strong in the United States

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) 2020 Single Sport Reports for all fitness activities are now available. The 24 individual fitness activity reports provide detailed analysis, showing year-over-year trends, and breakdown of participation by a multitude of demographic variables.

Association of Aquatic Professionals Goes Live With AqP

The educational partnership between the Association of Aquatic Professionals and the Starfish Center for Aquatic Safety Research, Education and Leadership has gone live.

National Park Service Visitor Spending Generates Economic Impact of $41 Billion-Plus

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced the annual economic benefit of national parks to the U.S. and local economies. In 2019, visitor spending in communities near national parks resulted in a $41.7 billion benefit to the nation's economy and supported 340,500 jobs.

Collaborations Provides Parks & Rec Pros With Resources to Address Youth Substance Misuse

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the Afterschool Alliance and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Healthier Generation) announced their continued collaboration for providing out-of-school time (OST) administrators and park and recreation leaders with the resources they need to address substance misuse among youth.

IHRSA Launches Campaign for Relief & Stimulus From Congress

As the voice for the health club industry in Washington, D.C., IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has continuously been sounding the alarm on the dire consequences the industry is facing since the early days of the pandemic, even before Congress took up what became the CARES Act.

Aquatics Groups Form Coalition to Help Get More People in the Water

More than 20 water safety and competitive water sports organizations launched the Aquatics Coalition to help guide states and municipalities across the country in reopening swimming facilities for instructional aquatics in the safest possible manner.

USGBC Develops Pilot Credit Addressing Green Cleaning

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is introducing a new pilot credit in the LEED green building rating system called Safety First: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Space. The credit is intended to support buildings and spaces as they work to respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) through sustainable, healthy practices.

National Park Service Awards $1.9 Million for Return of Native American Remains, Sacred Objects

The National Park Service announced $1.9 million in grants to 12 Indian tribes and 18 museums to assist in the consultation, documentation and repatriation of ancestral remains and cultural items as part of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

IAAPA Canceles IAAPA Expo Europe 2020

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, announced the cancellation of IAAPA Expo Europe 2020 due to the uncertainty surrounding the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

NRPA Recognizes Excellence in Parks and Rec With Innovation and Spotlight Awards

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the recipients of this year's NRPA Innovation Awards, NRPA Spotlight Awards and Scholarships and Fellowships.

First Mile of Trail Is Major Step in Indiana's Connection to Great American Rail-Trail

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) virtually joined The Friends of the Veterans Memorial Parkway Inc. (FVMP), along with the Town of Hebron, Governor Eric Holcomb and representatives from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to celebrate the first mile of the Veterans Memorial Trail, which will connect Indiana to the national cross-country Great American Rail-Trail.

Counsilman-Hunsaker, AOAP Announce Partnership

Counsilman-Hunsaker and the Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP) announced that they have entered into a partnership to support drowning prevention and water safety through Counsilman-Hunsaker's HydroApps applications.

Survey: Majority of Adults Find Virtual Health Resources Valuable

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a large majority (82%) of adults find virtual health resources valuable, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll.

Trust for Public Land Issues Statement on Protests in Public Parks

"Our country's parks and public spaces are sacred places for community expression, and have a long and proud history of being catalysts for progress," said Diane Regas, president and CEO of The Trust for Public Land.

Great American Cleanup Events Slated to Resume

Keep America Beautiful, the national nonprofit committed to improving and beautifying our communities, announced the annual Great American Cleanup is resuming and will run through Oct. 18.

Rails-to-Trails Says INVEST in America Act Goes Far to Deliver Necessary Transportation Infrastructure

The "Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act," the federal transportation reauthorization bill released by the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee, delivers substantial opportunities to fuel the future of walking and biking across the U.S., according to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC).

CPSA Board Approves Affiliation With PHTA

In an effort to build upon the value it provides the industry and ensure its sustainability, the California Pool and Spa Association (CPSA) Board of Directors voted to affiliate with the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA).

2020 Finalists Announced for 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 finalists for the 2020 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

IHRSA Announced Key Considerations and Risk Assessment Tools

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced the release of the key considerations document for sports, fitness, aquatics and ancillary facilities and clubs in the context of COVID-19 with accompanying risk assessment and mitigation tools.

American Academy of Pediatrics Offers Guidance on Resistance Training for Kids

Children of all ages with proper supervision can benefit from resistance training, a form of strength building that should be incorporated into physical activity classes when students return to school, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Keep America Beautiful Presents Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grants

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's largest community improvement nonprofit organization, announced it has awarded 47 grants to Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates and partner organizations for its 2020 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) to reduce the most littered item in America.

USA Swimming Awards COVID-19 Relief Program Grants

USA Swimming reported that all 317 clubs that submitted applications were awarded COVID-19 Relief Program grants in phase one, which was focused on supporting clubs and members impacted economically by the pandemic.

Eight Open Spaces Selected as Finalists for 2020 Urban Open Space Award

Eight public spaces in the United States and Canada have been selected as finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2020 Urban Open Space Award, a global competition that recognizes outstanding examples of vibrant public open spaces that have been instrumental in promoting healthy, sustainable and equitable outcomes in communities.

Alliance Collaborative Offers COVID-19 Challenge Course Inspection Grants

The Alliance Collaborative (The Alliance) is offering 20 grants for inspection services to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations that offer challenge course programming that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Willamette Falls Trust, MASS Design Group Begin Multi-Tribal Outreach for Historic Riverwalk

The Willamette Falls Trust announced a partnership with award-winning nonprofit architectural firm MASS Design Group to convene multi-tribal outreach and engagement to inform the design and programming of the future Willamette Falls Riverwalk.

IHRSA Outlines Safe Reopening of Clubs Worldwide

IHRSA is working with national fitness industry federations and fitness industry leaders across the globe to ramp up efforts and guidance to help club operators open quickly and safely by working with their national and local governments.

Minneapolis Named Best City Park System

As state and municipal leaders continue reopening parks and open spaces as the world weathers the COVID-19 pandemic, The Trust for Public Land announced that Minneapolis reclaimed its position as the nation's best park system on the annual ParkScore Index, edging ahead of defending champion Washington, D.C.

Pediatricians Offer Guidance to Prevent Drowning

The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging parents and other adults to plan multiple layers of protection to keep children and teens safe around water this spring and summer. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, as children spend more time at home with caregivers who may be distracted by work and other responsibilities.

NFHS Offers Guidance on Reopening High School Athletics & Activities

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has released guidance for its 51 member state high school associations to consider in reopening high school athletics and other activity programs across the nation.

Task Force to Lead Senior Living Transformation After COVID-19

A coalition of prominent industry associations representing all segments of senior living have joined more than 160 industry thought leaders and suppliers to provide guidance for communities throughout North America as they prepare to reopen safely after COVID-19.

SFIA Updates Sports & Fitness Info With COVID-19 Response Survey

The SFIA COVID-19 Response Survey confirms dramatic, unprecedented revenue drops across the sports and fitness industry, while indicating select product category surges.

IAAPA Accepting Nominations for 2020 Awards

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, is now accepting nominations for its annual awards programs, including IAAPA Hall of Fame Awards, IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award, and IAAPA Service Awards.

Keep America Beautiful Reminds Americans to Dispose of Waste Properly

As states and cities across the country move forward with plans to reopen parts of their economies and more people go outdoors and seek recreation in public spaces, including parks and beaches, national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful issued an urgent reminder to all Americans to properly dispose of trash and litter as they venture outside.

Three North Carolina Schools Earn Level 1 Status in NFHS School Honor Roll

Three North Carolina schools in the same district are the first in the nation to earn Level 1 status in the School Honor Roll program recently initiated by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

National Park Service Offers Junior Ranger Railroad Program Online

The National Park Service (NPS), Union Pacific Railroad and the National Park Foundation (NPF) announced the release of the Junior Ranger Railroad Explorer activity booklet that can be obtained for free from

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Doosan Bobcat Deliers $81,000 Donation to Wounded Warrior Project

Doosan Bobcat North America announced the donation of $81,000 to Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to serving injured veterans and their families.

Draper Develops Solution for Increased Protection During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has business owners, community leaders and school administrators looking for solutions that will help students, teachers, customers and employees stay safe while conducting in-person business or instruction.

Spring Valley High School Installs T-Cool to Combat Heat on Synthetic Turf

On the heels of The Citadel becoming the first Division I Athletics program to install T-Cool - a revolutionary evaporative cooling technology - on the institution's new synthetic turf field, Spring Valley High School (Columbia, S.C.) leads a contingent of South Carolina high schools that have adopted the innovative cooling technology.

Technogym Introduces Technogym Live On-Demand Platform

Technogym is announcing the launch of Technogym Live, the platform that offers a completely new and engaging training experience allowing users to enjoy live and on-demand training video content on Technogym's equipment consoles and through the new Mywellness app.

Gym Floor Cleaning & Maintenance Resource Page Now Available

Ecore, a manufacturer of safety, ergonomic and acoustic performance surfaces, announced it has created a dedicated landing page that addresses gyms' cleaning and maintenance needs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Elite Turf POWER System Hits U.S. Market

Elite Turf USA has partnered with Act Global to introduce a recyclable, more playable and durable synthetic turf system to athletic facilities, public and private institutions, and more.

Jada Blitz Fitness Invests in Electrostatic Technology for Enhanced Disinfection

Jada Blitz Fitness announced its investment in advanced disinfection through the use of electrostatic technology: meet the Clorox Total 360 System.

Adventure Golf Services Introduces New Name, Logo & Site

Adventure Golf Services is changing its name and will be launching a new website featuring the company's new logo, new brand promise and new website content.

World's First Orbiter Waterslide Opens

Having previously collaborated on 14 projects at 10 water parks throughout mainland China, OCT Group and WhiteWater have developed a flourishing partnership spanning over a decade.

Technogym Launches the New EXCITE

Technogym introduced the new Excite line: the revolutionary range of fully-connected cardio equipment equipped with the ultimate user interface Technogym Live, offering users a new fully personalized training experience tailored to their goals and needs, thanks to a full range of workout content and entertainment options.

RenewAire's DN Series DOAS Recognized

RenewAire's new DN Series dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) was recently named the HVAC category winner in the New Product Awards by Spaces4Learning, a Woodland Hills, Calif.-based trade magazine that covers education facility design, operation and maintenance.

Bradley Express Lavatory Decks Deliver Complete Handwashing Solutions

Bradley Corp., a leading handwashing innovator for nearly 100 years, expands its suite of Express lavatory decks with two new designs.

ClearSpan Structures Now Offers Rental Solutions

ClearSpan Structures unveiled its new commercial building rental offering.

HASA Pool Offers Sanitization Products for Indoor Disinfection

HASA Pool, a leading supplier of liquid bleach (sodium hypochlorite) for the sanitization of swimming pools and hot tubs, announced that its products can also be used to clean and disinfect indoor surfaces.

Viralert 3 Temperature Screening System Safeguards Sports & Leisure Sites

Leading temperature monitoring expert AMETEK Land has launched a new human body temperature screening system to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19.

Playtec Solutions, Commercial Recreation Specialists Partner on Sanitation and Protection Solutions

PLAYTEC LLC announced a new partnership with Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS), a leading commercial recreation company, to distribute its line of unique, proprietary antimicrobial products designed specifically for the worldwide recreation industry.

Bradley Shares Ways the Pandemic Is Transforming Restroom Design

The global pandemic of Covid-19 is fast-tracking infection control technologies and products in public restrooms.

Digital Waivers Emerging as Key Player in Contact Tracing

WaiverSign has come up with a strategy that allows Contact Tracing to play sleuth digitally. It combines digital waivers with new contact tracing permissions to create the potential for almost instantaneous tracking once an infected contact is reported.

Malahat Sky Walk Selects Gateway Ticketing

Malahat Sky Walk, a new attraction on Southern Vancouver Island set to open in Spring of 2021, has chosen Gateway Ticketing Systems and its Galaxy Ticketing and Admission Control software.

Technogym Launches Mywellness 5.0 App Live and On-Demand Classes

Technogym, the leading company in design-led smart equipment and digital technologies for fitness, wellness and sport, introduced a new content solution within its Mywellness connected platform.

Leading Health Organizations Recommend Hand Dryers

Leaders from Excel Dryer, manufacturer of XLERATOR Hand Dryers, wish to deliver a message to educate the professionals, consultants and government officials who are creating reopening guidelines, and the general public, especially in times of COVID-19: Excel hand dryers are a safe, hygienic touchless solution and an effective way to achieve completely dry hands, a critical part of proper hand hygiene, the top defense against the spread of germs.

Bobcat Introduces V923 VersaHANDLER Telescopic Tool Carrier

Building on the success of prior Bobcat telescopic tool carriers, the global leader in compact equipment has recently expanded its line with the new V923 VersaHANDLER telescopic tool carrier.

LSI Industries Launches AirLink Blue Wireless Outdoor Lighting Control

LSI Industries has launched its new AirLink Blue wireless outdoor lighting control system, a simple, highly-configurable product that uses Bluetooth mesh technology to manage designated zones of outdoor illumination on commercial property – helping customers enhance safety, reduce energy costs and comply with applicable regulations.

Fountain People Adds Integrated Adjustment Valve to Fountain-in-a-Can

Fountain People has improved its patented Fountain-in-a-Can product with a new, patent-pending manual Integral Throttling Valve that allows the fountain water height to be adjusted from the top-plate without having to enter the can.

Dollamur Launches New Lifestyle-Focused Website

Dollamur Sport Surfaces — leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance sports mats and indoor turf surfaces for wrestling, martial arts, fitness, gymnastics, cheerleading and yoga — announced the launch of its dynamic new lifestyle-focused website.

Bobcat Expands Excavator Lineup

Bobcat Company is expanding its excavator product offering with its newest addition: the Bobcat E165 large excavator. The E165 large excavator will be the largest excavator in the lineup.

Columbia College Student Center Chooses Boon Edam

The new Student Center at Columbia College Chicago offers five spectacular stories of spaces for students including music and film-screening rooms, dining options, a fitness center, a reflection room for meditation and prayer, and event spaces for meetings, performances, and receptions.

Matrix Fitness Launches Service Direct App

Matrix Fitness, the commercial brand of Johnson Health Tech (JHT), has launched a new app, Matrix Service Direct, that allows fitness facilities to place service requests faster and more efficiently.

Stairmaster Safety Renovation Tread Makes Front Edge More Visible

Wooster Products STAIRMASTER safety renovation treads are available in many coordinating or contrasting colors, including photoluminescent, to enhance front edge visibility and safety.

Grant & Eisenhofer Files Class Action Suit Over Failure to Cover Losses From COVID-19

Leading plaintiffs' law firm Grant & Eisenhofer has filed suit against Deerfield, Ill.-based Markel Insurance Co. for failing to accept claims from franchisees of national fitness chain Anytime Fitness that were shuttered and lost business due to state-imposed COVID-19 restrictions.

AmploVox Upgrades 96-Channel Wireless PA

AmpliVox Sound Systems has introduced an upgraded version of its popular SW925-96 Digital Audio Travel Partner Plus with even greater sound quality and audience reach.

QubicaAMF Presents Combination String and Free-fall Pinspotter Tournament

QubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF), the largest bowling products company in the world, presents the QubicaAMF "Some Strings Attached" Invitational, the world's first combination string and free-fall tournament.

First AI Lifeguard System Deployed at Israeli Beach

A new artificial intelligence-based (AI) system, Sightbit, developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) alumni, helps lifeguards monitor thousands of swimmers and identify risky situations and other water hazards.

Oreo and Gold Medal Create Oreo Popcorn Kits

Two of the world's favorite snacks have come together to create an irresistible treat.

YBell Fitness Launches Americas Operation

YBell Fitness Inc., the North American subsidiary of YBell Group Pty Ltd., announced the opening of its business operations in the U.S. and Americas with the launch of a new e-commerce platform and its first U.S. dealer.

Luminis Improves & Expands Family of Maya Luminaires

Luminis, an established innovator and manufacturer of specification-grade lighting solutions announced improvements and an expansion to its award-winning Maya family of exterior luminaires.

Water Odyssey Offers Pre-Designed Spray Park Designs

Water Odyssey now offers pre-designed spray park configurations created to give parks and recreation centers the ability to quickly add a fun, inclusive water play feature to their facility.

Bedford's M-E-2 Pedestrian Bridges Stand Tall

Bedford Reinforced Plastics (Bedford) introduces its M-E-2 pedestrian bridges.

AmpliVoc Introduces Chariot Lectern

AmpliVox Sound Systems has introduced the Chariot Lectern, featuring an elegant sculpted design that matches any décor, from classic to modern.

Fully 6 Opens at Australia's Biggest Theme Park

Inspired by the big waves and tubes of the Gold Coast surf, the 'fully sick' slides are the Gold Coast's first waterpark attractions to be built in five years, boasting the only tower in Australia with six body slides, each offering unique experiences.

RDG Announces 2020 Ownership Advancements

RDG Planning & Design announced that it has invited five new Senior Partners, four new Partners and 16 new Stockholders into its ownership.

Club Pro's New Cart Screen Adds Social Distancing to Golf Cart

Club Pro Manufacturing has created an ingenious solution that divides the golf cart into two cabins, allowing for two protected passengers.

Gyms for Dogs Introduces Ellie Bear's Play & Agility Bench

Gyms For Dogs has introduced a new outdoor play and agility product for dogs. The new product serves as a play and agility product for dogs as well as comfortable seating for people.

Doosan Bobcat Partners with Ainstein on Radar Sensor Tech

Doosan Bobcat North America announced it has partnered with Ainstein AI, Inc. – a radar technologies company headquartered in Lawrence, Kan. – to develop next-generation radar sensor systems for Bobcat equipment.

John Deere Introduces TC-Series Trenchers

Designed to fit the needs of construction, agricultural and landscaping professionals, John Deere debuted two new trencher models, the TC36 and TC48, to its family of attachments.

FunXtion Expands Into U.S. Market

FunXtion, a European leader in interactive digital fitness technology that brings the physical gym and digital experience seamlessly together for an enhanced member journey, already works with some of the most well-loved fitness facilities in 23 countries worldwide and now is expanding into the United States.

Hayward Wins 2020 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award

For the second year running, Hayward Industries Inc., a leading manufacturer and global brand of residential and commercial pool equipment, was awarded the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Clarion Safety Systems Offers New COVID-19 Safety Products

Clarion Safety Systems, a leading manufacturer of safety labels, signs and tags, has expanded its product line to offer a full portfolio of COVID-19 safety products.

World Bowling Joins UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

World Bowling announced that it has signed the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework as part of its ongoing efforts to promote bowling as one of the world's most environmentally friendly sports.

AmpliVox Introduces Falcon Patrio Lectern

AmpliVox Sound Systems has introduced the Falcon Patriot Lectern for those wishing to convey extraordinary distinction and prestige in their presentations.

Wibit Develops Protective Water Face Mask

Wibit has not only developed a new way of enjoying life at the beach with the BeachCocoon, but also in the water – respecting the new corona safety regulations: the world's first protective water face mask for unlimited fun in the water.

EPA-Approved Enviro Care Disinfectant Available From Ecore

Ecore will distribute Enviro Care Neutral Disinfectant into the sports, fitness and recreation markets. Enviro Care is an approved disinfectant under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance in response to COVID-19 and other viruses.

Technogym Expands PURE Plate-Loaded Range

Pure - Technogym's plate-loaded line - is completed with the addition of five new products to the existing 15 and with the introduction of the brand new Glute Builder Training.

Gateway Ticketing Discusses Lessons Learned From Attractions That Have Opened

Gateway Ticketing Systems, a leader in ticketing, admission control, revenue generation and expert consulting for the attractions industry, held the 11th installment of its Webinar Wednesdays series, titled: These Attractions Have Already Reopened – Here's What They Learned So Far.

Head Rush Technologies Announces Rental-Purchase Options for Auto Belays

Head Rush Technologies, the manufacturer of the TRUBLUE Auto Belay, has announced two new programs to help gyms, camps, fitness centers, schools and other facilities with climbing elements in their efforts to re-open post COVID shutdowns.

Disinfect Areas With Atomized Mist

Atomized mist technology is currently being utilized for the safe and consistent distribution of surface disinfectant cleaners (SDCs) over worksites, busy foot traffic areas and communal spaces. At the forefront of this effort is the DustBoss line of industrial misting cannons, a family of high-powered machines originally designed for large-area dust control.

Little Tikes Commercial, Kids Around the World Partner

Kids Around the World and Little Tikes Commercial, two like-minded organizations with a focus on bringing commercial-grade playgrounds to places where families gather and play, are partnering to bring the gift of play to more children across the globe. Click here to learn more.

Carvart Expands Line of Innovative Screen Solutions

After the successful launch of its innovative new product glassSCREENS>Shield, CARVART, a leader in the architectural design industry and a creative solutions company, quickly expanded the collection to include new Frameless and Benching variations.

DTN Weather Siren Improves Safety for Outdoor Events

DTN announced the launch of the OnGuard Siren Alerting Solution. This siren alerting system delivers audio and visual mass notification when severe weather is approaching, with multi-directional sirens and a dual color, omni-directional beacon.

Bradley Suggests Restroom Upgrades to Improve Hand Washing, Minimize Germs

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has made an unprecedented and indelible mark on how our society responds to potential germ exposure, raising new questions around the hygienic and safe usage of public restrooms.

Ramuc Offers Coatings for Competition Racing Lanes

Ramuc offers epoxy, acrylic, chlorinated and synthetic rubber pool coatings in darker, contrasting colors designed for painting competition racing lanes in pools.

WhiteWater Launches Endless Surf

WhiteWater launches its latest technology, Endless Surf, to the surfing community. Featuring powerful, efficient, and customizable waves, this inland surf pool technology is backed by WhiteWater's four decades of expertise in aquatic engineering and experience design.

StarGuard Elite Receives Certification by CMAHC

StarGuard ELITE (SGE) and the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) announced the CMAHC certification of the StarGuard Lifeguard Program – the first ever CMAHC certification of a lifeguard training program.

Bobcat Introduces New R-Series Loaders

Bobcat Company is introducing four all-new, 60 frame size vertical lift path loaders to its product lineup: the Bobcat R-Series T64 and T66 compact track loaders and S64 and S66 skid-steer loaders.

S.R.Smith Expands Competition Product Range

S.R.Smith has enhanced its commercial product line with an all new backstroke starting system for both competition and training, as well as updating its XL Capacity Lane Line Reel.

Bradley's WashBar Raises Bar for All-in-One Handwashing

Bradley Corp. introduces the next generation of its award-winning WashBar series. This new extension delivers Bradley’s exclusive clean+rinse+dry functionality along with an ultra-modern, edgier profile designed to make a statement in upscale commercial washroom applications.

The Citadel to Install T-Cool Evaporative Cooling Technology on New Synthetic Field

As the historic Johnson Hagood Stadium (Charleston, SC) - home field for the Citadel's football program - transitions from natural grass to turf, the institution becomes the first Division I Athletics program in the USA to install the revolutionary T-Cool evaporative cooling technology to their new synthetic turf field.

Ecore Launches Athletic Fitness Readiness Initiative

Ecore recently shared fitness maintenance guidelines and a video series on its YouTube channel that includes comprehensive cleaning, maintenance, restoration and disinfecting protocols for performance fitness flooring.

Gold Medal Launches Hand Sanitizer and Dispenser

Gold Medal Products Co., a family-owned, global leader in the concessions equipment and supply industry, has just announced the launch of an 80% Alcohol Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer and a new Touchless Commercial Hand Sanitizing Station.

Matrix Fitness Introduces Industry Support Resource Page

Matrix recently launched a resource page to assist facility owners in offering fitness solutions to their communities during gym closures and altered routines.

Kubota's New 'Crossover' LX Series Compact Tractor Is Here

Kubota Tractor Corp. announced the availability of its LX Series, the newest addition to its compact tractor line.

EGYM Introduces Solution to Support Fitness Facilities in Reopening

EGYM, a global fitness technology leader, introduced Immunity Plus, a comprehensive solution to help gym operators successfully navigate the new realities of the reopening phase.

QubicaAMF Releases Bowling Center Reopening Marketing Kit

QubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF), the largest bowling products company in the world, announced the release of a Marketing Kit for centers to use as they begin to transition to reopening.

Polin Waterparks Introduces AIPIX Image Recognition Technology

With AIPIX, it's easier than ever for guests and owners to capture more experiences in action than ever before.

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