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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Designates 10 New National Recreation Trails

In celebration of National Trails Day on June 5, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced 10 new national recreation trails in eight states, adding more than 160 miles to the National Trails System.

IAAPA Now Accepting Entries for Awards Programs

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, is now accepting entries and nominations for its 2021 IAAPA Awards Programs, including IAAPA Hall of Fame Awards, IAAPA Service Awards, IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award and IAAPA Brass Ring Awards.

Park and Recreation Activities Positively Impact Mental Health and Well-Being

Park and recreation professionals and their agencies play a critical role in helping people of all ages improve and maintain their mental health and well-being, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll.

Trust for Public Land, JPMorgan Chase Launch California Conservation to Address Climate Change

The Trust for Public Land and JPMorgan Chase announced a $500,000 collaboration to launch The Trust for Public Land's new California Climate Conservation program, and protect natural and working lands, mitigating climate impacts for people in the Central Coast and Los Angeles County.

YMCAs Offer Free Drop-In Child Care in Support of Effort to Reduce Barriers to Vaccine Access

In support of a White House effort to remove barriers to individuals receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, YMCAs serving more than 500 communities in 38 states are offering free, drop-in child care during vaccination appointments for parents and caregivers who need it.

Outdoor Industry Applauds Proposal to Expand Funding for Great American Outdoors Act Projects

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) applauded the Departments of Interior and Agriculture's Fiscal Year 2022 proposal to allocate $2.8 billion in funding for projects authorized in the Great American Outdoors Act.

NLC “Ready to Rebuild” Report Shines Spotlight on Infrastructure Needs

The National League of Cities (NLC) released its new Ready to Rebuild report, featuring in-depth stories that underscore the urgent infrastructure needs of cities, towns and villages across the U.S.

Cross-Sector Coalition Joins to Help Create a More Inclusive Outdoors

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) has partnered with THOR Industries, one of the world's largest manufacturers of recreational vehicles, to establish a coalition to help ensure everyone feels welcome in all facets of outdoor recreation activities – from camping and fishing to boating, off-roading, archery and beyond.

AAP Recommends Unvaccinated Kids 2 and Up to Continue Masking

In updated face mask guidance, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the continued use of a well-fitting face mask for children and teens who are age 2 years and older and not yet fully vaccinated.

Connecting America's Active Transportation System Act Included in Senate Bill

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted to include an amended version of the Connecting America's Active Transportation System Act (S.684) in the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021.

CPSC Announces $2 Million in Pool Safely Grants Available

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking applications for a Pool Safely Grant Program offered to state and local governments.

Outdoor Foundation Announces Four New Thrive Outside Communities

Outdoor Foundation, the organization dedicated to reversing the trend of decreased outdoor participation, announced its second cohort of Thrive Outside Communities in St. Louis; the Twin Cities region, Minn.; Philadelphia; and the state of Maine.

ORR Wants to Cut Red Tape to Getting Outside

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable threw its support behind Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Blake Moore's (R-UT) reintroduced Recreation Not Red Tape Act to lower obstacles for people to recreate in, improve and prioritize the outdoors.

Pacific Park Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Pacific Park opened on May 26, 1996, becoming the first amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier since the 1930s.

New UCI Class Explores 'Exercise as Medicine'

Taught by James Hicks, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, UCI's new Exercise as Medicine class examines the hazards of physical inactivity and explores how exercise not only improves overall health but can even alter or reverse the trajectory of cancer and other diseases.

NRPA Issues Statement on Creating an Equitable Future

Kristine Stratton, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued a statement on creating an equitable future.

IHRSA Announces New Partnership With MedFit Foundation

IHRSA, the world's leading authority on the commercial health club industry, with a mission to grow, promote and protect the health and fitness industry, has formed a strategic partnership with the MedFit Education Foundation, dedicated to facilitating education and empowering professionals to work with those with medical conditions, chronic disease, disabilities and women's health issues.

NFHS, USA Lacrosse Sign Agreement to Strengthen Working Relationship

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the national leader and advocate for high school athletics and performing arts programs, and USA Lacrosse, the governing body for lacrosse in the United States, have signed an agreement that affirms the commitment of both organizations to strengthen the collaborative and supportive working relationship between the two groups that has been in place for more than 20 years.

USA Swimming Awards 19 LSC Select Camp Grants

USA Swimming announced 19 Local Swimming Committees (LSC) were awarded $80,600 in LSC Select Camp Grants.

Champions Board to Lead Drowning Prevention Efforts

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced the formation of The Champions Board, a distinguished group of athletes, pool industry professionals, and philanthropists who are committed to drowning prevention.

NAEYC Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Programs Recognized

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs announced that it has been granted recognition by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Former Moose Lodge Transformed Into Indoor-Outdoor Turf Sports Facility

True Sports Physical Therapy has selected the new Moose Athletic Club in Glen Burnie as its inaugural site in Anne Arundel County and ninth in the greater Baltimore metropolitan region.

Community Gyms Coalition, IHRSA Commend Bill to Rebuild Fitness Industry

The Community Gyms Coalition (CGC) and IHRSA, The Global Health & Fitness Association, groups representing more than 40,000 gyms and fitness studios across the U.S., applauded the bipartisan introduction of the GYMS Act in the Senate by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Jerry Moran (R-KS). The GYMS Act would provide direct support to rebuild the devastated fitness industry and save small gyms, fitness studios, and fitness facilities from bankruptcy.

Trust for Public Land Announces Recipients of L.L.Bean Community Award

The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with outdoor retailer L.L.Bean, has announced the recipients for the third L.L.Bean Community Award, which will support park projects this year. Projects selected this year in Philadelphia, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Chiloquin, Ore., will each receive $50,000 grants for much-needed park enhancement.

AAP Policy Statement Describes Impact of Air Pollution on Children's Health

The American Academy of Pediatrics details the harms of air pollution and provides recommendations for lessening its impact on children in a policy statement, "Ambient Air Pollution: Health Hazards to Children."

Rails-to-Trails Releases Survey Data on Celebrate Trails Day

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced results from its latest survey of outdoor activity showing the role the nation's trails can serve in helping Americans become more physically active—a goal that can help reduce the risk of at least 20 chronic diseases and conditions and protect against severe COVID-19.

PHTA Releases Survey on Public Attitudes on COVID-19 and Public Pools

With the weather getting warmer and vaccinations surging, public pools are starting to reopen and a growing number of Americans are making plans to take the plunge this summer. But a new survey finds that swimmers are divided on whether those pools will offer a refreshing respite from the pandemic.

PHTA Board Dedicates $500,000 to Fund Swimming Lessons

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) Board of Directors recently committed to donating $500,000 to Step Into Swim, PHTA's drowning prevention initiative.

Survey: Parks & Rec Hosts Favorite Spring & Summer Outdoor Activities

As communities everywhere gear up for warmer weather, all the while following important state and local coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines, 6 in 7 U.S. adults say they plan to participate in a variety of outdoor activities typically hosted by their local parks and recreation this spring and summer, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll.

Play Experts KaBOOM! and PLLAN Team to Scale Playful Learning Installations

KABOOM!, the national nonprofit focused on ending playspace inequity for good, is teaming up with Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network (PLLAN), an organization that fosters the creation of playful learning infrastructure and activities in the everyday spaces where children and families gather, to scale the playful learning approach in communities across the United States.

First Milestone Reached in Keeping Athletes First

The USA Swimming Keeping Athletes First Working Group approved a series of graduated incentives for Local Swimming Committees (LSCs) with certain percentages of clubs within their geographic territories achieving Safe Sport Club Recognition. USA Swimming announced today that 29 LSCs qualified to receive the first level incentive.

23 Developments Named Finalists for ULI Americas Awards for Excellence

Twenty-three impressive developments from across North America have been selected as finalists for the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) 2021 Americas Awards for Excellence competition, which is widely recognized as one of the real estate industry's most prestigious award programs.

Outdoor Industry Celebrates Release of 'Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful' Report

The Outdoor Industry Association released a statement after the Biden administration unveiled the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful report, outlining guidelines for conserving 30% of public lands and waters by the year 2030.

New Report Examines State of Parks & Rec

A recently released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) report, the 2021 NRPA Agency Performance Review (2021 APR), outlines the essential services parks and recreation provides, and provides industry professionals the information they need to gain funding support, improve operations and better serve their communities.

ICAA Releases Call to Action to Reclaim Well-Being for Older People

As the populations of the world emerge from the pandemic year, no one believes that life will return to the way it was before COVID-19 shifted reality. During this transformative time, organizations and agencies can seize the opportunity to move beyond crisis management and develop a new, vibrant model to meet the needs and lifestyles of today's older adult.

Park & Recreation Pros Work Toward Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Given their mission to make communities better places to live, learn, work and play, park and recreation professionals and their agencies are uniquely positioned to champion efforts that advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

IHRSA Restructures Membership Options

IHRSA, The Global Health and Fitness Association, is modifying its current membership structure and broadening membership opportunities to unite and assist the health and fitness industry post-COVID.

YMCA of the USA Awarded CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Equitable Education Access and Funding

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for the nation's nearly 2,700 YMCAs, announced that it has been awarded $3 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support YMCAs in improving COVID-19 vaccine education and ensuring equitable access to vaccines in their communities.

USA Swimming Launches Supporters Club

USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States, in partnership with the USA Swimming Foundation and U.S. Masters Swimming, has launched its first-ever Supporters Club.

JCC Association, BBYO Partner to Address Adolescent Mental, Emotional & Social Health

In a first-of-its kind-partnership, JCC Association of North America and the BBYO Center for Adolescent Wellness (BBYO-CAW), with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, will collaborate to assess and support mental, emotional and social health among adolescents.

National Park Foundation Grants to Support Hybrid Learning in 32 Parks

Students nationwide will be able to experience national parks in new and exciting ways, thanks to the National Park Foundation's (NPF) Open OutDoors for Kids Hybrid Learning grant program.

National Park Service Publishes Climate Change Guide

The National Park Service (NPS) has published a guide to help park managers address the effects of climate change in plans and decisions that best preserve and protect park resources and landscapes for their enjoyment today and for future generations.

IHRSA 2021 Moves to Dallas

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced that the 40th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show (IHRSA 2021) is moving from Los Angeles to Dallas.

Separate Weight Classes Established for Girls Wrestling

States will have a choice of 12, 13 or 14 weight classes for both boys and girls competition in high school wrestling, effective with the 2023-24 season.

PHTA Announces Approval of Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the ANSI/PHTA/ICC-7 2020 American National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance In Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Catch Basins.

JCC Professional Conference to Draw Participants From Nine Nations

More than 2,700 participants from nine countries are set to attend the largest-ever gathering hosted by JCC Association of North America, JCCs of North America Professional Conference, April 27-29.

NAEYC Publishes Book on Lesson Planning to Meet the Needs of Every Young Child

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) announced the publication of Transforming Teaching: Creating Lesson Plans for Child-Centered Learning in Preschool.

Access Fund Awards Climbing Conservation Grants

Access Fund announced that it has awarded more than $25,000 in Climbing Conservation Grants to support 10 worthy projects across the country—-including trail work, parking areas, educational signage, waste management and graffiti removal.

Colorado's Outdoor Industry Leaders Aim to Remove Barriers

Colorado's western slope offers limitless outdoor adventure opportunities, and a new partnership among national, state and local entities, including the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (OREC) and the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) is addressing accessibility barriers.

IAAPA Readies to Move Attractions Industry Forward With Return of Global Expos

As the attractions industry continues to recover and look to the future, IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, is moving forward with plans to host its three IAAPA Expos later this year.

Innovative Course Preps Exercise Pros to Go Virtual

American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Personal Trainer Development Center have partnered on a new course that provides exercise professionals a complete educational program to build and grow an online personal training business.

Trust for Public Land Releases Park Equity Plan for NYC

The Trust for Public Land has announced the release of the NYC Park Equity Plan designed to lead our recovery by increasing park access in high-need areas across the city and creating more community playgrounds and outdoor education spaces.

Orthopaedic Surgeons Offer Baseball Safety Tips

With baseball season in full swing, muscle sprains, strains and bruises are on the rise. Avoid these injuries and others this season by taking caution when on the field.

Standing Forward Takeoffs Approved in High School Swimming & Diving Rules

In an effort to increase participation in high school swimming and diving, standing forward takeoffs have been approved, effective with the 2021-22 school year.

SHAPE America Announces 2021 National Teachers of the Year

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators - announced its 2021 National Teacher of the Year award winners, six individuals who are among the elite of the adapted physical education, dance education, school health education, and physical education professions.

NAEYC Welcomes Louisiana AEYC to Affiliate Network

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) welcomed the Louisiana Association for the Education of Young Children (LAAEYC) to its network of affiliates.

New Continuing Education Course Makes Physical Activity More Inclusive

American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Special Olympics have collaborated on a new course to promote inclusion within the fitness industry.

National Park Service Partners With Illuminating Engineering Society

The National Park Service (NPS) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) have taken on the challenge to improve outdoor lighting in national parks without affecting night sky viewing, one of the fastest-growing visitor activities in parks.

New ACE Campaign Seeks to Take Activity Outdoors

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) launched a national advocacy campaign calling on local and state governments to expand access and reduce restrictions to using green spaces, parks and other community spaces.

NRPA Releases Statement on Equitable Return to Youth Sports

Kristine Stratton, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued a statement in support of healthy youth development through equitable access to youth sports during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic recovery.

Athlete Ally Launches New Athletic Equality Index of All D1 Schools

Athlete Ally's Athletic Equality Index (AEI) provides the most comprehensive look at LGBTQ+ inclusion across all NCAA Division I athletic departments, and a blueprint for schools to model inclusion.

Outdoor Industry Welcomes Introduction of Civilian Climate Corps Act

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) applauded a new bill to provide $10 billion to create a Civilian Climate Corps.

NLC Teams With NFLA to Spotlight Civic Initiatives

The National League of Cities, the nation's largest membership and advocacy organization for local elected officials, announced a new partnership with the National Football League Alumni Association (NFLA) to support major civic efforts in cities, towns and villages across the country.

Mizzou Introduces Online Fitness Programming, Management Programs

Mizzou's Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology is now accepting applications for a bachelor's and an undergraduate certificate in fitness programming and management.

NRPA Survey: Most U.S. Adults Support Local Environmental Protection Efforts

As we enter Earth Month, 6 in 7 U.S. adults are in strong support of local environmental protection efforts typically led by park and recreation professionals and their agencies, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll.

Biden Admin's Infrastructure Goals Demand Investment in Trails, Walking and Biking

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the nation's largest active-transportation advocacy organization, responded to the Biden Administration's American Jobs Plan, saying that while the plan tackles issues of bicyclist and pedestrian safety, it also needs to invest in creating connected active-transportation routes so that people can routinely walk and bike.

New Wisconsin Report Highlights Important Role of Camp Industry

A new study conducted by Neighborhood Analytics LLC, in Wauwatosa, Wis., and the Strategic Research Institute at St. Norbert's College in De Pere, Wis., focuses on the 348 day and overnight camps in Wisconsin that annually serve more than 600,000 campers.

Outdoor Industry Association Reports on the 'New Outdoor Participant'

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) released exclusive insights about Americans' engagement in outdoor activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

ASTM International Invites Participation in Revision of Field Hockey Eye Safety Standard

ASTM International's committee on sports equipment, playing surfaces, and facilities (F08) invites interested parties to participate in an ongoing revision of its standard on eye protectors for field hockey players.

ASLA Teams With EarthDay.org for Great Global Cleanup 2021

As part of this year's World Landscape Architecture Month celebration in April, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is teaming up with EarthDay.org to sponsor The Great Global Cleanup 2021.

Consumer Fitness Category Drives Industry Growth

Despite an economic recession in 2020, the U.S. sports and fitness market, including footwear, apparel and equipment, grew by 0.6% in 2020, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA).

California Latinos Show Overwhelming Support for Public Lands

A statewide survey of California voters, commissioned by the nonprofit Hispanic Access Foundation and conducted by David Binder Research, finds that even in the midst of economic challenges posed by the pandemic, an overwhelming majority of voters overall (89%) and Latino voters (92%) believe investments should still be made to protect California's land, water and wildlife.

STMA Introduces Sports Field Management Online Course

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the organization for 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athlete safety – announced the Introduction to Sports Field Management online course, created for high school students with a passion for sports to help them evaluate a potential career in the industry.

Parks & Rec Provides Essential Workforce Development Programs

Park and recreation departments are essential providers of workforce development and career exploration programs, according to a new National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) report.

IHRSA Reveals Medical, Science & Health Advisory Council Members

IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has confirmed 12 qualified professionals to lead its Medical, Science, and Health Advisory Council.

Keep America Beautiful Launches 2021 Great American Cleanup

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's leading community improvement nonprofit organization, launched its 23rd annual Great American Cleanup (GAC) on March 20, the first day of spring.

Funding Will Equip National Park Service With New Water Refill Stations, Waste Reduction

Tupperware Brands Charitable Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Tupperware Brands (TUP) and the National Park Foundation (NPF) announced their collective contribution to support the National Park Service in diverting nearly 10 million single-use plastic bottles from landfills through the installation of water bottle refill stations in national parks, while enhancing infrastructure and education to support composting and recycling in parks.

Attractions Facilities in Europe Poised to Recover But Need Support

A new resource compiled by IAAPA EMEA focuses on communicating the importance of the attractions industry throughout Europe, and the sector's long history of creating jobs, driving revenue and supporting tourism.

New COVID-19 Report Highlights Need for Additional Parks & Rec Investment

One year ago, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. In the year that followed, park and recreation agencies stepped in to fill critical roles in their communities — establishing shelters, providing food, supporting learning, aiding testing sites and vaccination distribution, and much more.

Legislation Calls for Historic Investment in Local Parks

Representatives Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), Mike Turner (R-OH) and Joe Neguse (D-CO) introduced legislation calling for a historic $500 million federal investment in local parks, championing the movement led by the Trust for Public Land with more than 200 community organizations and businesses to improve park and outdoor equity in the United States.

Major Health, Education, Child Welfare Organizations Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

Organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, stated, "As organizations committed to serving the best interests of all youth, we are deeply alarmed at the torrent of bills introduced in state legislatures and in Congress this year that would directly harm transgender people, and particularly transgender youth."

NAEYC Lauds $39B in Child Care and Family Relief in American Rescue Plan

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) joined millions of early childhood educators, families and business owners in applauding the passage of the American Rescue Plan, which includes a historic $39 billion in child care relief.

American Camp Association Survey Demonstrates Camps Can Operate Safely

A new American Camp Association (ACA) study of 486 camps that served 90,000 campers reports that only 30 campers had confirmed COVID-19 cases in 2020.

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Club Car Launches All New Electric Truck

Club Car, a global leader in golf, consumer and utility vehicles, announced the launch of an all new electric vehicle (EV), the Club Car Current, in partnership with AYRO Inc.

Polin Transforming Each Piece of Waterslides Into a Masterpiece

Polin's technology innovation turns waterslides into genuine works of art with both interior and exterior designs - fully embedded into the production of the waterslides - that will change the way waterslides are themed forever more.

Luminis Launches Scena Family of Exterior Luminaires

Luminis, an established innovator and manufacturer of specification grade, interior and exterior lighting solutions for commercial, institutional, retail, recreational and urban environments, released its Scena family of exterior luminaires.

Rain Drop Products Partners With Life Floor

Life Floor, an aquatic safety surface manufacturer, and Rain Drop Products, an inclusivity-focused spray feature manufacturer, announced a non-exclusive partnership to bring safety surfacing to the national splash pad market.

New LED Lighting System to Enhance Matchday Experience at Old Trafford

Manchester United is moving ahead with the installation of a state-of-the-art LED lighting system at Old Trafford.

Stellar Completes Ice Rink Renovation at Florida Panthers IceDen Facility

The Florida Panthers IceDen has resumed full operation after a five-month renovation conducted by Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction, refrigeration and mechanical services worldwide.

E-Z-GO Introduces Liberty

E-Z-GO, a Textron Specialized Vehicles business, announced its new vehicle, the E-Z-GO Liberty, the industry's first vehicle to offer four forward-facing seats in a compact, golf-car-sized footprint.

LSI Industries Launches Opulence Series of Outdoor Architectural Luminaires

LSI Industries said that it has launched a uniquely different series of outdoor architectural luminaires.

Ecore Whitepapre Explores Specification for Indoor Sports Flooring

A new whitepaper from Ecore – a manufacturer of safe, ergonomic and acoustic performance surfaces – reviews the ASTM testing standard to help architects, contractors and designers make appropriate indoor sports flooring specification decisions for their facilities.

Bobcat Announces BMX Athletes as Brand Partners

Bobcat Company, a global leader in the compact equipment industry, announced new brand partnerships with BMX legend Ryan Nyquist, along with stand-out BMX freestyle athletes Hannah Roberts and Perris Benegas.

Fecon Introduced Environmentally Safe Hydraulic Fluids

Fecon introduced Fecon Green Hydraulic Fluids, a zinc-free, readily biodegradable formula that withstands the rigors of land clearing and forestry mulching.

Elite Competitors Battle Torque Fitness' TANK

A new challenge for the world's most ruthless competitors at the upcoming North American CrossFit Semifinal Competitions is the hardcore TANK M4 from Torque Fitness.

Kubota Grant Program Narrows to 5 Finalists

Kubota Tractor Corporation has identified its top five finalists in its inaugural Hometown Proud Grant Program, now open for public vote to help Kubota determine the recipient of $100,000 and use of Kubota equipment to refresh or revitalize a community project.

NiteGlow Emergency Egress System Provides Safety in Dark Stairwells

Wooster Products' NITEGLOW Emergency Egress System includes high quality photoluminescent (glow in the dark) products to illuminate stair treads, handrails, door handles and door frames, and obstructions, so that occupants can evacuate safely in a darkened environment.

Germany's First Surf Park Gets the Green Light

The path is clear for Germany's first surf park, as the municipality of Hallbergmoos has officially approved development plans for SURFTOWN MUC.

Research by Virtuagym Underlines Role of Technology for Fitness Industry

A new global customer survey by Virtuagym of gyms, fitness studios and personal trainers has revealed the crucial role that fitness technology has played for fitness businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the key part it is predicted to have for the future of the industry.

Technogym Live Is Latest Console to Engage Clients

Technogym Live is the new ally for retaining members and attracting new ones to your facility and allows you to update the console of the equipment already existing in your center.

Ecore Offers Continuing Education on Solving Secondhand Noise

Ecore now offers a continuing education unit (CEU) focused on unwanted sound as a public health hazard.

Creston Creates Advances Lighting for Lambeau Field

Crestron, a global leader in commercial lighting control, announced that it has become a lighting control vendor for Lambeau Field, the iconic home stadium of the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis.

RDG Welcomes Sports Design Leader

RDG Planning & Design announced that Johnny Boyd, AIA has joined the firm in its Des Moines, Iowa location.

OPTP Introduces Pull-Up System by Bob & Brad

The Pull-Up System by Bob and Brad is an exclusive new strength training product created by physical therapists Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck.

Matrix Fitness Integrates With Ecofit

Matrix Fitness announced an integration partnership with Ecofit Networks, the leading Internet of Things (IoT) solution provider.

Bio-Lab Takes Steps to Help Pool Retailers Manage Through Chlorine Shortage

Ever since Hurricane Laura damaged their plant in Louisiana in August 2020, Bio-Lab management knew they would have a challenge on their hands – not only with replacing the supply of trichlor the plant produced, but with the added demand for chlorine products created by consumer stay-at-home megatrend.

Orlando World Center Marriott Adds MiniLinks Course

What do you do when your main pool is shut down for emergency maintenance, yet many guests are arriving in a few weeks for a busy holiday weekend? The answer from the Orlando World Center Marriott was to install a portable 18-hole miniature golf course from Adventure Golf & Sports (AGS).

Endless Surf Grows in Response to Demand

It has been almost a year since WhiteWater launched Endless Surf to the world, and despite going in and out of pandemic lockdowns, travel restrictions and economic uncertainty in many sectors, the world of surf parks is rapidly growing.

SiteOne Launches Program to Promote Smart Controllers

SiteOne Landscape Supply is launching a program designed to save money and the environment ahead of Smart Irrigation Month. With the new "Upgrade. Save. Recycle." program, contractors who bring in an old controller will receive an immediate 15% discount on a smart, Wi-Fi-enabled irrigation controller.

Indigo-Clean Now Proven to Safely Kill SARS-CoV-2

Kenall announced that its award-winning Indigo-Clean technology is proven effective in killing both SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza-A in recently conducted independent lab testing.

Back Stronger Together: Technogym Offers Guide to Fitness Reopening

People want to live a normal life again: people want to live, meet, socialize and to resume training in fitness clubs even more than before.

Gold Medal Leads the Way for Contactless Concessions

Throughout its 90-year history, Gold Medal Products Co. has pioneered many innovations in the concession industry. Now, the company is paving the way for contactless concessions by introducing its latest addition to the self-serve popcorn machine line, the ReadyPop Jr.

2021 Finalists Announced for National Gold Medal in Parks and Recreation Management

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

John Deere Introduces John Deere Protect Service Plan

To better support customers through improved aftermarket and support capabilities, John Deere announced its service program for construction equipment, John Deere Protect Service Plan.

LG Offers Remote Display Management

LG Business Solutions USA is making it easier than ever for businesses with public area digital displays to control their entire portfolio of screens through its new system called Pro:Centric Catena.

Bobcat to Invest $70 Million to Add Jobs, Expand Operaitons in N.C.

Doosan Bobcat North America, a global leader in the compact equipment industry, announced plans for a $70 million expansion of its Statesville, N.C., manufacturing facility.

Midtown Athletic Club Relies on FitBench for New Arena Studio Training

Despite the challenges of small group training during the coronavirus pandemic, Midtown Athletic Club (MAC), a luxury brand with eight locations, successfully opened ARENA specialty functional training studios in November 2020 in its Rochester, N.Y., and Bannockburn, Ill., facilities.

Simmons Bank Open Selects Noble to Provide Contactless Concessions

Noble, the consumer-centric digital commerce and marketing platform for onsite experiences, announced the Simmons Bank Open has chosen Noble to provide contactless ordering of food and drink at this portion of the Korn Ferry Tour.

HASA States That Liquid Chlorine Is Ready for Demand

HASA Inc., a leading supplier of sodium hypochlorite (also known as "liquid pool chlorine" or "liquid bleach") for commercial and recreational swimming pool water treatment, announced that, contrary to potential concerns raised, liquid pool chlorine is widely available.

Daldorado, Life Floor Partner on Products

Daldorado LLC, a leading provider of main drains, sumps and perimeter grating, and Life Floor, manufacturer and supplier of dense, closed-cell EVA foam decking for the aquatics industry, announced the exciting integration between the companies' products never before offered.

Polin Offers Innovative Solutions for Camping & Caravan Parks

During the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020, Polin has completed more than 30 camping projects including Polin's signature waterslides such as the world's first fully transparent composite waterslide, Glassy.

Bedford Reinforced Plastics Launches Pre-Engineered Line of Bridges

Bedford Reinforced Plastics — a full-service supplier offering an extensive line of fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) products and services — announced the launch of ReadySpan, a pre-engineered, easy-install, quick-ship, modular pedestrian bridge system.

Ecore Introduces New Woven Vinyl Collection

Ecore, a manufacturer of safe, ergonomic and acoustic performance surfaces for commercial and athletic markets, announced the launch of its Woven Vinyl Collection with the introduction of two new high-performance surfaces: Ebb & Flow Motivate.

InCord Offers Biodegradable Fencing & Barrier Netting

InCord now offers biodegradable ECO2 - HTPP knotless fencing and barrier netting as an eco-friendly netting option that installs quickly and easily.

Andy Pederson Joins S.R.Smith

Andrew "Andy" Pedersen has joined S.R.Smith and will lead Commercial Sales Team efforts in the Midwest and Northeast markets.

Ecore, USRPA Are 'Going for Green'

Ecore and the USA Women's 7s Players of the United States Rugby Players Association (USRPA) have teamed up and are "Going for Green" together in a national, interactive campaign to plant 5,000 trees for Earth Day.

GamePark Promenade Repurposes Open Spaces

GamePark Promenade, a new entertainment option for hotels, resorts, retail centers, retirement centers, rooftops and other venues, is being introduced by Adventure Golf and Sports (AGS).

Penn State Extension Offers Online Pest Management Course

Penn State Extension is offering a new online course, Pest and Disease Management for Landscape Plants, for landscapers, horticulture professionals, avid gardeners and anyone who wants to learn about managing plant health diseases, vertebrate and invertebrate pests, insects, abiotic disorders and integrated pest management.

Turface Athletics Partners With Cubs Charities for Field Maintenance Workshop

Turface Athletics and Conserv FS have partnered with Cubs Charities to provide Diamond Project field maintenance workshops for youth baseball and softball leagues.

Cincinnati Sports Club Installs New Multipurpose Synthetic Turf

The 31-year-old Cincinnati Sports Club has recently completed the installation of an outdoor multipurpose, synthetic turf field - the first sports & recreation field in the state of Ohio equipped with T-Cool, a revolutionary evaporative cooling technology that makes fields cooler, safer and more playable.

YMCA of Avery Count Is Latest Recipient of Clear Comfort Cares Program

The Clear Comfort Cares Program recognized the Williams YMCA of Avery County for the significant contributions its aquatic facility provides the community.

Water Tech Taps Jeff Gray for Commercial Sales

Water Tech Corp., manufacturer of well-known Pool Blaster battery-operated pool cleaners, announced it has hired Jeff Gray to the position of Commercial Sales Manager for the company.

TechnoGym to Provide 25 Training Centers for Olympics

TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES have chosen TechnoGym as the Official and Exclusive supplier of fitness equipment and digital technologies for the athletes' preparation.

Innovation Is All Around With Polin Waterparks

Global market leader in design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of waterslides and water play attractions, Polin Waterparks continues to gain momentum as a leader in the industry with its regular annual investments and activities.

Johnson Controls Unveils OpenBlue Buildings as a Service

Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, announced OpenBlue Buildings as a Service.

Scuderia Ferrari Stays Fit With Technogym

Technogym - world leading brand in fitness equipment and digital technologies and Official Supplier to the last 8 Olympic Games – has just renewed its long-term partnership with Scuderia Ferrari.

Health Canada Approves Virucide Disinfectant for Commercial Use

The Canadian leader in providing solutions for water treatment and industrial cleaning/disinfecting has received a virucide designation from Health Canada for one of the company's most popular disinfectants, Chemprocide.

Myrtha Pools, Daldorado Announce Strategic Partnership

Myrtha Pools and Daldorado announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership, combining Myrtha Pools, a world leader among commercial pool builders, with Daldorado, the gold standard for main drains, sumps and perimeter grating.

Hospeco Introduces WetWorks Plus Presaturated Disinfecting Wipes

On the heels of late last year's release of WetWorks Pre-Saturated Cleaning Wipes comes a powerful line extension with a fast-acting disinfectant that kills 99.9% of bacteria in just 15 seconds.

WhiteWater's Operations Are Full Steam Ahead

With scheduled installations set to take place in more than 25 countries around the globe, including the introduction of new products to the market, WhiteWater is looking forward to another exciting year as they continue to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Americans Looking for Touchless Restroom Fixtures

According to a national survey by Bradley Corp., half of the population continued to use public restrooms throughout the pandemic. Just 13% of Americans said they completely avoided using a public restroom while 50% visited restrooms just as they always had.

Ecore Flooring Takes COPA Training Center to the Next Level

The COPA (Comprehensive Objective Performance Assessment) Soccer Training Center was designed to analyze athletes from every angle to improve their cognitive, physical and technical abilities.

Ramuc Pool Paint Offers Free 'Paint Chip' Analysis

Ramuc pool paint is offering a complimentary 'paint chip' analysis for pool facilities or any pool professional about to embark on repainting a pool, waterslide, fountain or pond.

Matrix Fitness Partners With iFit

Matrix Fitness announced a strategic partnership with iFIT, a global leader in interactive connected fitness technology and content, to bring iFIT's proprietary workout platform to the commercial Matrix-connected, touchscreen fitness portfolio.

Luminis Adds RGBW Option to Luminaire Range

Luminis, an established innovator and manufacturer of specification-grade, interior and exterior lighting solutions, will now offer a range of its luminaires with RGBW color LEDs.

Unified Bransd Unveils Groen Fudge Mixing Kettle

Unified Brands, a commercial foodservice manufacturer, is now offering the Groen Fudge Mixing Kettle designed for the production of fudge and other sweets.

Ecore Offers New Floor Cleaning & Maintenance Resource Page

As gyms, recreation facilities and other fitness spaces begin to reopen, it's essential to implement proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques, especially with the largest piece of equipment – the flooring.

John Deere Announces 2021 'Own It' Monthly Payment Program

John Deere unveiled its 2021 "Own It" Low Monthly Payment Program, available for customers who want to own the quality and reliability of John Deere compact and mid-size equipment.

Fecon Adds HP to Redesigned FTX150-2 Mulching Tractor

Fecon introduces the redesigned, and re-powered FTX150-2 Mulching Tractor that delivers best-in-class cutting and track power.

New Floor Finish & Adhesives Available From Ecore

Ecore, a manufacturer of safe, ergonomic and acoustic performance surfaces for commercial and athletic markets, has expanded its accessories portfolio with new offerings, including: E-Grip 95, E-Grip 99, E-Grip Tape adhesives and Lobadur 2K InvisibleProtect floor finish.

HydroWare Receives CMAHC Certification

HydroWare, a part of Hydrology LLC, has achieved Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) Certification for its compliance with standards in the latest edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).

Kubota Offers Community Revitalizaiton Grants

Kubota Tractor Corp. announced a first-ever community revitalization grant program, "Hometown Proud," and is calling on all cities, towns, municipalities and nonprofits to submit an application for a chance to win $100,000 in funding and use of Kubota equipment to refresh, refurbish or revitalize a public space.

IBF Appoints QubicaAMF as Exclusive Global Bowling Equipment Partner

International Bowling Federation (IBF), the global governing body for the sport of Tenpin, Ninepin and Para Bowling, and QubicaAMF announced they have entered into a new long-term agreement granting QubicaAMF the Official Partner status, Exclusive Global Bowling Equipment, until 2030.

Bradley's New Hand Sanitizer Solutions Improve Hand Hygiene

Encourage convenient and easy access to hand hygiene anywhere in facilities with hand sanitizer dispensers and stands by Bradley Corp.

Torque Fitness Partners With CrossFit Athlete

Underscoring its philosophy of "Don't Quit. Ever.", Torque Fitness has partnered with CrossFit athlete Brent Fikowski of Canada, who has been recognized worldwide for his grit and indomitable spirit .

Ecore Introduces Slip-Resistant Safety Floor

Ecore, a manufacturer of safe, ergonomic and acoustic performance surfaces for commercial and athletic markets, introduced its newest Ecore Athletic surface: HydroGrip Motivate.

ADG Completes Third Gaylord Palms Project

Aquatic Development Group (ADG) announced that it has completed its third project with the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, (Kissimmee, Fla.) designing, engineering and building Crystal River Rapids, an all-new action river water attraction at the resort's Cypress Springs Water Park.

Cover Care Expands Across U.S.

Cover Care, LLC, a national, full-service company specializing in installation and maintenance of automatic pool covers, is now offering its services from coast to coast, serving 32 separate markets from California to New York.

Fluidra Acquires Custom Molded Products

Fluidra S.A., the Spanish listed global leader in pool and wellness equipment and connected solutions, announced it has acquired Custom Molded Products ("CMP"), a Georgia-based manufacturer of pool and spa components, from Tenex Capital Management.

CRS & INNOVA Partner to Make Disc Golf Accessible to All

Leading recreation company, Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS), announced a partnership with premier provider of disc golf discs, targets and accessories, INNOVA.

Family Starts Pop-Up Mini Golf Biz With AGS MiniLinks

"Caddy's Course," a pop-up miniature golf course opened this past December in Brentwood, Calif., to entertain locals and visitors through the December holidays and the New Year.

Aquify Systems Adds Fiberglass Regenerative Media Filters

Continuing its mission to bring innovation to the aquatic mechanical room, Aquify Systems has expanded its extensive collection of standard-setting Stainless Steel Regenerative Media Filters to include a fiberglass range.

IAAPA Springs Forward With Full Events Calendar

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has developed a global schedule of in-person and virtual events that present ongoing opportunities for industry professionals around the world to learn, share best practices, increase revenue and make new connections.

Green Industry Rallies With SiteOne and Build Champions Place

SiteOne Landscape Supply, alongside customers and suppliers, proudly invested time, talent and materials at Champions Place to create a special outdoor living space for its residents.



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