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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

NRPA Offers Benchmarking Data for Parks & Rec in New Report

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) released a new report giving park and recreation professionals the data they need to be industry leaders, while best serving their communities with the 2020 NRPA Agency Performance Review.

IHRSA Outlines 4 Areas to Safely Reopen Clubs

As states prepare to reopen, IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, and fitness industry leaders are ramping up efforts and guidance to help club operators work with their local administrators to reopen safely.

Nation's Pediatricians Offer Guidance on School Reopenings

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued guidance on preparing for schools to reopen, emphasizing the need for school officials to work with local and state health departments to decide when and how to safely invite students back to the classroom.

NFHS Announces High School Water Polo Rules Changes

A total of 16 rules changes were approved in high school water polo for the next two years with a focus on risk minimization, improving the pace of play and providing more scoring options on offense.

Rails-to-Trails Points to Economic Value of Great American Rail-Trail

In the year since Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) introduced the vision for the developing 3,700-mile Great American Rail-Trail, the nation's first cross-country multiuse trail, more than $14.5 million has been secured in public and private funding for trail segments, and nearly 40 miles of trails have been added to the route.

CPSC Extends Pool Safely Grant Program Deadline

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. CPSC will award up to $2 million in two-year grants to assist jurisdictions in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment incidents in pools and spas.

National Trails Day 2020 Goes Virtual

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, events won't be held in person this year on June 6, but American Hiking is still fighting for trail protections and equitable access to the outdoors. On National Trails Day 2020 American Hiking Society will partner with land managers, volunteers, and the public to take actions from home that protect trails and public lands and ensure outdoor access for all.

Prior to COVID-19, Sports & Fitness Industry Showed Solid Growth

The sports and fitness industry performed well across multiple sectors in 2019, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association's annual State of the Industry Report.

May Is National Water Safety Month

A coalition of water safety partners, including the American Red Cross, the National Recreation and Park Association, the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance and the World Waterpark Association, will work together to promote May as National Water Safety Month (NWSM).

NSCA Offers Guidance on Safe Return to Training for Athletes

The National Strength and Conditioning Association announced new guidelines on the safe return to training for athletes following the current COVID-19 pandemic.

NRPA Issues Statement on COVID-19 and Health Equity

Kristine Stratton, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued a statement in response to COVID-19 recovery and health equity.

2020 NRPA Annual Conference Canceled

“The health and safety of our members, the park and recreation community and our staff remain NRPA's top priority, and after much consideration, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.," said Kristine Stratton, president and CEO of the NRPA in a statement.

IHRSA Joins America's Recovery Fund Coalition

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced it has joined America's Recovery Fund Coalition, an alliance of more than 100 trade associations and business organizations advocating for a grant-based federal assistance program to power the resilience of American enterprise.

Keep America Beautiful Takes Great American Cleanup Virtual

National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful is bringing America's leading volunteer-driven community improvement program, the Great American Cleanup, directly to people's homes with the kickoff of the Great American Cleanup Virtual Experience.

YMCA of the USA Issues Statement on Resuming Operations

As Ys across the country look to reopen facilities and resume normal operations, YMCA of the USA is providing them with guidance and tools to support them doing so safely, effectively and responsibly.

IAAPA Asks Congress to Amend Paycheck Protection Program

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, together with 20 associations, has written to Congress urging important changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) so that it can help meet the needs of small businesses deeply affected during COVID-19 crisis.

YMCA, Other Nonprofits Urge Congress to Move Frontline Responders to Front of the Line for Relief

Listening to debate and deliberations from Capitol Hill this past week, YMCA of the USA along with the nation's charitable nonprofits are concerned that the urgent needs of nonprofit organizations are not being addressed.

IAAPA Seeks Aid on Behalf of Attractions Industry

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has submitted critical policy requests to Congress to help ensure the attractions industry and its more than 700,000 U.S.-based employees are considered.

IHRSA Thanks President for Acknowledging Importance of Fitness Industry

IHRSA and the world's health and fitness club operators have long recognized the central and essential role health clubs, their staff and their suppliers play in enhancing the health and wellness of the population. The entire global fitness industry applauds President Trump and the White House coronavirus task force for recognizing this and including health clubs as vital for Phase 1 of the three-part reopening plan.

APA Launches NPC20 @ Home

Join the American Planning Association (APA) for NPC20 at Home, a digital conference that brings the spirit of the annual National Planning Conference directly to you, April 2–May 1, 2020.

NRPA Survey Shows Americans See Parks as Essential, Especially Now

Five in six adults say exercising at local parks, trails and open spaces is essential to maintaining their mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll. Popular activities to participate in while keeping a proper physical distance include walking, jogging, hiking and biking.

Conservation Activities Key Among Youth, Survey Finds

More than nine in 10 adults want children to be active in environmental conservation efforts that promote a healthy planet, according to a National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll.

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 Understaffed 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.

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People and company news

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.

Asphalt Anchors Releases Calculators for Mounting Fences, Signposts on Asphalt

Two innovative calculators released by Asphalt Anchors Corp. (AAC) help builders save time, money and effort by determining the strongest, most cost-efficient anchors for mounting fences and signposts on asphalt surfaces.

AmpliVox Rolls Out Fitness Sound Packages for Trainers & Instructors

AmpliVox Sound Systems has introduced a collection of Fitness and Aquatic Sound Packages that project strong, clear voice and music. The Sound Packages not only help health club trainers, coaches and fitness and yoga instructors clearly project to their audiences, they’re also ideal for reaching any audience that may be currently widely dispersed by social distancing.

InCord Produces Hospital Gowns

While InCord is still manufacturing custom safety netting solutions and shipping orders that support essential infrastructure, the company also is now producing hospital gowns.

PathogenSafe Sanitization System Available for Decontamination of Large Areas

As venues of all sizes struggle to sanitize their locations to protect clients and workers whenever quarantines are lifted, a Colorado company has developed a system for making this effort fast, effective and affordable.

Polin Breaks Barriers

Polin announced that interactive gaming reached a completely new level of competition with Polin's introduction of its innovative Splash Bucket AllCan.

Busch Systems Introduces Antimicrobial Recycling & Waste Receptacles

Busch Systems introduces recycling and waste receptacles made with CuVerro Shield protection, a U.S. EPA and Health Canada PMRA registered antimicrobial solution that kills more than 99.9% of bacteria within two hours.

Pentair Introduces Improved Intellichem Controller

The improved Intellichem Commercial Water Chemistry Controller continuously monitors real-time values of pH, ORP, calculated PPM and temperature while using a sophisticated dosing algorithm to deliver needed chemicals.

Fluidra Making Hospital Material Parts

Fluidra is leveraging injection molding to make consumables and valves for ICU standard ventilators and face shield visors in order to supply the hospitals that have run out of these parts due to the rise in demand for the Covid-19 crisis.

Water Tech Introduces Improved Precision PRO 2.0 Li

Water Tech has once again improved its popular Precision 2.0 Li battery-operated pool cleaner with a new pressure-fitted clamp system with locking pin to protect the battery in the motor box.

Ecore Offers Free Acusting Flooring Seminar for CEUs

Ecore, a manufacturer of safe, ergonomic and acoustic performance surfaces for commercial and athletic markets, is offering a free acoustics seminar course for CEU credits.

SYNLawn Introduces Super Yarn Technology

SYNLawn, the largest manufacturer and unrivaled innovator of artificial grass in North America, announced it is leading the industry with the development of innovative technology for artificial turf, which will set its products apart from the competition.

Hickory, N.C., Installs Cooling Technology on New Synthetic Turf Field

In advance of the facility re-opening to residents, officials at Henry Fork River Regional Recreation Park in Hickory, N.C., have taken a new approach to combat dangerous and oppressive heat by becoming the first municipality in the United States to install the revolutionary T-Cool evaporative cooling technology to their new synthetic turf field.

MAPEI Introduces Digital Learning

Due to the recent cancellations of trade shows, networking and training events, and even face-to-face meetings, MAPEI USA is continuing to reach customers, partners and associations by sharing details and updates on its online education and training resources.

Majority of Americans Increase Hand Washing Due to Coronavirus

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, Bradley Corp. conducted its Healthy Hand Washing Survey to gauge the impact the virus has had on Americans' hygiene habits.

Fountain People Offers Zen-Series Fountain Nozzle

Fountain People announced its new ZEN-Series Zero Entry Fountain Nozzle for any zero entry fountain or beach entry pool.

Haviland Helps Out in COVID-19 Fight

Haviland Inc., a manufacturer of specialty chemicals for the swimming pool and spa and industrial plating industries, has adjusted a portion of its manufacturing facility to be able to create and donate a limited amount of alcohol-based hand-sanitizer for use by local organizations in need, including critical hospice, emergency health workers, shelters and daycare centers.

Rain Bird Provides Live Classes to Cover Relevant Topics

Rain Bird Services, a division of Rain Bird Corp., has introduced Rain Bird Live Streaming – live online irrigation training conducted by professional trainers.

Amplivox Introduces Lectern Accessories

AmpliVox Sound Systems continues to bring lectern users new mobility, convenience and presentation effectiveness with new accessories.

Wooster Products Introduces Anti-Slip Coating

Wooster Products introduces Barefoot 60, an anti-slip coating that provide high traction and durability for pool decks, waterparks, showers, spas, boats and marine surfaces, and more.

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.

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