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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.

Survey: U.S. Adults Support Creating Employment Opportunities for Youth, Young Adults

Nearly all U.S. adults agree it is important for youth and young adults to have access to employment opportunities, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll. Park and recreation departments are leading providers of first-time employment opportunities for youth and young adults.

KaBoom!, PLLAN Team to Scale Playful Learning Installations

KABOOM!, the national nonprofit focused on ending playspace inequity, 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.

American Camp Association Validates Study Showing Camps Successfully Mitigated COVID-19 Spread

The American Camp Association (ACA) — thought leaders in summer camp and youth development — announced the release of an independent research study on the 2020 summer camp experience.

CMAHC's Dewey Case Discusses Importance of Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act

Dewey Case, technical director for the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC), is featured on aquatics industry podcasts, Pool Pro Podcast and Ask the Masters Podcast, discussing the importance of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act and its implications today for pool service professionals and builders.

National Parks Hosted 237 Million in 2020

Outdoor experiences provided refuge from the pandemic for 237 million visitors to America's national parks in 2020. The number represents a 28% decrease from the previous year due largely to temporary park closures and restrictions implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Little Rock Rolls Out Trails Website & Database

The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) has launched its new, first-ever dedicated cycling website. The site showcases 97 trails covering 1,233 miles in and around Little Rock and central Arkansas.

CDC Updates COVID-19 Recommendations for Fitness Centers

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) publication of two reports regarding COVID-19 outbreaks at fitness facilities, Alexandra Black Larcom, MPH, RD, LDN, senior manager of health promotion and health policy of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), released a statement.

YMCA of the USA President & CEO Joins CEOs in Effort to Champion Equity in Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

YMCA of the USA joined five of the nation's largest non-governmental, nonprofit membership organizations to announce the launch of a vaccine equity and education effort.

SHAPE America Announces 2020 Impact School Grant Recipients

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators and Gopher, announced the selection of five SHAPE America Impact School grant recipients as part of a partnership to improve existing health and physical education programs across the country.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Selects Culture of Health Prize Finalists

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the nine communities chosen as finalists for the 2021 RWJF Culture of Health Prize.

ACE Launches Fitness Program to Help Older Adults Be More Active

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) launched an updated and enhanced Senior Fitness Specialist Program.

ACE Calls on Congress to Prioritize Health & Wellness

Americans with pre-existing health conditions, and especially those who suffer from chronic disease, are at a higher risk of developing severe health-related problems when infected with COVID-19. The American Council on Exercise is urging Congress to implement policies to save millions of Americans from a lifetime of health issues.

Individual Sports Up, Team Sports Down, Says SFIA Report

Americans started strong, stopped everything when COVID-19 hit, and then pursued pandemic-acceptable sports and fitness activities as the year progressed, according to SFIA's Annual Topline Participation Report.

Participate in CMAHC's Education Survey

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) has recently formed an Education Committee with a goal of creating training programs and courses for the aquatics industry based upon the CDC Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).

New Initiatives Announced for Fitness Industry & Partners

In its most recent move to revitalize the fitness industry and ensure the success of its members, IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, formed the Industry Partner Advisory Council to advise the IHRSA Board of Directors in support of growing, protecting and promoting the industry.

AAOS Recognizes Barry Boden, M.D., for Sports Injury Research

Barry P. Boden, M.D., received the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Clinical Research Award, which recognizes outstanding clinical research related to musculoskeletal disease or injury.

Keep America Beautiful to Award $1.2 Million-Plus in Community Improvement Grants

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's leading community improvement nonprofit organization, has announced the launch of a new national grant program to support communities and its nearly 700-member affiliate network in preventing littering, promoting recycling, and building clean, green and beautiful neighborhoods.

KaBOOM! Announces Play Everywhere Design Challenge Winners

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 winners of the Play Everywhere Design Challenge.

USA Swimming Distributes 12 Inaugural Community Impact Grants

USA Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation announced a new grant program to increase competitive opportunities within USA Swimming clubs. An inaugural class of 12 recipients will receive $5,000 Community Impact grants, renewable annually for up to three years.

Biden-Harris Order Restores ORLP, Removes Restrictions on Conservation Projects

Acting Secretary of the Interior Scott de la Vega issued Secretarial Order 3396 on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), removing restrictions on federal conservation projects and restoring the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP), the only LWCF competitive grant program dedicated to addressing the recreational gap in underserved urban areas.

National Park Service Implements Mask Requirement

To protect the health of those who live, work and visit our national parks and facilities, and in support of the President's Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, the National Park Service (NPS) today implemented a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners and contractors.

STMA Enjoyes Successful Virtual Conference & Exhibition

The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the nonprofit, professional association comprised of 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athletes' safety – welcomed more than 1,200 participants from 10 countries at its 32nd annual Conference & Exhibition, which was held virtually last month for the first time in its history.

NRPA Survey: Parks & Rec Provides Opportunities to Get Active

Four in five U.S. adults report a change in their physical activity in 2020 compared to previous years, with 33% reporting their activity levels increased and 46% reporting their activity levels decreased, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll.

Community Gyms Coalition, IHRSA Applaud Introduction of Bipartisan GYMS Act

The Community Gyms Coalition (CGC), representing more than 15,000 community gyms and fitness studios in the U.S., and the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), representing over 20,000 health and fitness facilities in the U.S., welcomed the introduction of the bipartisan GYMS Act (H.R. 890) by Congressmen Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).

Study Shows N.C. Day Camps Adhering to Protocols Saw Very Low Transmission of COVID-19

A study being pre-published online in Pediatrics found low transmission of COVID-19 at North Carolina day camps that diligently adhered to multilayered safety strategies, including wearing face coverings during indoor and outdoor activities.

The YMCA, Goalsetter Team to Help Children Achieve Financial Literacy

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) will team up with Goalsetter and its "Drafted" initiative to help introduce the free, family saving, financial literacy and smart spending app to families with a goal of signing up one million Black kids to save money.

Penn State Extension Offers Online Pesticide Applicator Short Course

Pesticide applicators planning to take the Pennsylvania certification exam can benefit by attending the "Commercial Pesticide Applicator Short Course," hosted by Penn State Extension.

Keep America Beautiful Launches Webinar Series on Zero-Waste Communities

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's leading community improvement nonprofit organization, announced a live webinar series that will lead exploratory conversations on adopting a zero-waste vision.

2019-20 National Coaches of the Year Selected by NFHS Coaches Association

Twenty-three high school coaches from across the country have been selected as 2020 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.

450 State and Local Elected Officials Declare Support for 30x30 Conservation Goal

In anticipation of President Joe Biden following through with a national commitment to conserve at least 30% of the lands, waters and ocean in our country by 2030, 450 state and local elected officials from across the nation joined together to show their support for confronting America's nature and climate crises by pursuing this 30Ă—30 goal.

Interior Designates National Natural Landmarks

Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt designated three new sites as national natural landmarks. The sites in West Virginia, Colorado and California bring the number of national natural landmarks in the U.S. to 602.

ASLA Releases Policy Recommendations

ASLA released a comprehensive set of policy recommendations for the new Biden-Harris administration titled "Landscape Architects Design Vibrant, Resilient, and Just Communities for All - Recommendations for the Biden-Harris Administration."

New Book Shows How Climate Resilience Can Become New Normal

A new book from the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and Urban Land Institute (ULI) has called on cities worldwide to recognize their common challenges in building climate resilience. It sets out a strategy for mobilizing individuals, whether in business, in government, in civic organizations or as residents, to act as global citizens and take steps toward making their cities more climate resilient.

New ORR Tool Helps Rural Communities Build Outdoor Recreation Economies

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), working with Oregon State University's Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative and the National Governors Association Outdoor Recreation Learning Network, is helping rural communities build their outdoor recreation economies through a newly developed resource, the ORR Rural Economic Development Toolkit.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

People and company news


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.

Doosan Bobcat Empowers Next-Gen Manufacturing Pros

Global compact equipment leader Doosan Bobcat North America announced the donation of three Bobcat machines to support the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead.

Improve Hand Hygiene With Bradley's New Touchless Roll Towel Dispenser

Bradley Corp., a leader in advanced and hygienic handwashing solutions, introduced its new electronic touchless roll towel dispenser.

Pioneer Athletics Announces 2021 Pioneers in the Field

Pioneer Athletics announced its second class of "Pioneers in the Field." The 2021 class joined six members from last year's inaugural campaign.

Wooster Products Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Wooster Products, a leader in anti-slip safety stair treads and walkway products, celebrates its 100th anniversary with a year-long celebration of activities and promotions.

Experiential Systems Opens New West Coast Office

Beginning March 15, Experiential Systems Inc. is opening a new West Coast office in Bend, Ore.

Gold Medal's Reinvention of Corn Treats Brand Adds Appeal

Gold Medal announced the launch of the new Gold Medal Signature Series brand.

L-Acoustics Sonically Turns Up the Heat at Phoenix Suns Arena

The home of the NBA Phoenix Suns added a new L-Acoustics Kara II loudspeaker system just in time for the 2021 NBA season, which began with a Suns win over the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 23, 2020.

S.R.Smith Acquires Assets of Composite Aquatic Innovations DBA Stark Bulkheads

S.R.Smith, LLC, a global manufacturer of swimming pool deck equipment, solar heating solutions, LED lighting and controls, access equipment and custom construction products has announced the acquisition of Composite Aquatic Innovations (Stark Bulkheads) based in Arlington, Wash.

SYNLawn Unveils New Turf Products

SYNLawn, a manufacturer and innovator of artificial grass in North America, announced its latest product enhancements and new offerings debuting in early 2021.

Artaic Launches Quad Collection

Artaic, an awarding-winning design manufacturer that creates artistic mosaics using innovative robotic technology, announced the launch of the Quad Collection.

RicoRock Offers Waterline Coping for Renovations

RicoRock waterfall kits and coping/waterline products are masonry products engineered to install with minimal labor but offer the same look as full custom masonry projects that cost twice as much.

Torque Fitness Intensifies Functional Training With New Endless Rope Trainer

Adding to its growing line of premium, versatile functional training products, Torque Fitness has launched the new Endless Rope Trainer (XERT) to deliver novel challenges to exercisers and athletes.

Turface Athletics Kicks Off Rebuild the Field Initiative

Turface Athletics is supporting communities preparing fields for play, in some cases after a full year without baseball or softball, as part of its Rebuild the Field program.

Hydrel Introduces SAF Family of Exterior Floodlight Luminaires

Hydrel, an established innovator and provider of premier outdoor architectural and landscape lighting products, today released its Specialty Architectural Flood (SAF) family.

AmericanPie Mini Golf Is Throwback to '50s and '60s

AmericanPie Mini Golf, a throwback to fun courses from the 1950s and '60s is being launched by Adventure Golf & Sports (AGS).

Beautify Restrooms With Euro Style Partitions

Add European elegance, refined style and high design to your restroom creations with Bradley's new collection of Euro style partitions.

Kubota Updates Wheel Loader Lineup

Kubota Tractor Corporation announced an update to its wheel loader lineup with the launch of the new R540 and R640 models.

Doosan Bobcat Headquarters Receives LEED Gold Certification

Global compact equipment leader Doosan Bobcat North America announced it was awarded LEED Gold certification for the remodel and expansion of its corporate headquarters building in West Fargo, N.D.

Kirei Launches New Horizons Collection of Acoustic Design Elements

Kirei, a provider of innovative eco-friendly design materials for commercial interiors, announced the launch of New Horizons, a collection of five new EchoPanel acoustic products featuring simple lines and minimalist textures.

MF Athletic/Perform Better Introduces PB Extreme Rower

Perform Better's PB Extreme Rower is a quality rower at a great price.

Miami Marlins Team With Lysol to Strengthen Ballpark Disinfection Protocols

The Miami Marlins and RB, the makers of Lysol, announced their partnership to jointly enhance the team's existing disinfection and cleaning measures at Marlins Park, prioritizing consumer protection as the team looks to welcome fans back to Marlins Park during the 2021 regular season.

Eleiko Announces Relocation of U.S. Headquarters

Eleiko, a leading supplier of strength equipment and education, announced it is relocating its North America headquarters from Chicago to Austin, Texas.

The Ohio State University Introduces Online Course on Infection Prevention

As businesses serving the public cope with heightened and ongoing responsibility to help keep patients, customers, employees and students safe from COVID-19 and other pathogens, the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University introduces a free, online course on how to help prevent the spread of infection, with a focus on the important role of cleaning and disinfecting in public spaces.

Rain Bird Launches Mobile App for Irrigation Pros

Rain Bird has introduced "Rain Bird Resources," a new, free mobile app intended to help landscape contractors and other landscape irrigation professionals get the information they need – anytime and anywhere.

SYNLawn Announces Project of the Year Award Recipients

SYNLawn, a manufacturer and innovator of artificial grass, announced the five recipients of the Project of the Year awards during a virtual ceremony, which was part of the company's remote conference for its network of 100+ distributors.

CRS Adds Turf Specialist

Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS) announced the addition of Recreation Specialist, Matt Olds.

John Deere Announces Agreement With Aeration Solutions Provider Wiedenmann Corp.

John Deere announced an agreement for its golf and sports dealer network to sell and support the Wiedenmann Corp. line of aeration solutions.

QubicaAMF Launches String Bowling Revolution Microsite

QubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF), a bowling products company, announced the launch of its new microsite dedicated to string machines: The String Bowling Revolution.

Fecon LLC Purchases Vermeer Forestry Mulching Products

Fecon LLC announced the purchase of the Vermeer forestry mulcher product line and through this arrangement has established a global distribution agreement with the company.

Polin Waterparks Wins Asia Attractions Golden Crown Awards

Polin, a leader in the design, production and installation of waterparks and water-play attractions, announced it has received Golden Crown Awards for 2020 in two different categories: International Outstanding Big Water Rides Supplier — for its King Cobra waterslide at Nanjing OCT Happy Valley — and International Recognition of Outstanding Suppliers of the Decade.

Kubota Introduces New Compact Track Loader

Kubota Tractor Corp. unveiled the newest member of its compact track loader line with the SVL97-2.

Elkhart Plastics Adds PWC Port to Connect-A-Dock Line

Elkhart Plastics LLC, a Myers Industries Inc. company, expanded its floating dock product line with the new Connect-A-Port XL6.

Spectrum Aquatics, Navitas Partner to Offer Financing

Spectrum Aquatics, a PlayCore company, has partnered with Navitas Credit Corp to offer financing to customers for their Aquatic Adventure Zone products.

GameTime Expands GameTime Cares Program

GameTime, a PlayCore company, announced an expansion of the GameTime Cares program for 2021.

Kubota Announces New Excavators

Kubota Tractor Corp. announced two new compact excavators and a new hydraulic quick coupler available at dealerships this quarter and plans for another excavator this summer.

Colorado Time Systems Announces Partnership With USA Water Polo

Colorado Time Systems (CTS), a PlayCore company, announced its continued partnership as the Official Timing and Scoring Partner of USA Water Polo.

John Deere Rolls Out Performance Tiering Strategy

Developed in response to evolving customer needs and expectations, John Deere launched its Performance Tiering Strategy, delivering a range of products at different levels of capability and user experience.

Myrtha Project Recognized With Architecture Prize

The prestigious international Architecture MasterPrize awarded Myrtha Pools with an honourable mention of the Architectural Product Design Award for the swimming pool project of the SLS Brickell Hotel & Residences in Miami.

ACE, Trainerize Announce Partnership

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Trainerize announced a new partnership that will empower exercise professionals and health coaches to better engage and support clients to make healthy, lasting lifestyle changes.

Bradley's Touchless Washbar Earns Good Design Award

The completely touchless all-in-one Next Generation WashBar by Bradley Corp. has received the 2020 GOOD DESIGN Award.

Coronavirus Found to be Inactive on Roppe Flooring After 24 Hours

Understanding the role surfaces play during this pandemic, Roppe Holding Company sought out third-party, independent research to test the infectivity of its non-porous rubber flooring.

Profile Products Launches $9 Million Expansion

Profile Products announced the start of a game-changing $9 million manufacturing expansion project, an important investment that will provide a significant increase in capacity, improved logistics and enhanced safety and quality systems for Profile's sustainable product lines.

SmartTurf Launches Antimicrobial Athletic Turf

Microban International, the global leader in antimicrobial and odor control and prevention solutions, announced that its longtime partner SmartTurf has launched a range of athletic turf products for health and sports clubs, along with athletic arenas.

OPTP Releases Professional Catalog Volume 41

OPTP has published the 41st edition of its professional catalog, which features innovative new products and resources, many of which are offered exclusively by OPTP.

DIG Corp. Opens New Distribution Center

DIG Corporation, a manufacturer of micro irrigation products and alternative powered irrigation controllers, announced that its new 55,000-square-foot distribution center is now open.

TeamSnap Health Check Screening Tools Receives Innovation Award

TeamSnap announced its industry leading Health Check COVID-19 screening tool has been named a winner in the 2021 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group.

Glassy Looping Rocket Receives Excellence Award

Polin Waterparks announced that its Glassy Looping Rocket, the world's first fully transparent composite waterslide, has been chosen as the winner of Best Product Innovation at the Park World Excellence Awards 2020.



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