Nearly Half of Parks Work to Make Nature Connections

Nearly half (46.4%) of respondents working for parks and recreation departments and districts who responded to the Industry Report survey said they

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Report: Parks & Recreation Helps Improve Sustainability

Some 10,000 park and recreation agencies across the country have the potential to create community-wide sustainability measures that can improve the

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Splash Play, Dog Parks Among Top Plans for Parks

In 2022, splash play was the most commonly planned addition for parks and recreation respondents to the Industry Report survey. Some 31.6% of park

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Trust for Public Land Celebrates 50 Years

Trust for Public Land is celebrating its 50th anniversary by embarking on a year of community investments and impact. TPL is honoring its 50-year

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JCC Association Leads Disability Inclusion Programming in February

JCC Association of North America will mark Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAAIM

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New Federal Grants Elevate Trail and Active Transportation Systems as Essential Infrastructure in Addressing Traffic Fatalities

This week’s announcement of grantees under the federal Safe Streets and

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NRPA: Parks & Rec Keeps People Moving Indoors

Eighty-four percent of U.S. adults look to indoor activities provided by park and recreation agencies in times of inclement weather, according to the

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Proposed ASTM International Standards Support Pole Vaulting

ASTM International’s sports equipment, playing surfaces, and facilities committee (

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GEHA-Supported Swim Program Receives Outstanding Aquatic Branch Program Award

GEHA (Government Employees Health Association, Inc., pronounced G.E.H.A.) and partners at the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City

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Yanmar CE and ASV Officially Join Forces to Become Yanmar Compact Equipment North America

Yanmar Compact Equipment North America (YCENA), encompassing the Yanmar Compact Equipment

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CFFA Launches Certification Program for Vinyl Pool Liners

The Chemical Fabrics and Film Association (CFFA) announced the launch of its certification

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National Park Investments in 2023 Will Improve Access and Facilities Across the Country

In 2023, the National Park Service (NPS) is making significant advancements to increase recreational opportunities, improve visitor facilities,

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The Paw Station Provides All-in-One Pet Waste Station System

The Pet Waste Station, a nationwide leader in offering high quality pet waste management products, offers The Paw Station, an ‘all-in-one’ decorative

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Proactive Problem Prevention

It’s not too hard to think back to childhood and remember the allure and thrill of risk-taking when you were at play—climbing higher, spinning faster

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Constant Vigilance

Craig Merkey learned one of his foundations of aquatic safety a long time ago: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Merkey, associate

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Safe & Secure

At the end of the day, sports are supposed to be fun. Spectators at sporting events want to have an enjoyable and relaxing time taking in a game,

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Eye on the Skies

It was in 1907 that Scouting movement founder and English soldier Robert Baden-Powell devised the motto, “Be prepared.” More than 100 years

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Schoolyard Transformations

In some communities across the United States, schoolyards are becoming much more than just a place for kids to run around during recess. Schoolyards

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inPERSPECTIVE / COLLEGE RECREATION: Meeting the Needs of Gen Z

By Zackary Ziegler, Julia Morris, Caitlin Blair & Peter Titlebaum The rise of Gen Z has led to a wave of cultural beliefs and ideologies in

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inDESIGN / INCLUSIVE PARKS: Shifting Park Design From Accessible to Truly Inclusive

  By PJ Novick and Matt Carlile Imagine growing up thinking that playgrounds just aren’t made for you. For children of

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inSERVICE: Play It Forward Provides Much-Needed Sporting Equipment

When she was 12 years old, Emmi Eisner visited a local elementary school in Pacoima, Calif., and was dismayed to find out that many schools cannot

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Wild Dunes Resort Updates Its Boardwalk

Located off the coast of Charleston, S.C. lies the Isle of Palms—the home of the Wild Dunes Resort, a Hyatt gated community with beautiful beaches,

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Sacred Heart Unveils Its New Crown Jewel

In January, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., unveiled its new $70 million, world-class collegiate ice complex. January 14 marked the end

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Trails, Outdoor Fitness Among Commonly Planned Additions

Nearly half (44.5%) of respondents to the Industry Report survey in 2022 said that they currently include walking and hiking trails at their

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TrailNation Collaborative Will Advance Active Transportation Networks

A new collaborative community will unite public leaders, advocates and professionals to advance the development of trails and other active-

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Site Furnishings

Time-Tested The Economizer 6-foot backed bench is built to stand the test of time. Made from 100% recycled plastic, it is extremely easy to

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New Product Ideas_February 2023

On Deck Touch Deck PVC is a reinforced membrane created to renovate and waterproof decks in aquatic facilities. This 80mil thick membrane

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Step Into Swim Celebrates Program Partnerships

Step Into Swim, an initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) dedicated to creating more swimmers through safe swim education, announced

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New Signage Program Celebrates History Along the Great American Rail-Trail

A new program of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation will draw attention to the history that is embedded in the

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John Deere Previews CONEXPO-CON/AGG Presence

John Deere will have its largest presence ever at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 this March in Las Vegas. Totaling 80,000 square feet of booth space, John

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Bradley’s Top Fill Multi-feed Soap System Now Available with WashBar Models

Simplify soap refills while saving time and money with Bradley’s new

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SYNLawn Celebrates 20 Years in the Artificial Turf Industry

SYNLawn is celebrating 20 years of leading the industry as the largest manufacturer and unrivaled innovator of artificial grass and synthetic

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BioLab Adds Chris Arp to BioGuard Sales Team

BioLab, the maker of BioGuard water treatment products, announced that it has hired Chris Arp to the position of Western Regional Manager for its

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Dixie Chopper Acquires Former Coatesville Facility

Dixie Chopper has finalized its purchase of the former manufacturing facility located in Coatesville, Indiana. The original family farm where Dixie

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ORR Highlights 2022 Recreation Industry Wins in Third Annual Report

2022 was an incredible year for the record-breaking $862 billion outdoor recreation industry. Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) facilitated the

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PHTA Announces Standards Revision of APSP-16 and APSP-1

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) kicked off its 40th year as a standards developer by announcing the review and revision of ANSI/APSP/ICC-16

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Toro Introduces Groundsmaster e3200

Toro announced that its world-class out-front rotary mower, the Groundsmaster 3200 two-wheel drive unit, will be available as a battery-powered

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Toro Adds Battery Option to MDX Utility Vehicle

The Toro® Workman® MDX has been a trusted utility vehicle for grounds maintenance crews for more than 20 years. Bringing that history to the age of

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Yanmar CE NA Announces Expansion Plans

Yanmar Compact Equipment North America (Yanmar CE NA), encompassing the Yanmar Compact

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Kubota Introduces KX030-4 Compact Excavator

Kubota Tractor Corporation announced the newest addition to its robust compact excavator lineup, the

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Santa Cruz Fun Foods Launches ICEE Popcorn

Ask anyone their favorite flavor of popcorn and responses will include everything from sea salt to caramel to butter even cheesy or drizzled in

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L-Acoustics A15i Is Breath of Fresh Air for CITYPARK

Stand back, NFL—Major League Soccer (MLS) is looking to make a move on the title for loudest sport in the stadium. CITYPARK, the new home of St.

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Forefront Production Brings Adamson CS-Series to The Shore School

Shore School’s The Smith Auditorium is a professionally built 600-seat theatre at the North Sydney campus. With the theatre

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Study Shows Effectiveness of WAVE Drowning Detection Technology

The device looks like a simple headband, but it has a superpower: it can help save someone you love from drowning.    Drownings happen

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Rain Bird Expands GSV Series

Rain Bird has added a new IC (Integrated Control) model to its Golf Solenoid Valve (GSV) Series product line. This new model provides the many

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Swim Lesson Outreach to Minorities, Underserved Falls Slightly

Some audiences tend to be left out when it comes to learn-to-swim opportunities, with economic as well as racial disparities having a heavy impact on

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Step Into Swim Reaches 23,500 Kids in 2022

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) recently reviewed the achievements of its Step Into Swim program for 2022, announcing that the program raised

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Most Commonly Planned New Program? Mind-Body Balance

Mind-body balance programs like yoga and tai chi were the most commonly planned program among respondents to Recreation Management’s 2022

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Pickleball Still on the Rise

A new participation report from the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) shows that America’s fastest-growing sport has enjoyed even higher

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U.S. Soccer Foundation Launches Coach Training to Help Improve the Youth Sports Experience

The U.S. Soccer Foundation launched Coach-Mentor Training™, a new suite of offerings for youth sports coaches to build their skills to serve as

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Sustained Demand for Trails and Active Transportation Infrastructure Evident in Federal Appropriations Bill

In an analysis of the federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed by Congress at the end of December, Rails-to-Trails

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KABOOM! Announces a New Board Member

KABOOM!, the national nonprofit committed to ending playspace inequity for good, announced a new board member to continue driving its mission forward

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Keep America Beautiful Announces 2022 Awards

Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, has recognized 25 community organizations and individuals

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Partnership Between Trust for Public Land and College of Charleston to Identify Pathways to Park Equity Through Policy

Trust for Public Land’s 10-Minute Walk Program and the College of Charleston have launched a partnership to identify and advance the high-impact

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Clarissa García Selected as New Chief Communications and Engagement Officer at NRPA

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the nation’s leading advocate for parks and recreation, announced Clarissa García will join the

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JLG Teams With Hockey Day MN for Outdoor Rink and Venue Design

Just months after completing the award-winning renovation of White Bear Lake

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Percussion Play Introduces Cattail Chimes

Percussion Play announces the launch of a new range of chimes that have been designed

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Bobcat Introduces TL519 Telehandler

Bobcat announced the all-new TL519 telehandler, the most compact telehandler in its current lineup. At just 6-feet wide, the TL519 brings powerful

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AquaBanas Announces Deal With Commercial Recreation Specialists

AquaBanas and Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS) have announced a distribution agreement that will give CRS exclusive sales representation in

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Industry Veteran Joins FITBENCH as VP of Sales

As FITBENCH continues its impressive growth and further solidifies its position as a fitness industry innovator and leader, the company has tapped

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Lakefront Beach Sees Much-Needed Upgrades

  Opened at Fort Meadow Lake in 1966 as a celebration of the Town of Hudson’s centennial year,

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Four-Legged Fun

  According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), more

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What's the Top Program for Health Clubs? Functional Fitness

The only type of programming offered by more health club respondents to the Industry Report survey in 2022 than in 2021 was functional fitness.

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Wearable Tech Is Top Fitness Trend

The American College of Sports Medicine has released its annual look at the top fitness trends going into the new year. Now in its 17th year, this

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ICAA Forum Think Tank Report Explains How to Operationalize Wellness

The senior living industry is embracing the need to change. In large or small shifts, at a rapid or measured pace, updated models are emerging that

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Majority of Americans Say Trails Are Important to Community Well-Being

New data released today by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the nation’s largest trails advocacy organization, shows trail use and demand for

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NRPA: Park and Recreation Agencies Are Leaders in Low-Cost Recreation Activities

Households across the nation are looking for affordable recreation opportunities, according to the latest National Recreation and Park Association (

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Bobcat Company Compact Loader Creators Inducted Into National Inventors Hall of Fame

Cyril and Louis Keller, the brothers who invented the world’s first compact loader (later named the Bobcat® skid-steer loader), have been selected as

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John Deere Debuts New Products During CES 2023 Keynote

During John Deere’s CES 2023 keynote address, the company revealed two new technologies, ExactShot™ and an electric excavator, that will help Deere’s

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Trex Commercial / Staging Concepts Is Now Sightline Commercial Solutions

 A renowned leader in architectural solutions for the commercial building arena is kicking off the new year with a new name.  Formerly

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Johnson Health Tech Promotes Andrew Kolman and Patty Parrott to Leadership Roles

Johnson Health Tech (JHT) announced the promotions of two key leaders on the global product development and marketing team, both effective January 1

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Swimming Ahead

  Survey Methodology This report is based on a survey conducted for Recreation Management by Stamats Inc., an independent research

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Tough Turf

With the rise of multi-use, revenue-generating philosophies in recreation, synthetic turf surfaces have become more popular, though natural grass

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Four-Legged Fun

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), more than 23 million American households—nearly one in five

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A Home for Wellness

Many of us have the best intentions when it comes to exercising more and making that part of our regular routine. But with tight schedules and full

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inPERSPECTIVE / LIGHTING: Dive Into the Benefits of Natatorium Luminaires

By Lynn Walldorf Indoor pools are hard on light fixtures. The exposure to a warm and humid environment with the addition of chlorine or salt is

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inPRACTICE / RESTROOMS & BUILDINGS: Lakefront Beach Sees Much-Needed Upgrades

Opened at Fort Meadow Lake in 1966 as a celebration of the Town of Hudson’s centennial year, Centennial Beach has been a popular summertime spot

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Fundraising for Club Sports

By Elizabeth Huber & Peter Titlebaum, Ed.D.   Finding students who want to try out and play club sports is not a hard

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East Carolina University Makes Some Noise

Before kickoff at each East Carolina University (ECU) football game, Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” is played over the sound system at Dowdy-Ficklen

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Do One Thing Differently

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” — Robin Sharma, writer The carousel of the seasons turns around and around, and once

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Measuring & Weighing the Aquatic Industry

After a couple of years of eye-opening pandemic-driven data, this year’s Aquatic Trends report is a much-wished-for return to… well, almost normal

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Grounds Maintenance Products

Dethatch Turf & More The FDS series is engineered to handle a variety of surfaces, from the contours and undulations of a golf course to the

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New Products for 2023

The Core of Play Nucleus Core® is the beginning of an incredible play experience that keeps children moving, discovering and surprising themselves

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New Aquatic Products for 2023

Goal! AntiWave’s new Global Inflatable Goals blend high-quality, durable materials with a compact and easy-to-transport lightweight design. An

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Ys and Schools Lead on Youth, Adaptive Sports

Ys, schools and parks are generally the most likely to provide sports programming of any kind, according to Recreation Management’s State of

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SFIA Sees Positive Trends in Team Sports

A new report from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) reveals that while participation in teams sports is increasing, numbers have

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U.S. Soccer Foundation Announces Creation of Kevin Payne Community Impact Award

The U.S. Soccer Foundation announced that it will honor longtime Board Member Kevin Payne by creating a new award in his honor. The Kevin Payne

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National Park Foundation Supports New Study Identifying Civil Rights Sites for Preservation by the National Park Service

Will Shafroth, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official nonprofit of the National Park Service (NPS), made the following

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Competitive Aquatic Programming Sees Increase in 2022

Most types of competitive aquatic programming were slightly more common in 2022 than in 2021, according to the latest Aquatic Trends Survey.

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USA Swimming Expands Community Impact Grant Program

With 21 clubs across the U.S. already receiving support, USA Swimming announced that additional programs are now eligible to receive $5,000 grants

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American Council on Exercise (ACE) Wins Brandon Hall Award

The American Council on Exercise, a leader in innovative health and fitness education, won

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Sports Field Management Association Announces 2022 ‘Field of the Year’ Winners

Sports Field Management Association (SFMA) – the non-profit, professional association for the 2,700 men and women

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Two Fitness Industry Veterans Join IHRSA Board of Directors

IHRSA, the Global Health & Fitness Association, today announced that its leadership elected two new members of its Board of Directors at its

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Trust for Public Land Reacts to Release of 2022 CityHealth Rankings

CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, released its annual awards to the nation’s largest cities with gold,

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Synthetic Turf Is Top Planned Sports Addition

When it comes to existing and planned sports facilities, respondents to the Industry Report survey were most likely to currently have outdoor sports

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Sports Facilities Recognized With ASBA Awards

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has

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New Report Highlights 12 Latino Heritage Landmarks in Need of Protection

A new report titled, “National Landmarks We Need to Protect: A Hispanic Access Foundation Toolkit,” highlights 12 Latino heritage sites that embody

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Greenfields Outdoor Fitness Partners With Ninja Competitor Adam Rayl to Promote Fitness in Public Spaces

Greenfields Outdoor Fitness, Inc. is partnering with Adam Rayl, six-time American Ninja Warrior Finalist and National Ninja League 2019 World

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NFWF Announces $2 Million in Conservation Grants From New England Forests and Rivers Fund

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced $2 million in grants to restore and sustain healthy forests and rivers that provide

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Four Individuals Inducted Into Adaptive Sports Hall of Fame in 2022

The National Adaptive Sports Hall of Fame Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to summer and winter

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Spa and Hot Tub Cover Legislation Signed Into Law by New York Governor

Governor Kathy Hochul of New York signed AB8646 into law on November 23, creating a path for spa and hot tub owners to safely meet state barrier

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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Announces Progress and Record Year in Investments Toward Completing Great American Rail-Trail

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) today shared progress made in 2022 along the Great American Rail-Trail®, the organization’s signature project that

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Study: Teens Who Play Team Sports More Likely to Vape, Less Likely to Smoke

Use of e-cigarettes, known as vaping, increases respiratory problems similarly to cigarette smoking, and there have been vaping related deaths among

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ASBA Announces Jerry Douglas as Winner of Industry Merit Award

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities

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Bobcat Recaps New Products & Announcements From 2022

As the year comes to an end, the team at Bobcat Company is recapping the major milestones that make 2022 a year to remember. A global leader in

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Profile Products Opens New Manufacturing Facility in Georgia

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