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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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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ASBA Announces Industry Award Winners

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for design professionals, builders and suppliers of materials and

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Play Along

Playground Trends, From Towers & Ropes to Nature, Inclusion & More I think it’s safe to say that most of us occasionally daydream

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Pool Pizzazz

Accessories to Improve Programming, Safety, Efficiency & Accessibility Adding pool accessories is the easiest and most budget-friendly way to

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The Kids Are Alright

Summer Camps Continue to Evolve With the Times Wait a second. Are the kids alright? A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study found a

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Off the Ground

Building Successful Skateparks & Bike Parks Skateparks and bike parks can be a huge benefit to communities, essential to revitalizing an area

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Seasoned Consumer and Health Policy Advocate Joins IHRSA

WASHINGTON, D.C.—December 5, 2022—Liz Clark, president & CEO of IHRSA, the Global Health & Fitness Association, announced today that Mike

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Jennifer Mamlet selected to be JCC Association’s Executive Vice President

NEW YORK — On Thursday afternoon, JCC Association of North America announced the appointment of Jennifer Mamlet, who has served with distinction as

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Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Announces 2022 Award Recipients

(Alexandria, Va.) - The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is proud to announce the winners of its 2022 Awards, including Builder of the Year,

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Trust for Public Land and Interior Department to Partner on Tribal Community Schoolyards Pilot Program

Washington D.C. – Today at the White House Tribal Nations Summit, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a pilot program between the

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It's Complicated

We humans have a tendency to compartmentalize. We’re not always good at seeing the big picture, whether it’s on the micro-level of the health of our

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inPERSPECTIVE / AQUATICS: A Deep Dive Into Swimming Safety

There's plenty of focus on the educational losses of the pandemic in academic terms, but the shutdowns also led to a dearth of opportunities to learn

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inPERSPECTIVE / PROGRAMMING: Outdoor Activities That Have Your Residents Buzzing

From pickleball and treasure hunts to fun with four-legged friends, outdoor recreation trends are bringing people together. By Kathryn Boutwell

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inPRACTICE / ATHLETIC FACILITIES: A New Nexus for Social & Athletic Life

O’Connell Athletic Center, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, Conn. Founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut, the

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inDESIGN / PARKS & TRAILS: Evolving Community Engagement to Create Better Parks & Trails

The best parks and trails are nurtured through a planning process that engages many stakeholders. By Molly Hanson The importance of outdoor

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