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New Aquatic Management Program Aims to Improve Safety, Efficiency

The American Red Cross and aquatic engineering and design firm Counsilman-Hunsaker are teaming up to provide a new Aquatic Management Program. The new program will employ a team of aquatic operations specialists to design and implement comprehensive operational strategies and management solutions for new and existing facilities of all types and sizes to improve safety, efficiency and sustainability.

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Groups Partner to Promote Healthier, Walkable Communities

A coalition of organizations representing 450,000 professionals involved in industries related to community building, public health and parks creation has pledged support for the advancement of healthier, more walkable and more equitable communities.

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PAC Study Shows Slight Increase in Activity Levels

According to The 2017 Physical Activity Council Participation Report, several activities saw moderate increase, including outdoor, team and fitness categories. These gains, especially among those who participate three times per week or more, contributed to the 0.2 percent decline in inactivity among Americans ages 6 and older. However, inactivity levels remain high at more than 27 percent.

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NFWF Announces Grant Program to Help Restore Angeles National Forest Watersheds

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced that it will be issuing more than $17 million in grants over the next three years to restore watersheds affected by the Copper, Sayre and Ranch fires in the Angeles National Forest.

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Rose Center Partners With Anchorage to Enhance Neighborhood Resiliency

The Rose Center for Public Leadership is working with Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to advise the city on developing tailored resiliency plans for Anchorage neighborhoods and their unique needs.

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Congressional Fitness Challenge Winners Announced

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) announced the winners of its annual Congressional Fitness Challenge, a six-week competition that saw participation form more than 300 congressional staffers and 10 members of Congress.

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Water, Water Everywhere: Designing Flexible Pools

Swimming pools have come a long way from the expected rectangles of the past. Nowadays, aquatic designers take flexibility into account and design aquatic facilities that offer myriad options for programming, competition and recreation.

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Put Your Pool in Overdrive: Programming Your Pool for Success

Successful aquatic facilities require smart approaches to programming. While almost every pool should begin with the basics, there are plenty of ways to make the best use of pool time to grow attendance and revenues.

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New Ways to Save: Improving Efficiency in Pool Operations

In recreation facilities nationwide, swimming pools can eat away a big bite of the budget. Finding ways to operate aquatic facilities more efficiently and effectively is critical.

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Heads Above Water: Lessons, Programs & Technology Help Prevent Drownings

Preventing drowning is a job that takes a diverse team of people who care, from lifeguards to pool operators, swim instructors and beyond. Here's a look at the latest in drowning prevention.

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Cost Calculators: The First Step to Reducing Operating Costs

If you want to lower the operating costs of your aquatic facility, it can be helpful to begin with cost calculators, which can help determine areas of potential savings.

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Free Webinar: Designing Sites With Shade in Mind

April 26, 2017, 2 p.m. EDT

In addition to giving patrons and visitors a place to get out of the sun, shade structures and shelters can help provide a unique aesthetic to your site, as well as protect such equipment as playgrounds and picnic areas.

This webinar will provide a comprehensive look at the orientation, style options and engineering requirements when using pre-engineered shade structures and shelters in parks and other large spaces. Attendees will learn planning insights, as our experts discuss and portray a variety of solutions that are currently available that maximize coverage and protection, and add the highest aesthetic value for the space.

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