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Splashpad Catalog

MONTREAL -- Vortex Aquatic Structures International Inc. offers a catalog of its Splashpad products. The catalog includes a Splashpad overview, various product features -- like Water Cannons, Ground Sprays, Columns, Arches and Loops, the company's Fantasy Play Series with Sample Splashpads, Automated Water Distribution Systems, Spray Effects, Flow Valve and more. Also included is a section on quality and safety and a color selection guide. For more information, call (877) 5-VORTEX or go to www.vortex-intl.com.

Ballast System for Lifeguard Platforms

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Spectrum Aquatics has developed a Platform Ballast System for use with portable lifeguard platforms that are used at outdoor aquatics facilities. The ballast system provides stability for non-stationary platforms while continuing to allow for ease of transport from one deck location to another, the company says. The Platform Ballast System is available for use with Spectrum's Discovery and Marshall portable lifeguard platforms as an optional accessory item. Systems are also available as retrofit kits for mounting to existing portable lifeguard platforms, including those that are not manufactured by Spectrum. For more information, call (800) 791-8056 or got to www.spectrumaquatics.net.

Skatepark Catalog

JOPLIN, Mo. -- American Ramp Company Inc. provides a catalog detailing its skatepark ramps, obstacles and services. The catalog includes skate statistics, breakdowns of each product line, sample designs, ramp descriptions, a glossary of terms, construction option pros and cons, general building specifications, fundraising tips, FAQs and a list of representatives. For more information, call (877) RAMPS-R-US or go to www.americanrampcompany.com.

Let it Snow

ANDERSON, Ala. -- SnowMasters introduces The SnoWizard, the make it snow snowman. The 27" tall snowman generates tons of snow from his carrot nose into the air, which travels down like real snow, the company says. The company says that its line of evaporative snow machines creates snow that evaporates in seconds, leaves no residue, is biodegradable, non-toxic and non-allergenic, and can be used in 100-degree weather. For more information, call (256) 229-5551 or go to www.snowmasters.com.

Web Site Updates

BROADVIEW, Ill. -- Porter Athletic has updated its Web site at www.porter-ath.com to allow facility managers, coaches and administrators to purchase stock products on-line with Visa or MasterCard. Porter Athletic has also updated its Web site to make it easier to obtain information, such as technical details and drawings, at the Web site. A list of Porter sales representatives and dealers is also available on the company's Web site. For more information, call (708) 338-2000 or go to www.porter-ath.com.

Site Amenity Catalog

MADISON, Wis. -- Gerber Manufacturing Ltd. offers a catalog of its site amenities. Products highlighted in the catalog include the company's line of traditional picnic tables, specialty tables, grills, park benches, poolside furniture, bike racks, and more. The catalog includes specifications and prices. For more information, call (800) 393-9923 or go to www.gerbertables.com.

Cliff Climber

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Playworld Systems introduces the Cliff Hanger. This rock-climbing activity helps develop upper body and grip strength, the company says. It can be attached to 60" and 72" decks and the stylized hand and footholds make the climbs and ascents safe, the company adds. The Cliff Hanger can be either free-standing or used as a modular play component. For more information, call (800) 233-8404 or go to www.playworldsystems.com.

Pool Equipment

MEDINA, Ohio -- Competition Swim Products offers a catalog for its Competitor line of products. Products detailed include clocks and timers, starting platforms, racing lanes and replacement parts, reels, water polo rinks, accessories, flags, goggles and more. The catalog includes color photos and specifications. For more information, call (800) 888-7946 or go to www.competitorswim.com.

Recycled Plastic Lumber Bench

AKRON, Ohio -- The Plastic Lumber Company Inc. introduces the Siena Bench. The company describes it as an upscale bench comprised of a stylish powder-coated cast aluminum framework and recycled plastic lumber slats. The slats are available in a variety of UV-stabilized colors. The framework is available in black only. For more information, call (800) 886-8990.

Lift/Picker

JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Glenmac Inc. offers the new Harley Model B Hi-Lift/Picker for large-capacity stone removal, large or small space site work and more. The company says that it picks stones, roots and trash from 1/2" to 18" diameter, it doubles as a track screener and beach cleaner, has a PTO drive and 35 to 75 hp tractor and 11 GPM at 1,500 psi hydraulic required. For more information, call (800) 437-9779 or go to www.glenmac.com.

Arts & Crafts Catalog

PLYMOUTH, Minn. -- Triarco Arts & Crafts offers a 355-page, full-color catalog for its selection of arts and crafts products. Product categories featured include airbrushing, bead crafts, books, calligraphy, cutting tools, decorative crafts, drawing, drafting, easels, enameling, fabric decorating, games, jewelry making, markers, metal crafts, modeling, paints, papers and boards, printmaking, sculpture, sign making, stained glass, textile crafts, weaving, woodcrafts and more. The catalog includes photos, specifications and pricing information. For more information, call (763) 559-5590 or go to www.trarcoarts.com.

Pool Products

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. -- Aquam Aquatic Specialist Inc. provides a 54-page, full-color catalog for its pool products. Pool products detailed include various types of balls, benches, buoys, cones, diving boards and accessories, fins, floats, fitness equipment, goggles, grab rails, jogging belts, lifeguard chairs, clocks and timers, first aid and rescue equipment, sport equipment and more. Photos and specifications are included for each product. For more information, call (877) 766-5872 or go to www.aquam.com.

Pool Climbing Wall

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Sprint Aquatics offers Pyramide's Aqua Climb. Rising from the water, the Aqua Climb wall has been designed for swimmers to add to their workout or playtime without leaving the water. The panels have a gently-textured, non-slip surface. The Aqua Climb can be permanently installed or designed as a portable structure. For more information, call (800) 235-2156 or go to www.sprintaquatics.com.

Playground Surfacing

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Playworld Systems offers Cushion Play, made entirely from recycled rubber tires. Cushion Play is available in three thickness choices for different fall heights in four different colors. The company says Cushion Play is IPEMA certified, meets all ADA requirements and exceeds all CPSC guidelines for shock absorption. The company adds that it is virtually maintenance free and dries quickly after wet weather. For more information, call (800) 233-8404 or go to www.playworldsystems.com.

Outdoor Furniture & Accessories

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Landscape Forms offers a full-color, 35-page catalog for its line of site furnishings. Products include the company's benches, receptacles, shade structures, tables, chairs, urns and bike racks. Photos, descriptions and specifications are included with each product. For more information, call (800) 521-2546 or go to www.landscapeforms.com.

Background Checks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Rapsheets.com introduces Regional Criminal Searches to its line of instant records checks, allowing users to search one name in up to 10 states simultaneously and get instant results. The Regional Searches cover the five major regions in the U.S. -- Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and Northwest. Each regional search cost $8 per name for Rapsheets.com members, and is slightly higher for non-members. For more information, call (901) 523-1561 or go to www.rapsheets.com.

Accessible Shower

ARLINGTON, Tenn. -- Most Dependable Fountains introduces its Accessible Vandal Resistant Shower. The Model 560 features a metered side of the shower, with the push bar at 40" and the showerhead at 48" to accommodate wheelchair access. The opposite side of the Model 560 features standard foot and shower heads with self-closing valves. The shower is available in nine colors, can be built in 304 schedule 10 stainless steel for areas with high salt and sand and can be both surface mounted or direct buried. For more information, call (800) 552-6331 or go to www.mostdependable.com.

Utility Vehicle

MEDINA, Minn. -- Polaris introduces the Professional Series UTV 1500 2x4, a utility task vehicle available for a suggested retail price of $6,299. The vehicles has an 18-hp V-twin, air-cooled four-cycle engine, heavy duty transmission and lower gearing. The UTV can carry a payload of up to 1,250 lbs., and tow 1,000 lbs., the company says. Foot activated, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes enable quick stopping, while up front independent MacPherson strut suspension with 4.6 inches of travel provides a smooth ride and eases steering, the company adds. Standard features include an audible reverse alarm, an ergonomically designed dash that includes a glove box and an additional storage compartment, and a 360-watt alternator. The UTV is backed by a one-year warranty. For more information, go to www.polarisindustries.com.

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