In The News

Calendar Additions

The October issue of Parks & Rec Business featured a listing of 2004 events of interest (In the News, page 8, and on-line at Here are a couple of 2004 events that have since been added to the calendar. We'll run a full and updated list in the January 2004 issue…

• The Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society Conference and Trade Show will be held in Covington, Ky., Jan. 30 to Feb. 3. For more information, call Don Stosberg at (502) 696-9834 or

• The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) presents International Youth Sports Congress, Sept. 17-19, in Indianapolis. For more information, call (800) 688-KIDS or go to

• The Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association's 2004 Trade Show will be held in Green Bay, Nov. 3-4. For more information, call (414) 423-1210 or go to

CCA Update, Part 2

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 3-0 to deny the petition to ban CCA-treated wood on playgrounds. According to Scott Wolfson, CPSC spokesperson, "The Commission believes that the EPA agreement with the industry to phase out CCA by Dec. 31, rescinding the registration of CCA as a legal pesticide, and our continuing work with EPA on studying stains and sealants, supported such a vote."

Water Technology's New Digs

BEAVER DAM, Wis. -- Just about everyone in this picturesque Wisconsin town knows where Water Technology's office is. The aquatic design and engineering company made a big splash when it renovated the downtown building originally built in 1897.

The company also expanded into the adjacent building, which was the site of the neighborhood bowling alley. The alleys have been refurbished and used as long work tables.

A 100-foot waterslide winds its way through the first floor design studio. A life-size cartoon character of an engineer with a set of plans watches over the slide, while a little girl plunges out of the slide and into the lobby. Tubes, lifeguard equipment and shade structures also complement the theme.

The second floor features a refurbished vintage 1950s bar with its original stools and lighting. The expansion and renovation has opened up an additional 6,700 square feet for design studios, marketing offices and meeting rooms for training, seminars and group design sessions.

Chuck Neuman, president of Water Technology, says that the expansion was needed to build more space and provide "a creative and comfortable place to work that would promote a relaxed atmosphere that would inspire creativity."

Water Technology was recently presented with the 2003 World Waterpark Association's Industry Leadership Award at the association's annual conference in Palm Springs. The award is presented annually to suppliers that have "set an exceptional standard for the industry over the years." Mr. Neuman was appointed to the association's executive board after a year's sabbatical.

Additionally, Judith Leblein CPRP, operations analyst for Water Technology, was inducted into the association's Hall of Fame, joining Neuman, who was in the first class inducted. The association recognized her for her overall contributions to the industry, and her dedication to training and workshops at its annual conference where she has been voted one of the association's best speakers for the past five years.


The following listing should have been included under Water Parks in the Product Category section of Parks & Rec Business magazine's October 2003 Buyer's Guide:

Waterworks International

IL * 800-932-3123

Interactive water play, Jumping Jets, Splash ZONE, fountain equipment.

The updated Buyer's Guide listings can be found at

NRPA Names New Executive Director

ASHBURN, Va. -- John A. Thorner, CAE, has been appointed executive director of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Thorner previously served as the chief executive officer of the Air and Waste Management Association in Pittsburgh, and as director of public affairs and general counsel of the Water Environment Federation in Alexandria, Va.

During the '80s, Thorner was environmental counsel and director of communications for the American Paper Institute/National Forest Products Association.

Thorner began his career as a journalist and lawyer, was a reporter for Legal Times, the Associated Press, The Washington Post and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and was a legal counsel for the National Labor Relations Board.

Thorner received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. He also has a master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His undergraduate degree in history and political science was from Duke University, where he served as the managing editor of The Duke Chronicle.

Thorner was on the boards of directors of the American Institute of Physics and the American Association of Engineering Societies. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives. He is a certified association executive and is licensed to practice law in two states and the District of Columbia.