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Hex-Shaped Table

AKRON, Ohio -- The Plastic Lumber Company offers its "hex"-shaped table. It is a six-sided structure with a convenient step-through seating design. Routed edges give the hex table a smooth, finished look and it is composed entirely of 100-percent A+ recycled plastic that will never splinter, rot or need painting, the company says. The product includes UV stabilizers that will prevent color fading in the sun, and Earth-friendly advantages include the 1,800 clear plastic milk jugs that are used in making each hex table, the company adds. For more information, call (800) 886-8990 or go to www.plasticlumber.com.

Water Play Checklist

DENVER -- KoalaPlay Group, the commercial play design and development division of Koala Corporation, has made available a listing of design and development issues for owners and operators to consider before building water-play attractions. Available for download at www.koalaplaygroup.com, under the What's New section, the Design Checklist is based on remarks presented by KoalaPlay Group experts at the recent World Waterpark Association national conference, the company says. For more information, call (888) 214-9698 or go to www.koalaplaygroup.com.

Bomb-Resistant Receptacles

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. -- American Innovations Inc. introduces its Bomb Resistant Waste Receptacles. The company says that trash receptacles can be used by terrorists to conceal explosive devices. The company adds that the trash receptacles have been successfully tested to a reliable standard at the Energetic Materials Research and Test Center, an independent testing facility that has been designing and testing ordnance devices for the DOD and aviation industry for more than 50 years. For more information, call (845) 371-3333 or go to www.BombReceptacles.com.

Changeable Banner System

SAN MARCOS, Calif. -- HTS Marketing offs its SIGN SHOP Changeable Banner System. The Changeable Banner System utilizes letters that attach to the banner with Velcro. The company says that the ease and flexibility of changing the message will save time and money for multiple recreation information applications, like special events, tourist information, water parks, camp grounds, food service and more. For more information, call (800) 722-4487 or go to www.htssignshop.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.

Park Bench

CHEROKEE, Iowa -- Pilot Rock Park Equipment introduces the Grey Creek series park bench. The new bench style will fit public parks and streetscapes. All Grey Creek benches incorporate armrests so they are more accessible, and offer surface-mount or embedded installation options. The benches are available in flat or contour designs, galvanized or powder-coated frames, four seat material choices, various colors and three-, four-, six- or eight-foot lengths. For more information, call (800) 762-5002 or go to www.pilotrock.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.

Air & Water Quality Control

BRADLEY, Ill. -- USFilter Stranco Products offers ECS Command, a patented chemical control system that provides control of multiple oxidizers based on system demand regardless of bather load. Fully automated and self-diagnostic, the control system incorporates "artificial intelligence" to provide high-quality levels of air and water quality for both indoor and outdoor pool water applications, the company says. The controller detects chemical feed and pool circulation problems when they occur. For more information, call (888) 766-5987 or go to www.strancoaquatics.com.

Site Furnishing Catalog

OLATHE, Kan. -- Jayhawk Plastics Inc. offers a catalog for its line of Resinwood recycled plastic site furnishings, which the company says does not need to be sealed, painted or stained, and will not rot. The catalog includes photos, specifications and other information on its benches, picnic tables, trash receptacles, golf products, landscaping timbers, decking, custom-made products and more. The catalog also includes a section of frequently asked questions and a rundown on the benefits of Resinwood. For more information, call (800) 444-9789 or go to www.jayhawkplastics.com.

Baseball Diamond Groomer

AURORA, Colo. -- Newstripe introduces the Dirt Doctor. The company says the Dirt Doctor can plow, pulverize, drag, roll and broom the field at one time. The Dirt Doctor features a modular hitch, a tow package, harrow bar, pulverizing bar, lift jack, center grating, a roller and a broom. The company says that it's manufactured from all structural steel for durability, is available in four models and is backed by an 18-month warranty. For more information, call (800) 624-6706 or go to www.newstripe.com.

Wristbands

SHAMOKIN, Pa. -- National Ticket Company offers wristbands made of Tyvek in packs of 100. The company says that smaller packaging makes visually identifying paying customers easier. The wristbands can be used for crowd management, special privileges, catering, height restrictions and any application where a visual means of identification is needed. Made of water-resistant Tyvek, the wristbands are easily applied to the wrist with an adhesive strip, the company adds. The wristbands are available in a variety of bright colors and designs, and can be custom-designed and barcoded. For more information, call (800) 829-0829 or go to www.nationalticket.com.

Shower Tower

ARLINGTON, Tenn. -- Most Dependable Fountains Inc. introduces its Dual Foot & Shower Tower Model 575. It features back to back foot and shower heads, double capacity use and self-closing valves. The company says it's vandal resistant and low maintenance. It comes in nine free standard colors or stainless steel and optional metered valves are available that can be set to run up to 30 seconds. For more information, call (800) 552-6331 or go to www.mostdependable.com.

Basketball System

ST. LOUIS -- Gared Sports introduces its new series of in-ground basketball units. The Gared Pro Series offers fours styles featuring fixed and adjustable height systems, institutional breakaway goals, fitted pole pad for added safety and player protection, steel frame acrylic backboard and board padding and more. The company says that the system is easy to install and operate and has a bolt to ground pole system that allows the user to move the unit if necessary. For more information, call (800) 325-2682 or go to www.garedsports.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 Chimes

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Playworld Systems offers chimes that can be easily added to an existing play structure or area, or be grouped with bells and drums -- also from Playworld Systems -- to create a separate music center, the company says. Three different chime sets provide six different tones and can be placed on panels or banners. The chime banner displays one set, while the chime panel holds two or three sets and is an accessible activity. For more information, call (800) 233-8404 or go to www.playworldsystems.com.

Sail Shade Systems

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Shade Systems Inc. offers pre-engineered "Sails" in a variety of designs. Featuring stainless steel connections and hardware for long life, the company says its Sails add visual interest to a play structure's skyline while protecting children from the sun's dangerous UV rays with up to 95 percent sun screening. Sails can be used on playgrounds, sports fields, concession areas, and any other outdoor gathering place. Pictured here is a recent Sail project completed for Orange County Parks & Recreation in Orlando, Fla. For more information, call (800) 609-6066 or go to www.shadesystemsinc.com.

Brick Engraving

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Brick Markers USA Inc. offers its Vitralase and newly-patented Vitrix products with a lifetime guarantee, the company says. Brick Markers uses a laser-engraving technology that vitrifies the clay brick, paver or ceramic tile into a hardened glass using extreme heat. The company says the final product is a clean, black, blue, brown or green engraving, which offers deep contrast against the various color bricks available. For more information, call (800) 634-8948 or go to www.brickmarkers.com.

Accessible Picnic Table

CHEROKEE, Iowa -- Pilot Rock offers a new accessible park table. The new design is accessible to wheel chairs at both ends and full-length seats offer full capacity seating when wheelchairs are not in place. The portable tables can be 6, 8, 10 or 12 feet long. They meet or exceed current ADA guidelines and top and seat material include lumber, recycled plastic, aluminum and vinyl-coated steel. For more information, call (800) 762-5002 or go to www.pilotrock.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.

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.

Climbers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Landscape Structures introduces two new climbers -- the Conical Climber and the Corner Climber -- that the company says features real climbing-gym style handholds mounted on a flexible, high-strength PVC material. Both can be used with the PlayBooster system. The Conical Climber is also compatible with the PlayShaper System for 2-5 year olds. The reinforced PVC belt material used on both climbers is mounted to a tubular steel frame that is anchored to the ground. The movement of the flexible material within the frame provides an added challenge to climbers as they make their way to the top. For more information, call (888) 4FUNLSI or go to www.playlsi.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.

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.

Skate Rail

MINNEAPOLIS -- Skatewave, a division of Landscape Structures Inc., has introduced its new 14-foot Roller Rail, a curved steel rail that allows skateboarders and BMXers to ride directly onto the obstacle. Roller Rails can be used individually or in succession to create a roller-coaster effect for beginner and advanced riders alike, the company says. The Roller Rail is 14 feet long and 20" high at its apex. For more information, call (866) SK8-WAVE (758-9283) or go to www.skatewave.com.

Playground Products

FORT PAYNE, Ala. -- GameTime introduces TotStuff, a new line of playground products designed for smaller or light traffic facilities. Designed with 2 5/8" O.D. uprights, the company says that TotStuff is ideal for daycare providers, churches, or any customer looking for a low-cost playground alternative to meet the needs of their smaller facility. TotStuff is available in many colors, as well as Clifford themes. For more information, call (800) 235-2440 or go to www.gametime.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.

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