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Court Surfacing

BALTIMORE -- Premier Concepts Inc. offers PREMIER COURT, which the company says solves cracking problems in hard tennis, basketball and multi-sport playing courts. The patented "Free Floating" surfacing system prevents existing cracks, once they are repaired, from reappearing through the PREMIER COURT. The company reports a 100-percent success rate after 2,300 installations world-wide. Other benefits include a patented cushioning system that provides relief from typical stress on the player's body, it eliminates annual costs associated with crack repair maintenance, and can be installed as a permanent or portable surface, indoors or outdoor. PREMIER COURT comes with a new 15-year warranty program, and is the featured surface for ATP Tour Events such as the Siebel Open, WTA events such as the WTA Championships and Davis & Federation Cup events, among others. For more information, call (800) 458-4675 or go to www.premiercourt.com.

Aquatics Consulting & Engineering

DELANO, Minn. -- USAquatics Inc. is an aquatic consulting/engineer firm that is not affiliated with any proprietary products or construction firms. The company says that this independence allows it to design and specify based on the best quality products, programming and design for any project. USAquatics can assess the functionality and condition of a project and work with the owner and public in the planning and design of a family-oriented aquatics facility that is easy to maintain and operate, the company adds. USAquatics' projects for municipal, institutional and commercial use include recreational pools, competition pools, therapy pools, water slides, zero-depth features, water play features, wave pools, spas, saunas and natatoriums. For more information, call (763) 972-5897 or go to www.usaquaticsinc.com.

Lifeguard Chair

ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- WMS Aquatics offers Tailwind's LF510 Guard Chair. The chair is designed with angled front legs for added stability and cross braces on the back that are functional and also capture the look of beach lifeguard chairs from yesteryear, the company says. A cup holder, umbrella holder and non-slip surface on platforms are standard on all lifeguard chairs. There are seven models and four colors to choose from, and all are made from recycled plastic (milk containers) and S.S. fasteners. They can be left outdoors year round, and the company says they never need painting or staining and will not rot or splinter. For more information, call (800) 426-9460 or go to www.wmsaquatics.com.

Sports Towels

BARABOO, Wis. -- McArthur Towel and Sports introduces the Signature Series Olive Green (UGLY) Towels. The company says the towels are made of super absorbent and durable 100-percent ring-spun cotton, offering theft prevention and stain defense. A printable cam border can be used for custom or stock name drops. Sizes range from 12x12 to 24x48, in weights from .75 lbs./dozen and case packs from 25-dozen to eight dozen. For more information, call (800) 356-9168 or go to www.mcarthur-towels.com.

Textured Fiberglass Receptacles

POTTSVILLE, Pa. -- United Receptacle introduces the Cornerstone Series, the newest addition to the Barclay Series fiberglass line. Seven new designs are available with new textured fiberglass finishes. The company says the series is impervious to pool chemicals and salt air and has the look and feel of concrete at a fraction of the weight. For indoor applications, the designs are available in a Dura-Tone finish. Models range in size from 15 to 40 gallon capacities, with choices between four covered top models and three open top models. The 40-gallon ash/trash model features the Weather Urn to conceal smoker's waste. For more information, call (800) 233-0314 or go to www.unitedrecept.com.

Swimming & Water Safety Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Red Cross announces the release of the American Red Cross swimming and water safety program for Summer 2004. Changes and enhancements to the program include a new and improved Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course, consumer benefits and new tools. Consumer benefits include instructor training that emphasizes the importance of ensuring that parents know what to expect, how they can help and how their children are progressing. New tools include videos available in DVD and VHS formats and a CD-ROM packaged with manuals and resources. For more information, visit www.redcross.org or www.redcross.org/article/0,1072,0_312_2249,00.html.

Pace Clock

MEDINA, Ohio -- Competitor Swim Products offers the Race Time Pace Clock, which the company says features twice the visibility of other pace clocks. The Race Time Pace Clock measures 41" x 38", with over two-and-a-half times the surface for optimum visibility from the water, and is constructed from powder-coated, lightweight aluminum. The clock features a polycarbonate face that is UV stabilized and quadruple-coated carbon steel hands. The clock ships fully assembled and ready-to-use with wall, post or pole mounts. Also included is a detachable rolling stand for ease of movement. For more information, call (800) 888 SWIM or go to www.competitorswim.com.

Playground Drums

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Playworld Systems offers new colorful drums designed to create an interactive musical playground experience. They can be easily added to an existing play structure or area, or be grouped with Playworld's bells and chimes to create a separate musical center. Played like bongos and available in varying lengths and diameters, each drum creates a different sound. Free-standing options include single and triple drum tables in a variety of color choices. A set of two drums can be placed on a panel and installed at either ground or deck level. For more information, call (800) 233-8404 or go to www.playworldsystems.com.

Pool Surface Finishing

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- Aquatic Technologies offers AQUAGUARD 5000, which is a specially-formulated, high-performance thermosetting epoxy resin that is reinforced with proprietary fillers and modified acrylic for increased physical strength, chemical resistance, and superior bonding properties, the company says. It is a chemical resistant protective coating for pool surfaces and other aquatic features such as fountains, spas and ponds, and is formulated to be "spray" applied to steel, concrete or fiberglass surfaces in a single coat application. For more information, call (888) 696-4389 or go to www.aquatic-tech.net.

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.

Climbing Play System

MINNEAPOLIS -- Landscape Structures introduces SpaceLink, a new climber that enables playground planners to connect Spacenet climbers directly to PlayBooster play systems. Spacenets are intricate three-dimensional climbing structures made of nylon wrapped steel cable ranging in height from 8' to 18'. With the introduction of SpaceLink, the climbers can now be linked in continuous play fashion to 72" decks on the PlayBooster play system. For more information, call (888) 4FUNLSI or go to www.playlsi.com.

Recycled Plastic Lumber Bench

AKRON, Ohio -- The Plastic Lumber Company Inc. offers 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.

Fluid Strainer System

BRADLEY, Ill. -- USFilter Stranco Products offers the National Line Fluid Strainer System, which is designed to catch debris before it can enter swimming pool or spa pumps and cause clogs, impeller damage or shutdowns. The company says it is the only fiberglass strainer listed by NSF International to ANSI/NSF Standard 50-1996 for pool and spa applications. The unique vertically-pleated basket made of corrosion-resistant 16-guage stainless steel traps the tiniest particles of debris, the company adds. For more information, call (888) 766-5987 or go to www.strancoaquatics.com.

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