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Special Product Focus--Action Sports Equipment

Three Distinct Skate Park Product Lines

Joplin, Mo.--American Ramp Company now offers three distinct product lines, representing the industry’s three main construction methods. Its all-steel Pro Series ramps carry a 20-year warranty and offer a fastener-free riding surface. The X-Series is a steel-framed structure with a triple-layer riding surface. It also features an interchangeable finish layer. The Stealth Series is a lumber structure with Skatelite Pro or Ramp Armor surfacing.

The company claims it will listen to your needs, share the pros and cons of each method, and let you decide which one is best for your community. For more information or to request a free promo box (catalog, sample materials and DVD), visit www.americanrampcompany.com or call (800) 949-2024.

Woodward Ramps & Rails

Lewisburg, Pa.--Woodward Ramps & Rails skate park equipment by Playworld Systems Inc. offers everything needed to provide skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMX bikers a safe and exciting space to test their skills, develop new tricks, and engage in recreational play. With a variety of ramps, rails, ledges, wedge corners and other products from which to choose, skate parks can be crafted and built to meet the individual needs and interests of any community, school or recreational facility.

Woodward equipment utilizes the most durable, highest quality materials available to assure an outstanding fit for sturdy, safe and attractive equipment. Created with the help of professional skateboarders, these ramps and rails provide users with endless hours of unstructured play and imagination. For more information, visit www.PlayworldSystems.com or call (800) 233-8404.

Skate Parks For All Experience Levels

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Barkman Concrete, a precast concrete manufacturer since 1948, offers Skate Concept concrete skate parks, which can be built for all levels of experience. The company claims it is now incorporating a revolutionary new approach to building concrete skate parks, which delivers perfectly formed and consistent concrete, and creates durable, quiet and low-maintenance skate parks. For more information, visit www.skateconceptl.com or call (800) 342-2879.

Under Cover

Fort Payne, Ala.—GameTime has introduced SunBlox roofs (shade structures), designed to both offer relief from the sun and give your playground a sleek new look. According to the company, the shade structure’s sturdy design allows kids to play comfortably in areas that may have previously become too hot during the peak hours. SunBlox is available in a single-piece fabric cover or in a sail design that integrates four fabric panels into one cohesive design. You can also choose from an array of exciting colors. For more information, visit www.gametime.com or call (800) 235-2440.

Life Fitness Brings Beauty to Benches and Racks

Schiller Park, Ill.—“Beautiful” isn’t a word often heard to describe the typical free-weight area, but the new Signature Series Benches and Racks from Life Fitness are just that. The new products feature high-end design for fitness center managers who look to bring sleek styling, performance and the ability to create a cohesive look and feel to fitness-floor configurations.

“Facility center managers have told us that well-designed, attractive equipment appeals to people who’ve never stepped into a strength-training area before,” said Matt Brennand, senior product manager for Life Fitness. “This variety of visually coordinated products helps us meet that demand.”

The new Signature Series Benches and Racks deliver the performance features experienced free-weight users expect from Life Fitness. The large, flat oval tubing ensures structural stability to meet high-performance needs with a design that’s inviting for first-time users. Exercisers also have an easier time getting into a correct, comfortable position because of the products’ ergonomically sound designs. In addition, the Molded Urethane

Protective Racking System reduces vibration and clanking when racking weights.

Beautifully tough to accommodate frequent use, fitness center managers and staff also will enjoy the urethane bar supports, which guard against wear and tear from metal-on-metal contact; molded paint guards, which prevent chipping at key contact points; and rubber feet, which protect flooring. An integrated labeling system for plate and dumbbell storage helps fitness centers keep weights organized.

For more information, visit www.lifefitness.com or call (847) 288-3300.

Playworld Systems Teams Up with the Partnership for Play Every Day

Lewisburg, Pa.--Recreation equipment manufacturer Playworld Systems Inc. has joined non-profit organization Partnership for Play Every Day as a corporate partner. Playworld will work alongside more than 30 non-profit organizations, government agencies, academic organizations and corporations to promote physical activity and play among children.

The Partnership for Play Every Day was created in February 2007 to offer support for policies, programs and practices that promote daily physical activity among children. As a corporate sponsor, Playworld will contribute to the cause by providing community leadership in its markets, commitment to the internal organization and devout advocacy of the message.

Playworld’s involvement with the Partnership for Play Every Day comes in the midst of its own internal campaign promoting the significant importance of play. In addition to launching a new corporate initiative through its “The World Needs Play” theme, the manufacturer has also taken actions to promote physical activity among its staff by increasing corporate family memberships to local gyms, enhancing the number of yearly fitness-focused family/employee events and implementing a “Healthy for Life” program to promote all-around fitness.

To help spread the message of play beyond its corporate walls, Playworld is creating an advisory board of relevant professionals and experts to promote the importance of play as well as the development of engaging play spaces for individuals, families, friends and communities nationwide.

For more information, visit www.playworldsystems.com.

SoftSide Safety Pads & Padded Flooring

Indianapolis, Ind.—RenoSys Corporation has introduced SoftSide, a custom padding system manufactured for today’s demanding safety fall-zone applications. According to the company, SoftSide is a durable, slip-resistant, textured or non-textured foam padding designed for water playground, spray ground and waterslide use. The product is composed of high-grade PVC with built-in, anti-microbial and UV inhibitors. Softside Safety Pads come ½ inch to 6 inches thick and are purchased as custom-built, watertight pads for owner installation. SoftSide Safety Flooring comes ¼ inch to 2 inches thick and may be purchased for entire floor area installations. SoftSide is backed by a two-year warranty. For more information, visit www.renosys.com or call (800) 783-7005.

FieldTurf Selected for Installation at Legendary Ohio Stadium

Columbus, Ohio--The Ohio State University has selected FieldTurf for installation at historic Ohio Stadium. The announcement was made today by FieldTurf Tarkett CEO John Gilman. The installation began on April 23 and will debut when Ohio State hosts Youngstown State in its 2007 opener on September 1.

FieldTurf will replace the natural grass that the Buckeyes have been playing on since 1990. Prior to that, OSU played on an artificial-turf surface from 1970-89. The Buckeyes will become the fourth Big Ten University to have FieldTurf in a football stadium, joining Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Ohio Stadium is one of the most famous in all of college football. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, it has been home to the Buckeyes since 1922. With a seating capacity of 101,568, it is the fourth-largest, on-campus facility in the United States.

For more information on FieldTurf, please visit www.fieldturf.com or call (800) 724-2969.

Tick & Pest Deterrents

Shawnee, Kan.—Bayer Animal Health reminds pet owners now is the time to consider their options for protecting both themselves and their pets from the discomfort and disease that can be caused by fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.

For dogs residing in rural or suburban settings, or those accompanying their owners in outdoor activities, such as hunting or camping, “the big three”--fleas, ticks and mosquitoes--may pose serious threats. They can lead to a host of Canine Vector Borne Diseases (CVBD), such as ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, heartworm disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Humans need to be careful as well.

In its publication, “What campers, hikers, hunters, and people working outdoors should know,” The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of repellants to protect humans. The CDC states, “Apply repellants to discourage tick attachment. Repellents containing permethrin can be sprayed on boots and clothing, and will last for several days. Repellents containing DEET (n, n-diethyl-m-toluamide) can be applied to the skin, but will last only a few hours before reapplication is necessary.”1

For dogs, K9 Advantix® from Bayer Animal Health is a once-a-month topical flea, tick and mosquito treatment that contains permethrin and imidacloprid. K9 Advantix repels and kills fleas, ticks and mosquitoes on dogs and puppies seven weeks of age and older. K9 Advantix is not for use on cats.

For more information, please visit www.K9advantix.com.

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