Survey Stirs Interest In Liability

We found your article on risk and the liability survey very interesting (“Let’s Keep Looking At Risk,” PRB June).

This is very much on target with issues we are currently working in providing liability insurance within our program, Coast Guard Morale, Well-Being and Recreation for active-duty and family members.

We would be most interested in hearing about your evaluation and report on the findings once you have received input on the survey.


Robert Davis

MWR Specialist, Community Services Command


Mind Your Prose And Q’s


Great article on: Polishing Prose (PRB July). There are some concepts/thoughts that are difficult to put into words. Then the “receiver” of those words utilizes their own perspectives, background, prejudices and mentality to interpret what they mean to them.

This is what gets us into trouble.

Chuck Proulx, CPRP

Parks & Recreation Director

Port St. Lucie, Fla.


UT Partners with AstroTurf on Research Center

Knoxville, Tenn.--The University of Tennessee has partnered with AstroTurf to create the Center for Safer Athletic Fields, which will compare natural grass playing surfaces to synthetic surfaces.

Located at the UT Institute of Agriculture’s East Tennessee Research and Education Center in Knoxville, the new turfgrass center’s geographic location will enable scientists to conduct research on a variety of surfaces from both cool- and warm-season climates. The outdoor research facility will comprise 60 small-scale athletic research fields constructed from a variety of playing surfaces. Field qualities will range from those employed for professional–level sports to surfaces used by schools, public parks and recreation fields. Natural surfaces will be planted with bermudagrass, Kentucky bluegrass and others. Both mechanical and human studies will be performed to create “real play” conditions.

Construction of the Center will take six to eight weeks with ground breaking to take place this summer or early fall.

For more information, visit


Little Tikes Commercial Wins Bid For NJPA

Farmington, Mo.--PlayPower LT Farmington, Inc. which produces the commercial playground equipment brand, Little Tikes Commercial, has been awarded a national contract with National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), a municipal contracting agency which serves all education, government and non-profit agencies. Under the contract, the Little Tikes Commercial brand of products will become the exclusive supplier of playground and recreation-related equipment, accessories and supplies to NJPA members. Their products meet ASTM, US Consumer Product Safety Commission and other safety standards. For more information, contact Gordy Thompson, contract manager, at (218) 894-5489 or


Pettmitt Changes Name To Petmitten

San Antonio, Texas-- PetMitt has changed its name to PetMitten in an effort to more accurately reflect that their product is actually a mitten rather than a bag. PetMittens are mitten-shaped; the pet owner slips one over their hand, picks up the waste, rolls the mitten inside out and traps the waste, ties it off and tosses it in a nearby receptacle. For more information, call (800) 738-6488, or visit


Six Tips For Safer Home Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

Colorado Springs, Colo.--The American Red Cross and National Swimming Pool Foundation want all pool and hot tub owners to make safety their priority by following these safety guidelines:

1. Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround it pool with a 4-foot high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Install alarms on any doors leading to the pool that sound when opened unexpectedly. Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access. Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool.

2. Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young children. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

3. Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.

4. Keep pool or hot tub water clean and clear. Use proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.

5. Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”

6. Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking water safety, first aid and CPR courses.

Learn about Red Cross and NSPF at and


NAYS Sports Administrator Academy Available Online

West Palm Beach, Fla.--The National Alliance for Youth Sports announces their Certified Youth Sports Administrator Academy is available online. The academy is a certification program that provides youth sports administrators with tools to positively impact youth sports organizations. Topics include volunteer and parent management, child abuse prevention, conflict resolution, insurance and risk management, including children with disabilities and more. For more information, visit


Grants Available For Greener Playgrounds

Lewisburg, Penn.--From now through the end of the year, local communities can save some green while going green. Playworld Systems, maker of commercial playground equipment, is offering a special program to not only benefit the health of local communities, but the health of the environment. From now through December 31, 2009, Playworld is underwriting Green Grants for local communities to purchase new green playgrounds. These Green Grants can be used toward a purchase from Playworld’s Activo line. For more information, visit


K&K Insurance launches New Web Site

Fort Wayne, Ind.--K&K Insurance Group, Inc. announces the launch of a new Web site to provide online quoting and binding capabilities for sports camps and clinics. It provides an option to purchase coverage immediately using a credit card. The provider of sports, leisure and entertainment insurance programs is a supplier of coverage to the sports and recreation industry. The program is designed to meet the insurance needs of U.S.-based youth sports camp operations or sports clinics that are held at premises not owned or maintained by the sport camp operator. The program offers commercial general liability; legal liability to participants; medical payments for participants; and hired auto and employers’ non-ownership liability. For more information, call (800) 637-4757, or visit



3-6 Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association Annual Conference, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.—Kalahari Resort & Convention Center;

4-6 Missouri Park & Recreation Association Leadership Development Institute, Unity Village, Mo.—Unity Village Hotel & Conference Center;



3-4 Western Nursery and Landscape Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show, Overland Park, Kan.—Overland Park Convention Center;

24-27 Ohio Parks & Recreation Association, Annual Conference and Trade Show, Akron, Ohio—John Knight Center;