Field Notes

PEM Surface Creations , a St. Louis-based company and provider of slip-resistant matting, is celebrating its 15 th anniversary.

Curtis Industries LLC , a producer of cab enclosures and accessories, hired Michael Alexander as Vice President of Marketing & Sales, reporting to John Rachwalski, President and CEO.  Alexander comes to Curtis Industries, LLC from Club Car Corporation.

Bobcat Company and Menlo Worldwide Logistics announced the expansion of operations at Bobcat’s Manufacturing Support Center (MSC) in Bismarck, N.D. Bobcat also announced plans to acquire additional land at the Northern Plains Commerce Center (NPCC), to create an Innovation Center for product development and testing.

--------------------------------------------------------------------- By The Numbers

Number of waterparks in North America: More than 1,000*

*These numbers comprise all waterpark facilities, including municipal/city-owned pools with waterpark features, as well as corporately owned waterparks, independently owned waterparks and indoor waterpark resorts/hotels.

Number of waterparks throughout the rest of the world: about 600

Average attendance growth per year (North America over last 5 years): 1 to 3 percent

Fastest-growing segments of the waterpark industry in North America: Indoor waterpark resorts and municipally owned/city owned waterparks

Information provided by the World Waterpark Association


Walker Mowers Updates Website

Walker Manufacturing recently upgraded its website. Visit to check out product videos as well as new zoom capabilities to view engine compartments, key features, and popular options from multiple angles.

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Hot On The Trails

Don't miss out on the opportunity to nominate an outstanding person, project, or organization that has impacted the world of trails over the last two years. The National Trails Awards are one way American Trails recognizes the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working to create a national system of trails for all Americans. The deadline for nominations is October 31, 2012. To see a description of all the award categories, check out .

--------------------------------------------------------------------- ASTM Launches Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity   (LOGO below)

W. Conshohocken, Penn.--Responding to increasing requests from suppliers and their customers, ASTM International has developed a new program--Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity.  Launched in April 2012, this latest offering is an outgrowth of ASTM’s certification programs.

A major benefit to suppliers will be the evidence that they can offer their customers regarding conforming to ASTM test methods. Product test results will be registered with ASTM, and supporting documentation will show the supplier’s registration and acceptance by an independent third party.

Sponsored and administered by ASTM International, the new program is available to any supplier, manufacturer, distributor or private brand owner. In a typical scenario, suppliers having products tested to ASTM test methods will register specific information regarding their products, accredited labs and the ASTM test methods. Once accepted by ASTM, the supplier can provide the documentation or request ASTM to provide documentation to their customers.

Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity conforms to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17050-1 and 17050-2 Conformity Assessment-Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity. The new ASTM program applies to ASTM test methods; it does not apply to ASTM specifications.

For more information, visit .

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Celebrity Fitness Expert Kicks Off Nationwide Program

Los Angeles, Calif.--Billy Blanks Jr. is bringing his latest creation, Dance With Me, to fitness centers across the U.S. as he begins his Nationwide Certification Tour that will host events in every major city across the United States.

Dance With Me is a total-body, high-energy, cardio dance workout that is infused with all styles of dance including Hip Hop, Bollywood, Line Dancing, Ballroom, Disco, Broadway, African, Russian, Irish, Hula, and so much more!  Participants can burn 500 to 1,000 calories per workout, increase their stamina and free their mind, body and spirit.

The program will be featured at this year’s IDEA World Fitness Convention to be held in San Diego in July.

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17-18 North Dakota Recreation & Park Association Quarterly Meeting, Williston, N.D.;


27-31 Florida Recreation and Park Association, Orlando, Fla.—Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek;


TBA Nebraska Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference, Reno, Nev.—Best Western Airport Plaza;

9-11 South Carolina Recreation and Park Association Conference, Greenville, S.C.—Embassy Suites;

17-21 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, Knoxville, Tenn.—Knoxville Crown Plaza;

18-21 Minnesota Parks & Recreation Association Annual Conference and Exhibit, Brainerd, Minn.—Cragun’s Resort;

25-27 South Dakota Parks & Recreation Association Annual Conference, Huron, N.D.;

25-29 Montana & Idaho Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Missoula, Mont.—Holiday Inn Downtown;