SeaKlear Recognized In Fight Against RWI’s

Aquatic facility managers that love SeaKlear PRS will be pleased to learn that the product was recently tested and certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 50 and NSF/ANSI Standard 60 by the Water Quality Association. The Environmental Protection Agency agrees that SeaKlear PRS qualifies as a device which enhances filtration by trapping particles down to 0.5-microns. The Texas Department of State Health Services has also agreed SeaKlear PRS meets the requirements for a supplemental water-treatment system designed to protect the user from recreational waterborne illness, particularly from infection by the parasite Cryptosporidium, in public interactive water features and fountains. Visit .


Word On The Web

On “Faces,” March 14 Week-Ender Blog:

I just want to tell you I really enjoyed your article “Faces.” I saw a preview of it in the PRB newsletter and then followed the link to read the full article online.

As a fellow face-watcher, I love observing the emotions on a person’s face and feel I understand them better by seeing their expressions when they speak, are at rest, or are reacting to situations. I am a people watcher in general as well; I love going to busy places and just sitting and observing.

Thank you so much for your talented turn of phrase and human observations.

Nora O'Donnell

Recreation Coordinator

City of Grover Beach, Calif.


On “Fallback,” August 15 Week-Ender Blog:

I just read your article “Fallback” and BOY did it take me back. I graduated in 1995, and your article was so well written, and descriptive that it made me misty! Keep up the great work!

Crystal Warden

Flagstaff, Ariz.

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Just a note to say that I always enjoy reading your articles!  This week’s was especially great.  I’m a Texas girl that also reflects fondly on Friday nights in the fall.

Penny Renfroe

Whitesboro Texas


Field Notes

HOK has acquired 360 Architecture , re-establishing HOK as a leader in sports and entertainment facility design and giving the firm a significant new presence in Kansas City. 360 Architecture is a designer of stadiums, ballparks, arenas, recreation and wellness centers, and mixed-use entertainment districts.

Henke Manufacturing has signed a sales agreement with FE26 Manufacturers Representatives as their official sales arm in Canada.

Hunter Industries hired Robb Kowalewski as the company’s new Product Manager to support their fast-growing micro irrigation business segment. He joins the company with several years of leadership in micro irrigation product development, marketing, and sales.

David MacNair has been named Vice President – Marketing of Hayward Industries . He will manage the global brand for the manufacturer of residential swimming pool equipment, as well as oversee the company’s channel marketing initiatives with its dealer network and various trade partners.

ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces and Facilities has honored Randy Swart, director of the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, Arlington, Virginia, with the Award of Merit and the title of fellow. The award is the highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to standards activities.

Jaypro Sports is returning Custom Gym Equipment to its line of indoor and outdoor sports equipment, including basketball backstops and divider curtains. Jaypro will be introducing capabilities such as BIM-Revit Models and Navisworks Collaboration in addition to their 3-D CAD program; Inventor.

Redexim Turf Products has added a new staff member: Kevin Rome of Piper, Kan. He joins with previous experience as a Regional Sales Manager with Mid America Golf & Turf in the Kansas City Metro area and surrounding counties.

Water Tech Corp , the manufacturer of the Pool Blaster line of battery powered pool cleaners, has promoted Bryant Medina to Brand Manager and Madison Atwater to Business Development Manager.


GameTime Celebrates The History Of Georgetown, Texas

GameTime recently completed an accessible community playground at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, Texas. The project replaced a wooden play structure constructed in 1993 that was no longer compliant with updated federal and state guidelines regarding accessibility. The city began planning the project in the Spring of 2013 with landscape architects from Baker-Aicklen & Associates. The community wanted to preserve as much of the history of the original playground as possible, pay tribute to the hundreds of volunteers who helped construct it and create a new playground that represented the history of their community.


PlayCore Awards Two Parks For Well-Rounded Workouts

PlayCore awarded its Fitness National Demonstration Site Award to two outdoor fitness parks in the U.S. Erie Metroparks in Huron, Ohio, received the designation for the Osborn Metropark fitness site. Welleby Park in Sunrise, Fla., was also awarded the prestigious designation for its fitness trail. The two new National Demonstration Sites can now be found on the National Fitness Park locator at


Wibit Creates Digital Guestbook

Making people happy is one of Wibit´s core values. With products in more than 60 countries worldwide it is not easy to get all the reactions and feedback from the end users for whom the products are designed. In order to see some of this happiness the Wibit Community has been created: a collection of pictures, videos and comments about the beloved playgrounds on the water.

The new marketing tool collects keywords via hashtag (#) from different social networks and brings them together in the Wibit Community. Scrolling down on the social page, 1,000 posts can be seen, liked and shared again with new ones coming in every day. For more information, visit .


Rain Bird Academy Classes Endorsed By The Irrigation Association

Tucson, Ariz.—The Irrigation Association recently designated Rain Bird Academy program’s four Boot Camp classes as part of the IA Select program for irrigation education. This is the first time that the Irrigation Association has awarded the IA Select designation to classes offered by an external training services provider.

Classes include:

•               Introduction to Irrigation and Installation (8 CEUs)

•               Irrigation Technician (16 CEUs)

•               Landscape Irrigation Design Process (8 CEUs)

•               Efficient Irrigation Scheduling (4 CEUs)

For more information, visit




3-6 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Jekyll Island, Ga.

16-19 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Nashville, Tenn.

24-25 Connecticut Recreation & Parks Association 54 th annual Conference & Tradeshow, Montville, Conn.—Mohegan Sun Hotel & Convention Center;


6-10 American Sports Builders Association Annual Technical Meeting, Ponte Vedra, Fla.—Sawgrass Marriott;