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Ed Norton


HNP Landscape Architecture

Field Notes

Cunningham Recreation, a regional provider of park and playground products and services, based in Charlotte, N.C., is celebrating 50 years in business this year. Cunningham Associates was established in Virginia in 1966 by George Cunningham. Cunningham Associates, now known as Cunningham Recreation, is GameTime Play Equipment's exclusive representative in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, DC, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, western Tennessee, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

For the second year in a row, WhiteWater has been the recipient of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award, a designation given to leading businesses for excellence in business performance. This recognition goes to companies that demonstrate superior business strategy, capability and commitment to achieving sustainable growth. WhiteWater has achieved this by investing in their people and fostering a customer-centric culture.

The Construction and Forestry Division of Flint Equipment Company’s South Carolina dealerships have joined a rapidly growing network of dedicated companies that offer Bandit equipment throughout the United States. It will handle sales, parts and service of all large Bandit equipment in the region, including all whole tree chippers and The Beast horizontal grinders.

The Northbrook Chamber of Commerce has named AmpliVox Sound Systems as its Business of the Year for 2016, in recognition of the company’s business success. In business since the 1950s, AmpliVox designs, manufactures, and markets a diverse array of products used in public speaking, multimedia presentations, education, and public safety.

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) recently updated its website at The redesigned website offers an overall enhanced user interaction, an easier shopping cart experience, and a new class locator application that will improve user engagement for students and instructors.

Watkins Manufacturing Corporation, a manufacturer of hot tubs and maker of Endless Pools aquatic fitness products, has rebranded itself as Watkins Wellness, with a new logo and tagline, “Feel Good. Live Well.” The Watkins Wellness mission is to deliver wellness solutions to those around the world who live active lifestyles and are health conscious. 

Congrats to Mahan Rykiel Associates, a Baltimore-based landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm, for receiving four awards from the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects—the Traveling Award for the Anthem Arboretum at Francis Scott Key Elementary and Middle School, Honor Awards for the Upper Chesapeake Health Kaufman Cancer Center Healing Gardens, the Lancaster Economic Development Strategic Plan, and a Merit Award for the Patterson Park Master Plan.

BioSafe Systems has entered into an agreement with Anatis Bioprotection of Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur, Quebec, Canada to serve as the master supplier for the bioinsecticide BioCeres in all of North America. BioCeres WP is an insect-pathogenic bioinsecticide using Beauveria bassiana fungus. It sticks to an insect’s cuticle (outer shell) infecting the insect to the point of termination.


New Tech Literature Available About Synthetic Turf Pre-Fabrication

Synthetic Surfaces Inc. has a new Tech Bulletin #557A on Pre-Fabrication of Synthetic Turf Recreational Surfaces, Athletic Fields, Logos, Inserts and Floor Mats. It addresses a growing trend in the synthetic turf industry towards pre-fabricating all or part of a synthetic turf assembly by bonding its components together with an adhesive before transferring it to another location for final installation. The most commonly used adhesives for pre-fabrications are one-component, solvent-based, high green strength curing urethanes.  The goal of pre-fabricating is to increase bottom-line profits by fast, reliable, economical assembly before-hand, followed later by faster and better installation. Also, pre-fabrication can reduce or eliminate unexpected delays and other labor-related expenses at the installation jobsite.

Tech Bulletin #557A plus additional information is available from Synthetic Surfaces Inc, P.O. Box 241, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076, (908) 233-6803,, and


Vortex Wins Global Design Award

Montreal, QC—Vortex Aquatic Structures International (, a manufacturer in aquatic play landscapes and entertainment solutions, announced its Water Journey aquatic play solution has been recognized with a Good Design Award by the Chicago Athenaeum.

Good Design awards cover the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America.

Water Journey is a collection of four different events—Labyrinth, Jet Dance, Race, and Tide Pool—that are inspired by nature’s flowing streams. Each event can be used separately or connected to provide unique play experiences, providing guests with the ability to engage with different life-like stream behavior as water encounters creeks, flood plains, ripples and cascades.

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Sports Turf Canada Announces Manager of the Year

Guelph, ON – Sports Turf Canada named Greg Lampman as the 2016 Sports Turf Manager of the Year.

The award is a prestigious honor which recognizes an individual’s professional ability and contribution to the Canadian sports turf industry and shows appreciation for his or her proactive and progressive efforts within the profession.

Lampman is a Sports Field Operator with the Town of Oakville overseeing 13 Class A fields and seven Class B fields. Two of the Class A fields are all-weather turf. He leads a crew of four summer staff and is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of his team.



14-16 Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Trade Show, Texarkana, Ark.-- Arkansas Convention Center;

20-23 Colorado Parks & Recreation Association Conference, Grand Junction, Colo.


5-8 National Recreation and Parks Association National Congress, Saint Louis, Mo.—America’s Center Convention Complex;

20-21 The Green Industry and Equipment (GIE) Expo, Louisville, Ky.—Kentucky Exposition Center; (800) 558-8767 or


5-8 Virginia Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference, Roanoke, Va.— Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center;

7-10 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Athens, Ga.;