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Skatewave Signs Professional Riders

DELANO, Minn. — Skatewave Modular Skatepark Systems has signed professional riders Andy Macdonald, Louis Zamora and Bruce Crisman to representation agreements. Skatewave also signed top amateur Lyn-Z Adams.

The athletes will be featured in Skatewave advertising and communications, and will work with Skatewave to promote the growth of skateparks across North America.

Andy Macdonald is an eight-time X-Games gold medalist and one of the most widely known skateboarders in the world. Bruce Crisman, a 2001 X-Games gold medalist in BMX biking; Louis Zamora, a 21-year-old professional in-line skater from Rancho Bernardo, Calif.; and Lyn-Z Adams, winner of the amateur division at the 2002 All Girls Skate Jam in New York City will join Macdonald in making appearances at several Skatewave industry events. For more information, call (866) SK8-WAVE (758-9283) or go to www.skatewaveramps.com.

Adam’s Place

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The city of Hattiesburg turned out recently for the grand opening of Adam’s Place, a completely accessible, ramped play structure, located in the city’s Kamper Park.

The playground is named for Adam McPhail, who is largely responsible for the park’s existence. When Adam used to go to the playground at Kamper, his role was largely limited to passive observation, because Adam was unable to climb the ladders, stairs and other access climbers from his wheelchair. That’s when Adam’s grandmother decided she would try to do something about it.

She took the idea to the city council, and the project caught the eye of the Leaders for a new Century, an initiative of the Area Development Partnership designed to identify and nurture emerging leaders in the Greater Hattiesburg Area.

The Leaders chose a GameTime unit for Adam’s Place. Ten ramps allow access to over 30 different play activities in a 60′ x 80′ area.

The design, created by GameTime’s local representatives, Dawson & Co, also features the company’s Accessible Dragon, a favorite of children. The playground was erected in a community effort, with a wide range of volunteers, including Dawson, several GameTime employees, Adam’s surgeons, the Leaders group, fire and police officers taking part.

A grand opening in September featured Adam cutting the ribbon, then traversing the entire unit in his wheelchair, releasing a series of balloons tied along the route.

Floating Laboratory Launched in Lake Mead

LAS VEGAS — National recreation interests, led by Forever Resorts, operator of Callville Bay Marina at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, presented a large floating laboratory and educational classroom to the Outside Las Vegas Foundation (OLVF) and the National Park Service on Oct. 4.

The new vessel will be based at Callville Bay Marina and is based upon a 70-foot luxury houseboat design. The project also involves a research barge and support watercraft.

The primary goal of Forever Earth is enhanced environmental monitoring and research capabilities at Lake Mead, but another principal objective is to offer area school groups authentic, experiential learning opportunities.

The estimated value of the vessel is $500,000, contributed by Forever Resorts and 15 partner business. The vessel features state-of-the-art electronics, low-pollution engines and safety features. The National Park Service, UNLV and others will add additional equipment to the vessel on a continuing basis.

In addition to touring the vessel, many Las Vegas-area youths will take part in a special inaugural WOW on the Water Program. WOW — Wonderful Outdoor World — is a national program that introduces urban, economically-disadvantaged youths to healthy outdoor fun.

In seven major cities, youth are treated to an overnight camping adventure and are shown ways to use the network of local, state and national public lands and waters.

WOW is supported by national companies including the Walt Disney Company and the Service to the Bureau of Land Management. The new WOW on the Water program debuted in Washington, D.C., in June 2002 and introduces 8-12 year olds to fishing and boating, provides a lesson in aquatic resources management and incorporates the recommended daily level of physical activity.

GameTime Receives ISO 9001/2000 Designation

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — GameTime says it is the first commercial playground manufacturer to receive the ISO 9001/2000 designation for standardization.

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