Lewisburg, Penn.–Playworld Systems, a manufacturer of playground equipment, was recently included as part of the Head Start Body Start (HSBS) Preferred Provider List. The Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play (HSBS) was created to foster physical activity, outdoor play and nutrition education among children, families and staff. The list includes vendors selected by a panel of early childhood movement professionals. For more information, visit

New Resource For Parks And Rec Professionals

Cleveland, Ohio—Parks and recreation professionals now have the ability to communicate with their community for free with Shoutback. The Web site provides local news feeds and encourages users to add their own local news, or suggest blogs, Twitter feeds and other local content sources to enhance their community page. It also updates local gas prices and movie theater times to keep communities informed of what’s happening in their area.In addition to local news, Shoutback posts news feeds for 44 major U.S. metro cities and the world. For more information, visit

PVC Pool Renovator Makes A Splash

In a story about commercial swimming pools, RenoSys—a pool renovation company—was featured in an NBC Nightly News clip called “Making a Difference.” Brian Williams introduced the piece about a $43,000 two-pool renovation for the city of Alexandria, Ind. that was made possible by donations from the community. RenoSys provided discounted pricing to help and ended up providing two new PVC Pool Shell’s complete with a 15-year warranty. To watch the two-minute clip, which aired on July 20, can access it at

A Step Ahead Draws A Crowd

I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed your article in the April issue of PRB (“Put The Blame On Me”). Thanks.

Gilbert Smith

Park Superintendent

Harris County, Texas

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Hi Ron,

I just wanted to drop a line and let you know how much I appreciate your articles in PRB. I love to read them.

Thanks a bunch!

Alana McCoy

Project Manager

Duvall, Wash.




13-16 Idaho Recreation & Parks Association Conference, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho;

21-24 Mississippi Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, McComb, Miss.—Percy Quin State Park;

21-24 Wyoming Recreation and Parks Association State Conference, Lander, Wyoming;

22-23 Certified Pool Operator Course, Lee’s Summit, Mo.—Legacy Park Community Center;

22-24 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association, Fall Workshop, Ames, Iowa—Hotel Gateway & Conference Center;

22-24 Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course, Fort Thomas, Ken.—Tower Park Community Center;

22-24 North Dakota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Minot, N.D.;

22-25 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Blaine, Minn.—National Sports Center;

22-25 Colorado Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference, Steamboat Springs, Colo.—Sheraton Steamboat Springs Resort;

23 Georgia Recreation And Park Association Facility and Grounds Maintenance Field Day hosted by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department—Mill Creek Regional Park;

23-25 Michigan Recreation and Parks Association Therapeutic Recreation Institute, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.—Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel and Conference Center;

29-1 South Dakota Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, Rapid City, S.D.;


13-16 NRPA Congress & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah;

14-16 British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association Aquatics Provincial Conference; for more information contact Heather Muter at;

28-29 Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo, Vancouver, BC—Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre; www.cwre.ca28-30 World Aquatic Health Conference; Atlanta, Ga.—Sheraton Atlanta Hotel;

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