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A Virtual Park Tour

Chimani, LLC announces the release of its newest app, Chimani National Parks–a complete resource for visitors and fans of the National Park System. It allows users to create a virtual passport of their visits to any one of the 394 National Park System locations. The app includes details on all national parks, monuments, memorials, seashores, recreational areas, sites, battlefields, historical parks, and parkways. For more information, visit www.chimani.com.

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Geyser Makes Debut In Michigan

Richmond, Canada–WhiteWater’s gigantic water geyser made its debut at Michigan’s Adventure Park. At the height of the geyser’s eruption, this AquaPlay feature surges water up 95 feet in the air from a three-dimensional, custom-themed lighthouse. For more information, visit www.whitewaterwest.com.

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Online Training For Pool And Spa Inspections

Colorado Springs, Colo.–There is a new online Certified Pool/Spa Inspector (CPI) training program and handbook launched jointly by the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). The course is a national training program designed to help environmental health specialists to conduct effective pool and spa inspections and to minimize exposure to public health hazards. For more information, visit www.nspf.org.

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Drainage of Synthetic Turf Sports Fields Examined

W. Conshohocken, Penn.–The new standard, ASTM F2898, Test Method for Permeability of Synthetic Turf Sports Field Base Stone and Surface System by Non-confined Area Flood, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F08.65 on Artificial Turf Surfaces and Systems. According to John Amato, JJA Sports LLC, and an F08 member, synthetic turf system and base system permeability test methods that existed prior to the development of ASTM F2898 were not ideal. None were consistent and all were subject to user technique and assumption errors. For more information, visit www.astm.org.

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IPEMA Teams With National Institute For Play

Harrisburg, Penn.–The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) announces collaboration with the National Institute for Play (NIFP) to create the first known database of scientific, academic research that will demonstrate the importance of free, outdoor play. The Play Science Database will be a free, online tool for all interested in the science behind the free play movement. For more information, visit www.voiceofplay.org.

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Community Members Take Notice

To keep patrons coming back, put the message out that you are open for business. Even if they can’t remember where they “heard that name before,” they will stop and take notice the more they hear about your organization. Here are a few ways to kick up your presence in the community:

1. Create a photo-sharing page. Families can upload their photographs on your website or Facebook. Everyone loves to brag and it will introduce their friends to you.

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