Elizabeth, N.J.—Hayward Pool Products has unveiled a software app that will allow pool professionals to calculate the energy usage and potential savings of their swimming pool products. It computes the estimated savings by switching to Hayward Energy Solutions products.

Additionally, the app will demonstrate how much more can be saved by transitioning other Hayward energy-efficient solutions such as: cleaners, heat pumps or heaters, automation, LED lighting or filters.

The app is now available for free download at the U.S. Apple Store for the iPad, as well as at


Database Tracks Aquatic-Related Incidents Worldwide

Colorado Springs, Colo.—The Worldwide Aquatic News Incident Database—a searchable database that tracks global aquatic incidents that occur in, or are related to, swimming pools and hot tubs—has been developed by non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation.

The foundation provides access to the database at no charge for educational purposes. Aquatic-related lawsuits and pool closures also are tracked.

For more information, visit


Bradley’s Advocate Lavatory System Wins GOOD DESIGN

Menomonee Falls, Wis.—The “all-in-one” Advocate Lavatory System by Bradley Corp. has received the 2012 GOOD DESIGN Award presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Bradley’s Advocate is the first lavatory unit designed to provide a sink, soap, faucet and dual-sided hand dryer all in one “touchless” unit.

For more information, visit


Fishing For A New Revenue Stream?

Those who do not have a fishing component in their programming may want to consider adding one. A number of reports strongly indicate that fishing is identified by American families as one of the best ways to spend quality time together.

According to the National Sporting Goods Association, fishing as a leisure-time activity ranks higher than playing basketball or softball, skateboarding, jogging or hiking. Those who are not hooked on the idea should also consider the created by recreational fishing:

• Fishing tackle sales grew more than 16 percent in the past five years.

• More Americans fish than play golf (21 million) and tennis (13 million) combined.

• If fishing were a company, the amount spent by anglers to support fishing-related retail sales would rank number 51 on the Fortune 500 list.

• Fishing generated more revenue ($48 billion) than Lockheed Martin ($47 billion), Intel ($44 billion), Chrysler ($42 billion) or Google ($38 billion).

Information provided by Southwick Associates, Fernandina Beach, Fla.


Pinnacles Receives National Park Status

Washington—Pinnacles National Monument received a name change in January when President Obama signed legislation that made the location America’s 59th national park. Designated as a national monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the park will now be known as Pinnacles National Park.

Rising out of the Gabilan Mountains east of central California’s Salinas Valley, Pinnacles is the result of millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement. Within the park’s boundaries lie nearly 27,000 acres of diverse wild lands. Visitors delight in the beauty and variety of its spring wildflowers and more than 400 species of native bees. The Pinnacles rock formations are a popular destination to challenge technical and beginner climbers.

In 2012, Pinnacles hosted more than 343,000 visitors. Each year, visitors spent about $4.8 million and support 48 jobs in the local economy.




8-9 Maine Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Portland, Maine—Holiday Inn by the Bay; (207) 474-6901

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