March 2018

Denver's Freedom Park Wins Grant for Public Art

The Trust for Public Land, in collaboration with Denver Urban Gardens, has announced a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for public art at New Freedom Park in Denver. The grant will fund an artist's design and creation of art pieces that will not only provided much needed shade, but will protect park trees and plants.

NSPF, Counsilman-Hunsaker Partner to Create App for Aquatic Facility Managers

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) strives to make pools safer and keep pools open by funding education and research, and creating new swimmers. Counsilman-Hunsaker has been designing aquatic projects internationally of all types and sizes for more than 45 years. And now they've partnered to offer Facility Manager, a customizable app for aquatic facilities. The digital web-based application aims to enhance the safety and sustainability of aquatic facilities by simplifying daily operations.

More Than 330 Million Recreation Visits Recorded in 2017 for National Park System

The National Park Service announced that there were 330,882,751 recreation visits in 2017—almost identical to the record-setting 330,971,689 recreation visits in 2016. While numbers were steady, visitors actually spent more time in parks during their 2017 visits compared with 2016.

Study Shows Economic Benefits of the Great Outdoors

The results of a recent study proved that there are economic benefits to the great outdoors. The study—released by The Trust for Public Land, a U.S. nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that facilitates and funds the creation of parks and protected lands—quantifies for the first time the billions of dollars of economic benefits that are generated annually by the investment of Colorado Lottery money across the state in parks, trails, land and water conservation, playgrounds and recreation.

February 2018

Parks for Inclusion Initiative Aims to Expand Reach to All Americans

Local parks and recreation destinations and programs offer many benefits to communities, and the nonprofit National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to these benefits. And now, they've launched the Parks for Inclusion initiative, which supports physical enhancements within park environments, policy development and program implementation strategies. These various programs and enhancements will not only serve those with physical and cognitive disabilities, but also the LGBTQ community, racial and ethnic minorities and new Americans.

SHAPE America, NFL & Partners Collaborate on Training for Health & P.E. Educators

SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) has joined forces with the NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to Play 60 to develop a new NFL FLAG-In-Schools online training course for health and physical educators.

CPSC Offers $1.1 Million in Pool Safely Grants

On January 2, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a 90-day solicitation seeking applicants for a special Pool Safety Grant Program (PSGP) for the 2018 fiscal year. The CPSC expects to award $1.1 million in two-year grants to state and local governments for assistance in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment.

Bipartisan PHIT Act Could Boost America's Wellness

It's that time of year when many of us are realizing that we've already fallen short of our fitness and exercise resolutions that we so optimistically made several weeks ago. But now, to help encourage Americans to lead a more physically active lifestyle, the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has announced its support of a bill in Congress that would boost such efforts.

January 2018

China Plant Shutdowns May Affect Pool Operations & Budgets

China's shutdown of its chemical plants back in December that provide cyanuric acid (CYA) will have an effect on the industry, potentially forcing up prices for the chemical stabilizer.

Arlington County 'Pulls Together' to Remove Invasive Plants

Arlington County received a $140,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's "Pulling Together Initiative" to identify and remove invasive plant species along the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. The 45-mile paved trail is popular with cyclist, runners and horseback riders. It stretches through many Northern Virginia counties.

Youth Sports Participation Increases for Underserved Kids

Nearly three-quarters of youth sports programs in 27 cities and towns reported growth in the number of kids involved in their programs in 2016, according to a new report from the Youth Sports Collaborative Network. These results are encouraging, especially considering that budgets for many of these types of programs are shrinking and childhood obesity rates are growing.

Study: Physical Activity Boosts Learning Time

It's common knowledge that exercise has a variety of health benefits, including boosting thinking and learning. In fact, results of a three-year study show that classroom physical activity can increase learning time for school children.

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