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Louisville Splash 'n' Dash 5K Raises $35,000+ for Norton Children's Hospital

On August 5, hundreds of runners and walkers participated in the third annual Splash 'n' Dash 5k fundraiser to benefit Norton Children's Hospital. It also featured a kid-friendly 1k race and after-race family activities in the "Just-for-Kids Zone." A unique part of this annual event is that participants are able to choose which area of the hospital their donations go to. All who registered for the race also received an official T-shirt and their own personal fundraising page.

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Water Odyssey - Creating Compelling Aquatic Play Experiences


Outdoor Industry Association Examines State Funding Mechanisms for Recreation

Outdoor Industry Association released the State Funding Mechanisms for Outdoor Recreation report, featuring case studies on seven states across the country that are investing in the public lands and waters that support the outdoor economy.

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Survey: Americans Agree on Right to Assemble in Public Spaces

Americans are united in agreement that public parks are places where community members should be able to share diverse opinions in a respectful, constructive manner. According to a survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association, nine in 10 Americans find it important that their right to assemble peacefully in public spaces be upheld.

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NGCOA Partners With ORCA to Improve Data at Golf Course Level

The National Golf Course Owners Association has partners with The ORCA Report to offer ORCA golf course and geographic market benchmarking reports to NGCOA members at a discount.

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NSPF Provides for an Educated Workforce

Thirteen deserving academics have been awarded the 2017 National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) scholarships and fellowships. $18,000 was allocated to provide for the future of the industry through education.

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14th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference, October 18-20 in Denver. Presented by the National Swimming Pool Foundation. (

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Programming: Sports Tournaments & Races

Programming: Sports Tournaments & Races

Some 45.9 percent of respondents to the Industry Report survey said that they currently include sports tournaments and races as part of the programming at their facilities. Respondents from colleges and universities were the most likely to provide such programming. Some 54.9 percent of college respondents said they currently offer sports tournaments and races. They were followed by parks respondents (53.5 percent), YMCAs (50.8 percent) and community centers (50.4 percent).

Looking forward, more than a quarter of college respondents who will be adding programming at their facilities said they would add sports tournaments and races. Some 26.8 percent of college respondents with plans to add programming will be adding this type of program. They were followed by YMCAs (25.6 percent), community centers (18.9 percent) and parks (17.9 percent).

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Parks

Social equity has long been a goal for parks and recreation professionals. Here, we talk to some experts to learn some best practices for ensuring everyone has a voice and can participate.

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The Fundamentals of Fun: Events & Festivals Bring Attention & Business to Communities

When you're hosting a festival or event, there's some basic, though temporary, infrastructure that can help you put on a great show.

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Boost Your Numbers: Nine Best Practices for Increasing Activity Registrations

You can build the most innovative programming around, but without smart marketing, will the participants come?

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Designing a Safe Spray Park

When people come to the park, they expect the amenities they enjoy to be safe for their use. Here, an expert in splash paly takes a closer look at how to design spraygrounds safely.

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Partnerships Help Parks, Recreation Facilities Improve Effectiveness

Developing partnerships with other organizations is vital in helping to make recreation facilities more effective in executing their plans for new or existing developments or programs. Learn more about how to form effective partnerships.

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