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New Initiative Aims to Ensure All Have Access to Parks & Rec

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) officially launched the Parks for Inclusion Initiative at the 2017 NRPA annual conference in late September. NRPA will partner with Lakeshore and the Nation Center for Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) as part of a pledge to the Commit to Inclusion Campaign. Designed by the Partnership for Inclusive Health, the Commit to Inclusion Campaign aims to end exclusion of people with disabilities from physical activity and associated areas. NRPA and its partners will work to ensure that all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation facilities.

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Grants Available to Boost Recycling in Public Spaces

National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation announced the opening of the applications period for the 2017 Coca-Cola Public Space Recycling Bin Grant Program. In its 11th year, the initiative is designed to expand access to recycling in public spaces in communities across America.

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Research Finds Group Exercise Improves Quality of Life, Reduces Stress

Researchers found working out in a group lowers stress by 26 percent and significantly improves quality of life, while those who exercise individually put in more effort but experienced no significant changes in their stress level and a limited improvement to quality of life, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

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STMA, Minor League Baseball Announced 2017 Sports Turf Managers of the Year

Sports Turf Managers Association and Minor League Baseball awarded the 2017 Sports Turf Managers of the Year, sponsored by STMA and John Deere.

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ASBA Publishes New Sports Fields Manual

The American Sports Builders Association, the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for running tracks, tennis courts, sports fields and court and recreational facilities, announced the publication of the 2017 edition of Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.

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Concussion Laws Help Reduce Concussions Among High School Athletes

Laws aimed at addressing concussions in youth sports help reduce the rates of recurrent concussions, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Accessibility & Social Equity Among Parks Respondents

Accessibility & Social Equity Among Parks Respondents

Respondents to the Industry Report survey from parks and recreation organizations were more likely than others to report that accessibility and availability of facilities were a top challenge.

Among parks respondents, 15.1 percent said that accessibility and availability were a top challenge for their facilities. This compares with 9.8 percent of non-parks respondents.

Similar numbers of respondents who were and were not from park organizations said that social equity and access were top problems at their facilities. Some 9.7 percent of park respondents and 9.8 percent of non-parks respondents said that social equity and access were a top challenge.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Parks: Planning, Programming & Staffing to Better Serve All Residents

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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Back to the Garden: The Kitchen Community in Memphis & Other Locations

At The Kitchen Community's gardens in various cities across the country, children learn how to grow and eat healthy.

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A Bridge to Play: Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto, Calif.

When one mother noticed a dearth of accessible playgrounds in her area, she decided to start raising funds. The result has been called the most accessible playground in the world.

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Aquatics for All: A Work in Progress

While many aquatic facilities have gotten up-to-date with the latest ADA rules and regulations, there are many that still need to provide a means to access the water.

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Sports Without Opponents: Self-Competitive Mainstreaming

When you want to ensure inclusive opportunities for all potential patrons, turn to sports that allow participants to compete against themselves, rather than one another.

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