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Trust for Public Land Releases ParkServe Database

The Trust for Public Land recently launched ParkServe, which provides free and straightforward access to a comprehensive database of American parks. This site is part of Trust for Public Land's movement to put a park or natural area within a 10-minute walk of every American. Containing information for 14,000 cities, ParkServe shows users what areas have access to parks within a 10-minute walk and suggests areas for new parks.

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Study Shows Fitness Protects Against Depression, Heart Disease

We know that regular exercise is good for a healthy heart. However, in those suffering from depression, it may also lower risk of death from heart disease.

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Celebrate Park & Recreation Month!

This July, everyone is invited to explore A Lifetime of Discovery at their local parks and rec by participating in Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association.

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IHRSA Report Shows How Many Would Recommend Their Club

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association announced that the benchmark Net Promoter Score for the North American health club industry is 39, meaning that for every 100 members, there are 39 more who are likely to recommend their club to a colleague or friend than those who are unlikely to recommend their club or discourage others from joining.

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AAOS Offers Advice for Safe Diving

Swimming is an ideal way to help beat the summer heat and get some exercise, but before jumping in, consider these ideas from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to avoid injuries.

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NFWF, NOAA Announce Coastal Resilience Funding

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a partnership that will restore, increase and strengthen natural infrastructure—the landscapes that help absorb the impact of storms and floods—to protect coastal communities, while also enhancing habitats for fish and wildlife.

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Building New Facilities

Building New Facilities

There's nothing so great as a brand-new facility, whether it's a park or a pool, a rec center or a sports arena.

The percentage of respondents to the Industry Report survey who are planning to build new facilities has grown slightly over the past six years.

In 2012, 23.9 percent of respondents said they were planning to build new facilities. In 2018, 28.1 percent said they were planning to build new facilities, down just slightly from 2017, when 28.6 percent had such plans.

Respondents from campgrounds were the most likely to be planning new construction. Nearly half (47.1 percent) of these respondents said they would be building new. They were followed by those from parks (33.9 percent) and colleges and universities (25.9 percent).

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In the Money: Our 11th Annual Salary Survey

As a follow-up to our annual State of the Industry Report, we cover the careers and salaries as reported by nearly 1,600 professionals working in the recreation, sports and fitness industry.

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Preventing Juvenile Drowning: A Look at Howard's Hope

After experiencing the near-drowning of their own child, Steve and Stacy Reeves dedicated themselves to helping make a difference by preventing juvenile drownings.

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Trends in YMCAs

Nonprofit facilities like YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs tend to provide a huge range of programs and services for people of all ages. Here, we take a look at the latest trends for these facilities.

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Expand Your Water Testing Options

Regular water testing is critical to ensure there is an adequate level of sanitizer in the water, and that other parameters are in balance. Here, we take a look at different types of DPD test methods.

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Splash City Roadmap: Trends in Aquatic Design & Programming

In this blast from the past, we bring you back 10 years to examine how cities were adding waterpark-like elements and programs to their facilities.

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Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

The IHRSA Institute: Executive Education for Club Professionals, July 31 to Aug. 3 in Chapel Hill, N.C., presented by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (
FRPA Annual Conference, Aug. 27 to 30 in Orlando, Fla., presented by the Florida Recreation & Park Association (
2018 NRPA Annual Conference, Sept. 25 to 27 in Indianapolis, presented by the National Recreation & Park Association (
MRPA Annual Conference & Exhibit Hall, Oct. 9 to 12 in Rochester, Minn., presented by the Minnesota Recreation & Park Association (
15th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference, Oct. 10 to 12 in Charleston, S.C., presented by the National Swimming Pool Foundation (

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