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SEPTEMBER 2018 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

Cities Spend More on Public Parks in 2018

Newly released data from The Trust for Public Land shows that public spending on parks in the 100 largest U.S. cities increased by 6 percent in 2018, from $7.1 billion to $7.5 billion. Combined with $500 million from public/private park partnerships, total park spending reached $8 billion in this past fiscal year. Still, there is significant work to be done to provide access to parks, as 30 percent of people do not live within a 10-minute walk of a park.

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REC NEWS

Cardinal Greenway Trail Voted 2018 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Inductee

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced the induction of Indiana's Cardinal Greenway Trail into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.

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Forest Service Announces New Strategy for Improving Forest Conditions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) announced a new strategy for managing catastrophic wildfires and the impacts of invasive species, drought, and insect and disease epidemics.

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Park Service Awards Preservation Grants

The National Park Service awarded $8.6 million in grant funding to support projects that preserve significant historic structures on the campuses of 18 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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Illinois Passes Bill Requiring Bike & Walking Education for K-8

A bill that aims to address the dangers of walking and biking while also encouraging more kids to walk and bike to school was recently signed into law in Illinois by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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ACSM Partners With Equinox

The American College of Sports Medicine and Equinox announced a strategic partnership to help grow and advance the careers of ACSM Certified Personal Trainers.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Average Number of Volunteers, 2014 to 2018

Average Number of Volunteers, 2014 to 2018

Among all respondents, and among park respondents in particular, the average number of volunteers employed by respondents to the Industry Report survey has increased over the past five years.

For all respondents, the average number of volunteers grew from 30 in 2014 to 43.2 in 2018.

Park respondents employed more volunteers on average in 2018 than the average for all respondents. Among park respondents, the average number of volunteers was 53.4. This compares to 43.2 for all respondents.

Park respondents saw their average number of volunteers rise to 53.4 from 46.3 in 2014, after a slight drop in 2015 to 42.

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Featured Stories from RECREATION MANAGEMENT

Here are some past stories from Recreation Management related to our main feature above.

One Eye on the Future: Plan Your Facility for the Long Term

When you're building a new facility, it's important to take the future into account. Sure, you might know just what your community wants and needs now, but how do you anticipate future needs, and ensure you have the budget to accommodate them?

For more information, read One Eye on the Future: Plan Your Facility for the Long Term.

Tips for Recruiting the Next Generation of Parks & Rec Employees

Baby boomers are rapidly reaching retirement age, posing a unique challenge for municipal parks and recreation organizations. To deal with the problem, it's important to understand the best methods for recruiting younger workers.

For more information, read Tips for Recruiting the Next Generation of Parks & Rec Employees.

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 reported by nearly 1,600 professionals working in the recreation, sports and fitness industry.

For more information, read In the Money: Our 11th Annual Salary Survey.

It Takes a Community: Promoting Parks & Programs From the Start

If you want to ensure success for a new park, program or facility, it's important to begin with community input.

For more information, read It Takes a Community: Promoting Parks & Programs From the Start.

Safety First: Proactive Approaches to Prevent Problems

While you can't anticipate every risk and problem, it is critical to do your best to assess the inherent risks in the activities and opportunities you provide for your patrons.

For more information, read Safety First: Proactive Approaches to Prevent Problems.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

2018 NRPA Annual Conference, Sept. 25 to 27 in Indianapolis, presented by the National Recreation & Park Association (www.nrpa.org)
15th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference, Oct. 10 to 12 in Charleston, S.C., presented by the National Swimming Pool Foundation (www.thewahc.org)
ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo, Oct. 19 to 22 in Philadelphia, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects (www.asla.org)
Interbad, Oct. 23 to 26 in Germany (www.messe-stuttgart.de)

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