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SEPTEMBER 2018 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

Pickleball Benefits Older Adults

Pickleball, a game that combines badminton, tennis and table tennis, provides a number of health benefits—in the form of cardiovascular and metabolic responses for older adults. This is according to new research by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), which showed that pickleball enables older adults to maintain their fitness levels, leading to increased independence even as they age.

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REC NEWS

Rails-to-Trails Calls for Increase in Active Transportation Funding

While demand for investments in trail and active transportation infrastructure continues to grow, findings from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's analysis of the Transportation Alternatives program indicate that the country's largest source of funding for active transportation falls short.

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YMCA Celebrates Welcoming Week

From Sept. 14 to 23, YMCA of the USA will join local Ys and other organizations for Welcoming America's Welcoming Week, a national celebration designed to honor immigrants' contributions to society and bring people from all backgrounds together in a spirit of unity through community-based events.

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Cities Step in to Fill Void on Climate

A survey released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions points to mayors as a key force behind U.S. action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions responsible for the growing effects of climate change.

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Record Participation Expected for Active Aging Week

What began as an incentive for older adults to lead healthier, more active lives has become a tradition involving hundreds of thousands of individuals in neighborhood groups, health and fitness clubs, parks and recreation sites, senior centers and senior living communities from New York to New South Wales.

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NATA Works With Sidelined USA to Support Medically Disqualified Athletes

The National Athletic Trainers' Association announced a relationship with Sidelined USA, a nonprofit that supports athletes who have been permanently sidelined due to career-ending injury, health condition or repeat concussion and inspires them to find a meaningful way forward.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Indoor & Outdoor Sports Courts

Indoor & Outdoor Sports Courts

To play pickleball, you need a court, either indoor or outdoor. And while we don't ask Industry Report respondents which sports are played on their indoor and outdoor courts, we do know something about the prevalence of these amenities in their facilities.

More than half of all respondents said their facilities include outdoor courts (58.6 percent) or indoor courts (53.5 percent) for sports like basketball, volleyball, tennis and more.

Outdoor courts were most commonly found among respondents from parks (74.4 percent), followed by schools (65.5 percent) and camps (61.4 percent).

Indoor courts were most prevalent for respondents from Ys (85.2 percent), colleges (84.1 percent) and schools (84 percent).

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Featured Stories from RECREATION MANAGEMENT

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New Pool Rules: Creative Water Spaces Increase Attendance

Getting everyone into the pool can be a simple task, when you outfit your pool to meet your community's needs.

For more information, read New Pool Rules: Creative Water Spaces Increase Attendance.

The Multi-Faceted Value of Play

In recent years, unstructured play has often lost out to more structured educational time. But parents and leaders are pushing back, recognizing the myriad benefits that play can deliver.

For more information, read The Multi-Faceted Value of Play.

Pump Up the Memberships: The Centre of Elgin in Elgin, Ill.

When this local recreation center saw its memberships decline, it turned to a unique approach to find new ways to structure pricing and offerings, bringing people back in droves.

For more information, read Pump Up the Memberships: The Centre of Elgin in Elgin, Ill..

Boost Your Numbers: Best Practices for Increasing Activity Registrations

You can build the most innovative programming around, but without smart marketing, will the participants come? Here are some smart ways to boost registrations.

For more information, read Boost Your Numbers: Best Practices for Increasing Activity Registrations.

An Apple a Day: Expanding Concessions to Include Healthy Options

As waistbands across the country expand, more Americans are looking for healthy snack alternatives. Learn how to adapt your concession stand to meet their needs.

For more information, read An Apple a Day: Expanding Concessions to Include Healthy Options.

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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