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OCTOBER 2018 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

Grant Program Funds Keep America Beautiful Initiatives

Nonprofit Keep America Beautiful has received an additional $1 million this year from home improvement company Lowe's, aimed at funding grassroots initiatives dedicated to improving public spaces, as well as the nonprofit's annual Great American Cleanup.

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Latest Stats: Nearly 150 Children Fatally Drowned in Pools & Spas This Summer

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2018, at least 148 children younger than 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, a CPSC Pool Safely campaign partner.

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NRPA Recognizes Los Angeles County Parks

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recognized Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation with its Best in Innovation Award.

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National Park Services Grants Aim to 'Save America's Treasures'

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts, announced $4.8 million in Save America's Treasures grants to help fund 16 projects in 12 states.

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ACSM Vision Aligns With UN Focus on Physical Activity

The American College of Sports Medicine and its Exercise Is Medicine Global Health Initiative applauded the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases, which placed a priority on emphasizing physical activity and health lifestyles as a means of prevention.

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IAAPA Hall of Fame Inducts European Innovators

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions announced the induction of four attractions industry innovators from Europe into the IAAPA Hall of Fame.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Cost Recovery, 2016 to 2018

Cost Recovery, 2016 to 2018

In 2016, we started asking respondents to the Industry Report Survey to indicate what percentage of their costs were recovered via revenue on an annual basis. For the most part, those numbers have changed little over the past three surveys.

Among all respondents, 48.5 percent of costs were recovered via revenue in 2018, down from 49.6 percent in 2016.

Respondents from colleges and schools recovered the lowest percentage of their costs in all years covered by the survey. In 2018, college respondents recovered 33.5 percent of their costs and schools recovered 34.1 percent.

The best cost recovery rates were found among respondents who predominantly represented for-profit facilities, as one might expect. Camps recovered 73.4 percent of their costs via revenues in 2018, while health clubs recovered 65.1 percent. Interestingly, Ys also recover a high percentage of costs via revenues—68.6 percent in 2018, down from 72.3 percent in 2016.

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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—physical, emotional and cognitive—that play can deliver.

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

Aquatic Programming Trends

From our Aquatics Industry Report: From learn-to-swim and water safety programs to more creative and diverse opportunities, aquatic facilities are providing a wide range of program opportunities.

For more information, read Aquatic Programming Trends.

Tips for Recruiting the Next Generation of Government Parks and 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 Government Parks and Rec Employees.

Widening the Playing Field: Diversity & Inclusiveness in Multigenerational Playgrounds

Playground manufacturers are continually innovating and finding new ways to get people to move and play. Some of the latest equipment aims to grow play through all generations, encouraging people of all ages to play and grow together.

For more information, read Widening the Playing Field: Diversity & Inclusiveness in Multigenerational Playgrounds.

Finding Direction

Wayfinding is a critical part of your facility's design, serving to help patrons figure out where they're going, and possibly helping to reinforce your facility's image.

For more information, read Finding Direction.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

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)
2018 WWA Show, Oct. 23 to 26 in Las Vegas, presented by the World Waterpark Association (www.waterparks.org)
Club Industry Show, Oct. 24 to 26 in Chicago (www.clubindustryshow.com)

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