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JANUARY 2019 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

Leaders Recognized for Advancing Outdoor Recreation

Every year, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) bestows "Oak Awards" on bipartisan decision-makers and OAK members for significant contributions in advancing opportunities for children, youth and families to learn, get active and serve in the outdoors. This year OAK added the Acorn Award, which recognizes exemplary youth leadership. This award is meant to deepen the connection between young people with parks and public lands.

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REC NEWS

NSPF Recognizes Top Instructors

The National Swimming Pool Foundation has announced the winners of its annual Instructor Awards.

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IHRSA: Health Clubs Offer Supportive, Inclusive Communities

With New Year's fitness resolutions at hand, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is reminding people of the many resources and year-round support that health clubs offer.

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Coore & Crenshaw Recognized With GCBAA Award

The prominent architectural duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw will be honored with the Don A. Rossi Award, given annually by the Golf Course Builders Association of America in recognition of their significant contributions to the golf industry.

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Sourcewell Adds Snow & Ice Handling Vendors

The weather may be frightful, but municipalities can take the winter season head on with the help of 18 new contracts awarded in the Snow and Ice Handling Equipment category at Sourcewell.

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ASBA Member Honored as Tennis Court Contractor of the Year

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced that a member company has been honored for its service to the industry.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Outdoor Amenities

Outdoor Amenities

Getting people involved in the outdoors means providing amenities that allow them to interact with nature, from playgrounds and bike trails to gardens and more.

Playgrounds are, in fact, one of the most common amenities found among respondents to the Industry Report survey. In 2018, 57.7 percent of all respondents, and 85.5 percent of parks respondents, said they currently had at least one playground.

Open spaces such as gardens and natural areas were found among 51.4 percent of all respondents and 71.1 percent of parks respondents.

When it comes to trails, 47.2 percent of all respondents said they had walking and hiking trails, and 27.5 percent had bike trails. For parks respondents, 70.4 percent had walking and hiking trails, while 45.7 percent had bike trails.

Community gardens were found among 19 percent of all respondents and 33.2 percent of parks respondents.

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Featured Stories from RECREATION MANAGEMENT

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Swim Toward Success: Growing Innovative Aquatic Programs

Learn-to-swim is the foundation of most aquatic facilities, but to ensure you are earning revenues to cover your operations, it's wise to expand your options.

For more information, read Swim Toward Success: Growing Innovative Aquatic Programs.

Get Inspired: Incorporating the Arts Into Parks

Nature has long been one of humankind's most common sources of inspiration. Parks have stepped up to provide an outlet both for artists and for those who want to view the beauty.

For more information, read Get Inspired: Incorporating the Arts Into Parks.

Who Has the Best Parks?

The Trust for Public Land recently released its seventh annual ParkScore Index, ranking park systems in the 100 largest U.S. cities. For the third straight year, Minneapolis has taken top honors.

For more information, read Who Has the Best Parks?.

Special Olympics: 50 Years of the Special Olympics

Walk back with us through the history of the Special Olympics, and consider how to move the movement forward.

For more information, read Special Olympics: 50 Years of the Special Olympics.

Design Corner: Partnering for Win-Win Results

Parks planning community centers or other projects should consider collaborating with other government entities and private organizations to achieve more.

For more information, read Design Corner: Partnering for Win-Win Results.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

STMA's 30th Annual Conference & Exhibition, Jan. 22 to 25 in Phoenix, Ariz. (www.stma.org/conference)
IPRA/IAPD Annual Conference, Jan. 24 to 26 in Chicago (www.ilparksconference.com)
FEC Summit 2019, Jan. 27 to 29 in Austin, Texas (www.iaapa.org)
NIRSA 2019 Annual Conference, Feb. 16 to 19 in Boston (www.nirsa.org)
2019 ACA National Conference, Feb. 19 to 22 in Nashville, Tenn. (www.acacamps.org/conference)

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