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APRIL 2019 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

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Applications Open for ESPN RePlay Program

ESPN's RePlay Program seeks to revitalize vacant public spaces and make them community-oriented places for sports, recreation and play. Many of these vacant spaces—lots, properties, etc.—adversely affect their surrounding communities in many interconnected ways. Notably, as public eyesores, they both lower the property values of the surrounding properties and erode social cohesion and neighborhood pride. Moreover, research shows that that vacant properties increase police drug and violence calls, which is not healthy for any neighborhood or community. But while vacant public spaces pose a problem for several communities across America, there is a great potential develop these areas and bring vitality back to their communities.

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USA Swimming Foundation Supports Swim Lesson Providers in Reaching More Than 1.3 Million in 2018

In 2018, through its Make a Splash Local Partner network, the USA Swimming Foundation helped provide more than 1.3 million children with swim lessons.

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National Park Trust Receives Funding to Send Students to Parks

National Park Trust (NPT) announced that it has received renewed funding from the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation in support of the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest.

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USDA Forest Service & BLM Announce Conservation Awards

Interior's Bureau of Land Management and Agriculture's Forest Service recognized the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto for their leadership and contribution to wildlife conservation and public lands stewardship.

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4-H Names 2019 4-H Youth in Action National Winner

The National 4-H Council announced that Clyde Van Dyke, 18, of Johnson City, N.Y., was selected as the national winner of the 2019 4-H Youth in Action Award.

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Boys & Girls Clubs Announce $1 Million Grant

Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced that the SunTrust Foundation has committed $1 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Workforce Development Effectiveness Project to help put youth on a path toward financial confidence and well-being.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Splash Play Areas

Splash Play Areas

According to the 2019 Aquatic Trends Report, 37 percent of aquatic respondents had at least one splash play area. Of those, more than two-thirds (68.2 percent) said they had just one splash play area among their facilities. Another 22.9 percent said they had two to three splash play areas. Another 8.8 percent had four or more splash play areas (with half of them indicating they had six or more).

Splash play areas have been among the top planned features for all respondents to the State of the Industry Report for the past 10 years. In 2018, 30 percent of respondents with plans to add features at their facilities said they would be adding splash play.

See our entire State of the Industry Report here.


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Featured Stories from RECREATION MANAGEMENT

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Protecting Our Most Valuable Assets: Keeping Child Watch Programs Safe

When people entrust your staff to keep an eye on their kids while they work out, you're taking on an important responsibility. Here are some best practices to help you better manage child watch programs.

For more information, read Protecting Our Most Valuable Assets: Keeping Child Watch Programs Safe.

Detroit Creates a Community

The Downtown Detroit Partnership has created public spaces around the Michigan city that bring millions of people together to play, learn, laugh, get active and more.

For more information, read Detroit Creates a Community.

Better Together: Partnerships for Program Success

They say two heads are better than one, and in the case of providing programs and services to the community, sometimes it pays to partner up with another organization.

For more information, read Better Together: Partnerships for Program Success.

Making Connections, Spurring Development: The Latest in Trails & Greenways

Designing good multi-use trails takes careful planning and teamwork. Here, we take a closer look at how some greenways have gotten started and how others are continuing to develop.

For more information, read Making Connections, Spurring Development: The Latest in Trails & Greenways.

Splashing Around: The Backyard Sprinkler Goes High-Tech

From 10 years ago, we took a look at how the trend of installing splash play areas was heating up. Take a trip down memory lane, and see how far splash play has come in a decade.

For more information, read Splashing Around: The Backyard Sprinkler Goes High-Tech.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

NYSRPS Annual Conference & Expo, April 7 to 9 in Lake Placid, N.Y. (www.nysrps.org)
SHAPE America 2019 National Convention & Expo, April 9 to 13 in Tampa, Fla. (www.shapeamerica.org)
National Drowning Prevention Alliance 2019 Conference, April 15 to 19 in New Orleans (www.ndpaconference.org)
2019 Climbing Wall Summit, May 15 to 17 in Loveland, Colo. (www.climbingwallindustry.org)
NSGA 2019 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, May 19 to 21 in Braselton, Ga. (www.nsga.org)

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