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JUNE 2019 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

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Department of Parks and Recreation

Washington, D.C., Unseats Minneapolis as Best City Park System

The Trust for Public Land's 2019 ParkScore index has named Washington, D.C., as the Best City Park System in the United States. This is a leap for the city, which barely outranked Arlington, Va., for third place in the 2018 index. D.C. also unseated the three-year reigning ParkScore champion, Minneapolis, which fell to third place. St. Paul, Minn., maintained its rank of second place.

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REC NEWS

Civil Engineers, City Parks Alliance Emphasize Parks as Urban Infrastructure

As Congress looks to address the nation's infrastructure needs, American Society of Civil Engineers and City Parks Alliance call on legislators to consider the role of urban parks as critical infrastructure in cities.

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Report: Parks & Rec Plays Critical Role in Bringing Farmers Markets to Communities

A new report issued by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), "Farmers Markets—Parks and Recreation Connecting Communities to Healthy Foods," highlights the vital role park and recreation agencies play in bringing farmers markets to their communities.

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Pediatricians Set Groundwork for Safe & Healthy Camp

In an updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers recommendations to help families, physicians and camp administrators prepare for camp and make sure children's health needs are considered, regardless of the setting.

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OIA: Stop Shortchanging Public Lands, Fully Fund LWCF

Congress took a huge step earlier this year when it passed the public lands package that permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund, ensuring a major funding mechanism for our public lands remains intact. Still, this was only part of the battle to protect public lands and the communities that depend on the outdoor recreation economy.

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Field Hockey Goalkeeping Course Added to NFHS Learning Center

"Coaching Field Hockey: Goalkeeping," an online education course produced in partnership with USA Field Hockey, has been added to the available courses on the NFHS Learning Center.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Outreach & Other Initiatives

Outreach & Other Initiatives

For the first time in the 2019 State of the Industry Report survey, we asked respondents about various initiatives their facilities and organizations might be involved in, from wellness initiatives to outreach to underserved populations, climate resilience and more.

The most common initiatives respondents were involved in include wellness initiatives (56.6 percent of respondents said their organizations were involved in wellness initiatives); inclusion initiatives for those with physical disabilities (45 percent); and outreach to economically disadvantaged populations (42.1 percent).

More than one-third of respondents said they were involved in outreach to underserved populations (41.4 percent); inclusion initiatives for those with developmental disabilities (40.9 percent); and outreach to minority populations (36.2 percent).

See our entire State of the Industry Report here.


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A Look at Trends in Parks & Recreation

The largest number of respondents to the Industry Report survey come from parks and recreation organizations. Here, we take a look at trends in their parks and rec facilities.

For more information, read A Look at Trends in Parks & Recreation.

A Look at Trends in Camps

Camp facilities range from summer camps for youths to campgrounds and RV parks for anyone who cares to spend some time relaxing in the great outdoors. Here, we provide an overview of trends in these facilities.

For more information, read A Look at Trends in Camps.

Purposeful Places: The Latest in Landscape Design

The role of landscape design in recreational spaces has evolved to include ADA requirements, sustainability trends and multi-use areas flexible enough to draw as many people as possible.

For more information, read Purposeful Places: The Latest in Landscape Design.

Intelligent Design: Reimagining Parks & Play Spaces

The challenges of modern-day park design are being met by innovative thinkers who are finding new ways to balance demographics, political forces, investment priorities, geography and other contributing factors.

For more information, read Intelligent Design: Reimagining Parks & Play Spaces.

Sharing the Joy of Play

At the new Mary's Magical Place playground in Hendersonville, Tenn., kids of all abilities can play side-by-side.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

The IHRSA Institute, Aug. 6 to 9 in Chapel Hill, N.C. (www.ihrsa.org)
FRPA Annual Conference, Aug. 26 to 29 in Orlando, Fla. (www.frpa.org)
2019 NRPA Annual Conference, Sept. 24 to 26 in Baltimore, Md. (www.nrpa.org)
ICAA Conference & Trade Show, Oct. 10 to 12 in Orlando, Fla. (www.icaa.cc)
16th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference, Oct. 16 to 18 in Williamsburg, Va. (www.thewahc.org)

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