March 2018

Denver's Freedom Park Wins Grant for Public Art

The Trust for Public Land, in collaboration with Denver Urban Gardens, has announced a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for public art at New Freedom Park in Denver. The grant will fund an artist's design and creation of art pieces that will not only provided much needed shade, but will protect park trees and plants.

NSPF, Counsilman-Hunsaker Partner to Create App for Aquatic Facility Managers

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) strives to make pools safer and keep pools open by funding education and research, and creating new swimmers. Counsilman-Hunsaker has been designing aquatic projects internationally of all types and sizes for more than 45 years. And now they've partnered to offer Facility Manager, a customizable app for aquatic facilities. The digital web-based application aims to enhance the safety and sustainability of aquatic facilities by simplifying daily operations.

More Than 330 Million Recreation Visits Recorded in 2017 for National Park System

The National Park Service announced that there were 330,882,751 recreation visits in 2017—almost identical to the record-setting 330,971,689 recreation visits in 2016. While numbers were steady, visitors actually spent more time in parks during their 2017 visits compared with 2016.

Study Shows Economic Benefits of the Great Outdoors

The results of a recent study proved that there are economic benefits to the great outdoors. The study—released by The Trust for Public Land, a U.S. nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that facilitates and funds the creation of parks and protected lands—quantifies for the first time the billions of dollars of economic benefits that are generated annually by the investment of Colorado Lottery money across the state in parks, trails, land and water conservation, playgrounds and recreation.