June 2018

TPL Earns NEA Grant to Explore Creative Placemaking

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently awarded a $75,000 grant to the Trust for Public Land (TPL), in partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), to be used to identify ways to introduce placed-based arts practices within county, city and local public health agencies.

High Visa Denial Rates Could Affect Pools

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) expressed concern leading up to Memorial Day that many commercial pools and spas might be delayed in opening for the season along the East Coast, and especially in the Mid-Atlantic region, due to an unprecedented number of visa denials. Affected pools are those that supplement their American lifeguard workforce by recruiting lifeguards internationally through the Summer Work and Travel Exchange Visitor Program.

Make a Splash Campaign Teaches Millions to Swim

Recently, the USA Swimming Foundation announced that they’d achieved their goal of providing swim lessons to 1 million children in 2017 via the Make a Splash initiative, bringing the total number of kids served to more than 6 million in the past 10 years.

Communities Can Earn Grants for Dog Park Development

More communities will have a chance to receive a grant to build a new dog park or enhance their existing local dog park. PetSafe, a manufacturer of innovative pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle product solutions, has increased the number of $25,000 grants for the construction of new parks from five to eight. In addition to the grants for new dog park construction, five communities will receive $5,000 grants to enhance their local dog parks.