March 2019

NRPA Offers Play Space Grants

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is now accepting applications for its 2019 "Meet Me at the Park" play space grants. Part of a $1 million donation by the Walt Disney Company, this grant funding supports projects that increase access to play spaces in local parks for children and families. Applications will be accepted through April 12.

Smarter Lifeguard Management

As the use of technology has become more prevalent in aquatics industry, Counsilman-Hunsaker has developed a series of HydroApps, meant to assist in the regular operations of an aquatics facility. These web-based applications provide facilities with aquatic knowledge and innovation, and the tools to streamline documentation, record-keeping and compliance. The most recent app aims to improve lifeguard management.

U.S. Soccer Foundation Aims to Boost Female Participation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation announced a new funding opportunity for organizations working to address the lack of representation of young women in soccer in underserved communities. The foundation will provide grants to programs that expand opportunities for girls in historically excluded communities and that use impactful strategies to increase female participation in the sport.

In Oregon, Outdoor Recreation Saves $1.4 Billion in Healthcare Costs

Many studies telling have confirmed how beneficial exercise and spending time outdoors can be for our physical and mental health. And more often we’re seeing those benefits broken down into dollars and cents as well. Recently, a report released by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) revealed that the state saves $1.4 billion annually in healthcare costs due to Oregonians’ participation in outdoor recreation activities.