November 2019

Meet Me at the Park Grant Program Reaches More than a Million Kids

In 2017, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company launched their “Meet Me at The Park Play Spaces” grant program with the ambitious goal of bringing new play and physical activity projects to more than a million children and families nationwide. Now, in less than three years, the campaign has more than achieved this goal by reaching more than 1 million children and families in 39 states with $2.3 million in grants to facilitate new projects for 75 parks nationwide.

PHTA Recognizes Achievements in Aquatics

Earlier this year, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) joined forces with the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) to form the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), with a mission to “Celebrate the Water.” And recently, the PHTA announced the winners of the 2019 Awards Program, which recognizes outstanding achievements and performers in the pool, spa and hot tub industry. The award winners were honored at the PHTA Awards Reception, held on Nov. 4 in New Orleans.

Know the Dangers of Unauthorized Entry

Following another vehicle too closely is described as 'tailgating.' But in the security realm, when someone who lacks proper authentication seeks entry to a restricted area by simply walking in behind someone who is authorized, this is also termed 'tailgating.' The authorized person may unknowingly do this, or might even innocently hold the door open for the unauthorized intruder, who may even be wearing a uniform.

Survey Says: Americans Love Their Parks

The NRPA's fourth annual Engagement with Parks Report is chock-full of evidence that Americans love their parks. According to the survey of 1,000 adults aged 18 and up, 93% believe natural resources should be protected via acquisition and maintenance of local parks, trails and green spaces; and 85% consider park and recreation opportunities an importance factor when choosing a new place to live. Respondents also cited the various ways they use parks and recreational resources in their communities.