June 2020

Congress Nears Full, Permanent Funding of LWCF

The U.S. Congress is close to enacting a historic measure that will dramatically expand access to parks and public lands. The U.S. Senate has voted in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion to move forward with the Great American Outdoors Act, which will ensure that $900 million in offshore oil and gas fees are invested in local parks and open space, by fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The measure will now go to the House of Representatives, which also is poised to enact this legislation. The White House has already signaled its support.

More Cities Join Effort to Reimagine Public Spaces

Five more U.S. cities recently joined Reimagining the Civic Commons, a national initiative to advance ambitious social, economic and environmental goals through public spaces. Joining the original cohort of cities, Lexington, Macon, Miami, Minneapolis and San Jose have committed to strategic investments in parks, libraries, trails and community centers.

CPSC Finds Steady Rise in Fatal Child Drownings

A new report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) highlights the need for continued vigilance in combating child drownings, particularly as many families prepare to spend more time at home this summer to curb the spread of COVID-19. Child drownings remain the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4.

NFHS Offers Guidance on Restarting High School Athletics, Activities

As states and localities across the country begin to reopen to varying degrees, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has released guidance for its 51 member state high school associations to consider in reopening high school athletics and other activity programs across the nation. The guidance document was developed by the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, comprised of medical doctors, certified athletic trainers, high school coaches and officials, research specialists and state high school association executives.

YMCA, American Camp Association Release Guide to Support Summer Camp Safety

"Safety has always been the ruling factor for camp operations, but the arrival of COVID-19 required game-changing educational resources that summarize the potential safety steps camps should consider so children can get back some normalcy and experience the many benefits and joys of camp," said Tom Rosenberg, president and chief executive officer, ACA. "Given months of sheltering in place and the countless hours children have logged on screens during this time, the social-emotional benefits camp can provide are even more crucial to the nation’s children now."