July 2020

Congress Fully Funds LWCF With Passage of Great American Outdoors Act

The U.S. Congress made history last week by passing the Great American Outdoors Act, which fully and permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and will be sent to the President’s desk, where it is expected to be signed into law. LWCF is the most important source of federal funding to create a develop local parks, trails, boat launches, sports fields and other recreation areas and park infrastructure.

AOAP's Aquatics Professional Designation Certified by CMAHC

The Association of Aquatics Professionals (AOAP) and the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) announced that CMAHC has certified the AOAP Aquatics Professional designation (AqP), a professional designation for members of the aquatics industry. This achievement promotes the health, safety and wellness of the aquatics professionals who achieve an AqP designation and the aquatic facilities they serve.

Fitness Participation Up in U.S.

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association showed increasing participation in the most popular fitness categories in 2019. “Participation rates for fitness activities have been strong and consistent,” said SFIA CEO and President, Tom Cove. “The fact that participation in nearly every category increased in 2019 reflects the breadth and importance of fitness in the United States. These reports provide readers with an unparalleled understanding of each activity on an individual basis, whether it be yoga, weightlifting, HIIT (high intensity interval training) or dance.”

KaBOOM! Taskforce Offers Guidance on Playground Reopening

KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit working to end playspace inequity for good, recently announced new, actionable guidance for safe playground reopening. Developed by a taskforce comprised of public health, community development, parks and recreation, and facilities experts, the guidance provides practical recommendations to playspace owners, operators and managers as they plan to reopen public playgrounds—once this is deemed safe by local health authorities.