September 2020

NRPA Survey: U.S. Adults Say Parks & Rec Is Essential

A new report from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) shows that a majority of U.S. adults—82%—believe that parks and recreation is essential. The report shows that the public's affinity toward local parks and recreation is strong, with U.S. residents visiting local park and recreation facilities more than twice a month on average.

Effective Date for Drain Cover Standard Delayed

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve to delay the effective date of CPSC’s drain cover standard, ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 from Nov. 24, 2020, to May 24, 2021. The six-month delay was requested by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) on March 24, 2020, to provide drain cover manufacturers additional time while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted manufacturers and test labs.

ACE Urges Governments to Open Parks & Public Spaces for In-Person Fitness

The closures of gyms and fitness centers across the country because of public health orders have not only had a negative impact on the economy, but also have put communities at risk for preventable diseases. That’s why the American Council on Exercise (ACE), on behalf of its more than 90,000 certified exercise professionals and health coaches, is urging government officials to advance public policies that open parks and other publicly owned and managed spaces to allow for structured physical activity experiences facilitated.

CDC Study Examines Successful Overnight Camp Strategies from 2020

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined how four overnight summer camps in Maine were able to operate safely and successfully without the spread of COVID-19 over the summer.