January 2021

Parks & Rec Pros Serve Essential Mentorship Role

Nine out of 10 U.S. adults agree that it’s important for kids and young adults to have access to mentors, according to a recent poll released by the National Recreation and Park Association. A majority—71%—said it is extremely or very important.

USA Swimming, U.S. Masters Swimming Partner to Support Learn-to-Swim

The USA Swimming Foundation and U.S. Masters Swimming announced a new philanthropic partnership to grow support for adult learn-to-swim efforts. In January 2021, U.S. Masters Swimming will move its fundraising efforts for adult learn-to-swim programs from its USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation to the USA Swimming Foundation.

Online Training Tops 2021 Fitness Trends, Says ACSM

Millions of adults have felt the impact of fitness facility closures due to the pandemic over the past year, and have been forced to find innovative ways to be active. That's why it comes as no shock that more than 4,000 health and fitness professionals surveyed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) named online training as the new top trend in fitness for 2021. Online training moved up 25 spots from its No. 26 ranking in 2020.

New Appropriations Act Boosts City Park Funding

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020, is well known for its aim to provide relief for the unemployed, businesses and others affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it also includes a boost in funding for city parks. The bill includes $125 million for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP), which represents an increase of $100 million over last year’s funding level. This historic investment in local parks is the largest in the history of the ORLP program.