March 2021

Grants Invest in Community Trail Projects

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced the recipients of its 2021 Trail Grants Program, awarding $145,000 to fill critical trail gaps, with an emphasis on regional and community development goals. The awards included $60,000 in Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund grants, used this year to advance projects that bring forward the vision for the cross-country Great American Rail-Trail, a developing 3,700-mile trails that connects across 12 states, from Washington, D.C., to Washington State.

Research Supports Safe Camp Operations During Pandemic

A new study from the American Camp Association of 486 camps that served 90,000 campers found that only 30 campers had confirmed COVID-19 cases in 2020, a direct result of the summer camp industry’s focus on developing leading-edge child safety standards from the earliest days of the pandemic.

USA Swimming Distributes Community Impact Grants

USA Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation recently introduced a new grant program that aims to increase competitive opportunities within USA Swimming clubs. An inaugural class of 12 recipients will each receive $5,000 Community Impact grants, which are renewable annually for up to three years.

Research Uncovers What Consumers Need to Return to Gyms

UpSwell Marketing recently shared insights from its fitness consumer research, delving into consumer behavior in the fitness industry. Based on the responses of 1,000 U.S. consumers, the survey uncovers factors considered when deciding which gyms to join and when to go back during these unprecedented finds.

Study Details Hard-Hitting Impact of COVID-19 on U.S. Attractions Industry

A study released by IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, details the massive scope of COVID-19's impact on the U.S. attractions industry workforce-with an employment loss five times larger than the average loss across all other industries. In addition, the association is calling on U.S. elected officials to allow for safe reopening of the industry and passing of additional COVID-related relief legislation to support the industry.